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Water is one of the most precious resources on our planet, yet only around 1% of the world’s water can be used for human consumption, as the rest is either undrinkable, trapped in ice caps, or too salty. The average American household uses about 100 gallons of water every day — in one year a residence uses over 100,000 gallons of water between indoor and outdoor use. Studies indicate that some 2.78 million trillion gallons of groundwater exists, which composes up to 30.1% of the world’s freshwater reserves. For many Americans private wells are the most reliable source of freshwater available; here’s how to secure your own private well.
The Benefits and Issues With Private Wells
Humans started using wells over 10,000 years ago to sustain their communities. Most we (more…)
What would your dream kitchen look like? Would it have black granite countertops? Floor to ceiling maple wood cabinets? Terrazzo floor made from recycled glass? Interior design is important to every part of a home. Some would argue though that the kitchen design is what people remember most after they visit a house. Throughout history kitchens have been gathering places for both family and friends. When you have the chance to build a new home or remodel a current home, paying careful attention to the details in your kitchen is very important. The first decision a homeowner often has to make in kitchen design is the flooring.
A major decision in any kitchen is the choice of flooring. Nearly 95% of consumers prefer hardwood for the common living areas of a home, including the kitchen. Hardwood flo (more…)
When you hire a licensed plumber, you are trusting someone to come into your home and help you fix an issue. There are certain criteria that someone providing those services should meet, including but not limited to professionalism, emergency services, and prior estimates. To get the best results with a plumbing service, be sure to do some research and ask around about your options. Check out our other tips on how you can choose a great plumber!
This seems like a given, but you would be surprised at what consumers will put up with for a low price or quick fix. However, you cannot be fooled by low prices and/or quick fixes, because they likely aren’t legitimate and they won’t last long. The plumbers you work with should be professional and courteous, with no excepti (more…)
When you buy a new home, or you make an addition to your family, you’ll want to make sure your property is completely secure. One of the best ways to do this is to invest in fencing for your property. With numerous benefits and little upkeep, it is an ideal investment. Read on for what you should know about fencing!
There are tons of benefits to fencing! The biggest two however are privacy and security. With fencing around your home, strangers are much less likely to wander through your yard. Chain link fences are most often used with security, serving a practical purpose rather than being aesthetically pleasing. Fencing also gives your property privacy, (more…)
While choosing a contractor to do construction work for home or commercial projects may seem overwhelming at first, home and business owners sometimes find that they are able to get referrals from friends or colleagues who have undertaken similar project. If the contractor is knowledgeable, proficient in ordering construction materials in a timely fashion, and leaves the home or building in great condition, choosing a contractor may be as simple as making a few phone calls.
Some homeowners choose to ask for referrals from home building stores that may have customers who are also construction work contractors. Contractors who take the time to order the right equipment and to employ skilled workers should en (more…)
Making decisions when you are building a new home can be both fun and complicated. New home owners have to decide about everything from drawer pulls to carpet color. Some of the decisions are simple and it is possible to rely on the builder for knowing the best choices. Other decisions take more time and consideration because they will be a noticeable part of your every day life. Cabinet, shelf, and storage choices are decisions that you will interact with every day. Custom cabinetry can add value, function, and beauty to your home.
Quality, custom cabinetry adds to the resale value of your home. One of the newest trends in custom wood cabinets is the decision to select (more…)
There are times when all you need to fix a plumbing problem is a wrench, some elbow grease, a bit of patience, and the Internet. Then, there are times when you need to call professional plumbers, which — believe it or not — are more often than not. Here are just a few such times you’d be wise to look up local plumbers, so as not to make your own problem worse (and more expensive).
Frozen Pipes. - Frozen pipes are a common problem that professional plumbers have to deal with each and every winter. During these ice-cold months, the water supply in your home can actually freeze, which, unfortunately, can d (more…)
If you’ve ever played the Sims, you’ll know that windows are extremely important to an individual on multiple levels. Firstly, they allow important light and air to infiltrate the home, psychologically easing residents and making the spaces of the home seem more open, airier, and lighter. In addition to these attributes, windows can also help to conserve energy, and keep you safe.
Check out the three ways that windows are important to homes and why you should invest in these beneficial window types:
Did you know that having the right windows in your home can help you to conserve energy, keeping your house at a preferred temperature and help you to effectively save money on your utility bills? (more…)
If you are a human being, you probably appreciate having a roof over your head. Your home’s covering is your greatest source of protection from the elements, and protects the structural integrity of your home. Taking care of it is essential if you want it to take care of you, your family, and your personal belongings. To keep your roof in tip-top shape, you should run through this regular maintenance list at least once a year:
- Do a visual scan for any slumps in the roofing material. If you see any sagging areas, it is an indication of structural damage to the underlying roof frame. This issue should be handled by a professional contractor as soon as the problem is recognized, as the longer it sits, the worst the damage is. If caught early, the roof repair costs will be a fracti (more…)
Interior painting is required every now and then to keep your home looking fresh. But getting the right interior painting services is based on a number of factors about your home. When you are considering which painting services to get, consider the following points.
- Check for lead paint.If your home was built before 1978, you will want to hire a qualified lead expert to check it out at the very beginning of the process. Children under age six are particularly at risk for lead paint.
- Prep for paint.Paint preparation is the foundation on which the entire interior painting result will be based. If this part of the operation is done incorrectly, there?s no guarantee that y (more…)
Do It Yourself Repair
Water usage has significantly increased within the United States. From 1950 to 2000, for example, this amounted to a 200% increase. In 1992, toilet tanks were upgraded to contain 3.5 gallons of water. If this hadn’t been done, it is estimated that the average annual water usage for this essential piece of plumbing would be [...]
Remodeling your kitchen can be costly and time-consuming, but in the long run, it often proves to be a worthwhile investment. Even a minor kitchen remodel averages a return on investment of 82.7%, and that doesn’t take into account all of the time you get to spend with a better kitchen design. So, what minor [...]
Your exterior design needs a little work. Where do you get started transforming your home into something truly impressive? Hardscaping is an art form in of itself. Not only do they require a keen eye for aesthetic, they rely on a careful balance between natural materials and a cautious hand to give you the very [...]