Tips for Conserving Water at Home

July 25, 2014

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Perhaps it’s a little too easy to overlook the importance of water. It’s simple, after all, to turn the tap and watch it flow. Consider, though, that only 1 percent of the Earth’s water is useable. The rest is either salty or frozen. Not to mention the amount of energy used in acquiring, treating and [...]

Houseboats and Floating Homes: Pros and Cons of Living on the Water

April 18, 2014

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Singer Otis Redding sat on the dock of the bay, wrote a song about it and made millions of dollars. What his song didn’t tell us, however, is that he was sitting on a docked houseboat in Sausalito, Calif., and the “bay” is Richardson Bay. Houseboat living was definitely the inspiration for the singer’s all-time [...]

Wells, Water Quality and Residential Water Testing

September 27, 2013

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In urban and suburban areas where municipal water supplies are the norm, water quality is consistent from one home to the next. In more rural areas, however, water supplies must be carefully assessed to be sure they meet standards of healthfulness and abundance year-round. Springs and wells can be wonderful water sources, but certain tests [...]

Designing a DIY Water Feature

March 22, 2013

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Water features come in all shapes and sizes, from tabletop fountains to the powerful, towering jets at The Bellagio in Las Vegas. Obviously, the construction of large water features is best left to the professionals, but for smaller projects, it’s possible to design a DIY water feature in a single afternoon. This article will outline [...]

Don’t Ignore a Wet Basement

January 11, 2013

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The American Society of Home Inspectors has some pretty surprising statistics about wet basements: Most new homes will develop a leak somewhere in the basement within 10 to 15 years of being built. Over 60 percent of basements in existing homes have a moisture problem. Around 38 percent of basements with moisture problems develop mold [...]