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Can I use a higher watt bulb than recommended?

Posted by Admin on Jul 6, 2017 10:18:30 AM

Let’s say you want to brighten up a dark room. You purchase a bright 100-watt incandescent light bulb, but when you go to screw the first bulb into your lamp, you notice it has a warning label that says “Maximum 60 Watts.”

“Well,” you think, “What’s the worst that can happen?”

The short answer: a home fire. And even if the bulb is removed before a fire starts, the overloaded current can do permanent damage to your wiring.

Let’s take a closer look on why this is:

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Topics: Electrical

What Temperature Should I Set for My Water Heater?

Posted by Admin on May 25, 2017 8:33:44 AM

Your home’s water heater has a maximum temperature setting that controls how hot the water in your faucets may be at any given time. While most of us don’t think about this setting being customizable, it is actually something you can control.

A new water heater is typically preset to a maximum temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Some say that’s the ideal temperature, while others argue that it’s better to reduce the maximum temperature to 120.

There are two distinct schools of thought on this topic. Let’s take a closer look at them:

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom, Water Heaters

How to conserve water in your yard and garden

Posted by Admin on Apr 27, 2017 10:23:00 AM

Roses and irises are in bloom and on Saturdays the parking lots at local garden centers are jam-packed—gardening season is in full swing here in Greenville, SC!

Chances are if you’re the gardening type, you’ve gotten the bulk of this season’s planting work already done, and you’re moving into the maintenance stage of keeping up your yard.

Just because your lawn and flowers will need plenty of water this summer doesn’t mean your water bill needs to climb sky high. Here are some handy tips for conserving water in your yard so you can keep your wallet as happy as your plants!

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Topics: Water

5 Problems Caused by Hard Water

Posted by Admin on Apr 13, 2017 10:06:03 AM

More than 8 out of 10 American homes are affected by hard water—that is, water filled with dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium carbonate. While these minerals aren’t harmful for most people to ingest, hard water can cause a lot of inconveniences in everyday home life.

Below are five typical problems caused by hard water buildup. How many of these symptoms have you noticed?

1. Fading Laundry

Minerals such as iron and calcium found in hard water can react with the chemicals in laundry detergent, compromising its effectiveness and wearing the colors out of your clothing prematurely. Hard water can even leave small chalky or rusty stains or make the fabric feel stiff or scratchy.

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Topics: Water

How to unclog a drain without harsh chemicals

Posted by Admin on Apr 5, 2017 11:44:33 AM

In our last post, we talked about natural bathroom cleaners that can help you keep your bathroom surfaces disinfected without using dangerous chemicals.

This week we’ll focus on how to unclog a drain without commercial drain cleaners such as Drano or Liquid Plumr.

Of course, the best step is prevention. To learn how to avoid problems in the first place, read our post on preventing clogs before they happen.

Why should I avoid chemical drain de-cloggers?

Using natural cleaners helps you remove unnecessary toxins from your home, plus avoid headache-inducing fumes. In the case of drain cleaners, however, there’s also another factor consider: Regular use of commercial drain cleaning products can actually damage your pipes!

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Topics: Plumbing Hacks, Bathroom, Drains & Sewers