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Cool Off With These Clever Water Tricks

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jul 20, 2017 9:24:17 AM

Need to keep cool this summer WITHOUT cranking up the AC? Perhaps you’re trying to save money by conserving energy, you’re spending lots of time in the great outdoors, or you’ve been working outside and want relief from the heat now.

One of the best tools for beating the heat quickly is something most of us are blessed to have access to at all times: clean, fresh water.   

Even if you don’t have your own backyard pool, you can still use water tricks to keep you cool around your house and yard:

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Topics: Water

Can I use a higher watt bulb than recommended?

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

Enjoy this guest article from our sister company Hot Wire Electric in Greenville, South Carolina.

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

Do you need a thermal expansion tank for your water heater?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 22, 2017 9:19:00 AM

Are you tired of your hot water heater always leaking? Do you need to replace yet another heater and can’t figure out what keeps going wrong?

If that’s you, you may need to install a thermal expansion tank.

To clarify, an expansion tank doesn’t increase the amount of hot water your water heater can hold. Instead, it forms a kind of pressure buffer to regulate the water pressure in your pipe system—and this can extend the life of not only your water heater, but your whole plumbing system as well.

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Topics: Water Heaters

Why switch to CFL and LED lightbulbs?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jun 8, 2017 8:40:00 AM

Enjoy this guest article from our sister company Hot Wire Electric in Greenville, South Carolina:

Looking for an easy way to save money AND help out the environment? If you haven’t switched your bulbs over from traditional incandescents to newer models, now’s a great time to do it!

You may remember the push about a decade ago to get people to switch over to CFL (compact fluorescent lights) or LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs. Perhaps you even tried them, but were put off by the cost or the color of their light.

The good news is that the technology behind these bulbs has come a long way since they were first introduced, making them less expensive, more efficient, and more aesthetically pleasing.

Here’s what you need to know about CFLs and LEDs in the home:

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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

Guest Post: How to Conserve Energy During the Summer

Posted by Ken Flournoy on May 11, 2017 11:14:55 AM

Enjoy this guest article from our sister company Hot Wire Electric in Greenville, South Carolina.

It’s May! Summer will be here before you know it, and we know you'll be working hard to keep your home cool when the temperatures rise.

Interested in keeping your home comfortable without spending a small fortune? Here are some smart tips for keeping your energy bills lower as the heat sets in:

Use Air Conditioning Conservatively

Now, we’re not saying to keep your house uncomfortably warm — we know how hot summers in Greenville can get! Cooling costs can make up a large percentage of your energy bill, so you’ll want to make sure every dollar of that counts.

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Topics: Cooling

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

Natural bathroom cleaner recipes

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Mar 22, 2017 3:09:44 PM

Want to keep your bathroom clean but don’t want to expose your family to harsh chemicals and unpleasant vapors? While commercial cleaning products are popular because they do work well, you can swap them out with natural cleaning products that are gentler on your bathroom fixtures and better for your health.

Sometimes natural solutions take a little more elbow grease to reach sparkling perfection, but on the plus side, they’re easy (and cheap!) to make.

Here are some natural cleaner recipes for keeping your bathroom clean:

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Topics: Bathroom