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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

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

Is My Water Pressure Too High?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jan 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

We know low water pressure is an issue, but have you ever thought of high water pressure being a problem with your plumbing? This can actually lead to some serious issues that could affect all the plumbing appliances in your home.

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Topics: Plumbing, Water

Why is My Water Coming Out Dirty?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Aug 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There's something just so refreshing about water; we drink it to stay healthy, we bathe in it to stay clean, and we even flock to the water of pools and beaches to relax. We all rely on water, so we definitely understand your concern when you turn on the faucet and are met with anything other than the perfectly clear liquid you were expecting.

Different discolorations of water have different meanings—some of which are harmless, others of which are dangerous. If your dirty water is a cause for concern, check out our list below to see what you're dealing with:

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Topics: Water

Why Is My Water Pressure Low?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Apr 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever tried taking a shower or washing your dishes with low water pressure? It takes way longer than it needs to and you just don't get the same results you would with normal water pressure. Sure, the lower water bill that comes along with it is great, but at some point you have to say enough is enough. We've laid out what causes one of the most common plumbing problems, and what all you can do to fix the problem and get the water pressure you need:

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Topics: Water

What’s the Difference Between Hard Water and Soft Water?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Feb 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Have you heard the terms "hard water" and "soft water" but aren't quite sure what they mean, which is safest for you to drink, or which you need to have flowing out of your faucets? Let's explore the differences and the potential problems and solutions associated with each of them.

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Topics: Water

Where Does My Water Go When it Drains?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Jan 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever been minding your own business in the shower and then all of a sudden you find yourself wondering, "Hey, where is all this water going? Is this the same water I drink? How do they get the soap out?" We've previously touched on where your water comes from, but we've not yet discussed where it goes once it swirls down the drain...

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Topics: Water

When is the Last Time You Checked on Your Washing Machine Supply Hose?

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Dec 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to large, expensive home appliances, it's easy to leave well enough alone and not mess with things until you notice a problem. With regular checks, you can often spot small problems before they become big ones — let's look at your washing machine for example.

Your washing machine is able to fill with water and clean your clothes thanks to its attached supply hose. The hose is less than an inch wide, but is able to dispense water at a rate of about 650 gallons per hour. Because of how small it is in comparison to how hard it works, it can only last for so long. If left unchecked, the hose can give out, burst, and very quickly flood your home costing thousands of dollars in damage.

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Topics: Water, Emergency

Well Water vs. City Water

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Dec 16, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever been at a friend's or family member's house, asked for a glass of water, then took a sip only to notice it tasted different from your water at home? While you may think, "that's weird, I thought water was just water," that's not necessarily true.

There are several differences between well water and city water including the source, quality, reliability, taste, and even how you pay for it. Even city water varies from city to city, so water is certainly not "just water."

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Topics: Water