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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

What to do with Your Water in Emergencies

Posted by Ken Flournoy on Nov 25, 2015 8:00:00 AM

In light of the boil water advisory in the Upstate last week, we thought we'd share a guide on all the ways to make your water safe to drink when it's not. 

There's always a chance that something out of your control can affect the quality of your water — floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and broken pipes can all render your water undrinkable. In these situations, it is important to listen to local officials, media outlets, and your water company for updates, instructions, and alerts that will keep you from coming into contact with severely tainted water.

If you are under a boil water advisory and the water in your area is declared unsafe, avoid drinking anything other than bottled water or water you have taken the steps to properly purify until it has been officially announced that the water in your area is safe to consume again. But how do you properly purify your water...

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Topics: Water, Emergency