Water is the liquid of life. Without it, we cannot survive.
Water is necessary for a variety of things other than survival. We use it to clean our homes, our bodies, our dishes, and our clothes. We use it for cooking, keeping our gardens thriving and our lawns green. Water is a refreshing change during the heat of summer – we use it for our swimming pools to keep cool.
There are many uses for water and there are even more facts that are interesting – here are a few things you may not know about water.
- When a baby is born, about 80% of their body weight is from water.
- The human body is made up of around 70% water.
- More fresh water is stored underground than on the surface. Read more
Chances are that when you shower, you give no thought as to its history. As long as the shower works and you can get clean, that is all that matters.
The shower actually has an interesting history and, while you may never have a use for the knowledge, it never hurts to learn something new. The next time you are relaxing in the shower, enjoying the warm water washing over you, lathering up your hair and getting it squeaky clean, consider just how far your shower has come.
The first showers were actually waterfalls. People utilized waterfalls instead of hauling water to bathe.
The Egyptians and Mesopotamians had crude showers. There was no flow of water, the water had to be hauled to the showering area and poured over the bathers. Read more
A water heater provides access to instant hot water for bathing, laundry, and cooking. When your water heater stops working, it can be costly to replace. The following tips will help you extend the life of your water heater to ensure that it runs properly for many years.
Install a water softener. If your area is known to have hard water, consider installing a water softener. Hard water can lead to build-up inside your water heater that can eventually cause it to stop working. A water softener will help reduce hard-water build-up and extend the life of your water heater.
Maintain your water heater. At least once a year, clean and flush out your water heater. This will remove any sludge and build-ups that have developed, which can lead to malfunction. This is especially important for water heaters that are older models (newer models tend to have self-cleaning options). Read more
When your tub does not drain or your toilet refuses to flush, it could be a problem with your septic tank. The septic tank is a vital part of the plumbing system for many homes. When the septic tank has issues, a home’s entire plumbing system will have issues. To ensure that your septic tank operates properly, you must take care of it. If you do not take care of your septic system, you will eventually pay the price – and it could be a very steep price.
The first thing you need to do is pay attention to what goes into your plumbing. You need septic-friendly products to ensure that your tank does not malfunction.
There is a delicate balance taking place inside your septic tank. When toilet paper is flushed, it should eventually break down. If you are flushing paper towels or toilet paper that is not designed for septic systems, your tank will eventually clog – and you will have to pay a professional to fix it. You can avoid this problem by making sure that nothing unnecessary goes down the drain. This includes keeping a close eye on children because they tend to flush numerous items. Read more
Are you planning major renovations for your bathroom? Do you have a kitchen overhaul in the works? If you are considering (or currently working on) a DIY project in the kitchen, utility room, or bathroom, you will probably need a rough in plumbing diagram.
What is a rough in plumbing diagram? Before you can consider creating a rough in plumbing diagram for your project, you probably want to know what it is. A rough in plumbing diagram is a drawing that shows the current layout of plumbing elements as well as the intended positioning of any new elements you plan to incorporate. Read more
Plumbing is a vital part of your home. Without it, you cannot have the basic things you need, such as running water, flushing toilets and draining bathtubs.
Yet even though your home may have come with the basics doesn’t mean you have to stick with the basics; there are lots of choices available to you. Maintenance is mandatory; yet upgrading is where the fun begins. Several plumbing upgrades may save you time and money.
Toilet upgrades – Upgrading the toilets in your home can help you save water. You can install low-flush toilets. These toilets will still flush away the waste, but with much less water. Not only will you be saving money on your water bill, you will be helping the environment. And with lots of choices in style and color, it can add to your bathroom’s appearance. Read more
In 1993, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) was formed. It was created to fulfill a need – the need to have future structures be sustainable. To put it in simpler terms, the USGBC was designed to ensure that future structures – buildings, homes, etc. – were sustainable in terms of design, build and operation.
Before the formation of the USGBC, builders were concerned about the future of structures. They understood that the materials used needed to be more favorable to the environment. They also understood that natural resources were not always infinite. Things needed to change, structures needed to be “green” – hence, the formation of the USGBC.
The USGBC created a rating system for construction projects. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program sets the standard for green buildings – also known as sustainable buildings. LEED determines the specific aspects that make a building green. The standards used are intended to have the least impact on the environment and the people using the structure. Read more
When it comes to powering your appliances, Natural Gas is an excellent and cost effective alternative to electricity. However, just like any power source, gas leaks can cause serious harm if they are not dealt with properly and quickly. Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your family from a gas leak.
Clear out - If you smell a lingering scent of rotten eggs (and it’s not coming from the two month old eggs in the refrigerator), you might have a gas leak. Gather your family, and leave the premises. You don’t want to extend your own or your family’s exposure to the gas leak any longer than possible.