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Troubleshooting A Gas Hot Water Heater: What To Do Before You Call A Plumber

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Losing hot water can be frustrating, but there are some things you can do to troubleshoot your gas hot water heater before you call a plumber. Use this simple guide to look for basic issues you can fix, and consider calling a licensed plumber to handle the more difficult problems. Water Is Not Hot Enough Your water heater may be working, but it isn’t delivering water at the right temperature. To fix this problem, you’ll need to adjust the temperature on the hot water heater.…

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Disconnected Vacation Homes: Three Tips for Using Gutters and Rain Collection for Potable Water

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If you have a vacation property, you may choose to have it completely disconnected from the outside world. This can include having systems for electricity like solar panels and other things that give you the small comforts of home without the need to connect mechanical systems. You will also want to have a source of potable water. This can be a well, but a well may not always be practical. Installing gutters and using a rain-collection system can be another great source of potable water for your home.…

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3 Unsuspecting Places That Mold May Be Hiding In Your Home

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Have you been noticing a musty smell in your home that does not go away? This is due to moisture somewhere, which can be addressed with improvements like better ventilation, waterproofing or crawlspace encapsulation if needed. The moisture may be coming from a hidden problem in your home, and in addition to the musty smell, there may be a mold problem somewhere. Here are some of the unsuspecting places that you may want to investigate for potential mold problems that need to be addressed in your home:…

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3 Bathroom Upgrades For Highly Reactive People

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For people who are highly reactive to environmental factors, the bathroom can set off a barrage of allergic symptoms. The combination of mildew and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that leach from plastic, vinyl and other man-made materials in the enclosed space of the bathroom can send allergies, breathing problems and even headaches into high gear. If you react strongly to mildew, musty odors or that chemical smell from manufactured products, here are four bathroom upgrades that can help reduce the effect.…

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Properly Caring For A Steel Shed So It Last Several Years

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If you are a contractor who recently purchased a kit to construct a steel shed on your property, you will soon enjoy the benefit of having an enclosure to house your tools and equipment safely. Metal buildings will keep belongings out of the hands of thieves, protect them from inclement weather, and are not prone to pest invasions. If you have this type of shed on your property, you will want to take steps in ensuring the metal is cared for properly so it does not fall victim to rust or premature deterioration.…

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Should You Get Berber Carpets? Consider These Pros And Cons

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If you are looking for a new plush carpet to have installed in your home, there are many different styles to choose from. A common type of carpeting is berber, which is a classic style of carpeting made with a unique knot texture that you won’t find in other types of carpeting materials. While there are many benefits to berber carpets, you should also be aware of the drawbacks. Here are some pros and cons to consider.…

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Dealing With A Sudden Drain Clog? 3 Things You May Not Know Are Clogging Your Sink

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If you have a sudden clog that won’t plunge in your kitchen sink, and you have no idea what could be wrong, it’s time to call a plumber. Plunging can do more damage than good at times, and you want to get to the bottom of the problem before causing farther harm. The sudden clog could be from a variety of things. Here are a few potential issues the plumber may have to fix while they’re at your home.…

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3 Solutions To Keep Water Out Of Your Basement

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Do you have a problem with water leaking into your basement? If so, that could be a big problem, both for your ability to enjoy your basement and for the stability of your home. Water can cause cracks to form in your foundation and basement walls. It can also lead to mold and mildew problems. If you have any plans to finish your basement, you’ll almost certainly want to resolve your water issues before you begin your project.…

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Convert Your Public Patio Into A Private Personal Space

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The problem with some patios is that they face the neighbor’s yard or a busy street, making it impossible to find privacy or intimacy when lounging outside. There are some simple ways to create a more private and secluded atmosphere that will obstruct the view of your patio from passers-by. Transform your public patio into a personal space with some simple elements: Gates and fencing. Poet Robert Frost said it best when he penned, “…

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Remodeling Your Fireplace: Ideas For You

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When you are looking to remodel your home and change things up a little bit, you may find yourself looking to start with something relatively small that will also have a big impact. Your fireplace is one such area of your home. Remodeling your existing fireplace can make a major impact on an entire space while also being a relatively small project undertaking so it does not disrupt life in the rest of your house.…

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