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5 Common Problems Concerning Whole House Water Filters

By Karina Popa

It is a wise decision to install a whole house water filter. This will allow the house's occupants to live safely and securely since this can prevent exposure to harmful contaminants including TCE, mercury and excessive amounts of iron as well as reduce if not eliminate foul odors. However, some issues may still surface just like other systems used in a home. These are the things people need to think about before choosing a new water filter for their home.

Warranty Limits

Water filters have different warranties, and some are as short as one year. Therefore, before deciding on a filtration system, it is best to know the warranty lengths of the desired units.

Unpleasant Taste Cannot Be Totally Removed

There are whole house water filter manufacturers that boast of improving the taste of water but that is not always true. It would help to ask family and friends who have bought a whole house water filter or check reviews to make sure that the chosen filter will get rid of the unpleasant taste, in case this is among their concerns.

Changing Filters Frequently Can Cost a Lot

Many types of water filters need to be replaced when they are full of contaminants. However, choosing a system that makes use of a smaller filter may require changing the filter more often, which could cost a lot. So, it would be an advantage to know more about the different filter sizes and the frequency of changing certain filters.

Water is Wasted in Reverse Osmosis Systems

There is a tendency for reverse osmosis home water filters to waste up to 5 gallons of water for every gallon filtered through, increasing the amount of water bills. In addition, reverse osmosis filters remove most of the helpful minerals that protect plumbing fixtures and therefore cause wear and tear on them. Also, it takes too long to filter water as compared to other water filter systems. All in all, a reverse osmosis system works best for water that has a multitude of contaminants.

Salt-Based Water Softeners Have an Effect on Health

This type of water softener adds high levels of sodium into the water, posing a risk to the health of those who drink, eat and water plants and lawns since as the system removes one grain of hardness, it introduces 8mg/1ppm of sodium into the water. Excessive sodium content is harmful to humans, animals and plants.

To avoid consuming sodium, one kitchen tap can be allotted to unsoftened water for drinking and cooking purposes. Moreover, sodium in excess can cause harm to small septic or sewer systems and appliances as well. Lastly, this water filtration system requires addition of salt on a regular basis, which costs more. People may choose not to use such whole house filtration system.

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How to Achieve a Smooth Cabinet Painted Finish

By Donte Mazyck

When trying to a beautiful finished cabinet painting project, there's some things that the do it yourself homeowner needs to take into consideration and properly sanding your cabinets and doors is a must to get right in the beginning. Cabinet painting is a very detailed system. Homeowners that want to take on these types of projects, will need to take the information in this article to be prepared for what it takes to turn out beautifully finished cabinets.

Painting your kitchen cabinets isn't like painting walls or doors in your home. You must follow a system. The first part of that system is to remove any hardware. Next is to properly clean your cabinets then fill any holes or grains that will show up in your finish product. The worst thing that can happen is doing everything right, and not filling holes or grain then you must start all over again.

This article is about achieving a smooth finish, and that starts with sanding your cabinets. Depending on the cabinets you have whether oak or redwood, you need to pick out the correct sandpaper grit. The two different grits that homeowners need to have handy are 150 grit and 220 grit sandpaper.

Going with a more coarse grit than 150, will start to dig into your wood and those scratches will appear when you paint your cabinets and the scratches are really bad, then you will need to fill them and start the process over again. Never go below 150 grit sandpaper. Some people will suggest 120 grit sandpaper, but that is incorrect and should never be considered for your cabinet painting project.

You will start out sanding first with 150 grit sandpaper, because that's what's going to penetrate the sealer or other paint that are on your cabinets to give your primer something to bond too. When painting your cabinets, you don't need to take your sanding down to the wood. Sanding down to the wood is only needed if you are staining your cabinets with a new color or for a fresh look.

Most people think that you need to sand your cabinets down to the wood to paint your cabinets but that's not true. Also, the purpose of sanding your cabinets is to remove the glossy sealer that are on your cabinets now. The glossy sealer is made to repel or create poor adhesion for grease, oil, dirt as well as paint. Make sure after you are done sanding your cabinets that they are very dull, and free of scratches.

After you have sanded the first level of protection from your cabinets, you are now ready to remove the dust that is leftover. If there's any dust that's not removed, the dust once primed will give it's own sandpaper feel and your finish will not be smooth. It's best to wipe down your cabinets with a damp rag once you think you have removed all the sanding dust. Let the cabinets dry for a few minutes and repeat the process of wiping down your cabinets with a damp rag or towel.

Now you are ready to prime your cabinets. After your primer has dried properly usually 4-24 hours depending on the primer you used and the manufactures recommendation. This is when you put away the 150-grit sandpaper, you don't need it anymore. Once your cabinets are primed, you will need to use your 220-grit sandpaper or finer. Sand the cabinets smooth because primer usually has a texture of its own. You are going to lightly sand the primer. You aren't trying to sand the cabinets hard, because you don't want to sand away the primer and have to re-prime your cabinets spotted areas.

Repeat the dust extraction process. Use microfiber cloths to remove any dust, after that use damp rags or towels to remove any remaining dust. The next step is to paint your cabinets with the first coat of premium paint. Let the paint dry and sand your cabinets again between each coat of paint. You want to apply a minimum of 2 coats of paint.

Dante Mazyck is a project manager for Residential Painting.  Contractors and a professional painter. He specializes in cabinet painting and is willing to educate homeowners on the best methods to paint their kitchen cabinets. Dante can be contacted at Cabinet Painters Near Me or you can call him at 704-931-8438.


Choose the Best Painting Services in Faerie Glen

By Shalini M

Getting your place up and ready is not a menial task, as there are many things that need to be paid attention to. So, if you are setting up a new home, getting a renovation done or getting an office space ready, giving it the right colors can be a very important task.

Painting the place in the colors that you deem fit and to make sure that the result is perfectly complementing the home décor and the idea in your mind, it is crucial to hire the best painting company out there. One can choose to paint their home on their own, but the chances of mistakes and professional finish are always quite high in such cases. So, the best way out is to spend a nominal budget on getting the space painted by professional service providers.

Why Choose a Professional Painting Company?

Some of the reasons why picking a professional painting service is good advice are:

No Hassles

The most important thing about choosing professionals for this task is that the homeowner will not have to manage any fusses. The professional sent by the company will be completely prepared to handle any type of situation that may occur while completing the project.

Time Management

The professional painters do know how to complete the task in time. This way the paint job will not be extended for a longer period and the work can be done quickly. Also, this will help you in saving a lot of time as you can easily concentrate on other daily work.

Tools and Equipment

Painting work sounds to be one of the easiest tasks, but it is not by any means. Several small and big tasks need to be done and for that, there is always a need for specialized tools and equipment. Professional painters will have this equipment ready and you will not have to think about it.

Perfect Finish

Another very crucial reason why the painter's company is hired, is the result. The professionals do know how to manage work and give that perfect finish to the end product. You will end up with a professional-grade painted house.

How to Choose the Right Painting Company?

A good painting company can be a slight bit difficult to find, as there are several options out there to choose from. But certain things should be kept in mind to not make a wrong choice like:

Experience: the very first thing to check about a company is their professional experience and the type of projects they have handled before.

Track Record: You can check their portfolio and past work and can also talk to their past clients to see if they are happy with the work.

License: check the license and the certification of the company and the professionals before hiring them.

Estimates: always get a clear estimate from the company and always keep a record written. Make sure that the billing is clear and that they are providing information regarding every process they are charging for.

Choosing a painter to paint your home or office space is a choice that should be done keeping in mind the cost and the quality. One can look for some of the best Faerie Glen based painters who have the best experience to get a satisfactory result.


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Shopping for a New Water Heater

By Gil Strachan

If your water heater is getting older, it's a good idea to shop for a replacement before you run out of hot water, or worse... wake up ankle-deep in it!

Take note of the energy sources available to you, and the amount of hot water you expect to use. Not every form of energy will work with every kind of heating appliance and some work slower than others. Tanks work with solar, electricity, oil and gas (natural or propane) but tankless units work with only electricity and gas sources. Heat pumps use only electricity.

Estimate how much hot water your household uses during peak hours and look for a heater with a first hour rating (FHR) that meets your demand. A licensed plumber is the best person to make this calculation and help you choose the right size.

Hot water can add up to 25% of your energy bill, so be sure to choose an energy efficient heating appliance.

Storage tank

This is the most common in residential applications, heating and storing hot water until needed. When you open a faucet, the released hot water is replaced by incoming cold water, which is heated and stored again at a temperature controlled by one or more thermostats in the tank.

Storage tanks are simple, maintenance-free and relatively inexpensive to install - but due to constant reheating they use energy 24/7 even if you're not running any hot water. Electrically heated tanks can be covered with an insulating blanket to help save energy, but not gas or oil-fired tanks.

Tankless

Tankless water heaters, also known as "on demand" heaters, heat water without a storage tank, using energy only when needed - rather than maintaining a tank of hot water. Sometimes individual units are used in a number of locations throughout a house, but most newer homes have one high-output tankless heater to supply hot water throughout the home.

Due to the storage volume of hot water tanks, and the high-output nature of tankless heaters, both are commonly used for heating a home with in-floor radiant systems or through a radiator coil in a forced-air heating system.

Heat pump (hybrid)

Heat pump water heaters are not directly heated. They use electricity to pump heat from the air or the ground to your water tank, using less energy than traditional water heaters.

You can install a standalone heat pump water heater or combine your water heater with your heating and cooling system, employing an air or ground source heat pump. Although installation costs are higher, heat pump water heaters cost less to run over the longer term.

Solar

Solar collectors can be used to harness the sun's energy and heat your water almost for free! Solar water heaters use a primary tank for storing pre-heated water before it is transferred to a conventional hot water tank, operating on electricity, gas or oil.

Solar collectors can be installed on roofs or on stands at ground level. Shop for a better quality, energy efficient model which will last longer and save money.

Features to Consider

Warranty: Typically three to twelve years. Purchase prices are closely tied to warranties, and longer warrantied water heaters tend to be better built and better insulated. In addition to choosing a water heater with a good warranty, check consumer reporting websites and reviews from individual owners.

Anti-scale devices: Although scale can shorten the life of a water heater, you don't need to invest in extra features to get a dependable water heater. Just buy a good quality tank with a good warranty.

Brass vs. plastic drain valves: Near the base of the water heater, these valves are used to periodically drain sediment from the bottom of a tank. Brass drain valves are more durable than plastic.

Glass-lined tanks: Are designed to minimize corrosion.

Digital displays: Easily monitor and control the operation of your tank; set the temperature of the water, set a vacation mode and other functions.

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Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994. For more information about home inspections and other topics of interest to home-owners and the real estate community visit http://www.electrospec.ca





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