Lead in Drinking Water

Warning! Lead to Be Shown Leaching from Brass Taps

Thе рrеѕеnсе оf lеаd іn tap wаtеr іѕ often duе tо old рlumbіng uѕеd to bring water tо your hоuѕе and even mоrе оftеn duе tо the рlumbіng іn уоur hоuѕе. When wаtеr sits іn thе pipes fоr 6 hоurѕ or mоrе lеаd can ѕеер frоm thе pipes into thе wаtеr. Hоw саn you knоw іf there is lеаd in уоur tар water? And whаt саn you do аbоut it іf уоu find іt?

A Bit About Lead

Lеаd іѕ a soft, gray mеtаl that іѕ uѕеd іn a vаrіеtу оf wауѕ. It wаѕ uѕеd extensively іn рlumbіng bоth for mаkіng lеаd pipes аnd fоr ѕоldеrіng before іt was phased out then bаnnеd. Bеfоrе 1960, раіnt used іnѕіdе houses соmmоnlу соntаіnеd lеаd until іt wаѕ dіѕсоvеrеd thаt раіnt сhірѕ іn water оr paint duѕt inhaled were bоth vеrу tоxіс.

Hоw Dоеѕ Lеаd Gеt into Our Drіnkіng Water?

Hоuѕеѕ buіlt in the 50’s and 60’s оftеn used lead pipes іn hоmе рlumbіng. Thе ѕеrvісе lіnеѕ bringing wаtеr tо іndіvіduаl homes wеrе оftеn mаdе оf lеаd. Thіѕ resulted іn high lеvеlѕ оf lеаd іn drіnkіng wаtеr. Lеаd solder wаѕ uѕеd tо ѕеаl the jоіntѕ оf сорреr pipes and lеаd leaked into drіnkіng wаtеr frоm thіѕ ѕоldеr.


How to Choose Fencing Contractors

All homes require fencing of some kind, both around the boundaries and sometimes internally as well. For instance, you will need to fence off a swimming pool, but you may also require fencing around a vegetable garden or driveway.  While fences are not that difficult to install, it will certainly save you time and effort to hire fencing contractors to do the job.

As with most tradesmen, you will need to ensure your fence tradesmen have a good reputation and don’t charge too much. You can usually get a good idea of who is popular by asking your friends, neighbours or hardware stores in the vicinity, where they would be known for purchasing their supplies.


Using a Pergola as a Porch

If you were abandoning that good idea of adding a porch to your home due to the cost, wait up. Many patios can be used for a front porch or a back porch, partly because they are much more affordable than having one made from brick or timber, which is more like an extension to the home with a similar price tag.

Using a pergola as a porch is a great idea that can really change the look and feel of the home. It can give you a sheltered place to relax and even make the house cooler, especially if you add shade cloth or shade blades, which can be opened or shut according to the weather. Shade blades can be added to the walls as well as the ceiling for the ultimate in pergola convenience.


The Benefits of Limestone Blocks for Landscaping and Home Design

Limestone blocks are some of the oldest building materials from the beginning of human civilization. Historians have recorded its use in ancient times when Egyptians cut limestone blocks cut straight from quarries to build the pyramids. Today, landscaping and home design is not complete without limestone blocks. Here are some benefits of using limestone blocks as material for your landscape and home design.

  1. Limestone blocks is one of the most readily obtainable building materials. Many companies located near limestone quarries readily offer limestone blocks that come in various grades, sizes, and colours. Because limestone blocks are relatively easy to cut, they also come cheaper compared to granite, marble and other types of stones.
  2. Apart from their ready availability, limestone blocks are also some of the least expensive types of stones used as building material. With a relatively high supply of limestone blocks in the market, they are typically low costing. If you have a tight budget for your home makeover, limestone can indeed be your best friend.