Lead in Drinking Water

Warning! Lead to Be Shown Leaching from Brass Taps

The presence of lead in tap water is often due to old plumbing used to bring water to your house and even more often due to the plumbing in your house. When water sits in the pipes for 6 hours or more Lead can seep from the pipes into the water. How can you know if there is lead in your tap water? And what can you do about it if you find it?

A Bit about Lead

Lead is soft, gray metal that is used in a variety of ways. It was used extensively in plumbing both for making lead pipes and for soldering before it was phased out then banned. Before 1960, paint used inside houses commonly contained lead until it was discovered that paint chips in water or paint dust inhaled were both very toxic.

How Does Lead Get into Our Drinking Water?

Houses built in the 50’s and 60’s often used lead pipes in home plumbing. The service lines bringing water to individual homes were often made of lead. This resulted in high levels of lead in drinking water. Lead solder was used to seal the joints of copper pipes and leas leaked into drinking water from this solder. (more…)

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.

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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.

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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.

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