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Hot Water Heater Temperatures – Adjusting for Small Children in Your Home

If you have small children in your home it is no mystery that they like to play with levers, buttons and turn everything on and off. One way that children are burned each year is by water that is too hot. If they reach up and turn the hot water on while taking a bath or playing in the bathtub they could be seriously burned – it only takes a few seconds. It is suggested...
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Preventing Frozen Pipes

Sure, it’s hot out now, but as every true Minnesotan knows it’s never too early to start planning for winter (sorry for the reminder, we promise you’ll thank us later). With the cold comes frozen noses, frozen feet, and, if you’re not properly prepared, frozen pipes. Each year, nearly a quarter of a million families in the US have their homes damaged and their lives disrupted because of unprotected water pipes that freeze and then...
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Nowthen Plumbing is Lead Safe Certified

Plumbing projects often require a lot of sanding, cutting, pounding, and demolition. These activities can release harmful dust and chips from lead-based paint into the air and sometimes result in lead poisoning in adults and children. On April 22, 2008 the Environmental Protection Agency took measures to prevent home lead poisoning by issuing a decree that all companies involved in home renovation and construction projects must become Lead Safe Certified under the EPA’s Renovation, Repair...
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SUMP PUMPS: PART TWO

In May we gave you a brief overview of Things to Know about Your Home Sump Pump. We’re going to revisit that topic today and give you a little more insight into one of the hardest working, and least appreciated, systems in your home. For every inch of rain collected the average roof sheds 1000 gallons of water. Most home flooding that results in water damage comes from melting snow or rain, and most of...
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Radon Detection and Mitigation

Radon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless noble gas that occurs naturally as the decay of radium. Because of its radioactive nature radon is considered to be a serious health hazard and is thought to be the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoke. Radon most frequently occurs in confined areas like basements and attics and can affect nearly any home so it is important to know the basics of radon detection and mitigation....
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Five Easy Ways to Clean Your Kitchen Sink Drain

We’ve already talked about how to prevent and manage clogs in your kitchen sink, now it’s time for us to give you a few simple drain-cleaning tips so that your sink stays clog free and smelling fresh! 1) Run very hot tap water through the drain every few days. This helps eliminate foul odors and can also melt some materials that may be causing drain backup. However, always remember to avoid running warm water when...
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