Archive for August 10, 2018
There are literally thousands of miles of sewer and water pipes criss crossing the U.S., and many of those pipes are decades old. Because of that, pipes leak and break every day. It’s estimated that America’s aging sewer pipes leak out more than 1 trillion — that’s right, trillion with a “t” — every year. Even the sewage treatment plants, which are constantly monitored and inspected, spill up to 10 billion gallons of untreated sewage each year. Part of the reason these spills happen so frequently is that the infrastructure is underground and they are hard to detect. But they also occur because of the lack of investment in upgrading systems.
It’s not just government-owned pipes that have problems. There are plenty of issues with private water and sewer infrastructure as well. A burst sewage line or a burst water line can cause a lot of damage to property, not to mention the inconvenience caused by not having water or not being able to flush a toilet. Leaks, even small ones, also c
It’s a rite of passage that accompanies moving into any new house: painting. Putting a new coat of paint in a room can liven it up and painting can come with a real sense of accomplishment; like you are putting your stamp on the house.
For all the enjoyment that can come from painting, there’s a lot of risk involved too, particularly risk that you can’t necessarily see. A fresh coat of paint may look good and might liven up a room, but without the right product, it could harm your home.
That’s especially true of expecting parents. Finding a safe paint for the nursery is important. According to Sweden’s Dampness in Buildings and Health Study, children with bedroom PGE concentrations in the top 25 percent (of study participants) had a 100 percent higher likelihood of having asthma, a 150 percent higher likelihood of having eczema and a 320 percent higher likelihood of having rhintis.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be irritants during whatever home repair you might be w