Prepare for the school year with a reusable water bottle.

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While it’s still actively summer in my neck-of-the-woods, the local stores are stuffed to the gills with notebooks, colorful backpacks, and superhero kid t-shirts: a sure sign that the school year is right around the corner. Your children probably aren’t focusing on the details of how to keep healthy during their first week, but are you? Recently the Portland, Oregon school district made a point to begin testing for lead in elementary schools. Shockingly, there was a fairly high amount ...

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Which material is best to ward off frozen pipes?

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A couple of years ago we moved into our new home on the hottest day of the year, albeit a home built a little over 60 years ago. Excited to remodel, my boyfriend and I had paint swatches drying on the yellow and high-gloss maroon-colored walls within 30 minutes of getting the keys. Within an hour the dogs were running around the yard while my boyfriend had finished ripping out the intensely red carpet. Beneath the carpet were beautiful wood floors ...

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My true love gave to me A List of Things to Not Put Down the Drain

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I recently read that one of the busiest days for plumbers nationwide was the day after Thanksgiving. And when I stopped to think about it, I wasn’t surprised. Over the holidays families and friends gather together, some visiting for over night (or even through the weekend!) stays. With multiple people running hot water, toilets flushing multiple times more than usual, and lots of dishes to do, it’s inevitable that this puts a strain on the plumbing.
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