Save on Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchens are one of the most updated rooms in the home. In fact, it is recommended by real estate professionals that you update your kitchen every ten years. However, that’s no low-cost expense. The average kitchen remodel can cost anything between $40,000 to $50,000 and more. The initial cost may seem overwhelming but a kitchen remodel does have its benefits. The return on investment is 80-95% on resale. So, now that you understand the importance of a kitchen remodel, it’s time to budget it out. It might seem impossible to renovate your kitchen while keeping a strict budget in mind, but it is possible and we’ll show you how. Continue reading

What Is Hard Water?

Water Drops, Hard WaterIf you’re a homeowner, then you’ve heard the term “hard water.” You might be familiar with the potential problems it may cause or signs to watch for to indicate hard water. However, do you really understand what hard water is and how it can affect your home plumbing?

As water moves through soil and rock, it dissolves small amounts of minerals, then holds them in a solution. The two most common minerals that are dissolved in the water are calcium and magnesium. When there is an excessive concentration of both, the water is considered to be hard. Essentially, the higher the levels, the harder the water.

To help determine accurate levels, water analysts have developed a table to measure and compare water hardness. In this table, levels of calcium and magnesium are measured in “grains per gallon” (gpg). Again, the higher the gpg, the harder the water.

Here are a few measurements to help you better understand this often ambiguous definition: