What's your number?

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A few weeks ago, we mentioned our sticker shock upon receiving our quarterly water bill. Since then, we've added another person to our household: Mother (and her dog) are staying with us for a couple of months. When we freaked out at our $300 bill, Mom commented (in her mother-in-law way) "$100 a month for water for a family of 6 isn't so bad. Other people pay more." But mom's not paying the bill....
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A Good Garbage Disposal Makes Dishes Fun. Really.

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A few years ago, we hosted our first Thanksgiving Dinner; a home-cooked affair for about 35 people, including all the in-laws.  Midway through cooking the meal, the garbage disposal failed in a big way: it didn’t have enough horsepower grind the celery waste.  Here’s an appetizing image (NOT): a watery backlog celery strings gurgling up from the kitchen sink just in time for dinner. ...
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5 Tips for Increasing Your Water Heater’s Life Span

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In today's busy world, unexpected hot water heater failure can rapidly create havoc in your home life. A broken water heater means time off work, finding a suitable replacement, working with a reputable plumber, and -- worst of all -- cold showers. The popular manufacturers (A. O. Smith, American, Whirlpool, Bradford White, and others), suggest the life of a water heater is 8-12 years. Fortunately...
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Spring Yard Work: Turn on the outside faucets

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Ahhhh, spring! As our thoughts turn to warm weekends, flower beds, washing cars, and sprinklers, it's time to turn on the outside faucets. Thinking back to last Fall, the early cold snap caught a lot of people off guard – freezing temps set in before many thought to disconnect their garden hose and turn off the water to outside faucets. If that happened to you, now is a good time to check your out...
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Reclaim your damp basement with a sump pump

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If you live in a hilly region, like Cincinnati, Ohio, you may know first hand how it feels to find water flowing into or backing up into your basement. A very effective method of channeling this water away from the home is to dig a "Sump" or hole to in your basement floor. Then you place a pump within the hole that is connected to a drain pipe to channel the water outside. Sump pumps assist not on...
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Allied's sewer pipe camera videos get to the root of it

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It's not the most glamorous movie you've ever watched, but it is one of the most informational, when it comes to maintaining your home. Allied Reddi-Rooter can videotape external drains for blockage due to waste, objects accidentally placed in the plumbing and tree roots, to name a few of the culprits. Other issues can involve cracks in your pipes due to degrading material, soil movement, or ...
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