Due to the growing popularity of in-home care for seniors, it's important to make sure you and your loved one are aware of the potential dangers present in the home for seniors living alone and prepare accordingly. You can help prevent falls and accidents by making changes to unsafe areas in the home with these tips.
How to clean rain gutters, with helpful gutter maintenance tips… During a rainstorm, gutters route runoff from a very large surface—a home’s roof—to where it can drain away from the building. By doing so, they protect siding, windows, doors, and foundations from water damage and help prevent flooding in basements.
Do you suspect that your water may contain unhealthy levels of contaminants? For the public’s protection, Congress enacted the Clean Water Drinking Act in 1974 and strengthened it in 1986, setting minimum water quality standards for most homeowners. The right water treatment device can solve drinking water problems. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that all utilities comply with the regulations. Enforcement is difficult on national, state, and local levels; not all known contaminants are on the list; and all testing isn’t necessarily accurate.
Fortunately, our biggest water suppliers—large metropolitan systems—tend to have the best drinking water because they have the equipment and resources for frequent, mandated testing (the frequency of testing depends on the number of people served).
Water typically comes in through worn, broken, or missing shingles; where nails have worked loose; or through corroded or poorly sealed roof flashing around vents, skylights, or chimneys or along the intersections of roof planes.
The source of most roof leaks is hard to find because it originates away from where the leak shows up. In order to find the source of a leak, follow a roofer’s advice and “think like water.”