Home Improvement

For centuries, harvesting rainwater has been a common practice essential for everyday life. Even today, cisterns and other rain harvesting systems are common in Australia, the Bahamas, Europe, India, and countless third world countries. There are in fact many people around the world who still depend primarily on rainwater as the water they need for daily living.

In addition to offering a practical solution when water supplies become limited or access becomes interrupted, rainwater harvesting systems not only contain storm water runoff, but these systems can store water for emergency or alternative use for flushing toilets, irrigation, pressure washing, or washing cars and clothing. Stored rainwater can even be purified and used for drinking water. With a variety of filtration and processing systems to choose from, there are few limits to the plethora of ways a stored rainwater reserve can be used to backup your regular water supply.

The near neutral PH of filtered and processed rainwater makes it safe for a variety of domestic and commercial applications. Rainwater is soft water, so it is healthy for appliances. Rainwater is free and so can reduce overhead for commercial enterprises, not to mention that using rainwater recycles our natural resources.

What is a Rainwater Harvesting System?

Depending on the size of the use will determine how big the system needs to be. Your rainwater collection system can be as simple as one or more rainwater cisterns, or rain water barrels connected to the downspouts of your home gutters. Or if you prefer, you can construct a more elaborate system piece by piece.

A complete system for rainwater collection could include either above ground or below ground storage tanks. While above ground tanks are easier to install, they can definitely be more expensive and less attractive. Below ground tanks might require some digging, but they are less prone to evaporation since they are underground and not in direct sunlight. Preventing evaporation may be extremely important- especially in drier climates-depending on how much you rely on your rainwater supply.

Install your own Rainwater Harvesting System

You may be both excited and overwhelmed at the thought of collecting rainwater and all the benefits which come along with doing so. Once you are ready to begin building your rainwater collection system, you will be ready to begin a worthwhile, rewarding endeavor. So do not hesitate, contact a pump supplier and get your own rainwater harvesting system installed.

Home Improvement

There’s no way to guarantee that your abode will ever be 100 percent fireproof, but it goes without saying that everyone should want to take whatever preventive measures they can. By the U.S. Fire Administration’s estimates, more than 3,400 deaths and 17,500 injuries occur due to fire every year in this country, and that’s not even taking into account all the fire damage caused to property. Meanwhile the American Red Cross reports that fires end more lives in America than all other types of natural disasters put together.

But there are plenty of simple steps you can take to improve the odds against you, your family, and your home falling victim to a fire.

Don’t Smoke Indoors

Clearly, smoking at all can make you more likely to develop all kinds of nasty health ailments. But smoking indoors, especially in a bedroom, greatly improves the odds of a still-lit cigarette butt finding its way onto flammable material. In fact, the National Fire Prevention Association cites smoking as the number one cause of fire-related deaths.

Run a Monthly Fire Drill

Everyone knows to keep at least one smoke detector in their home, but when was the last time you heard of anyone testing their fire alarm? The USFA recommends deliberately activating your smoke alarm once a month to know if batteries, or the alarm itself, need to be replaced. In addition, it could be crucially helpful to map out potential escapes routes, and rehearse where household members should go in the event of a fire. According to the Red Cross, only a little more than a quarter of American families have gone over a fire escape plan, so you’ll immediately be better prepared than most people.

Be Careful While You Cook

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls attention to the kitchen as a place where fires hazards can occur. The agency recommends wearing short-sleeved shirts, or at least clothing that won’t leave anything dangling over a flame, while cooking. In addition, you should never take your eyes off food on a burning stove, and it’s not a good idea to leave anything flammable – towels or dish rags, for instance – near the stove.

Be Selective Where You Put Space Heaters

Electric space heaters can be a great way to cut down on your heating bills during the winter months. However, the CDC notes that you should be careful not to place them anywhere near bookshelves, waste paper baskets, or anything that could catch fire.

Educate the Young Ones

Some children enjoy playing with matches, but it’s very important that parents dissuade them from thinking of fire as a source for amusement. According to the USFA, kids are statistically more likely to need emergency services for injures or worse from fire than any other segment of the population. Make sure any matches or lighters in your home are tucked far, far away from little hands, and talk to youngsters about the dangers of fire.