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Snowbirds! Fly North This Summer With Your Phoenix Winter Vacation Home Secure

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

It’s May in Phoenix, Arizona and it’s getting hot!  You and your retired Snowbird friends are heading for a cooler climate.  Here are 35 strategies to help you secure your home for your departure.
There are a number of general things to do in preparation for “flying north.”  Make sure to update your emergency contact information with your Home Owners or Community Association including giving them the name of your emergency key holder and who has a key.  If available, sign up for any Vacation Watch programs your community offers.  Some police departments have vacation check programs. Notify them, and generally they will do a routine check of the house. While some will only drive by and look for suspicious activity, some will get out of their vehicles and inspect the grounds looking for any break-ins. If contact information is left with the police, they can phone the homeowners if there has been a break-in or disturbance.  Check to see if you need to renew your driver’s licenses and/or vehicle plates before leaving.

Arrange for services such as landscaping, pest control and pool services if needed.  Contact your internet provider and cable company to stop service or start vacation hold.  Arrange for mail forwarding and newspaper stop.  Ask a neighbor to pick up stray newspapers, flyers, packages etc. and make sure that neighbor has your contact information and a key.  Ask the neighbor to park in your driveway occasionally to make the home looks occupied.  Consider using a professional home watch company to care for your home.

If you have never done so, take photographs or videos of all your expensive items.  If needed this would be helpful for both the police and the insurance agency to identify the stolen goods. Store valuables in a place that a burglar could not access.  (i.e., take jewelry to a safe-deposit box, lock computers in closets, hide keys to extra cars, etc.)  Be sure to remove all valuables from sight.

In the kitchen remove food from the house to discourage pests. Store staples such as sugar or flour in sealed metal, glass or thick plastic containers.  The best refrigerator solution is to turn it off, empty it and prop open the doors.  The next best solution is to empty out items which will spoil and add items like bottles of water, etc. to help retain the cold and help the unit use less energy.  Don’t forget to turn off the ice maker and place a box of baking soda in the refrigerator to absorb odors.  If you have candles and plan to leave your refrigerator on, place the candles in the fridge so they don’t soften during the summer.

Regarding other appliances, put 2-3 tbsp. of vegetable oil in the dishwasher to keep the seals moist.  Do not latch the door.  Also put 2-3 tbsp. of vegetable oil in the garbage disposal to help keep it from locking up.  Remember to unplug other appliances throughout the house.  Open the door on the clothes washer.

With telephones turn off the ringers so thieves can’t hear if no one is answering the phone.  Don’t leave a message on the answering machine that tells callers you’re out-of-town.  Instead, say you’re away from the phone and you’ll get back to them.

To help add moisture for the furniture place several 5 gallon buckets of water around the house.  Close blinds.  If using timers, leave the blinds open slightly to let light shine out so the home looks occupied.  Open all doors to rooms and closets to allow for air flow.

Regarding water, in the bathrooms wrap toilet bowls with cling wrap to keep the water from evaporating.  Do not put bleach tablets in the tank. Turn off inside water valves at the washer, under sinks, and at toilets.  Valves like to be used.  Better yet, shut off the main water valve when leaving.

Change the furnace filter(s) especially if you are leaving the A/C on.  You could turn it off completely but if not, set it to a high temperature (95) in the summer.  Check / close fireplace damper.  Lock all doors and windows placing wood dowels in the tracks of sliders where possible.

Outside the home pick the remaining ripe fruit from trees to avoid falling fruit accumulating under the tree.  Trim trees and bushes away from the house so as not to obscure windows and doors.  Set the irrigation timer to the summer watering cycle.  Replace the 9v battery if not done so in a while.  Drain water features and treat with appropriate chemicals to avoid mosquito infestation.   Store the patio furniture and barbecue grill in the garage. 

Speaking of the garage, disconnect the car battery.  Leave golf cart batteries on trickle charge.  Fill the golf cart batteries and car battery.  Turn the water heater to vacation or pilot.  Disconnect hot water circulator or set it to the off position.

Just before leaving shut off the house main water valve but do not touch the landscaping water valves.  Unplug the garage door opener or lock garage door.  Turn on the security system if you have one.  Double check that all doors and windows are locked making sure the door between the garage and the house is locked.  Leave by the front door and lock it!

Now you’re set to enjoy your trip!

Roger Selway
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The Scoop on Frigidaire Water Filters

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Before you buy new Frigidaire water filters, let me tell you about better, safer option.  While using your refrigerators dispenser is a better option than buying bottled water, it still is not the best option.  Here’s why.

The contaminants that are present in local water supplies include chlorine, THMs, VOCs, lead, traces of prescription drugs, herbicides, pesticides, industrial solvents, gasoline additives and other chemicals.  There are different models of Frigidaire water filters.  Each model fits different appliances.  None of them remove all of these things.  Some remove chlorine and other contaminants, but not one model removes THMs or VOCs.  They simply cannot include enough steps in that tiny cartridge.

In addition, bacteria are known to build up on and around the dispensers.  Eventually, you may see that disconnecting the system, bottling your own water in glass containers and filling ice trays with properly filtered water is the best choice.  Hopefully, this article will convince you of that.  First, let’s look at THMs and VOCs.

THMs are present in every publicly treated supply, because they are formed when disinfectants interact with bacteria, algae and other life forms.  VOCs have been found in over 800 test sites around the US, as well as other countries.  Ingesting these chemicals causes a variety of chronic and life threatening health problems.  They build up in the organs of our body, over time.  The phrase “body burden” has been used to refer to this build-up.

Since the chemicals are toxic, the body works to dispose of them, which creates a burden on the bodily systems, particularly the liver and kidneys.  The bladder and colon are also affected, because the toxins may become trapped in the tissues there, instead of passing out of the body.  That is believed to be the root cause of bladder cancer, a relatively common form of the disease.

Since, Frigidaire water filters do not remove these chemicals, drinking from your refrigerators dispenser is not the best way to protect your long-term health.  There are systems that will attach to your kitchen faucet that WILL protect your long-term health by removing them.  Researchers have shown that exposure to THMs doubles the individual risk of bladder cancer.  They think it is THMs that are largely to blame for the prevalence of that disease.

If you like your water chilled, there is a reason for that.  But, instead of using your dispenser and replacing your Frigidaire water filters, consider purchasing some glass containers, along with an effective faucet filter.  Store the containers in your refrigerator and enjoy the difference that drinking out of a glass makes. 

Glass containers do not leach chemical contaminants into the liquids stored within them.  Plastic bottles, such as those commonly used by bottling companies, do.  Production of plastics is cheaper than glass.  It is also less costly, because companies don’t have to worry about breakage.  If you are beginning to see some high-priced water in glass containers on your grocer’s shelf, now you know why. 

My suggestion is to stop buying Frigidaire water filters, turn-off the dispenser, install a good purifier and start protecting your family. If you have a few minutes to spare, please feel free to browse through my website.

Gordon Hall
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Keep Your Health in Check With Water Filters

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

Nowadays, there seems to be a growing concern with the type of water we drink. There are several problems with regard to contamination of water therefore there seems to be a growing need for water filters.

Most health problems could be closely related with contaminated water. Problems with our digestion are one of the most common problems we can get if ever we drink contaminated water. We will most often hear physicians asking us about the type of water we drink if ever we come to them complaining about our stomach ache and digestion. Even worse, contaminated water can cause problems and poses danger to our skin, lunch and heart. The only way we can protect ourselves and our families from contaminated water is by buying ourselves water filters.

Water contamination is caused by a lot of several factors. Even though your local government has provided treatments and alternatives for fighting contaminated water, how can you be assured that the water you will drink is really one hundred percent clean?

What can actually do in order to ensure that what you’re drinking is clean and safe aside from taking care of the current water situation in your area? Even if we try our very best to think of our future, of having crystal clear waters, there is no discounting the fact that the type of water we have right now is intoxicated and potentially dangerous to the health because of the presence of several dangerous toxins.

You could probably try buying bottled water and fill your home refrigerator with several bottles but that could be very expensive. Of course you cannot use bottled water when brushing your teeth, taking a bath or washing your hands because that would definitely be a waste of money. So what’s a better alternative you might ask? A better alternative would be water filters that are designed especially for your home.

You might want to check out all the different types and varieties of water filter available online. You might also want to take a look at refrigerator water filters which can guarantee that your drinking water is clean at all times and consider buying one altogether. Make sure that you keep your health and that of your family’s always in check by purchasing your own water filer system right now before it even becomes too late.

Mitch Edwards
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What Do Maytag Water Filters Offer?

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Maytag water filters, like so many others, are somewhat behind the times.  Hopefully, they’ll catch up eventually.  In the meantime, let’s look at what they currently offer and how we can get better protection.  If it’s time to replace your filter, it may be time to take a different approach.

Maytag offers Puri-Clean I and II.  System I is advertised as removing chlorine, lead, cysts and sediment.  First of all, no system completely “removes” these things.  They may “reduce” them by 99% or better, but the brochures that accompany the Puri-clean systems do not indicate the percent of reduction.

System II reduces chlorine, lead, asbestos, cysts, lindane, Atrazine and sediment.  That’s a little better, but the filter is not compatible with older refrigerator models.  So, you either buy a new refrigerator or you stop using your dispenser and buy a filtration unit for your kitchen faucet, instead.

Even if you bought their latest model, there are some chemicals that Maytag water filters do not remove.  One group is present whenever chlorine is used for disinfection.  They are called trihalomethanes or THMs.

There have been numerous scientific studies concerning the risk of THM exposure, because they are known carcinogens.  At one time, it was believed that the amount that was present in publicly treated supplies was “safe”.  Even though, many scientists warned that there was no way to actually determine a safe level of consumption for any chemical, since they combine with other chemicals, which increases their toxicity.

But, regulating agencies needed some sort of guideline, so maximum contamination levels (MCLs) were established.  Using those MCLs, researchers evaluated the cancer-risk from consumption, inhalation during a shower and dermal absorption.  They also tested individuals in their homes, after drinking and showering in unfiltered water.  It was found that the blood levels were higher after a 15 minute shower than they were after drinking a liter.

Since there are no Maytag water filters that reduce THMs, they cannot help reduce your cancer risk.  The latest research indicates that the amounts we are normally exposed to increase our lifetime risk of bladder cancer by two-fold.  To reduce the risk, you need a faucet filter with special resins that traps the chemicals.  To further reduce your risk, you can install one in the shower, as well.

You might be wondering if all refrigerator systems are like the Maytag water filters.  From the research that I have done, it looks like they are.  It seems to take the manufacturers too long to respond to new research.  Atrazine and lindane, for example, are common herbicides and pesticides.  They also cause cancer.  Over seven years ago, studies were published concerning the presence of these contaminants in publicly treated supplies, but only the refrigerator models have a filter that traps them.

The studies concerning THMs continue to come in.  The most commonly quoted report was only published in 2008.  That means that it will probably be several years before Maytag water filters catch up.  Until then, buy an effective purifier and drink from your faucet.  That’s the best choice you can make. If you have two minutes to spare, please feel free to browse through my website.

Gordon Hall
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Water Filtration Options for Home Owners

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Whole-house water filtration systems can be expensive, there’s no doubt about that.  You can easily plop down just as much money for an in-home water softener and filter combo as you would for a solid used car it would likely last you five-to-ten years.  However, what many homeowners do not realize is that there are actually several options available for those who are just looking for cleaner water, or who are looking to eliminate odors from their current water supply.

Whole-house water filtration systems

Many homeowners know about the water filters that attach themselves to their house’s water supply.  In some cases, these water softeners and filtration systems came with the property when it was purchased, and other times, the whole-house system seems to be the only logical option available. 

Whole-house water filter systems, if they were not included with the purchase of a new home, can be expensive, though.  You may be able to pick up a decent water filter system for less than $800, but in many cases you can expect to pay upwards of $1,000 or even $3,000 or more for a comprehensive water softener and filtration system. 

Individualized options – portable water filters

For those who tend to like the less-expensive route, at least when you look at the short-term costs — there are a number of “portable” water filtration options for homeowners on a budget, or who prefer portability over a fixed treatment option.

Shower-head water filters

Shower head water filters are exactly what the name implies — you attach these filters to your shower’s head, or in some cases, the filter actually includes a shower head, and that’s about it.  These types of filters are generally very inexpensive, usually under $100, and the filters can last anywhere from 6 months to a year or more; this depends on the brand, and how often you use the shower, though.

Kitchen water filters

Water filters for kitchens come in a few different forms — water pitcher filters, under-counter water filter systems, and counter top water filter systems.  If you are simply concerned with price — water pitcher filters are the way to go — oftentimes running under $20.  While this will give you a very easy way to purify your water for drinking and cooking, you have to keep in mind that the pitcher filter will take up room in your refrigerator, if you like your water cold.  Plus, the filters themselves, especially if you filter a lot of water, will need to be replaced on a regular basis.

Under-counter and counter top water filters run anywhere between $90 – $250 or more, depending on what you need out of your system.  They each have their drawbacks, but because they are oftentimes connected directly to your water’s supply, you do not have to mess with heating and cooling of water to suit your current needs.

In reality, there are several options available to homeowners who want cleaner, and more pleasant tasting water.  Now that you know what is available, it’s up to you to decide what works best for you.

Rachel Jakobsen
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Discount Water Filters, For Home Use

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Water and ice from your Maytag refrigerator is a treat any time of the day or night. The water you get from the Maytag refrigerator is a refreshing jolt that tastes good and you want to know it good for you at the same time. What you really need for your refrigerator is the discount maytag ukf7003axx water filter that is going to purify all those things you don’t want in your water, to take it out of your drinking water.

Discount maytag ukf7003axx water filters are available for your purchase online, where you can save money, and you will save time in your search for refrigerator water filters at the same time. The Maytag filers fits all Maytag and Jenn Air refrigerators, so if your filter needs a change now is the time to take action and order online. It can be difficult to find this type of filter in all hardware stores, so we make it easy for you to find just what you are looking for all in one place.

So, what are you going to be removing from you water by using the discount maytag ukf7003axx water filters that we provide you with? You can remove lead from your water, cysts from the water, and chlorine from the water (you can remove up to 75% of the chlorine) and you can also remove turbidity, and particulates from the water. While you may not be able to ’see’ these things in your water, they are there, just as you do not see the chlorine, but you can smell and taste it as well. The Maytag refrigerator is a good solid base as an appliance, and the added benefits of the ukf7003axx water filters give you even more to depend on than you would have ever thought possible when it comes to your health and your body. For more info see http://www.ewatertreatmentsystems.com/

You might want to keep in mind that the Discount maytag ukf7003axx water filter does not remove fluoride from the water. If you feel fluoride is a problem in your water, or that you are allergic to fluoride, you should not rely on the Discount maytag ukf7003axx water filter to solve this problem in your home.

Discount maytag ukf7003axx water filters are installed easily on your refrigerator. First, you will turn the old filter in a counter clockwise manner. You will feel the filter become loose as you continue to twist. As you pull the filter down, the water should shut off on it’s own and you will have no problems there. As you put the new filter in place, you will turn the new filter in a clockwise motion and it will turn until tight. No real tools are needed, and you can then put your refrigerator back into place and begin enjoying your fresh water, cool, clean water from your refrigerator once again.

Amanda Fain
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3 Reason Why Having a Kitchen Water Filter Makes Sense

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

It is a universal fact that our body is made up of more than 70% liquid. With this information, it is no wonder that water is a very important component of our body and is central to the smooth operation of our body systems. From the delivery of oxygen to our heart to the transportation of other minerals and nutrients in our body, water has become a central medium. That is why for our subsistence, we have to drink at least 8 glasses of water.

 Unfortunately, not every water we drink is good for our health. Since most water we drink just comes from the faucets in our home, there is a very big chance of drinking contaminated water. This would not be very good for you because chlorinated water are generally associated with the birth of cancer cells. To avoid the 93% cancer risk that chlorinated water has, it is important to use water filters, specifically kitchen water filter that can decontaminate the food we eat and the water we drink.

 A large number of able chefs require a kitchen water filter. Since cooking is not just about food preparation but also about tasty and healthy foods, most chefs utilize filtered water in their kitchen. Chlorine is largely used in tap water to kill the bacteria and germs in it. Unfortunately, it is also a very strong chemical which can alter that taste of the original recipe. Because of this, de-chlorinated water is most often required by talented chefs.

 Kitchen water filter also aid in the preservation and care of the dishes and utensils we use in the kitchen. Since water becomes decontaminated after passing through a water filter, washing the dishes and utensils with it will prevent the bacteria from eating up the materials of the utensils and dishes.
 
 Having a kitchen water filter makes it accessible for us to drink purified water right after eating. There would be no need to root for it in the refrigerator since clean water can already be accessed conveniently in the sink.

 As a guide, good kitchen water filter and filtration devices involve two stages of filtration and may remove two types of harmful contaminants. The first stage involves the removal of fine particles such as sand, mud, silt, carpospores, asbestos and other insoluble elements in the water. On the other hand, the second stage should be able to remove sediment filters such as polyesters, fibers and other porous ceramic materials.

 Another type of kitchen water filter may involve a separate stage of removing dissolved pollutants such as unstable organic chemicals, mercury, lead, copper, synthetic chemicals and specific pharmaceutical drugs. This may be in the form of an activated carbon kitchen water filter which absorbs these contaminants from the water.

 Most hardware stores and water supplies store sell kitchen water filters. If you are serious in preventing cancer in the family, in preserving the taste of the food you cook and the kitchen utensils you use and in purifying the water your children drink, be sure to get a kitchen water filter.

John
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Save Money With A Homemade Water Filter

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

It shouldn’t be much to ask to have clean water pouring from your faucets. However, not many of us know what exactly is in the water we drink. We know that it’s processed somewhere at our local water treatment plant, but what about the impurities that can collect in the water during the trip from the treatment plant to our homes?

What if bacteria or other impurities get in the water and then you ingest them by drinking the water you assume is safe? You can do something about your water purity and you don’t have to spend a fortune doing it. There are many ways you can make a homemade water filter and you can use some objects you probably already have around the house.

Coffee Filters

When you prepare coffee in the morning, you fill the coffee maker up with water, you put the coffee in a filter and then you turn it on. Why do you use a filter? Well, for one, you use a filter so that you don’t get a coffee cup full of coffee grounds but you also use it to get rid of impurities and other such substances that may be in the water or the coffee itself.

These coffee filters don’t just have to be used for coffee, however. You can fit a coffee filter over a pitcher, or even your kitchen faucet and you can pour the water through it into the pitcher, and then stick it in your refrigerator. When you’re ready to drink, you have cold, fresh, clean water that you purified yourself using a homemade water filter.

The trick is to look around your house for anything that might help you remove the impurities from your water. Store bought water filters are great but why waste your money if you can make a homemade water filter? By using a little innovation and a lot of imagination, you can find a homemade water filter so that you can have fresh, clean drinking water and you can save your money that you would have wasted on a store bought filter.

Just remember, that store bought filters are meant to last a long time, whereas a homemade water filter probably won’t last more than one or two times. So, you could save money making a homemade water filter but if you’re looking for quality and a brand name you can trust, your best bet is to spring for the store bought filter.

Ann Marier
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Your Old Water Filter May Be Making You Sick!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

If you can’t remember the last time you put in a new water filter, chances are it’s time for a new one. Most manufacturers recommend that you change the water filter in your refrigerator every six months, but it really does depend on how frequently it is used and what it is filtering out of your water.

Most water filtration systems use some type of carbon substance because carbon has the potential to absorb many of the chemicals found in water. With the recent development of solid carbon block filter, the water takes longer to strain and provides more time for the carbon to absorb bacteria, pesticides and other contaminating substances that can cause illness. Failure to change these carbon block filters at the manufacturers recommendations can compromise the absorption of harmful substances and forcing them into your drinking water.

Your refrigerator may have a fiber filter. Fiber water filters are made of tightly wrapped fibers of rayon or spun cellulose which trap rust, lead and other sediments found in water. Replacing your filter every six months will avoid a build-up of sediments that slow the filter and stop it from filtering effectively.

Changing your water filter is very easy and all filters come with easy to install instructions. Most filters can be removed by making a 1/4 turn to the left to unlock the filter and then pulling it out of the housing. Replacing the filter simply requires you to insert a new filter into the housing and make a 1/4 turn to the right.

Most replacement filters are inexpensive, shop around online for the best deals. Put a sticker with the next replacement date right on the water filter before replacing it and you won’t forget when it need s to be done. Replacing your water filter will ensure that it properly filters your water and keeps it safe for you and your family to drink.

Tommy Thompson
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Essential Tips About Your Refrigerator Water Filter

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Refrigerators preserves our food fresh and crisp until we are ready to consume it as well as it provides us with ice and cold water which is essential in the summer but not only. The water that flows freely from the tap is contaminated with different types of bacteria, chemicals, minerals and pesticides due to which reason all refrigerators that produce ice and provide cold water will also have a refrigerator water filter system.

The Life Span Of the Refrigerator Water Filter

The life span of your refrigerator water filter depends mostly on how much it is used and in the amount of contaminants found in the water. Most refrigerators that have these features will also have guide lines on when you should change the refrigerator water filter, which should not be more then six months at a time even if the use is minimal.

Most refrigerator water filters use the charcoal systems because they are the most powerful and guarantee to remove approximately 95% of the contaminants found in water at all time; the filter wears out in approximately six months with the amount o bacteria present in the water and can leak if not replaced.

Shopping For Refrigerator Water Filters

Every fridge brand is designed differently therefore it is suggested you look for refrigerator water filters at designated authorized dealers for the brand of your fridge. Always read the instruction carefully on how to change the filters and if you have heavy usage of water and ice keep an eye on the filter and change it as often as required.

Clean Water Ensured A Healthy Lifestyle

A variety of diseases can derive from water some of which can be fatal to weaker immune systems such as are those of infants or elderly folks therefore water filters should be considered not only for the refrigerator but also for the tap that you use otherwise for drinking purposes. Cooking usually does not need filtered water as through the boiling process it kills all available bacteria.

Water filters are also used for showering to ensure healthy skin and you can attach them locally at the shower head or you can get water filters for the entire house and then use it whenever you need. Releasing clan water back in the environment will be yet another in build benefit that you can take credit and enjoy when you are using water filter system.

Ann Marier
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