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90 percent of homes have hard water: What are the effects?

Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, can be found in nearly 90 percent of American homes. These minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently. The scale may also harbor bacteria. The only way to truly remove the hard and soft scale from household water systems is with salt-based water softeners.The benefits of salt-based water softening are significant. Hard water scaling can cause your showerhead... read more
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Good lighting, games and garlic bites: 5 outdoor party tips

Whatever the occasion, you can take advantage of the sun and extra space outside for the perfect backyard party. Let these tips help you plan and get your outdoor space ready for guests.1. Cluster the conversation spotsWhen planning your backyard layout, think beyond the patio table, and provide more than enough seating for all. Arrange sofas and chairs...
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Insider tips and tactics for buying a home in a seller's market

Whether you're a millennial looking to buy your first home or a boomer thinking about downsizing your empty nest, you're probably aware that it's a seller's market out there.Homes are selling at lightning speed, bidding wars are commonplace, buyers often have little to no room for negotiation and the price of those homes keeps rising.But don't worry! Just...
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Bubble up your brunch with Prosecco cocktails

Everybody loves brunch, but without the bubbly, it's just breakfast. Add a festive cocktail to the mix, and suddenly you've got a celebration.The next time you're cooking up a weekend morning meal, be it a brunch-in-bed with that sweet someone or a noon-ish feast for friends, add authentic Italian flair to your crafty cocktails with Riondo Prosecco Spago...
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5 deep-cleaning jobs that are oddly satisfying

Whether its scrubbing through grime to reveal a sparkling surface, cleaning dust bunnies from under appliances or organizing your pantry, theres something oddly satisfying about a deep clean.According to a recent survey conducted on behalf of Clorox, lots of people get the good vibes flowing when its cleaning day. Seventy-one percent say it makes them feel relaxed, while...
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