The Most Important Plumbing in Your House

The Most Important Plumbing in Your House

All Hail the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve The combination of temperature and pressure is no joke when it comes to heating water. If you have never seen an exploding water heater, watch this video: , then imagine this happening inside your house! I could bore you with the math, so I will spare the details; suffice it to say that a water heater can accumulate […]

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Detecting The Silent Killer – Understanding Carbon Monoxide

Detecting The Silent Killer – Understanding Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that often enters our homes due to incomplete combustion of gas, oil, and wood-fired home appliances. Prolonged exposure to carbon monoxide can make people sick and even kill, earning carbon monoxide gas the dubious moniker of “the silent killer.” In Washington State, in 2013, carbon monoxide detectors became required for all new residential construction as well […]

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Daylight Savings: A Great Day to Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries

Daylight Savings: A Great Day to Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries

If you are like me, you wait until the smoke detector starts chirping at you before you replace the batteries. If you are also like me, the chirping commences at about 1 in the morning and you wake up, bleary with sleep, cursing the creator of smoke detectors and try and find replacement 9-volt batteries in a mild sleep deprived rage. Many fire departments recommend […]

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Preparing Your Home for an Earthquake (Full story)

Preparing Your Home for an Earthquake (Full story)

9 Tips for Preparing for the Big One Roughly 50 miles west of Washington State, under thousands of feet of chilly green Pacific Ocean water, lies the Cascadia subduction zone where the dense Pacific plate dives underneath the lighter North American plate. Running a distance of over 1000 kilometers from northern Vancouver Island, BC to northern California, this massive fault is storing energy as the […]

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Are you this prepared? (Short)

Are you this prepared? (Short)

This homeowner found this great storage container on the internet and had it delivered to his house. His family is prepared with two weeks of food and water in the event of a large earthquake. Are you?

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