Preparing Yourself and House for Winter, Part One

It’s something I don’t like to think about but winter is upon us and before we see any weather that can potentially harm our home or even our own well-being, it would be advisable to take precautions now.  So we did some research as to how to prepare ourselves and homes for winter. Let’s start…

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Sewer Backups – A Homeowner’s Nightmare

Did you see the news story on Channel 9, KMBC, recently regarding the homeowner whose sewer was backing up in the basement?  According to the plumber (serviced by Bob Hamilton Plumbing) who cleaned out the line, the cause was tree roots.  Due to the dry conditions we have been experiencing for the last year, trees…

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Why You Should Love Your Trees

Well I was drinking a peach-flavored Snapple Tea one day and read the “Real Fact” under the lid.  It stated that a full-grown tree produces enough oxygen to support a family of four.  Another similar statistic from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is that one acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and…

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Rain Gutters – One of the Best Investments to Be Made By Homeowners

We understand the necessity of rain gutters once we know the purpose they serve:  To collect and divert rainwater away from a building’s foundation.  Gutters prevent water from running down the side of a building entering interior walls and seeping into the basement.  Overflowing gutters can also allow water to run over or behind the…

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Drought Continues Despite the Snow

If you haven’t read the cover article in The Kansas City Star today regarding drought conditions in our area – I would recommend you do so.  It’s fascinating to learn that although we’ve experienced above normal snowfall this winter season we are still below normal in moisture.  This is due to the fact that the…

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The Water Paradox

“Water, water, everywhere/Nor any drop to drink”, a well-known verse from the poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by English poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  This verse well illustrates the paradox of water.  The sailors in the poem needed water to drink and had water all around them; but to drink the ocean’s salty offering…

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Trees; What to consider when purchasing and or planting them.

   Trees – What Kind to Plant     My dad loved Weeping Willow trees.  He dug up a sapling growing in a ditch and transplanted it to our backyard.  It had plenty of room to grow and it thrived.  Choosing a tree can be an emotional decision but it’s probably best to exercise some…

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