How Lead Gets Into Drinking Water

• Lead can enter drinking water when service pipes that contain lead corrode.

• The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder, from which significant amounts of lead can enter into the water, especially hot water. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder.

• The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) has reduced the maximum allowable lead content.

• The SDWA was implemented in 1974 with the most recent amendments, including the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), implemented in 2015.

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Doing Your Own Furnace and AC Maintenance Can Cost You

There are those of us who know how to perform furnace and AC preventive maintenance. And then there is everyone else – those who understand the importance of maintaining furnaces and air conditioners and those whose involvement ends at the thermostat. While there are YouTube tutorials and do-it-yourself guides for virtually every home improvement issue under the sun, there are some things best left to professionals.

HVAC systems are complex, sophisticated machines that require specialized maintenance. Instead of risking damage or your personal safety, it’s best to know what you should and should not do as a homeowner in terms of maintenance.

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7 Things to Keep in Mind About Air Conditioner Replacement

Capacity and efficiency are often confused and commonly misunderstood. Capacity is how well your air conditioner will cool your whole house. Does your current air conditioner cool your entire home evenly and effectively? You may need to consider investing in a larger AC unit, a different configuration, or a supplemental system that boosts the effectiveness of your existing air conditioner. Whatever you decide, United can provide you with competitive estimates for any air conditioning needs.

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