27
July

My Water Hardness Story: How Did I Select My First Water Softening System?

By Giles /

The main reason why most of us look for water softener reviews online or water softening system buying guides is because of the challenges that a hard water brings. Once I was fed up with clogged pipes, damaged water appliances, faded clothes and lime scale residue everywhere; I decided to get myself a quality water softening system. I read reviews on www.watersoftener-review.com and discovered that it wasn’t so difficult to purchase a quality water softening system.

  1. Do you need a water softener?

When buying a water softener, first, you have to make sure that you actually have hard water that needs to be softened. That way, you won’t waste money on purchasing a water softening system when you don’t really need it. You can easily test for hardness by checking if you have spots or stains on your clothes and dishes after washing them. Hard water is basically water that has too many mineral grains, which makes it unhealthy for domestic use. Although it does not really have any health risks, it can clog pipes, damage water appliances, clothing and dishes. This is why water softeners are needed when you have hard water.

  2. How much water do you need?

You should also consider how much water you need every day. After taking note of how much water we consume in my home, I realized that a water softening system with an average capacity would be ideal. Water softener manufacturers usually indicate the capacity of softened water that the softening system produces every day. You should look out for the water softening system that would give out just enough water for you and your family. If you have a large family, you would need a lot of water and so a water softener with a large capacity would be ideal, but if not, you can just purchase one with a small capacity.

  3. Think about installation costs

Water softening system installations can be difficult, or even expensive if you have to hire the services of a plumber. Buying a water softening system that has an easy installation process which you can do yourself is advisable. You can also look out for water softening systems whose company’s provide installation services. Ensure you negotiate the price of installation so that you don’t spend much money. I preferred a water softener with an easy DIY installation process because it was straightforward to install; although it all depends on how good you are with tools.

  4. Health Requirements

There are salt-based water softeners, and salt-free water softeners. As the name implies, salt-based water softeners make use of salts when softening the water. When searching for the perfect water softener, I realized that those with special health requirements, especially those who have to limit their salt intake, cannot use a salt-based water softener. This is because the salt in the water would increase the level of the person’s salt intake. If this is the case for you or any member of your family, you should consider the salt-free water softener.

When you are finally sure of what exactly you want, you would easily pick out the water softening system that is ideal for you and your family. All that really matters is the size and the type of water softener that you think is best. Remember that water softening systems need constant maintenance and cleaning, especially salt-based water softeners which require the replacement of the salt on a constant basis.

 

There is also the usual concern of water pressure. Before purchasing my water softener, I heard myths that water softening systems reduce water pressure. No one enjoys low water pressure, but after much research, I found out that as long as your water softener isn’t undersized, or installed incorrectly, it would not cause low water pressure. This is why you are advised to hire a plumber when installing a water softening system so that an incorrect installation won’t mess with your whole plumbing system.

Basically, a water softening system is great when you need it, and as long as you purchase the ideal one and install it correctly. All that is needed after purchase is to clean it often and properly maintain it so that you can enjoy clean, healthy, soft water.


24
February

2018 Interior Design Trends that are so over in 2019

By Giles /

Maintaining a home that is trendy is ideal for the modern social family. Having guests over to admire your home decor aesthetic and creating an inviting atmosphere is important. Avoid these interior design trends that have been overdone and should be making their way out of your home decor inspiration!

2018 Interior Design Trends that are so over in 2019

Also Tips to enhance your Home Decor in 2019

Accent Walls:

While this can be a budget friendly way to incorporate an eye-catching feature in an otherwise simple room, accent walls are becoming overdone. Instead, look for a textured wallpaper that adds an unexpected element. The possibilities are endless and it can make for a great conversation starter.

Accent Wall
Textured Walls or Wallpapers are great to spice up your Home

Fast Furniture:

For the budget-conscious, fast furniture can be an affordable way to piece together a room. This simple style is quickly being replaced by vintage pieces that have durability. People are moving towards seeking out consignment shops, garage sales and other sources to search for pieces that are both functional and pretty.

          Fast Furniture Trend

Rustic Doors and Vintage Metal Mirrors has always been classic accessories when it comes to Home Decor

Industrial Theme:

This look, which allows for exposed appliances and Edison bulbs, has gained popularity; however this trend is moving towards less focus on the appliances and more emphasis on prettier and more interesting features. It is likely you will see softer features that have a cohesive flow moving forward.

Simple and Asymmetrical Bulbs were huge in 2018

This year switch to incognito mode with these pretty asymmetrical Photo Frames and minimalist multipurpose Wooden Shelf

Minimalist Theme:

While this trend has been going strong, it appears that all white-bare spaces are losing their steam. Minimalist spaces often give a cold impression, as though the home is not truly lived in. If you are a someone who loves to invite guests over for social events, do not be afraid to embrace bold colors that show off your personality.

 

All White with a hint of contrasting color was all anyone could think about in 2018
This year embrace the bold, and fill your Home with bright colors

Rose Gold Accents:

The ever-so popular rose-gold has taken the decor world by storm, but seemingly has lost its staying power due to its overuse. Rose gold, a bold accent color in itself, can be hard to match other features of a room. Instead, opt for simpler metallic shades, such as silver and gold, which have a timeless quality. It is easier to match bold pops of color with gold or silver than it is with rose gold, which leaves more decor possibilities open for your trendy home.

Rose-gold was the most sought after home decor in 2018, but it has become overrated due to its overuse.
In 2019, keep it simple with gold and silver shades and bring back the old timeless beauty to your Home.

Lack of Texture:

In addition to lacking color, 2018 was the year of minimal textures. Say goodbye to rooms that include the same shade for every piece. If you are going for a monochromatic look , you can mix and match shades and metals to achieve a fun effect that is certainly not boring!

Monochromatic decor gives an illusion of spaciousness, but it gives a dark and moody vibes.
If you can’t do without a monochromatic look, you can subtly mix and match shades, adding some fun to the whole moody look!

Cheesy Decor:

Think nautical or rustic farmhouse. While these decor themes have become fan favorites, they have also quickly become copied by everyone under the sun. These themes can also go from chic to cheesy in a hot minute. An alternative is to pick a select few pieces that have a rustic vibe or beach cottage feel and incorporate them into your aesthetic. By carefully selecting pieces, you can still opt for other motif styles.

Extremely cute and girly decor was huge in 2018, well we are bored now.
A well balance between cute and elegant should be your go-to in 2019

You may also want to read my water softener buying story here. I will soon be updating this blog with reviews of more modern home appliances.

Mason Jars:

While these handy jars can provide a lot of decor use, there is a shift moving towards local artisan created pieces. A handmade vase can be a lot more charming than an everyday mason jar originally used for canning. Decor enthusiasts are recognizing that artisan products have unique features that are one-of-a-kind, which is sure to spark a conversation with invited guests.

As Rose-gold, Major Jars has been used extensively throughout 2018, time to take a break from cute jars.
Time to move on from mason jars and take pride in collecting local artisan created pieces

 

Make sure that you stay ahead of the game by avoiding these outdated 2018 home decor trends as you prepare for your next home improvement or DIY project.

What home decor trend do you think will disappear? Is there a trend you think is here to stay? Comment below with your thoughts.