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California wildfires have previously led to toxic contamination in local drinking water. Boiling advisories, filters, and smell tests are not enough to protect residents. What can you do to ensure your water is safe after these tragically destructive events?

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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are everywhere. From industry, agriculture, transportation, and everyday household products–once VOCs contaminate drinking water, they can be hard to remove. Learn what VOCs are, how to detect them, the health risks, and how can you protect your water against VOC contamination.

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Have you ever walked into your home and been greeted by an utterly unpleasant smell coming from one of your drains? While stinky drains are certainly unwanted, the good news is that the majority of the time they are entirely non-toxic. Read on to learn about the low-cost and highly effective ways to treat smelly drains.

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From temporary shutdowns like those related to COVID-19 to seasonal occupancy, long periods of reduced water use can lead to a variety of potential hazards when turning the tap back on. While there is currently no standard for safely reopening a building, this guide to flushing fixtures before using inactive plumbing can help keep you safe.

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Buying a home water treatment system gives you more control over your own quality, but knowing the difference between point-of-entry (POE) or point-of-entry (POU) can help you find the best filter options.

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While we talk a lot about drinking water, it's not the only way we are exposed to potential contaminants. Showering is another way we encounter many hazards lurking in water. In this piece, we look at the water quality risks and concerns exist in shower water and what type of shower filters, if any, are effective.

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The pipes that carry your tap water come in a variety of materials–from lead to copper to plastic. With lead piping now illegal and copper piping very expensive, that brings us to one of the most popular plumbing materials today: plastic. But is it safe? We investigate the pros and cons of plastic pipes.

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