Making It Rain – Utilize Rain Water All Year Long

Real Estate Trends

Water supply is an ongoing concern for many, especially those living in drought-stricken areas. This is one reason why the conversation about collecting and utilizing rainwater as a means for battling supply challenges is ongoing. Real estate agents can use this information to help their clients better understand this trend in real estate.  Why Homeowners Are Collecting Rainwater

By collecting rain and storing it in a barrel or tank, homeowners can create a supply of water to use that doesn’t increase water bills or overwork groundwater resources.

An additional benefit of rainwater collection is that rain doesn’t contain the minerals found in wells or the chlorine in municipal supplies. Rain collection is ideal for large water usages such as watering the lawn, washing the car, doing the laundry and showering/bathing. It is generally not used for drinking; however, it can be if properly filtered.

Understanding Rainwater Collection Systems

Collection systems range from a single rain barrel placed at the end of a gutter downspout to an elaborate system that can hold enough water to supply your entire home.

A house with a sloped roof, gutters and/or downspouts is perfect for rainwater collection intended for lawn irrigation or other nonpotable uses. All that is needed is a tank, a wire/mesh gutter screen to keep debris out, and a way to remove the water from the tank.

Your tank (or cistern) can be made from a range of materials including metal, wood, stone, cement or fiberglass. Garden and home supply stores offer rain collection systems complete with your barrel, leaf screens and spouts. The costs vary but expect to pay from $50 – $300 for a complete barrel system. Depending on how you plan to use it will determine the type, cost and complexity.

The easiest and most cost-effective way to remove water from your collection tank is by gravity. If you want a more elaborate use for your water, you’ll need a pump. Pumps provide about 8 gallons of water a minute up to 500 feet away.

Regulations

Homeowners should check with their homeowners association to ensure they comply with such rules as placement, color and aize of the rain barrel.

If using collected rainwater for the entire home, homeowners should check local codes and ordinances.

Concerns

It’s a good idea to use a roof washer to remove leaves, debris and droppings to create a clean line for the water entering the storage tank.

Mosquitoes are a natural concern for any collection of standing water, so be sure that your tank is screened and covered. If you live in areas that freeze, allow your barrel to only fill three fourths full to allow water expansion in freezing temperatures.

Aesthetics of rain barrels were once a concern, but not as much anymore. With the wide variety of collection tanks available, your cistern doesn’t have to be an eyesore. Many agree that the wooden tanks meant to resemble wine casks are actually quite charming. A carefully, yet strategically, placed tank can be hidden so as not to detract from your homes beautiful landscape.

Cleaner Water For Your Home

Water Quality  for the Home

From appliances to paint colors to even water quality enhancements, your clients have a lot of decisions to make when they purchase their home. In particular, having clean, clear and safe running water is very important. And, thanks to advances in technology, determining what is in a home’s water and applying an appropriate filtration is easy. This article will help you inform your clients about those home water quality options.Here are the most common water problems and corresponding solutions:

The first step to improving the water quality in a home is to determine what type of water the home has and what contaminants are in it. Home kits or a water professional can determine this. Home kits are available at most hardware stores and are relatively inexpensive.

Hard water is one of the most common concerns for homeowners. Hard water – water that has a high mineral content – is most recognizable by heavy spotting on dishes, glasses, sinks, bathtubs and toilet bowls. This mineral buildup can also reduce the operating efficiency of any water-driven items and appliances and, worst of all, cause long-term pipe damage.

Once the water contaminant has been determined, the next step is choosing the best solution to remove it. It’s important to consider both operating and maintenance costs. Some solutions are as easy as choosing the appropriate filter and model, while others may require a chemical pump.

Filter systems come in various types of installation models such as:

• Faucet-mounted filters which are attached directly to the faucet.
• In-line filters that are located under the sink on the water supply line.
• Line bypass models that use a separate faucet at the sink which supplies only filtered      water when engaged.
• Point of entry (POE) systems are the most comprehensive as they treat all of the water entering the home. A POE system ties into the main water line and filters the water at every sink, shower and appliance in the home.

While faucet and in-line systems are easy to install, POE systems are the most complex and usually require professional installation.

Depending on the specific contaminant and the type of system chosen, improving the quality of water in the home is always a good idea. And what better time to do so than in August, which is Water Quality Month.

Your Way Toward Wellness

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For many Keller Williams associates, the planning and preparation for the first quarter of 2016 is complete and outlined in writing. But, have you set your big goals and crafted a plan for the New Year aimed at increasing your personal wellness too?

If you haven’t, it’s not too late. Start today and be proactive on your path to being in good shape, physically and mentally. It’s so important because if we don’t give the proper attention to wellness in our lives, we deprive ourselves of our full potential and, as a result, our bodies and businesses suffer.

Because thinking clearly and increasing productivity are important to a business, Keller Williams takes wellness seriously. And. that is why there are Wellness Ambassadors in market centers all across the U.S. helping associates achieve their wellness goals. These individuals are passionate about fostering healthier lifestyles. They coordinate local events, like Wellness Day, and bring practical, educational resources and opportunities to their market center.

Don’t let poor wellness be a productivity hack any longer. Take control of your wellness! To make your 2016 wellness goals stick in 2016, use these quick tips:

Write Goals Down

By writing down your wellness goals and hanging them up where you can see them every day, you make wellness part of your daily activities.

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Achieve Whole Body Wellness

The big three components of wellness are eating right, regular exercise and sleeping properly.

Eating Well: Most of us exchange convenience for health. Thankfully, it is becoming easier and more convenient to eat healthier. Take control of your meals. Make a concerted effort to reach for something your body needs, instead of something your taste buds desire. You will begin to feel better and your body will show it.

KW Wellness Ambassador Idea: Implement a Farm to Office delivery in your market center.

Exercise: We all know we need to exercise, but often blame our hectic schedules for making it hard to find the time to exercise. By walking 10,000 steps each day, you will experience a noticeable increase in your wellness.

KW Wellness Ambassador Idea: Make walking a habit by organizing a 66-Day Step Challenge for your market center.

Sleeping Properly: Everyone’s individual sleep needs vary, but the general rule is seven to eight hours of sleep each night.

KW Wellness Ambassador Idea: Carve out a wellness section in your market center newsletter and write out a few tips for a better night’s sleep.

In addition to the core three components, wellness has many other dimensions to it. Unique to each individual, mental health, spiritual health and emotional health are all important components of total wellness.

Make 2016 your best year yet by making an investment in yourself. Start by downloading the free My Way Toward Wellness, connecting with the Wellness Ambassador in your market center to get involved and signing up for KW MAPS Group Coaching course The Energy Advantage.

We want to hear from you. Share your wellness goals in the comments.