Archive for May 2019

Detect-a-Leak Week

Detect-a-Leak Week is held annually every May. This is the perfect time to give your home a once over, checking for leaks that may be costing you money. Even a small leak can add up to hundreds of dollars a year, and could damage surrounding fixtures, cabinets, or floors.

One of the biggest culprits is the toilet. You often can’t tell if your toilet is leaking simply by examining it. Place a few drops of food coloring, just enough to slightly color the water, in the main tank. Let it sit for several hours, then check the toilet bowl. If you see the color in the bowl, you have a leaky toilet and it needs to be repaired.

Check for dripping faucets, pipes, and connections by examining all plumbing in your home. Use a lightweight cloth to wipe around each connection. If your cloth becomes wet, you have leaky plumbing that needs to be repaired.

Don’t forget to stop those leaks that you can control. Turn faucets off all the way, and don’t let water run when you brush your teeth. Don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket. Instead of throwing items such as tissues in the toilet and flushing, use a small wastebasket in your bathroom instead.


The Memorial Day parades, which once reigned across America, are slowly slipping away, but salutes to the honored dead of the present and past still exist.

Since the late 1950s, on the Thursday before Memorial Day, 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery, according to USMemorialDay.org. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing.

Every Memorial Day, all ships and Naval stations worldwide fire a salute of 21 guns and display their ensign at half mast.

Traditionally, on military bases, the flag of the United States is raised quickly to the top of the staff, then lowered solemnly to half staff. It remains there until noon in remembrance.

Invest in a VACATION Home

These days, more people than ever can afford a second vacation home.

Homeowners have successfully covered their mortgages and leases by renting out as little as one room thanks to sites like AirBnB and VRBO.

According to John Banczak, executive chairman of TurnKey Vacation Rentals, for every $100,000 you spend to purchase a vacation home, you should expect yearly rental income of $12,000 to $14,000.

In 2017, about 12 percent of home buyers purchased vacation homes. According to Economist Outlook, buyers wanted a second home for vacations (42 percent), for future retirement (18 percent), or because real estate prices offered good deals (12 percent). The median household income in 2016 for vacation home buyers was $89,900.

If you’re considering a vacation property, make sure to find a trusted local real estate agent to help you navigate the purchase.

Get CREATIVE with Water

We all know we’re supposed to keep hydrated, but the problem for a lot of people is that they simply have trouble drinking plain old water.

How can you drink more water when you don’t like it? Here are some tips to have fun and get a little more creative with it:

Invest in a water filter. You might not be totally picky, your water may just taste a little funny and a filter could be all you need.

Try vegetables or herbs for a different flavor altogether; celery or cucumbers, basil or mint are all good choices.

Play with different types of water, like coconut water, maple water or carbonated water.

Get a high-tech water bottle that tracks your water intake and can even customize how much you should drink. Or download an app onto your phone to track your consumption and set reminders.