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$25 Mowing ~ One Way We Give Back

Everyone works hard for their money. At the end of the month usually, that dollar is stretched thin. We’ve now helped people whose mowers were not working, or have simply been too busy to mow. Service includes mowing, edging and blowing hardscapes clean. Schedule is filling fast so here is how to take advantage of this deal:

  • We have a 54″ deck on the mower so we need a decent size gate to get through so we can mow any size lawn provided the gate is big enough.
  • Text 979-255-4318 to schedule

This is only good until the last day of the month. Once the schedule is full that’s the end until next month. Generally, we start filling the schedule a week prior to the month’s end. We don’t mow for a living, however, we are blessed with a good mower and the ability to give back.

Woman and Aggie owned and operated business.

Also good for realtors and leasing companies to keep properties in eye-catching shape for less.

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Rainwater for Drinking – Considerations

So you are considering using rainwater as a backup or emergency water supply. Rainwater is a great solution for both however there are things that need to be considered prior to installation. 

One major item for consideration is whether you have public water supply to your property. If you have public water supply anywhere located on your property, then you must have backflow prevention properly installed. This avoids the situation where rainwater mixes with city water into the public supply or the public supply mixing with the rainwater you have in your cistern. If the rainwater system is being installed for non-potable use, prior to any conversion to using in the home for potable use, the backflow prevention device must be installed. If you do not see this as part of the quote for the installation or conversion, then you as the property owner, should be asking where that information is. This expense can be a larger fixed expense due to needing a plumber or someone who is licensed to perform this connection (some irrigation licensing does have this endorsement) and having to pay their rates on the length of time it takes them to perform the installation as they generally charge by the hour as well as trip charges in some cases. 

While rainwater is the safest form of water available to us, this is prior to it hitting the ground and/or touching other surfaces. Rainwater can become contaminated just like any other water source. In order to ensure the rainwater is safe for drinking or potable use in the home, a filtration system which includes separate filters and a UV light should be used. This ensures that the water is properly disinfected for potable use. We recommend gutter foam in the gutters, a first flush diverter as well as using the filtration system because the cleaner the water is going in, the cleaner it will be for it’s intended use. In some cases, tree limbs may also need to be trimmed to allow for less organic matter in the water. 

We will discuss filtration topics in separate blog posts in the future but in the meantime, here are 2 great resources we found that discuss filtration of rainwater in great detail:

Potable Rainwater: Filtration and Purification

Rainwater Quality and Filtration

In conclusion, rainwater is a great source for primary water supply, emergency water supply or a backup water supply. Please do your research and ensure you abide by your local regulations for rainwater harvesting in your area before you install a system. Water safety is all of our concern and responsibility. 


As always, comments and/or questions are always relevant and welcome. 

RainDrop Harvesting Solutions, LLC
www.RainDropSavers.com



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Drinking Water and TDS

When you drink from your tap, refrigerator, or bottled water do you think about TDS in your cup? Water standards are in place that enable our cities to keep our drinking water safe and within the correct limits. However, it is often interesting to do your own test just to see what the results are.

Defining terms:

Dissolved solids refer to any minerals, salts, metals, cations or anions dissolved in water. Total dissolved solids (TDS) typically comprise inorganic salts (principally calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, bicarbonates, chlorides, and sulfates) and some small amounts of organic matter that are dissolved in water.

The current EPA TDS standards & info (taken from http://www.tdsmeter.com/education?id=0018): In terms of Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), in the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises against consuming water containing more than 500mg/liter, otherwise known as 500 parts per million (ppm) of TDS, although many health specialists believe that ideal drinking water should be under 50 ppm or lower. The average tap water in America contains approximately 350 ppm of TDS although it is not uncommon for municipal or local water supplies to exceed this. If TDS levels exceed 1000mg/L, however, it is generally considered harmful to human health and should not be consumed.

We recently were told by a customer that they performed a TDS test on their water. We had installed 2 rainwater systems on their property. This property has a small herd of cattle and while we were installing there was dust settling all over our tools and equipment that the animals stirred up daily. The guttering has normal screen and both systems have first flush diverters on them. The customer told us that they tested bottled water at 3 TDS. One of their systems had 1.3 TDS and the other had 1.8 TDS. They were amazed at the results that the rainwater they collected has less Total Dissolved Solids than the bottled water.

By no means are we saying this water is drinkable straight out of the cistern. We are purely recounting what the customer told us. We have seen this test performed on other types of water as well with very similar results. With proper treatment the water from the cistern will be safe to drink. It also requires less treatment in many cases than well water.

We encourage educating yourself on the subject of Total Dissolved Solids in drinking water. There are multiple resources out there discussing the subject in depth. There are many inexpensive options out there as well allowing you to test your own water in the privacy of your own home if you are curious enough to do so. Your city’s municipal water supply is supposed to supply you with information about their annual results of the drinking supply. This is often on their website or sent to their customers. We are lucky to live in a country that enables us access to clean, safe drinking water.


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2 Systems = Rainwater for Fruit Trees

It is always a pleasure for us to go out and educate potential clients. This potential client was delighted to know that the rainwater tanks he had purchased did not have to go right by the barn as he originally thought they would have to.

In our original visit, we proposed the tanks go under the trees. Since they were polyurethane, this does two things. Protects the tanks from the sun and weather, and keeps the water cooler since the tanks set in the shade. It also camouflages the tanks somewhat as well as they blend into the scenery instead of being out in the open.

Below are a few pics of our initial tank placement prior to installation.

 

We put in quite a bit of hard work on both these systems, solving multiple concerns as we worked. The end result was a drier barn arena, water collecting from two separate gutters into two separate tanks, submersible pumps installed in each for on demand water use. We think we did pretty well at surpassing the customer’s requests.

The tank furthest away had the shortest plumbing run but it has all the standard features we include: tank foundation, first flush diverter installed on treated lumber, water level monitor, system cleanout drain, spigot and overflow. The end result of several days of planning, trenching and gluing pvc is below.

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The second system had the longer PVC and the deeper trenching because we actually brought the overflow back out into the pasture next to the barn in the same trench. It was fun to design and implement. This system also included all our standards for installation. The end result is shown below:

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Within 2 weeks of installation, both tanks were full. Only 2 rainfall events filled these tanks to overflowing. See pics below of water level meters showing full:

 

We can’t begin to explain how rewarding it is to go out and serve people by helping them conserve our most precious resource, water. Bringing their rainwater system dreams to life is a privilege we do not take lightly.


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Tiled Kitchen Backsplash

This client had counter tops installed and wanted a custom tile backsplash to go with them. They had purchased the tile they wanted previously. We arrived, looked at what they had, went and got grout etc to install their tile and got to work. Project took about  14 hours (2 days). We also fixed a sink and bathtub leak and helped install the new gas stove while we were there.

Before pictures of the kitchen prior to the new tile backsplash.

 

During the installation, we covered the newly installed countertops for protection and had cardboard on the floor as well to make the cleanup easier. Here are some during the installation pics.

 

Here are final pictures after all the tile has been installed and sealed. We matched the grout and the caulk after seeing what the customer had for us to install.

 

 

Once the the customer has their new outlet covers those will finish off their kitchen.    This completely transformed their kitchen as you can see. They were very pleased with the end result.


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Point of Use Water Filtration – Types of Filters

Seychelle Water Filters

Seychelle’s Ionic Adsorption Micron Filters are the most laboratory and field-tested of their kind in the world using EPA protocols and tested to NSF/ANSI Standards 42 and 53 by Broward Testing Laboratory.

Beneficial trace minerals are not removed in the filtering process. What’s good stays…what’s bad goes.


TYPES OF FILTERS
Seychelle REGULAR Filter
The Regular filter removes up to 99.99% of aesthetics (such as chlorine, sediment, dirt silt, and sand); chemicals (VOCs) such as DDT, MTBE, Benzene, Chloroforms, Trihalomethanes (THM’s); heavy metals (such as Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Copper, Zinc, Aluminum, Chromium 5); and Radon 222. Removes up to 90% of fluoride. Since it is more open in porosity, it does not remove giardia, cryptosporidium or E-Coli. It is designed to be used as a drinking water filter for use with chlorinated municipal water and as a bottled water replacement.

Seychelle STANDARD Filter
The Standard filter is ideal for any in or out-door use; like traveling, hiking, biking, camping, fishing or for emergency purposes. It can be used with any type of water source; tap or rainwater, rivers, streams or even lakes (Excluding salt water). It is designed for use with water that is non-turbid, non-stagnant. It removes up to 99.99% of contaminants and pollutants found in fresh water supplies including Aesthetics such as chlorine, Sediment and dirt; Chemicals (VOC’s) such as DDT, MTBE, Benzene, Chloroforms (THM’s);  Dissolved Solids (heavy metals) such as Arsenic, Lead, Mercury, Copper, Zinc, Aluminum, Chromium 6 and up to 99.9% of  Biologicals (pathogens) such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.   Removes up to 90% of fluoride.

Seychelle ADVANCED Filter
The Advanced filter is made of the same media as the Standard filter with the addition of EPA approved iodinated resin (EPA Reg #: 35917-2), which has been proven effective in the removal of bacteria and virus to six logs (99.9999%). Removes up to 90% of fluoride. It can be used in extreme conditions; turbid and stagnant water; and is ideal for emergencies such as hurricanes, cyclones, etc. such as events that occurred in the US with Katrina and the hurricane in Haiti.

Seychelle RADIOLOGICAL Filter
The Radiological filter removes the four basic zones of contamination: Aesthetic (Chlorine, taste and odor), Chemicals (from Industry and Agriculture), Dissolved Solids (heavy metals such as lead, mercury, Chromium 6) and up to 99.99% of Radiological Contaminants such as Gross Beta, Radon 222, Alpha Radium 226, Plutonium, Uranium, Cesium 134 and 137. Removes up to 90% of fluoride.

Seychelle EXTREME RAD/ADV Filter
The Extreme filter removes up to 99.99% of Chlorine, Chemicals (VOC’s), Heavy Metals and Radiological Contaminants.  It removes up to 99.9999% of Bacteria and Virus and 99.9% of Giardia and Cryptosporidium for up to 100 gallons of safe drinking water.  The Extreme filters are perfect when using water of an unknown quality, or emergency preparedness, when survival is threatened by earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, radiological contamination or terrorism. Removes up to 90% Fluoride

Seychelle ALKALINE (pH Enhanced) Filter  – pH2O Pure Water Filter
The pH Enhanced filter removes up to 99.99% of chlorine, chemicals (VOCs), heavy metals, and Radon 222. It removes up to 90% of fluoride. The new filter, incorporating proprietary medias, enhances the alkalinity (pH) of drinking water sources up to 9.5pH..  (Your results may vary.)  Since it is more open in porosity, it does not remove giardia, cryptosporidium, virus or bacteria. It is designed to be used as a drinking water filter for use with chlorinated municipal water, as a bottled water replacement, and for those who value the benefits of alkaline filtered water.