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Posted by Gene Mullen on 5/22/2018

If your new home comes with a softening system or you are thinking of installing one to combat particularly hard water there are some differences you will need to account for that you may not expect. In fact, you might even be using tactics to combat hard water in your current household and not even realize it!

So what is soft water?

Hard water has high concentrations of magnesium and calcium in particular. Whereas soft water has little to none leaving only de-ionized sodium.

One of the first things, and arguably the most important, you need to know about living with soft water is that it is not recommended as your main supply of drinking water. Soft water is very high in sodium which in addition to the typical American diet being high in sodium can lead to increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks and stroke.

I donít say this to scare you! Usually, water softening systems have a bypass valve that allows you to choose which appliances gain access to which water type.

This means that in most cases your kitchen sink should have access to the hard water supply.

If you arenít familiar with benefits of soft water you are probably wondering why have it all.  

But benefits there are!

Hard water is tough on plumbing, appliances and even clothing. Those high concentrations of calcium and magnesium build up and cause havoc. They can even make clothing dingey and surfaces like your bathtub difficult to get clean.

What this means is that with soft water you donít have to spend as much time cleaning/scrubbing the effects left behind by hard water. And you even can, and should, use less soap. This is most important to keep in mind with your washing machine and dishwasher. Soap can suds up much easier in soft water. So when there is too much soap it leads to too many bubbles and this leads to damage to your machine and even leakage over time.

In addition to using less soap, you will find you will need less, or even none, of ďboosterĒ products like Borax and Oxiclean. This is because these products are actually water softening agents and help keep soap ďstickingĒ to clothing after itís attracted up all the dirt.

Your appliances and plumbing will also have a longer life thanks to the lack of magnesium and calcium building up inside pipes and hoses. This is true for your water heater, washing machine, dishwasher and even smaller appliances like your coffee pot.

If youíre thinking of having a softening system installed, have your water levels tested first. They might not be so high that an entire system is necessary. For the most part, and with some research, you can find other solutions to combat hard water just as well!




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Posted by Gene Mullen on 5/17/2018


80 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose, MA 02176

Single-Family

$485,000
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Why break the bank when you can purchase this lovely 3 bedroom raised ranch in Melrose for under $500K? Main level offers sun filled living room with fireplace and hardwood flooring, large open kitchen with dining area, full bath and 2 generous size bedrooms. The first level offers functional living space with 3rd bedroom with 1/2 bath or as a convenient family room complete with additional fireplace. You'll also appreciate the great storage and direct access to garage offered here as well. Nicely landscaped and requiring minimal upkeep due to the native foliage and ground-cover that slopes up behind this house, you'll find the rear deck to be the perfect place to relax and enjoy this private setting.
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Posted by Gene Mullen on 5/16/2018


20 Bryant Street, Wakefield, MA 01880

Single-Family

$575,000
Price

10
Rooms
4
Beds
2
Baths
Updated for the spring market, this classic 10 room colonial in the heart of Wakefield is ready to impress. Entering from the enclosed front porch into the welcoming foyer, you'll find that the 9 foot ceiling and winding staircase define the character of this lovely home. New hardwood flooring brings warmth to living room with fireplace, formal dining room and study or optional first floor bedroom with full bath. Enjoy the tastefully updated kitchen with convenient access to rear patio and butler staircase to 2nd floor family room and deck. Only steps away from the Wakefield Common and Downtown area, you'll find that this is a perfect match of neighborhood living and accessibility to all that Wakefield has to offer.
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Posted by Gene Mullen on 5/16/2018


80 Lynn Fells Parkway, Melrose, MA 02176

Single-Family

$485,000
Price

5
Rooms
3
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
Why break the bank when you can purchase this lovely 3 bedroom raised ranch in Melrose for under $500K? Main level offers sun filled living room with fireplace and hardwood flooring, large open kitchen with dining area, full bath and 2 generous size bedrooms. The first level offers functional living space with 3rd bedroom with 1/2 bath or as a convenient family room complete with additional fireplace. You'll also appreciate the great storage and direct access to garage offered here as well. Nicely landscaped and requiring minimal upkeep due to the native foliage and ground-cover that slopes up behind this house, you'll find the rear deck to be the perfect place to relax and enjoy this private setting.
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No scheduled Open Houses

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Posted by Gene Mullen on 5/15/2018

When you have kids, the dynamics of your home change. You often go from refined to durable. If we looked at flooring from a simply practical standpoint, weíd end up with uncomfortable flooring's like ceramic, laminate, or engineered wood. Thatís why carpets come in handy.  


For one, children spend a lot of time playing on the floor. When you put down a carpet and there are children around, you fully expect that there will be spills, blood, and much roughing around done right on the surface. So, youíll need to choose your fibers carefully when picking a carpet out. 


Know that polyester, nylon, and triexta are among the most durable types of fibers. Stay away from wool carpets, as they are really not the best choice for homes with children. Polyester (also known as PET), is a budget friendly, and environmentally friendly type of carpet that provides stain resistance and a long life. Nylon is known for durability and softness. This is another material thatís great if you want a carpet with a long life. Triexta is a unique fiber that provides the highest amount of stain resistance and really will be soil-free. 


Modular Carpeting


There is another option when it comes to carpeting and that is modular carpeting. This type of carpeting can be laid out in the form of tiles. If a piece is soiled, stained, or ripped, youíll be able to just switch out that piece of the carpeting puzzle if it canít be cleaned. This is an option for homes with children, however, itís not a popular choice in residential settings. Generally, modular carpeting is used in commercial settings like office buildings, and indoor public places like shopping malls. This can be a good option for you depending on the size of your home and your needs. If you have a room thatís completely dedicated to children, like a playroom, for example, you could use a modular carpet.


Treating The Carpets


There is an option to have your carpets pre-treated with a Scotchgard like chemical. This is also available for your furniture. It helps to prevent your furniture and carpets from stains and soiling, surrounding each fiber for a total protection. Once a fiber is treated, it will never wash or wear off. Itís a good option to treat your home with this especially when you have children.


Whether you decide to do wall-to-wall carpeting or simply place some area rugs around in order to make the floors of your home more durable and comfortable for children, you have some options to take the curse off of the inevitable mess that children will make.




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