How to Renovate Your Home’s Water Treatment System

Has your home’s water been a bit off lately? Maybe the water has a different smell to it or taste. Depending on where you live, your water might be contaminated with a variety of minerals, which can be dangerous to yours and your family’s health.

You might also suffer from hard water, which although it isn’t too unhealthy for you, can still cause skin problems or just be an annoyance. In other instances, you might not even realize how unhealthy your water actually is. Some contaminants, like lead, are unnoticeable as it has no significant taste or smell.

If you’re experiencing any of these problems, then it might be time for a new water treatment system. Your home’s water quality should be of the utmost importance. To learn how to renovate your home’s water system, continue reading below.

Systems to Consider

When looking to renovate your water system, you have a couple of choices. For homeowners, you can consider installing a water softener system or a water filtration system. The two are similar but have different roles, so it’s important to know the difference.

For businesses that use water storage, there are companies that will come out and treat the water for you. You always have options when it comes to treating your water whether you’re a homeowner or business owner. Even smaller businesses such as daycares, nursing homes, and other similar industries could benefit from a new water treatment system.

Here’s what you need to know about water filtration systems vs. water softener systems.

Water Filtration System

If a water filtration system is what you’re interested in, then you should understand that there are a lot of systems to choose from. For example, you can purchase a water filter that attaches to the faucet, filtering the water as it leaves the faucet.

You can also install a filtration system that connects to the sink underneath it. This filters the water straight from the tap. If you want to go all out, then you can even consider installing a water filtration system for the entire house rather than one sink.

If you’re considering installing a system for the entire house, keep in mind that when selling, this will be a great selling point. Be sure to tell potential buyers that they won’t have to worry about any water safety issues in the home.

Water Softener System

Depending on where you live, a water softener system might really come in handy. These systems work best in areas where hard water is a problem. You can purchase a salt system or a no-salt system.

Once your softener system is installed, you’ll begin to notice that your dishes no longer hold water spots on them, your plumbing operates much better, and your laundry comes out cleaner than ever. Although hard water poses more of an annoyance than a major issue, you won’t regret installing a softener system.

Mistakes to Avoid

Before you go out and purchase a new system, there are some things you want to avoid. One big mistake to avoid is installing a new water treatment system when it’s not needed. Not everyone needs a filtration system installed in their business or home.

This is true for those residing in areas where hard water isn’t present and where the water is already treated in a filtration system before entering a home or building. If this is the case, then purchasing a water treatment system might be a waste of your money.

If you still feel as though you want your own filter, then you can always opt for a filter that connects to the faucet or a filtered water pitcher that you keep in the fridge. Either of these options will give you the peace of mind you’re looking for without emptying your pockets.

Tips to Know

Still not sure which option is best for you? There are a few tips that you should know to help you make the right decision. Know how much money you’re willing to spend on a new water treatment system and then follow these tips listed below.

Higher End Products

The higher-end products are the filtration systems that treat the entire home. These systems connect to the home’s or business’ main water source and treat the entire home or building. No matter what tap you’re getting your water from, it’ll be treated.

These systems are best for those looking to treat water for more reasons than just drinking or cooking. This is an ideal option for those who have an illness or poor water quality and need all taps to provide exceptional water.

Products on a Budget

If you’re not looking to spend a whole lot of money, then you can go with more budget-friendly options such as a salt-based water softener system. This is the ideal option for those who live in an area where hard water is an issue. Luckily, these systems can be installed by the homeowner or business owner themselves.

Doing your own installment is another great way to save money.

Which Water Treatment System Will You Install?

Do you know which water treatment system your home or business needs? We hope that after reading through this guide you now have a better understanding of which one is best for you!

Keep this guide handy when doing your research and refer back to it as needed.

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Qatar buys St. Regis NY from Marriott for $310M

The landmark St. Regis New York has been sold by Marriott International to the Qatar sovereign wealth fund for $310 million. The luxury hotel opened by John Jacob Astor IV in 1904 enhances a growing US and international portfolio for the Qatar Investment Authority. Read the Skift story here

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London Ritz may expand, rebrand after possible $1B sale

London’s famed, 136-key Ritz hotel — including the land and an adjacent building that would allow for expansion—is on the market and could bring in as much a $1 billion. The billionaire Barclay brothers are pitching the sale to a select group of global investors, and a buyer may choose to rebrand the property. Read the Bloomberg story here

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Hotel highlights $300M Churchill Downs upgrade plan

A 156-room hotel with trackside suites and 5,500 new spectator seats are featured in a $300 million renovation of Churchill Downs scheduled to begin this month. State approval is still needed for the Kentucky Derby site project, which operators hope to finish by the end of 2021. Read The Washington Times/The Associated Press story here

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Hilton’s Tapestry Collection comes to New Brunswick, Canada

The new-build Canvas Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada, is the latest addition to the Tapestry Collection of hotels, and the 97-room property celebrates the “eclectic, multicultural” city of Moncton and hosts the ale-filled Gahan House pub and the interactive-dining Experience by ANBL. Tapestry is a Hilton brand that focuses on upscale lodgings, each with a design unique to its location. Read the TravelPulse story here

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Benefits of Regular Construction Equipment Maintenance

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Approximately 40% of construction project overrun costs are attributed to construction equipment maintenance. It is also a factor in missed due dates, project stalls, and is something that’s easy to fix. By investing in regular maintenance for construction equipment, it’s possible to help a business in several ways.

Early Detection of Possible Equipment Problems

By conducting regular inspections of heavy equipment, operators can ensure the necessary parts and components are working properly. Malfunctions that are caused by manufacturer errors are often unavoidable; however, conducting inspections regularly will detect these possible problems.

Some of the most important systems and components to check include:

  • Battery
  • Oil level
  • Tracks or tires
  • Coolant level
  • Meters and gauges
  • Fuel

It may be beneficial to use an equipment maintenance software that allows operations to log the inspections done electronically. This allows everyone to track their records and assign tasks for needed maintenance and repairs for heavy equipment.

Save Money Over Time

Maintaining your construction equipment isn’t free. Sometimes it may appear you pay someone to tell you there’s nothing wrong. While this is true, that isn’t why you are paying the technicians for this service.

You are paying them so they can tune up your equipment to see if anything needs to be replaced. This ensures that while you are at the job site, you don’t have to worry about if the equipment will work properly. You can also continue your work without having to worry about bringing in someone for an emergency issue.

At the end of the year, you will likely discover you spent less on your equipment than you did in previous years.

Limit or Eliminate Safety Issues

When focusing on day-to-day objectives, you may overlook risk management issues. However, making sure you are compliant with OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration – requirements is just one part of why you need to maintain your construction equipment.

Another factor is work zone safety.

Employee safety is a top concern for any business. Construction businesses are no different. After all, this is considered one of the most dangerous industries to work in.

Also, not all operations work in a completely safe manner.

This is one of the main reasons that regular inspections for heavy equipment are so important. By investing in routine equipment maintenance, you can limit the possibility of a serious accident.

Save Time

Having your equipment out of use for several hours for maintenance can be frustrating. However, having the equipment out of commission for several days or even weeks is a much bigger issue for most construction companies.

By using innovative software, you can build a complete schedule for your projects and for maintenance. This will also help you schedule maintenance, so it doesn’t significantly impact a project or timeline.

By staying up to date with equipment maintenance, you don’t have to worry about having equipment that is out of service for an extended period of time.

Prevent Downtime and Breakdowns

Regardless of if it is a problem with the fuel tank (, hydraulic systems, or something else, a breakdown usually results in serious downtime. While there are an array of factors that make-up successful and safe options, problems with a few can cripple your productivity.

A single broken component can create a trickle-down effect and bottleneck your entire chain. If your equipment doesn’t function properly, or if it is forced out of service, your workers are bottlenecked from getting anything done.

When this happens, it’s impossible to stick to the timelines and adds more pressure to meet set deadlines. This downtime will cause delays and may compromise the reliability of the equipment for future projects.

If you don’t have a plan for scheduling inspections and maintenance for your construction equipment, you are setting yourself up for issues down the road. It’s always best to take a proactive approach to maintenance.

This includes creating a plan for basic maintenance and requires specific milestones, such as odometer readings and operating hours.

Increased Efficiency

When you keep up with construction equipment maintenance, you will also increase the equipment’s efficiency. Since preventative maintenance checks for damage and wear, it also helps to ensure all the parts are working properly.

Preventative maintenance checks the alignment and other problems to ensure users get the most out of the machines they use. This results in improved efficiency on your job site because the equipment is operating properly.

Safety is another area that’s improved. When equipment functions how it is supposed to, and no one is tempted to try to make it work better, the job won’t be interrupted due to a malfunction or faulty part.

Increase the Equipment’s Lifespan

The heavy equipment that is used for construction projects isn’t cheap. Once you purchase it (similar to a vehicle) the value will plummet.

As a result, you need to ensure your purchase offers a return on your investment. The more and longer you can use the equipment, the higher your rate of return is going to be.

Investing in routine maintenance is the best way to increase the longevity of your heavy equipment.

Regular Equipment Maintenance Is a Smart Investment

As you can see from the information here, investing in regular construction equipment maintenance is a smart move. It is going to provide all the benefits here and prevent issues related to expensive repairs and costly downtime.

Providing you with information to help ensure your construction business runs smoothly is our top priority. If you need other information, resources, or just advice, be sure to check out some of our other blogs. We update the site regularly so be sure to visit often for the latest and greatest in the construction industry.



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McLaren Inducted to National Academy of Construction

The National Academy of Construction has elected 39 new members. They were formally inducted on October 24 during the NAC annual meeting in Nashville, TN. The 2019 class was selected from more than 300 leaders who were considered for Academy membership.

“The 2019 class has been selected not only for their leadership, but for their integrity and their dedication to making our collective work the great contribution that construction represents in our quality of life,” said Wayne Crew, General Secretary of NAC. “In addition, the new members bring added expertise to the Academy.”

The NAC, founded in 1999, celebrated its twentieth anniversary at the annual meeting. The new class will bring active membership to 325. The mission of the academy is to share its unmatched reservoir of expertise in service to the nation, to be the industry’s honest broker, and to honor individuals for leadership and contributions.

The new members include: Joseph D. Adams, R. Ilker Adiguzel, Adjo A. Amekudzi-Kennedy, Samuel T. Ariaratnum, Howard W. Ashcraft, Jr., William C. Beck, Jack F. Browder, Hillary Brown, William W. Brown, Daniel D’Angelo, Anne M. Ellis, Ralph J. Esposito, Daniel K. Fordice III, David W. Fowler, Donald D. Graul, Mark H. Hasso, Carlos M. Hernandez, Terence C. Holland, Randell H. Iwasaki, Sabrina Kanner, and Michael W. Lowder.

Also elected to the Academy were: Patrick MacLeamy, Joseph F. Malandro, James A. McConnell, Jr., Sean McGarvey, Malcolm G. McLaren, Christine A. Merdon, Christopher J. Mossey, Raymond M. O’Connor, James M. Owendoff, Mark J. Perniconi, Eddy M. Rojas, T. Peter Ruane, SawTeen See, Lucio Soibelman, James Starace, Iris D. Tommelein, Shirley S. Tucker, and Eric S. Waterman.

Election to NAC requires a nomination by a member and a majority vote of all members. The process is rigorous and results from a seven-month process of nominations, references, vetting, and final confirmation. Criteria for membership include leadership and exceptional service, a continued commitment to making a contribution, past recognition by peers for innovation, and recognized as “best of the best.”

Crew added that the new members will help the Academy continue to play an integral role as a national leader. “The 2019 class, like NAC, represents the broad spectrum of stakeholders in the design and construction industry,” he said. “We need their expertise going forward as we collectively address critical issues of today: technology transfer, life cycle cost, safety, and the next generation of leaders, and more.”

 About The National Academy of Construction

The National Academy of Construction, established in 1999, is an organization of industry leaders― construction users, engineers, designers, constructors, consultants, attorneys, sureties, editors, and academics―who have made outstanding, life-long contributions to the design, construction, and engineering industries. In addition to being a personal honor, election to the Academy allows members to volunteer their expertise to a variety of organizations, governmental and nongovernmental, for the betterment of the industry as a whole. Visit the website at

 About McLaren Engineering Group

For over 40 years, McLaren Engineering Group has provided innovative, customized engineering solutions for more than 15,000 projects. With over 250 employees in 11 offices, McLaren is licensed in 49 states and serves 10 key markets. With experts in numerous engineering disciplines – and a passion for creativity and out-of-the-box thinking – McLaren can address any project’s specific range of design requirements with technical excellence. McLaren has offices in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., New York City, N.Y., Albany, N.Y., Philadelphia, Pa., Lehigh Valley, Pa., Middletown, Conn., Baltimore, Md., Roswell, Ga., Orlando, Fla., San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Oran, Algeria.

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Focal Point expands Seem® 1 family options

Focal Point® continues to improve its Seem family, expanding its distribution offering for the Seem® 1 Indirect and Seem® 1 Direct/Indirect luminaires. The narrowest aperture linear luminaires in the architectural lighting manufacturer’s broad Seem portfolio are now available with an indirect asymmetric distribution.

“We continue to answer the needs of our customers by expanding and improving our Seem family to deliver a broad line of linear luminaires that are aesthetically pleasing and deliver optimal illumination,” said Mike Thornton, Chief Marketing Officer for Focal Point, LLC. “This new asymmetric distribution is another step in that direction.”

The new distribution option is available for both suspended and wall mount luminaires. It provides even illumination, highlighting walls, ceilings, and architectural details, while efficiently and comfortably distributing light throughout a space. As such, it is ideal for corridors, commercial offices, and hospitality environments. These 1.5-inch aperture lights balance clean design with visual comfort to deliver the ideal illumination for a vast array of commercial applications.

 About Focal Point, LLC

Focal Point is a Chicago-based family owned and operated architectural lighting manufacturer like no other. Believing great lighting isn’t just about meeting technical design requirements – it’s about people – our focus is on creating great luminaire designs that stand the test of time, with beautifully simple forms to complete an architectural statement and with optimal illumination to comfortably define the space and its purpose. Learn more about our people, approach, and why we value trusted partnerships by visiting our web site at


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Werner New Lightest Weight Multi-Position Ladder

Werner, the world leader in ladders and manufacturer of climbing products and fall protection equipment, introduced the Multi-Position Pro Ladder today. The Multi-Position Pro Ladder is the lightest weight multi-position ladder developed by Werner with a 375lb. load rating per side. The new five-position ladder addresses professional users’ need for versatility by offering a lightweight product that provides stability and durability for multiple application needs.

“At Werner, we are committed to solving the challenges our end users face,” said Carla Ramalho Product Manager from Werner. “We developed the Multi-Position Pro Ladder to address the number one complaint from our end users – the weight of a multi-position ladder. This new design aids in the reduction of work fatigue, while providing five unique ladders in one.”

The Multi-Position Pro Ladder was designed with POWERLITE™ rails to decrease the weight of the ladder making it easier to load, unload and configure. End users can operate this unit as a twin stepladder, stairway stepladder, wall ladder or two scaffold bases, no additional hinges required (plank and tie-downs not included). The Multi-Position Pro addresses ladder weight concerns while providing stability and durability to ensure confidence under foot when climbing and descending.

Designed for Stability, User Safety and Durability

The Multi-Position Pro Ladder was designed for versatility to both the professional worker and the home improvement enthusiast. The pro-grade multi-position ladder can be used on jobsites for facilities maintenance, roof inspections, painting stairways, drywall, insulation installation and more. Whereas the home improvement enthusiast can use the lightweight, five-in-one design to clean gutters, trim trees, paint and accomplish a variety of other projects. The Multi-Position Pro Ladder is OSHA and ANSI approved and available in 4 sizes: 14 ft, 18 ft, 22 ft and 26 ft.

Additional features of the Multi-Position Pro Ladder include:

  • POWERLITE™ Rails signify this is the lightest weight multi-ladder developed by Werner.
  • Telescoping capability that folds to a compact size.
  • Shatterproof J-Lock System reduces set-up time and allows for scaffold mode, without the need for a separate accessory.
  • Protected Springs and Hinges that increase the durability and longevity of the ladder.
  • Impact resistant push knobs for ease of use when altering position.
  • Slip resistant feet for safety on a wide variety of surfaces
  • Type IAA 375 lb. rating for support in every jobsite task.

The Multi-Position Pro Ladder is available now. For more information, please

WERNER, a WernerCo brand, is the world leader in ladders and has a complete line of climbing products designed for working at heights. The portfolio includes ladders, attic ladders, scaffolding, pump jacks, stages, planks, stepstools, accessories and fall protection equipment including harnesses, lanyards, anchors and compliance kits. From ladders to fall protection, WERNERCO provides a full line of climbing equipment that’s engineered to give you maximum safety, durability and productivity at every height. All WernerCo products meet or exceed applicable international safety standards. For more information, visit


WernerCo is a privately owned, fully-integrated, international manufacturer and distributor of access products, fall protection equipment, secure storage systems, and light duty construction equipment. WernerCo’s business model and growth is defined by innovation and continuous improvement of the products, processes and services they deliver. WernerCo products are Trusted Everywhere Work Gets Done™! For a full list of industry-leading global brands, visit

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TX Federal Credit Union Celebrates Grand Opening

NewGround, a St. Louis-based innovative architecture, design, and project management firm, recently celebrated the grand opening for Greater Texas Federal Credit Union’s new branch in Arlington, Texas on Friday, October 25.

To highlight the aesthetics within Arlington’s entertainment district, the new 3,422 square foot branch features a custom bird sculpture on the front corner plaza, exterior stonework with a glass entryway, high ceilings, and neutral furniture and finishes. Texan culture shines through with wall graphics and pops of Greater Texas Federal Credit Union’s signature red, white, and blue branded colors.

The new space also includes a cash bar for conducting transactions and offers a hospitality bar across from the waiting area that showcases a digital display wall.

As a replacement for an older existing branch located just down the street, NewGround provided architecture, engineering, interior design, environmental elements, and construction management services for this new facility.

Alongside local dignitaries and members of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, NewGround’s Steve Clark, Regional Vice President, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We were honored to work with Greater Texas Federal Credit Union to design their new Arlington location, and we can’t wait to see how their members and employees enjoy their new space,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO at NewGround.

About NewGround

NewGround is the industry thought-leader in strategy, innovative design, and project management, and has been for over 100 years. We help financial institutions master the power of their space to create the next generation workplace and retail solutions. At NewGround, we are driven by our core values of: Serving Others, Excellence, Innovation, Collaboration, and Communication. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Waterloo, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the U.S. For more information, visit NewGround at

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