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Buying a House? Know the Lead Laws

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Federal law requires the seller of any home built before 1978 to disclose known lead paint hazards. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Federal law requires the seller of any home built before 1978 to disclose known lead paint hazards. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Before you buy an older house, there are certain things the seller or real estate agent are legally required to tell you about potential lead paint hazards.

Are these plumbing myths true?

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Does your water heater sound like it might explode when it kicks on? Blame that loud popping noise on the sediment in the water. (Illustration by Bruce Snow)
Does your water heater sound like it might explode when it kicks on? Blame that loud popping noise on the sediment in the water. (Illustration by Bruce Snow)

Will the water heater explode? Can I put anything down the garbage disposal? Should I fix a leaky faucet? We uncover common plumbing myths and misconceptions.

Construction curveball? Don’t forget the change order

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bathroom remodels often include change order requests
For this bathroom remodel, the customer requested modifications to the original contract that precipitated a change order. (Photo courtesy of Criner Remodeling)

An addendum to the original contract, change orders ensure that both the service provider and customer sign the dotted line before making changes to a job.

Is your energy efficient, green house harming your health?

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LEED-certified green houses must meet ventilation standards to reduce indoor pollutants. (Photo courtesy of the USGBC)
LEED-certified green houses must meet ventilation standards to reduce indoor pollutants. (Photo courtesy of the USGBC)

Experts say a push for energy efficiency carries a cost to human health, in some cases, like when sealed houses exacerbate asthma. How to go green and be well.

Worst pest infestations: 5 exterminators tell tales

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German cockroaches are the most difficult to eliminate, experts say. (Photo courtesy of National Pest Management Association)
German cockroaches are the most difficult to eliminate, experts say. (Photo courtesy of National Pest Management Association)

Four out of five exterminators agree: The worst infestation they've ever seen as pest control experts involved the rapidly reproducing German cockroach.

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