Drinking Water Myths & Facts

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MYTH:      There’s plenty of water on earth for all of us.

FACT:        Only 1% of all the world’s water can be used for drinking. Nearly 97% of the world’s water is salty and therefore undrinkable, and 2% is locked in glaciers.

MYTH:     The earth is provided with more water every time it rains.

FACT:       Our water is recycled through rain. We are literally drinking the same water the dinosaurs drank millions of years ago.

MYTH:     Americans use no more water than other countries.

FACT:       Each American household uses approximately 107,000 gallons of water per year. However, 50-70% of our water is used for watering lawns and gardens, and as much as 14% of our water is flushed down the drain or is wasted through pipe leaks.

MYTH:     All Americans use public water systems that are regulated by the EPA.

FACT:       There are approximately 150,000 public water systems in the United States that provide drinking water, leaving about 10% of Americans relying on water from private wells.

MYTH:     Public Water Systems are always safe.

FACT:       Municipalities are required to test their water at least once a year.

MYTH:     There are drinks that are much more beneficial to the body than water.

FACT:       Drinking water is essential to a healthy diet. Hydration contributes to energy levels and brain functions. Drinking water also flushes body wastes.

MYTH:     Bottled water is the safest water to drink.

FACT:       About 25% of bottled water is tap water. Luckily, the United States enjoys one of the world’s most reliable and safest supplies of drinking water.

Renovations by Baxter Group

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Introducing:

Renovations by Baxter Group, Inc.

After a recent acquisition, Baxter Group now sports the expertise to give your home or office a fresh new look! In need of a new deck or just looking to spruce up a space? We’ve got you covered!

Check out our new services:

  • Additions
  • Crawlspace Conditioning
  • Foundations
  • Masonry Wall Reinforcement and Crack Repairs
  • Remodeling (Basements, Bathrooms, Kitchens, and More)
  • Repairs
  • Replacements (Doors, Siding, Windows, and More)
  • New Construction (Garages, Decks, Porches, etc.)
  • Basement De-watering Systems

Check out some of our recent work

Summer Breaks and Humidity Control

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Don’t let the summer fun damage your building.

One of the biggest problems schools face on the east coast of the U.S. is humidity control when school is out for the summer. Many schools struggle with mold problems during the summer months, and these problems are directly related to the operation and maintenance of the HVAC system. Moisture control during summer break is essential whether or not the building is occupied. Read More

Ventilation System Problems

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Improper ventilation can significantly multiply the amount of indoor air contaminants in an office, but just opening the windows isn’t always the answer.

Proper ventilation depends on if the system processes are functioning properly.

In fact, buildings with high ventilation rates may suffer indoor air problems due to an uneven distribution of air, or insufficient exhaust ventilation. Read More

Building Safety Month

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Baxter Group, Inc. is celebrating Building Safety Month!

Asbestos, mold, lead, renovations, you name it. We are always working hard to make buildings safer for our community.

 We have been posting a Building Safety tip at the beginning of each week. Have you seen them? Keep a look out!👀

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign that has celebrated during the month of May for the past 38 years. Worldwide, corporations, government agencies, professional associations, nonprofits and more come together to help the public and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures.

The surrounding environment is just as important to check as the building structure. It is imperative look for nearby sources of pollutants that can enter an indoor environment. Different conditions around a building cause different health effects inside the building.

Here are a few conditions to examine for around your building:

Condition
Pollutants

Cultivated Fields

Fertilizers, pesticides, and can produce fungal spores and dust.

Bare Soil

Can produce wind-blown particulate matter and dust.

Soil Type

Sand, clay and gravel: Soil types behave differently when wet or dry.

Soil Drainage

Poorly drained soil can produce odors and biopollutants.

Trees and Vegetation

Can produce pollen, and contribute to organic particles found indoors.

Birds, Insects, and Rodents

Feces can cause human diseases.

Standing Water, and Fountains

Can carry water-borne diseases.

Garbage, Dead Animal/Vegetable Matter

Can produce waste run-off and odors.

Local Industries

Can produce waste, particles, gases and odors.

Roadways, Parking Areas, and Loading Docks

Source of Lead and can cause air pollution by automobiles and trucks.

All communities need safe homes, offices, schools, manufacturing facilities, stores and entertainment venues and more.

Help spread the word! #ICCBSM18