Decoding Four Myths About Water Purification And Treatment

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to water treatment and purification in the home, many myths abound that can leave homeowners confused about what they really need to do to keep their water clean and safe for drinking. Ultimately, you can always call in a water testing and treatment service regularly to evaluate your home’s water supply, but you’ll still want to be sure that you’re not getting caught up in many of the myths that circulate about treating and softening your water at home. Here are a few of those myths and the truth behind them. The Purifier on the Refrigerator is Sufficient Although the purifier in your refrigerator is probably designed to filter out some mineral content, chances are that it’s only really targeting larger particles, like dirt. It might even help to clear out some of the subtle odors in the water, but that doesn’t mean that it’s getting everything. Most refrigerator filters are only two-stage filters, which means that the water only passes through two stages of filtration. Most whole-house filtration and purification systems offer at least three-stage filtration, and in some cases, they provide more than that. Look for a filtration system that eliminates as many particles and contaminants as possible, including minerals, chemicals and sediment. I Can’t Afford a Purifier Maybe you think buying bottled water or using that water jug delivery service is more affordable than installing a purifier in your home. While the initial investment in a purifier may be higher, the money you spend over time on all of those water containers can add up much faster than you might think. There’s no Difference Between Purifying, Filtering and Softening It’s important that you understand each of these water treatment methods, because each one offers unique benefits. For example, most drinking water is treated with chlorine for disinfection. Water softeners won’t eliminate chlorine from the water – they only reduce minerals. So, you’ll have to have a purifier to get rid of chemicals in the water such as chlorine. Purifiers are used to get rid of the chemicals and minerals that a water softener can’t touch. When it comes to filtration, that’s entirely different. Filters are typically designed to eliminate specific things. One of the most common things that filters eliminate is iron in the water. Ideally, you need all three of these treatment methods to keep your home’s water clean. Water Softeners Use Salt to Clean the Water There is a salt solution used as part of the softener’s cleaning process, but it’s only one part of the process. The brine solution cleans the softener, not the water. The water flows through the filters of the softener and exits your tap with no...

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Business Owners: Steps That Can Help You Maintain Your Parking Lot

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you own a business, the first thing customers see and walk on is the parking lot. For this reason, you need to make sure the parking lot looks great, which is simple if you take these steps. Get Help From a Power Sweeping Company When trash collects in the parking lot, the top surface can start to wear down. This could end up costing you thousands in repairs, but you can protect your parking lot by getting help from a power sweeping company, like Valley Power Sweep street cleaning. These companies will bring out their heavy-duty sweeping trucks. These trucks can make sharp turns, and they are compliant with new emission standards. This ensures they don’t harm the environment when sweeping your parking lot. Vertical curb brooms have a large clearing path, and side-suction hoses help pick up any excess debris. Both the broom and hoses help the sweeping team quickly clean your parking lot in a safe manner. Fill In Potholes The worst thing to find in your parking lot is a pothole – which can develop when water collects over time. Potholes can not only cause damage to a customer’s car, but they make your parking lot look older and worn down. Filling in potholes doesn’t have to be a difficult task when you use a blacktop patch. Featuring an already mixed solution – all you have to do is put this patch inside the pothole. Make sure the pothole is covered completely, and then pack the patch in using a shovel. These patches create a water-tight seal inside the pothole, preventing it from getting any bigger. Since these patches are temperature-resistant, you don’t have to worry about them breaking down when it’s cold or hot outside. Repaint Parking Space Lines During the summer, the sun can cause your parking space lines to fade. This prevents customers from seeing where to park – causing them a lot of stress. To repaint these lines in an efficient manner, you can use a line striping machine. These machines can be rented out, and they utilize aerosol paint. After setting up a paint can on the machine, all you have to do is push down the lever and push the machine forward. A line of paint will start coming out. Thanks to a straight line indicator on the center, you don’t have to worry about painting crooked. Keeping the parking lot around your building looking great is important – as customers walk and drive on this surface when they first arrive at your property. Thanks to these steps, your parking lot is going to look great and be structurally...

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Quality Control: Does Your Business Need NDT?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Quality control is an important aspect of every manufacturing business. For some industries, testing materials requires non-destructive testing (NDT). And while NDT serves an integral function for some industries, it’s not always a necessity. Do You Need NDT Methods for Your Business? It all depends on your industry. If your business is in fabrication, and you only do limited runs for a client, then you don’t want to destroy your materials to test them. If your plant pumps out mass-produced printed circuit boards, then it’s probably okay to designate a lot or two for destructive testing. Clients may require it. You may find some contracts you take on come with a stipulation that non-destructive testing is a part of the process. There’s also the legal aspect. Some industries have to use NDT by law. If it’s a matter of worker or public safety then NDT comes as a part of your building or system maintenance and inspections. This can include things like, Piping and storage tanks which can corrode, explode, or leak hazardous liquids and gas Materials for buildings, large structures, or anything that holds people Products that must remain under any type of stress or pressure You may just want to use NDT methods for your own peace of mind. You wouldn’t want to ship out a product and find out some time later there’s a defect that your QC methods missed. You could have prevented it, but now it can cost you a lot of money and a real blow to your reputation. In extreme cases, the defect can harm someone or cause an accident. Are You Already Using NDT in Your QC Checks? You probably already perform some kind of NDT in your facility. What are your quality control methods? Do you employ any of these inspection methods? Visual Inspection (VI) – Eyeballing a piece and checking for surface defects is a legitimate form of NDT. Using your hands and other senses also falls under this category. Impulse Excitation Technique (IET) – Tapping a piece with a small hammer is an example of this. You tap, and listen to the sound and vibrations. This is an old technique, and can get far more complicated, but it’s also an example of NDT. These methods can’t help you with subsurface defects, nor will they find very fine defects on the surface. However, for many applications, that’s all you need. When You Need Something More Robust Unfortunately, a quick look and a hammer tap can’t find everything. When quality is of the utmost importance, you need advanced NDT methods. When safety and compliance are factors, then you need professional, certified, trained, and licensed NDT specialists. NDT testing is a full...

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Cleaning Out An Abandoned Apartment Unit

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you rent out apartment units and have a tenant that has fled their monetary responsibility by leaving their apartment, you will want to do some cleaning so you can rent it to another tenant. You will want to work fast so you can collect rent money that you are losing from having an empty unit, so having help from others may be necessary. Here are some tips you can use when cleaning out an abandoned apartment unit. Hire A Dumpster Service You will want to have a waste bin available to place items from within the home that are not going to be of use to anyone. Make sure to wear gloves when doing waste removal to avoid contamination or bacteria. You can have a dumpster set right in your parking area, or in front of the unit that is being cleaned. This will make it easy for removal as you will not need to walk very far to bring the waste to a dumpster. Recycling If there are any items within that unit that can be recycled, they may be able to be taken to a town recycling center. If you do not have one in your nearby area, you might be able to rent a bin made especially for recyclable materials, so be sure to ask when you rent the bin for the regular waste. Any scrap metal can be taken to a salvage yard in exchange for money. Have A Sale If there are items that can be sold, you can have a property wide sale at your apartment complex to help get rid of these items. Perhaps invite the tenants to participate by bringing out some of their own items for their neighbors and friends to be able to sift through. This can be a fun event for everyone that lives within your apartment complex. Deep Cleaning You may want to hire a cleaning company to come in to remove all the dirt and grime that was left by the tenant. They would be able to use commercial grade products that are safe for the environment to removal all bacteria. They would be able to give all surfaces a wipe down as well as give the carpeting a deep cleaning so it is ready for the next tenant. BIZ Mechanical Complete Waste Services is a local company that offers junk removal and waste bins. Contact them for more...

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Tips On Purchasing Water Softener For Your Home

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do the appliances in your home suffer from a build up of dissolved minerals in the water, such as calcium or manganese? If your dishes come out looking spotty or your clothes are looking less than clean after they come out of the washer, this could be a sign that you have hard water. Hard water, in addition to being a pain to deal with, can also shorten the life of your appliances. Before you head out to the store to buy some water softeners, you should know that all water softeners are not created equal and that you will need some information about your house to make the right choice. Here are a few tips to follow. Get a Test Done Water softeners come in different strengths, and you don’t want to use one that is too weak or too strong for your own situation. You can actually measure a water’s hardness level with a home test kit. You simply dampen a strip or a tablet which will then change color based on the water’s hardness level. Water hardness is usually measured in grains per gallon, or GPG. Get the Right Size Water softeners are sold according to size and capacity, so determine how much water your family will use. One good rule of thumb is take the number of people in your family and multiple that by 75. 75 is a good average number of gallons that the average person uses per day. Then multiply the total gallons your family will use by the GPG you got from the home test kit and you will have a good idea of what capacity your water softener needs to have. Salt Is Usually the Go-To Choice, But Not the Only Option The most common water softeners work by exchanging those unwanted minerals for salt. But this could actually increase your daily sodium intake if you drink the softened water. There are other options available if you don’t want salt in your water supply. Some water softeners use potassium chloride instead of salt. You could also set up the softener so that it only affects the hot water supply and not your drinking water.  Hard water can shorten the life of your appliances and make daily duties like cleaning dishes and clothes a hassle. Before buying water softener, get a test done on your household’s level of water hardness, and then buy the right softener based on this information. If you don’t want salt in your water supply as a result of the softener, take a look around for other options. For more information, contact a business such as Still...

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A Guide To Buying The Right Fire Extinguisher

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Purchasing the right fire extinguisher will have a huge impact on your ability to protect your family, your home, and/or your place of business. Do you know what you should be looking for as you are shopping for a fire extinguisher? Different Fire Extinguisher Classes There are five different fire extinguisher classes. Understanding each one is a huge part of making sure you purchase the right type of fire extinguisher. The five different fire extinguisher classes are: Class A: cloth, paper, wood, plastic Class B: gasoline and other flammable liquids Class C: electrical fires caused by appliances and wiring Class D: flammable metals (commonly found in science labs) Class K: kitchen fires (grease and hot oils) ABC Fire Extinguishers An ABC fire extinguisher is a perfect option for a household or place of business that does not have a lot of flammable metal lying around. Just keep the ABC fire extinguisher out of the kitchen because it is not going to help with grease and oil fires in the kitchen. K Class Fire Extinguisher There should be a “K” class fire extinguisher in every residential and commercial kitchen. This type of fire extinguisher comes equipped with the right chemicals to cool down cooking fats and oils without the risk of them re-igniting. You can use this type of fire extinguisher for class “A” fires as well. Just avoid using this fire extinguisher around electrical wiring. Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguisher A carbon dioxide fire extinguisher is a great option for electrical fires when you want to protect the electrical equipment from the extinguisher while putting out the fire. This fire extinguisher can put out electrical fires without leaving a nasty residue of chemicals behind on the wires. You can also use this type of extinguisher on oil and petrol based fires too. You should never use this type of fire extinguisher on cooking fat fires. The fire extinguisher will cause the fire to spread instead of putting it out. Do Not Forget The Accessories In addition to your fire extinguisher, there are also a number of accessories to think about: Vehicle Mount Mount Cabinet Covers Labels Signs These accessories will make the fire extinguisher safer and easier to use. At some point in time during your life, you will need to purchase a fire extinguisher. You do not want to put yourself in a position where you find out you bought the wrong one because it won’t put out the fire you are standing in front of. Talk to experts, like those from 3D Fire & Safety Ltd, for more...

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