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Time To BBQ! 4 Tips To Help You Transport Your Propane Tanks Safely

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Time To BBQ! 4 Tips To Help You Transport Your Propane Tanks Safely

Summer is in full swing, which means that your BBQ is probably working overtime. If you have a propane-powered BBQ, you need to make sure that your tanks are filled and ready to go. Before you head out to pick up your refills, you might want to take a refresher course on the proper way to transport propane tanks in your car. Following a few safety procedures will help keep you safe. Here are four safety tips you should follow when transporting propane. Keep Them Out of the Front Seat When putting the propane tanks in the car, it’s important that you keep them as far away from the driver as possible. They also need to be kept away from the engine compartment. That means you should place the tank in the back seat of the car. If you’re driving a truck, you can place the tanks in the bed of the truck; however, you’ll need to make sure that they’re securely fastened. You don’t want them to bounce around the bed of the truck while you’re traveling home. Provide Adequate Ventilation Once your tanks have been refilled and placed back in your car, be sure you have adequate ventilation. Be sure that you keep at least one of your windows open during your trip home. It’s also a good idea to turn your fan on inside your car. This will allow the air to circulate so that you’re not breathing in harmful propane fumes. Keep the Tanks Upright Before you place your propane tanks in your vehicle, you need to make sure that they’ll will be able to remain upright during the entire trip. Allowing your tanks to ride on their side can cause the propane to leak out. For maximum protection, place your tanks on a flat surface and then cushion them with something that will hold them in place. Keep the Safety Caps On If your propane tanks have safety caps, you need to make sure that they’re replaced once the tanks have been refilled. The safety caps are designed to prevent the valves from being accidentally opened. Once your tanks have been filled, place the caps back on securely and leave them in place until you’re ready to use them. Use the tips provided here to make sure that you follow proper safety procedures when transporting your propane tanks. Visit a website like http://www.nwpropane.net for more...

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Iron in Your Water? Here’s What You Need to Know

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Iron in Your Water? Here’s What You Need to Know

Iron occurs naturally in nature, and you will always have a small amount of iron in your water. However, it is typically so small that you aren’t going to notice it. Generally, the trace amounts aren’t going to make you sick, either. Having too much iron, on the other hand, could end up causing a number of health problems. The best way to tell if your tap water has too much iron in it is to take a look at how clear it is. If you notice it turning a shade of orange, brown or red after sitting for a couple minutes, you have an iron problem that needs to be taken care of right away. How much iron is too much? Some iron in your drinking water is okay. However, your drinking water should never have more than 0.3 milligrams of iron for every liter of water. Those numbers apply to city water. For those who have a private well, the standards don’t always apply. However, you can always have your water tested to see what the iron level is at. On average, groundwater shouldn’t have more than 10 milligrams of iron per liter of water. A water treatment company can come out and test the water for you to determine what your levels are and what steps you can take to treat your drinking water and reduce iron levels. How dangerous is it to have too much iron in your water? If your blood has too much iron in it, it could end up causing your blood to produce more free radicals than it needs. This in turn could damage the neurons in your brain. Too much iron can also be reactive with the beta-amyloid plaques that are often found in those suffering with Alzheimer’s. To get an accurate diagnosis of whether you are in the early stages of Alzheimer’s or not, your medical provider can measure your brain’s iron levels. Beyond Alzheimer’s, excessive iron levels can also cause you to struggle with vomiting, cramping, nausea, and constipation. Your doctor can check your iron levels for you to determine how much you have in your system. Toxicity could lead to fainting, organ failure, coma, and possibly even death. Don’t wait around hoping for your water to clear up. Call upon a water filtration specialist from a company like Friot’s Water Treatment CO who can come out and test the water for you and provide you with a list of options on how you can treat the iron...

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Get To The Bottom Of Gas Or Waste Smells Right Away: What To Do

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Get To The Bottom Of Gas Or Waste Smells Right Away: What To Do

If you have odors coming up through your drains and a variety of cleaning products aren’t working, it may be time to have the professionals come in. Getting rid of the odors may require assistance from a professional sewer cleaning company. If the sewer odors don’t just smell like waste but also like natural gas, you may need more than your pipes cleaned. Consider the following options. Sewer Cleaning Have all of the pipes that lead to the sewer system cleaned to remove any clogs or debris that could be trapped in the drains traps. This is going to remove bacteria causing odors that attract insects and pests. They can also use a camera during this time to see if the pipes are galvanized or have other problems while they clean the drains. Septic Drainage Do you have a septic tank that the waste goes into? If so, it may be time to have the tank drained and cleaned. The waste could be backfilling into the pipes if it’s full, or if there are tree branches pushing into the tank. Having the tank emptied and cleaned also lets you know how long until the unit should need cleaned again in the future, if the previous homeowner hadn’t told you. Gas Inspection You can have the sewage professional check all of your natural gas lines around the home to see if there is a gas leak, or you can call the local gas company to have them do the inspection. You could have a mixture of a waste problem and a very dangerous natural gas leak, so you want to get in contact with the professionals right away to have the situation handled. If you fear you may have a gas leak you want to get out of the home until someone can get there to see if gas is present. There are a lot of reasons why you could smell waste around your home, and if your plumbing hasn’t been inspected since you’ve lived in the house you have no way of knowing where the odors are coming from. Talk with the sewer cleaning company and have them come do an inspection of all your pipes to get to the bottom of your smelly situation, and make sure that everyone in the house and around it isn’t at risk by making sure you don’t have any type of gas...

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Top 5 Solar Energy Facts

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Top 5 Solar Energy Facts

Solar energy is the key for all life on Earth because the energy from the sun powers plants that all other life depends on for survival. Solar energy is also a valuable source of renewable energy for electricity and transportation. You probably already understand that importance of solar energy, but here are five facts that you may not be aware of: 1. The sun produces an incredible amount of energy. Every second, the sun produces 3.8 x 1026 watts of energy. That’s 3.8 with 26 zeros after it. In comparison, humans consume .0001% of this amount of energy. The sun produces more than enough energy to meet the demands of the world’s current population and more. Unlike fossil fuels or coal, this energy will not run out. 2. Solar powered devices work even when the sun isn’t out. Many solar powered devices such as lights will work when the sun isn’t out. Solar panels and devices have batteries that store unused energy during the day. At night when there is no sunlight, the batteries use their stored energy to keep solar powered devices running. Also, solar panels still produce energy even on cloudy days. Enough energy from the sun gets through the clouds to power solar devices without using batteries. 3. Space solar power may one day provide much of our energy needs. Space solar power is much more efficient than solar power on Earth. On Earth, much of the energy from the sun gets absorbed by the magnetic field, clouds, and oceans. In fact, as much as 30% of the energy from the sun is blocked by Earth’s atmosphere alone. By using space solar power, there is no wasted energy. Space solar power works by using large mirrors to direct sunlight at solar panels on nearby satellites. The satellites beam this power back to Earth using harmless microwave radiation. 4. Solar power will increase and become more affordable over time. According to projections by the International Energy Agency, solar power is going to increase and become more affordable. By 2050, as much as 11% of the world’s power will come from solar energy. By 2020, solar power is expected to cost the same as standard electricity. By 2030, solar power will be cheaper than standard electricity. 5. Solar panels pay for themselves. By installing solar panels, you can get tax rebates from the government. Depending on the state you live in, you can also receive renewable tax credits every year. The value of your home also increases significantly. The biggest cost savings? No more power bills. The average breakeven point for a home in Los Angeles is around 3.5 years. These are five facts about solar energy that you may not know about. Solar energy is a valuable source of renewable, sustainable power. For more information about solar energy and how you can harness it, contact a company like DFW Solar...

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Five Sod Lawn Tips For The First Time Installer

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Sod Lawn Tips For The First Time Installer

Sod is the quickest way to lay a new lawn or repair a damaged lawn. Taking the time to install it correctly results in an immediate lawn, since there is no need to wait for seed to germinate and establish. The following installation tips will ensure that your new lawn looks its best, even if this is your first time installing sod. Tip #1: Schedule a Pickup Most nurseries cut sod on the day of or the day right before it’s scheduled for pickup and delivery. Place your sod order a few days in advance, and make note of both the date and time it will be ready. Generally, picking up your sod works well because you have more control over how long it will sit in your driveway waiting for installation, but you can schedule a delivery if necessary. Tip #2: Get a Jumpstart on Preparation You need to prepare the ground for the sod before it arrives. Otherwise, the sod can dry out and die. Your best bet is to prepare the site the day before your scheduled pickup. It it must be a one day project, prepare the ground in the morning and schedule your sod pickup for the afternoon. Tip #3: Get Off to a Good Start Begin by removing the existing turf, even if it’s just a few sparse weeds. Then, break up the top 8- to 10-inches of soil with a tiller. Finally, add a 2-inch layer of fresh topsoil and a lawn starter fertilizer, before lightly tamping down the soil with a lawn roller. Tip #4: Install it Right Installation is fairly simple – unroll the sod strips in a straight line, placing the ends of each strip tightly together but without overlapping. On the next row, stagger the joints between the strips so they don’t line up with the row next to it. Run the lawn roller over the sod after installation to ensure the roots have good contact with the soil beneath. Tip #5: Provide Proper Early Care New sod needs deep watering three times daily for the first two weeks. Set an empty can on the lawn and water until there is 1 inch of water in the can. Sod shouldn’t be mowed for these first two weeks. Wait for at least two weeks and until the grass has grown to a 3.5 inch-length before breaking out the lawnmower. You also need to verify that the sod has rooted well before you mow. To do this, gently try to lift one corner of a sod strip. If it’s rooted, you won’t be able to lift it up. For more information, visit http://www.bbhoffmansod.com or a similar...

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Ways To Safely Dispose Of Needles And Other Medical Sharps

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ways To Safely Dispose Of Needles And Other Medical Sharps

If you or someone you care for use syringes or other medical sharps like lancets on a regular basis, then you probably know how challenging disposing of these items can be. They can’t simply be thrown into the trash or flushed down the toilet because that increases the risk of injuring others and spreading diseases such as hepatitis B. Here are a few ways you can safely dispose of this type of medical waste. Proper Collection Before looking at disposal methods, it’s important to learn how to safely manage used needles and other medical sharps. All of these items should be placed in a disposal container specifically designed to hold medical sharps. In addition to making it easier to keep these used items out of reach of children and pets, these containers minimize the risk of accidental needle-stick injuries. They can be purchased at most retailers and come in a variety of sizes. However, if you can’t afford to buy one, you can also collect the used medical sharps in a thick plastic container. Use thick duct tape to reinforce the container and minimize the risk the needles will puncture the walls. Be certain to put hazardous waste labels on the containers to warn people about what it contains. Take to a Local Drop Box In many communities, there are places where you can drop off medical sharps. Typically, the only requirement is that the items have been properly contained and labeled. Possible collection sites in your area include: Hospitals Doctor’s offices Health departments Medical waste facilities Pharmacies Police stations Fire stations Depending on the site, you may be able to drop off the medical sharps for free or you may have to pay a nominal fee. You can usually get information about drop off locations from the Department of Public Works or similar agency in your area. Mail to a Collection Site Some companies let you mail in your containers of used medical sharps. For instance, some businesses that sell syringes, needles, and other sharps have a mail-back program where they’ll dispose of your used needles for you. The company will provide you with everything you need such as a container to collect your sharps and postage-paid mailer, and all you have to do is drop it in the mail. Both local waste management companies and those that specialize in handling medical waste may also have mail collection programs. Be aware that many times these companies will have specific requirements regarding the types of containers you can use and how to label them, and there may be a fee. Sign Up for a Medical Waste Disposal Program Possibly the easiest thing you can do is sign up for a medical waste disposal program with a local company. Like the mail-back program, these companies typically provide you with all of the supplies you need to manage your sharps. However, instead of mailing in the disposal container, the company will pick it up from your residence. There’s usually a charge for the service, but you may have the choice between scheduling pickups or signing up for a regular pick up schedule. For more information about disposing of medical sharps safely, contact a medical waste disposal company like S.H Bio-Waste LTD in your...

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How Scrap Copper Metal Gets Made Into Copper Wire

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people know that collecting copper to sell is extremely lucrative because it is eventually made into copper wire, but many people don’t know how the scrap metal actually gets to the point where it is copper wire. The process is actually relatively simple. 1. Collect All of the Scrap Metal If you are selling to a scrap dealer, it is important to make sure that your copper is as clean as possible, without any extra materials. If you are taking the copper to a recycling plant, then you don’t have to worry about the extra materials because they will eventually all be burnt off. 2. Melt Everything Down Next, the copper goes into a large containment unit that has been heated to a very high temperature. The way that the temperature is able to get so high is that the workers at the recycling plant inject oxygen into the furnace that is heating the containment unit, causing it to hit a boiling point much more quickly. 3. Put the Copper into Molds At this point in the process, the copper is still not pure. Even though most of the casings have been burnt off, there is still some foreign material in the copper. Once the copper is in the molds, the molds are at an unbearably hot temperature, so they are subsequently dipped in water in order to cool them down. The copper is anchored to the mold when the water forces it to cool down quickly. 4. Put the Molds in an Electrolysis Bath Then, the molds are dipped into a vat that is filled with a liquid that is dense with electrolytes. This is known as an electrolysis bath. By dipping the copper into the bath, the rest of the remaining impurities are removed. 5. Remove the Copper From the Mold When the molds are removed from the electrolysis bath and the copper is removed from the mold, it is essentially a copper sheet. 6. Melt the Sheets Down Again Next, the sheets are melted down again and formed into a long, copper snake. This copper snake is allowed to cool slightly. 7. Stretch the Copper Snake Finally, the copper snake is stretched to the point where it is thin enough to become wire. By this time, the copper has cooled to a degree where it can easily be handled. Once the copper is turned into wire, it is wrapped up for storage. For more information, contact a local recycling company like Get Green Recycling...

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Removing Trash And Cutting Down On Waste – A Size Guide For Roll Off Dumpsters

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Whether you’re overseeing a small remodel of one room of your house or cleaning out a large office complex, getting rid of the trash that comes with such a project is a major challenge. Roll off dumpster rentals are a great way to handle that challenge, but many people hesitate to rent one for fear that they’ll waste money by choosing a size that’s too large. The best way to combat that fear is to keep yourself informed. Below, you’ll find a size guide for roll off dumpster rentals that should allow you to pick the right receptacle for your job. By following these suggestions, you can be confident that you’ll have enough space and complete your clean out as efficiently as possible. Eight Yard Containers For most small home remodeling projects, an eight yard dumpster will be sufficient. If you’re gutting a bathroom or dealing with a large quantity of yard waste, an eight yard dumpster should be able to handle all of the debris that’s safe to throw away. Eight yard dumpsters also have the benefit of being able to fit in most driveways or other common home exterior areas. This can be a huge plus for people who don’t want to disturb their neighbors with a large trash container and would prefer to complete their work more subtly. Twenty Yard Containers One of the most common and exciting home improvement projects is a basement rehab. If you’re tearing out old basement fixtures or looking to complete a previously unfinished basement, a twenty yard container will be able to handle the construction waste that your project generates. Twenty yard containers are also very useful if you’re working on your roof. Tearing up shingles and damaged joists requires a great deal of trash disposal, and a twenty yard dumpster should be able to handle the waste from any standard sized roof. Forty Yard Containers Major construction projects require major trash removal. A forty yard dumpster is the largest commonly available roll off container, and if you’re working on a major rehab project that spans multiple rooms, it’s likely the right choice. Forty yard dumpsters are also likely to be required on any new construction project, and are also commonly used in the event that you seek a full siding replacement for your home. You’ll need to make sure you have sufficient space and clearance for such a large container, but you’ll also be able to avoid having to empty your dumpster during your...

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Two of Your Questions about Exterminator Services Addressed

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Insect problems can be a difficult issue for homeowners to address. Often, people will attempt to combat their insect problems without professional help by using over the counter insecticide sprays. However, this is often inefficient because the homeowner lacks the experience to stop the problem at its source. You can hire a professional exterminator to handle these problems, but if you have never needed help in the past, knowing the following answers to routine questions should help this process go more smoothly for you.  Why Are Exterminators Hesitant about Giving Quotes over the Phone? The cost of hiring an exterminator is often one of the most important factors a homeowner will consider. However, most of these professionals will not give out an accurate cost of treating the home over the phone because there are many factors that will determine the cost. The severity of the infestation, the amount of damage and size of the area to be treated are some of the most important factors that will determine this.  As a result, these professionals will need to visit your home and perform a detailed inspection before they can provide you with an accurate price estimate. During this inspection, they will determine how much of your home is currently infested, the most likely source of the problem and this will help them calculate the amount of pesticide that will be needed. This information will also help them to determine if multiple treatments will be needed, and all of this information can only be obtained after this inspection is performed.   Is It Safe for Your Home’s Exterior to Be Sprayed for Insects? There are many homes that are built using wood and other natural materials. Unfortunately, these materials can be particularly prone to insect problems, but some people may avoid having the house sprayed because they are concerned that it may permanently discolor or otherwise damage the exterior of their house.  Fortunately, this is not a problem that you have to be particularly concerned about because the chemicals that these professionals use are free of any pigments that can be left behind on these surfaces. As a result, you can enjoy the benefits of having your home treated for an insect infestation without having to sacrifice the appearance of your home’s exterior.  Preventing a large number of insects from making it into your home is essential for keeping it a welcoming and comfortable place. However, this is a chore that is often best left to professional exterminators. By hiring professionals like Environmental Services Pest Control, you can help ensure that your home is safe from a variety of...

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What Dangers Are Hiding In Your Home?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You believe that your home is safe, but there may be hidden dangers lurking under the surface. Materials like mold, lead and asbestos can trigger illness or allergic reactions in members of your household. Here is how what you don’t see can sometimes hurt you.  Mold Mold can be found in every home and in the air around you. Small amounts of mold do not affect most people, but mold can spread quickly when not adequately controlled. Mold reproduces through spores that break away from the mold and travel through the air to other surfaces in the home.  If you or someone in your family is especially sensitive to mold, or if levels in your home are high, you might see the following symptoms occur.  Itchy, irritated eyes Stuffy nose Itchy skin or rashes Trouble breathing High mold levels can be dangerous to people with weak immune systems or who are already ill. For example, mold could trigger serious breathing problems in someone with asthma. People with lung disease may experience lung infections or damage to lungs. Some people are allergic to mold and can have reactions like fever and respiratory symptoms.  Mold can be found in areas of your home that tend to be wet and warm, such as the bathroom or the basement.  Lead Lead is another natural material and is found in the earth. Lead has many uses and benefits, but it can be toxic to humans. You may find lead in your home in the form of lead based paints, especially if your home was built before 1978. Children are particularly at risk of problems caused by lead paint because their bodies and brains are still growing and because they are more likely to chew on surfaces like window sills and stair banisters.  The Environmental Protection Agency lists these dangers to children who are exposed to lead.  Behavior problems and hyperactivity Learning disabilities  Trouble hearing Anemia Asbestos Asbestos is a fiber that occurs in the earth’s soil. For many years, asbestos was widely used in construction and could be found in ceilings, floor tiles and roofing materials. The most common place you may find asbestos in your home is in the form of insulation in your attic, walls and floors.  Asbestos exposure can cause serious health problems.  Diseases of the lungs, including asbestosis Cancer of the lungs, including mesothelioma These diseases are often more severe in smokers.  Harmful materials in your home can be removed by an abatement services professional (such as one from ENVIROTECH Inc). If you are concerned about any of these substances in your home, have a professional assess your home and remove any potential...

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