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Fire Protection Tips For Your Business

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In 2015, non-residential fires cost property owners more than $3 billion in damage. As a business owner, keeping your property out of this statistical group is important. Fortunately, there is a way you can easily work towards this goal. Here are just some of the things you can do lower the fire risk for your building.   Know Your Risk In any battle, you can’t adequately protect yourself if you don’t know what you’re up against. Protecting yourself from a fire is no exception to this rule. You need to first understand what risk factors surround your business. For example, with a restaurant or any building with an active kitchen, grease fires become a real risk. In this scenario, having the appropriate type of extinguisher in the area for this type of blaze is critical. The more you know what you’re up against, the better you can plan. If you need assistance, fire safety professionals will sometimes come out to your property and conduct a risk assessment for you. Recognize The Importance Of Testing Your fire alarm and other safety equipment don’t come with the luxury of malfunctioning. The proper operation of these devices can literally be the difference between life and death. Since all electrical systems aren’t invincible, it’s important to test them on a regular basis. Frequent testing allows you to quickly highlight a problem and have it repaired before you actually need to rely on the unit. While testing frequency varies, around once a month is a great place to start. However, a review of the owner’s manual or speaking with a fire safety professional can help you come up with more accurate schedule for you needs. Ensure Your Team Is Trained It’s hard to fully stress just how critical it is for you to train your staff. Not only should your team members know what safety measures to take in order to prevent a fire, but they should also be equipped with details on what to do in the event of a fire. Their prompt actions can minimize damage and most importantly, the threat of injury to anyone in the area. In addition to training employees on fire safety when they first are on-boarded, consider making this training an annual type of program to serve as a constant refresher. Ensure you are taking advantage of any measures that can help better protect your business property, employees, and customers from the risk of a...

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How To Keep Your Glass Railings In Tip-Top Shape

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Glass railings are delicate things and can be easily marred and dirtied. If the glass railings are outside, it is even more important to care for them properly. Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your glass railings in tip-top shape. Keeping Them Clean Inside, your glass railings are easily cleaned with glass cleaner and a soft cloth. It is generally recommended that you use cloths designated for the cleaning of glass and nothing else. These cloths will not scratch or fog up the glass with lint, despite their use with glass cleaner. If you are trying to keep your outside glass railings clean, the gentlest setting on your pressure washer is okay. You can also use the indoor glass cloths to wipe the outside railings dry. Then apply a coating that helps rain, animal and bird feces, and other debris from nature off the glass. These unpleasant and messy things will then slide off the glass railings to the ground or deck below, keeping the glass cleaner than railings without the coating. Making Tiny Scratches Invisible Auto glass specialists use a special glass filler to eliminate tiny cracks and chips. You can buy a similar product that will help you fill in the little scratches in your glass railings. Use it sparingly as you fill in the scratches or you may have obvious raised areas on the glass that will draw attention. NEVER use an abrasive substance to “erase” the scratches, or you will end up with even bigger scratches on the glass. This includes abrasive cleaners that are often used to clean porcelain tubs, sinks, and toilet bowls. Dusting Glass Railings Indoors It goes without saying that glass railings outside will get dusty and dirty quickly. Inside, your glass railings will attract dust, but it will take time to build up a layer of dust on the glass. As such, you have some leeway with dusting indoor glass railings. Once a week or once every other week to dust is sufficient for keeping the glass clear and easy to see through. Repairing the Glass Sometimes a pet or a child can really do some damage against a glass railing. Hopefully, the railing does not split or shatter all the way and injure the child or pet. If the damage is significant and obviously unsafe, call a glass specialist to have the panel repaired as soon as possible.  For more information, contact local professionals like California Reflections...

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Tips For Assessing Your Air Conditioning After An Electrical Storm

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If you live in an area that’s prone to lightning storms, it’s important that you understand how those storms can affect your central air conditioning system. After all, while most homeowners understand that a direct strike can cause damage, many don’t realize that even indirect lightning strikes can lead to electrical damage that can affect your air conditioning. Here are a few things to watch for with your system following a storm. Temperature Regulation If your air conditioner suddenly stops regulating temperature properly or won’t engage when the temperature is warmer than the thermostat setting, that’s an indication that there’s a short in the thermostat or some other failure. If you have an electric thermostat, look at the display itself. There should be no errors or anything if it’s working correctly. If you cannot confirm that the thermostat is on and the temperature is correct, have an air conditioning technician test the thermostat and replace it if necessary. Compressor Operation If the thermostat is engaging the fan but the compressor itself isn’t cycling on, that’s an indication that the compressor inside the condenser is what’s failing. If you can hear the fan turn on and off based on where the temperature is set on the thermostat, call an HVAC technician right away. He or she will have to disassemble the condenser to test and replace the compressor if it needs it. Don’t try to do this on your own, as you could risk damaging the air conditioner without the proper training. Hidden Troubles It’s natural to think that your air conditioning made it through the storm fine if you don’t see any problems within the next day or so. This is a pretty reasonable, and usually correct, assumption. However, the fact is that you may actually not see the signs of damage for some time. If your air conditioner suffers any kind of electrical surge as a result of the storm, you’ll want to have it serviced so that your technician can test for any electrical disruptions, weaknesses, or other problems. Sometimes the damage builds as a result of cumulative issues, not because of one single storm. That evaluation can help identify problems before they become destructive dangers. Recognizing that your air conditioning condenser is at risk of damage from lightning storms is the first step, but knowing what kind of damage to watch for is just as important. Before the electrical storm season sets in again, talk with air conditioning services about a comprehensive...

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3 Excellent Reasons Why A General Contractor Should Hire A Truss Contractor To Create Their Trusses

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When a general contractor is building a home, they have several different areas of the home that they hire different specialist to help create and install. This includes the electric work, the plumbing work, the cabinets, etc. Another aspect of the home that a general contractor should consider hiring a specialist for are the trusses. A truss contractor is going to be able to do a great job creating the trusses, which will simply make the structure as a whole that much better. This article will discuss 3 excellent reasons why a general contractor should hire a truss contractor to create their trusses.  There Are A Plethora Of Truss Designs To Choose From One excellent reason why a general contractor should hire a truss contractor to create their trusses for them is because they give them several different truss options to choose from. These options include designs such as: scissors, flat, traditional, fault, attic, porch, and the list goes on. These different designs make it easy for the contractor to get the shape and style of truss that they need for the specific structure that they are building. It also allows them to get very customized with the trusses, which wouldn’t be possible if they only had generic options.  They Use Engineered Wood Products  Another reason to hire a truss contractor is because they are going to create the trusses out of engineered wood products. These products are going to look like wood, but will not have some of the same flaws that wood does. This means that the pieces will all be very precise, and things like warping or chipping are not going to be an issue. Engineered wood is excellent at withstanding weather and is very structurally sound, which is obviously very important for tresses as well.  The Trusses Are Made Off-Site And Delivered  When a general contractor hires a specialist to create their trusses, they are going to be made completely off-site. This means that once they arrive, they are going to be ready to go. This saves the general contractor from having to do any work in the creation process, and gives them a product that they can install right when they arrive on site. Since construction now-a-days is inspected to be a very speedy process, this really helps contractors to stay within the expected time frames of the people who they are building structures...

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Troubleshooting Slow Drains

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A slow drain may be frustrating or a pain, but many people often just live with it because they either don’t know how to fix it or just assume that’s how that particular drain is. However, a slow drain could mean that something major is wrong. The following can help you get to the root of the problem. Count your drains Your first task is to determine whether this is an isolated issue or a more pervasive problem. Check every drain in your home – sinks, tubs, and floor drains. Note which ones are draining slowly. If it’s just one or two drains, and they aren’t in the same room or directly above one another on multiple floors, it’s likely an isolated problem. If it’s multiple drains in the same zone of the home, you will need to be prepared for a more major blockage. Check the trap The trap in a sink drain is the curved pipe directly beneath the sink. With the water turned off and bucket beneath the trap, use a pipe wrench to remove this trap. You will likely find the problem – hair, soap scum, or other debris has begun to block the pipe. Remove the gunk and replace the trap, thus solving the problem. For the tub or shower, the trap isn’t easily accessible. Most of these drains have a screen you can remove with needlenose pliers or by twisting and lifting it. There may even be a chain attached, which is designed to hang down the drain and catch the gunk so you can remove it before it forms a clog. If there is no chain, use a plumber’s zip-it tool or a long wire with a hook bent into the end to reach down the drain and pull out any gunk. Diagnosing major concerns When drains continue to move slowly, especially when the issue is affecting multiple drains, you may have a blockage in a main drain pipe. If the slow drains are only in one section of the house, chances are it is the sewer pipe that connects that sector to the main drain. A plumber can snake it out to the main drain, solving the issue. The main drain may have a clog if all the drains are moving slowly. This can be due to a blockage or tree roots in the drain, which will require a mechanical snake to remove. Find out more about cleaning your drains by talking to a plumber in your...

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Tips For A More Efficient Air Conditioner

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Running your air conditioner but not noticing any improvements in your home’s temperature? If this is a reoccurring problem then it is likely that you have failed to keep up with the maintenance of your home’s air conditioner. Though it may have been a while since you last serviced your unit, no need to worry as there are many great at-home services that you can implement to improve the performance and efficiency of your unit, like the following: Upkeep the Condenser Unit: The condenser component of your air conditioner is a critical aspect when it comes to revamping the performance of your AC. Without a properly working air conditioner your unit may lack fuel delivery and may not be able to chill the air enough to drop the temperature in your home as rapidly as it should. So, to ensure maximum performance, you will want to clean the vents of your condenser so that it can have the air intake that it needs to properly cool your home. Fix Air Leaks: Fixing air leaks can be a tremendous help if your duct has minor holes allowing the cool air to escape. If your duct has holes, you will want to wrap foil-faced insulation over these holes to stop the air leaks. This service alone can be just the improvement that you need to see excellent results from your air conditioner. Swap Old Filters: Old filters can become clogged with debris and dust, minimizing the airflow and this can reduce the air levels that are blown into your home. This can cause you to run your unit for extended periods at a time in order to compensate for the lack of air delivery, which means you will be spending more on your electricity bill and seeing poor performance from your unit. Also, having old and dirty filters can impact the air quality of the air that is being delivered to your home which can likely be a threat to your health. So, replacing old filters on a regular basis is best for both your health and the performance of your system. Applying these tips can be a quick, easy, and a very effective way to revamp the overall performance and efficiency of your unit, which can not only help you cool down the temperature of your home in a timely manner but can also help you reduce the cost of your AC utilization due to you being able to minimize the use of electricity consumption related to poor...

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Tips For Streamlining Recycling At An Event

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If you are hosting a large event, you can save a lot of waste by recycling correctly. But getting everyone on board with recycling at an event can be tricky. Here are some steps you can take to make recycling a reality at your event.  Have Adequate Recycling Space The first step is to make sure that you have adequate space for your recyclable goods. If your bins start to overflow halfway through the event, do you have a way to refresh your recycling space? You could either schedule a pickup if your recycling services can be on call, or you might want to rent roll off dumpsters to house recycled goods. This way, your clean-up crew can dump any full recycling bins into a final dumpster that will be recycled after the event.  Label Recycling Spots Clearly Your labeling will make a huge difference in how much people recycle. If they are enjoying the event and need to throw something away, they may not put a lot of effort into figuring out the correct bins for recycling. You may want to have your trash bins and recycling bins in a different spot so that there isn’t any confusion. Make sure the bins are a different size, shape, and color from your regular trash cans so that people don’t mistake the two.  Mention the Importance of Recycling You may also want to briefly explain the recycling system at some point during the event. A quick, 30 second speech will draw people’s attention to the importance of recycling at your event. And your words may stick in their mind later when they go to throw some items away.  Hire Greeters You could also hire a recycling crew to be present at the event and help people recycle. They can tactfully direct people to the recycling bins when necessary.  Hire Some Sorters You may not have a perfect recycling bin after your event, so hire a clean up crew to do some sorting of your recycling bins. They can pull recyclable items out of the trash cans and also remove trash from the recycling bins.  These steps will make it easier for you to collect recycling materials without a ton of extra effort. Your recycling services might have ideas about how you can make recycling more efficient at your event as well, such as building easy-to-use recycling infrastructure and facilitating easy pickup of recyclable goods.  For more information, contact local professionals like Ground Effects Hauling...

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When Style Is More Than Style: Further Considerations for Choosing a Roof Style

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When it comes to choosing a roof style, you should think beyond curb appeal if you wish to stay satisfied by your chosen style for a long time. Here are other factors you should consider. Installation Cost Your chosen style may affect your roofing budget. As a rule, the more complicated a roof is, the more it will cost to install. Pitched roofs, for example, cost more to construct than flat roofs. The additional cost can be attributed to the extra hours and materials needed to come up with the complicated shape. For example, a sawtooth roof, which has multiple pitched roofs running parallel to one another, requires more materials to construct than a simple pyramid roof where all sides meet at a single point at the top. Maintenance Cost Apart from the installation cost, you should also be prepared for the maintenance costs of your chosen roof style. For example, flat roofs are more prone to water or debris-related damage, so they require more frequent inspections and maintenance. This is because flat roofs tend to have drainage issues. Also, a roof design that incorporates numerous projections, valleys, and ridges will require more intensive maintenance than roofs with continuous surfaces. This is because roof problems often begin at those connection points. Wind Resistance Certain roof shapes hold up better to the wind than others. This should be of great concern to those who live in hurricane-prone or coastal areas. For example, a multiple-panel roof is more likely to withstand wind forces than other types of roofs. Even the slope of the roof matters; data shows that 30-degree slope is the best for wind resistance. Even the presence or absence of roof overhangs, including their length, may affect the wind capabilities of a roof. Ask your roofing contractor how your roof is likely to fare during a strong wind. Resale Value Unless you plan to live in that house forever (and don’t forget that unforeseen circumstances may change your mind), you should also consider the resale value of your house while choosing a roof. For example, well-designed roof ridges with stylish ridge caps are considered attractive by many people. Even the color of the shingles may affect how people view your house; the roof’s color should complement or offer a striking contrast to the colors used on the exterior of the house. You can change some aspects of your roof style during the roof’s replacement, while other aspects are best considered during the first installation or design. For example, it won’t cost you much to switch from one color to another while replacing a roof, but it’s expensive to change the slope of the roof. Talk to a company such as Palmer Roofing for more...

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Answering A Few Common Concerns About Paving Your Driveway

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A paved driveway can help to improve both the convenience of accessing your property as well as its value. Yet, it can be a fairly common issue for individuals to be unsure of what they should expect from the process of paving a driveway to their property. If this is something that you have started considering doing for your property, you will likely greatly benefit from learning about the answers to these common driveway paving questions. Will The Property Need To Be Excavated? Some individuals will have concerns about the prospects of needing to have their property excavated. However, it is important to note that this step is essential for ensuring that the pavement is poured as evenly as possible. Luckily, paving professionals have tools that will be able to limit the excavation work to the area where the pavement will be located. This can greatly reduce the impact this work will have on the rest of your yard. Can A Driveway Be Poured During The Winter? There is a common misconception among some homeowners that they will only be able to add a paved driveway during the summer months. Yet, it is actually possible to pave a driveway during almost any month. Typically, the only time when paving is not possible is during periods when the ground is frozen. Paving during these times can cause the pavement to dry unevenly, which can severely weaken it. How Long Will It Take For Your Driveway To Be Ready For Use? Once the pavement has been poured, it will need time to dry and cure before you use it. The drying process will be completed fairly quickly, but the curing phase of this can take several weeks to complete. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to speed up the curing process because this will require the water in the pavement to evaporate. If you make the mistake of using the driveway before it has fully cured, the weight of your car may leave indentations in it. Making the decision to invest in a paved driveway for your property can be a major project to undertake. As a result, it is critical for you to be as informed as possible about about these projects. By appreciating that excavation may need to be done to your property, that it is possible to pave a driveway during the winter and the importance of allowing your driveway to cure, you will be much better prepared to decide whether this is a suitable project for your home’s needs. For more information, contact a company like R Williams Paving...

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Fiber Cement Siding Vs. Vinyl Siding

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Whether you’re building a new home, an addition to your current home, or you’re replacing your old, run-down siding, you have to choose the right siding material for your house. Vinyl siding has been the number one exterior wall material for the past 20 years, but more and more people are starting to opt for fiber cement siding, such as Hardie planks, instead. So, which option is the best choice? Both materials have their own pros and cons, and learning more about them allows you to make an informed decision. Fiber Cement Siding Fiber cement siding, such as Hardie planks, is made by forming a mixture of wood pulp and Portland cement into planks or shingles. It’s attached to your house directly, using nails to hold it in place. Most Hardie board siding includes a 50-year limited warranty, and if purchased prepainted, a 10 to 15 year warranty on the finish. Some of the benefits of fiber cement siding include: Rot resistant Impervious to termites and rodents Won’t warp, shrink, or melt Non-combustible Highly durable and weather resistant Fiber cement siding is more durable than vinyl siding, which can melt during a fire and be damaged during a storm. Like vinyl siding, it’s available in a wide range of colors and can be customized to mimic the look of other siding options such as wood shakes. However, it also costs more than vinyl siding, and the finish needs maintained approximately every 15 years. Vinyl Siding Vinyl siding is made from PVC, a durable plastic. The siding is hung from rails that are attached to your house, which allows it to contract and expand when the temperature changes. Vinyl siding has been know to buckle in extremely hot temperatures, so it might not be the best option for homes that are located in areas prone to extreme heat. There are several benefits to vinyl siding, including: Can withstand gusts of wind up to 240 miles per hour Budget friendly Insect proof and fade resistant Waterproof Resistant to warping and shrinking One of the best things about installing vinyl siding is that it’s practically maintenance free. While vinyl siding can fade slightly over time, it’s usually not too noticeable so there is no need to repaint the siding once it is hung. Also, vinyl siding is easy to clean when needed. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide whether fiber cement or vinyl siding is the best option for your home. If you’re looking for the most durable option, fiber cement siding is your best bet. However, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly solution, vinyl siding is a better choice. Talk to a company like Side-Pro, Inc. to learn...

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