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Questions to Ask a Prospective Street Sweeping Contractor

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions to Ask a Prospective Street Sweeping Contractor

While most cities and municipalities offer street cleaning services for the city streets, if you own a large retail, industrial or other commercial complex and parking lot, the responsibility of keeping these paved spaces clear from litter and debris falls on you, the property owner. That’s where a private street sweeping service can help. However, how do you know which contractor to choose? To make sure that you get the most for your maintenance dollars, it’s wise to ask a few questions before you sign a contract. What services do they offer? Street sweeping is more than just driving the sweeping machine along the curbs. Will the contractor clean the walkways and areas that aren’t accessible by a vehicle? What about debris in your landscaping and large items, such as downed tree branches? Do they have the capacity and manpower to handle these items, also? What hours will they be working? Leaf blowing and street sweeping can be noisy. If you have a retail complex, you may not want the company working during the hours that you’re open for business. Can the equipment clear your parking garage? If all or a portion of your parking facility is covered, you’ll want to make sure that the vehicles the contractor uses will clear the top of your parking garage entrance, exit and ramps. It’s best if the contractor does a test run with the sweeping machine before you hire the company. What kinds of equipment will they be using? In addition to the sweeping machine, ask about how they will clear the pathways, golf-cart paths and sideways. A blower is generally a better option than a power washer, which can prematurely age your concrete and stone surfaces. Chipping concrete is not only unsightly, but can cause a safety risk to your customers and employees. What about stains? If you own a parking lot, especially a concrete one, you’re going to have oil stains and stains from other vehicle fluids. In addition to getting rid of leaves, litter and debris, is the contractor you have in mind equipped to clean up oil and other stains on your parking lot surface? Choosing a street sweeping contractor doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. However, to make sure that you choose a company with which you can work well, be sure to ask about services, hours and equipment. This will ensure that your streets are taken care of and are up to your...

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The Greening Of Your Business’s Roof: Ideas For You

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Greening Of Your Business’s Roof: Ideas For You

When you are a business owner, you are always looking for ways to improve your business model. And in today’s society, many of these improvements lean toward making things more environmentally friendly or greener. As such, when the moment arrives that your business needs a new roof, you may find yourself wondering what you can possibly do to make your new roof more eco-friendly and sustainable. Get to know some of the green commercial roofing options available to you to help your business become more eco-friendly. Then, you can get your new roof installed as soon as possible. Recycled Roofing Materials One of the best ways to make your commercial roofing project an environmentally friendly one is to use recycled materials in your new roof. There are numerous recycled materials that you can use in your roof. One of the most common recycled materials available for commercial roofing projects is recycled steel or metal. Steel is a metal that can be recycled innumerable times without degrading or losing any of its metallic properties. This means that recycled steel is just as strong as new steel, with no discernible functional differences. In addition to steel and other metals, recycled rubber roofing and recycled asphalt shingles are also options for your business roofing project. Recycled rubber roofing is made from recycled tires and is an excellent insulator. Recycled asphalt shingles are a way to make one of the most common roofing materials in the United States into an option that is more eco-friendly. Try A Living Roof If you really want to go all out in your pursuit of a green roof for your business, you can install one that is quite literally green. Living roofs are becoming more and more prevalent in both residential and commercial roofing. Living roofs can be installed on top of an existing roof, and involve placing a thin layer of soil on top of a barrier that is designed to hold the soil in place. In the soil, you can plant indigenous plants, grasses, or even small trees to create a living roof. Indigenous plants are the most eco-friendly plant option as they require little to no watering or maintenance. The plants soak up thermal radiation (heat), absorb water preventing run-off and water contamination, and breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, reducing your business’s carbon footprint. These living roofs can greatly improve the environmental impact your business has, and can serve as an easy-to-see way for customers to see your business’s green and sustainable values. Now that you know a few of the ways that you can go about greening your business’s roof, you can get started on your roofing project as soon as possible. Contact a company like Bell Roof Co to learn...

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Remodeling Your Home To Make It More Elegant: Ideas For You

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Remodeling Your Home To Make It More Elegant: Ideas For You

When you decide that it is time to remodel your home, there are many design aesthetics that you may choose to use. If you choose to try to make your home more traditionally elegant, then you may find yourself wondering what you can do to incorporate elegance into your remodeling project in interesting and unique ways. Get to know some of the ways that you can make your remodeling project and your home more elegant and then get started finalizing your remodeling plans. The sooner you make your plans, the sooner you can complete your home remodel and enjoy your beautifully redesigned home. Incorporate Ironwork Into Your Home Design Traditionally elegant home design includes ornate home fixtures and furniture made of durable and long-lasting materials. One such material is iron, specifically wrought iron. Wrought iron is a beautiful addition to any home design and can provide durable functionality as well as lovely design. Wrought iron can be used in numerous ways in your home design. One of the best ways to do so is to use ironwork in your staircase banister remodel. Custom wrought iron banisters can be as ornate and interesting as you would like including floral or vine designs, more modern abstract designs, or basic straight bars. The choice in ironwork depends on how ornate and unique you want your design to be. You can also incorporate wrought iron into other aspects of your home. Dining room tables, bookcases, front doors, and window coverings can all include and be made of wrought iron. Install Reclaimed Hardwood Floors In Your Home Nothing says elegance in your home like hardwood floors. However, brand new hardwood can almost appear too uniform to feel entirely traditional. In fact, if you want a rustic elegance in your home, or for your home to look as if it has always been beautifully elegant, you may wish to use reclaimed hardwoods to design your floors. Reclaimed hardwood is of the highest quality pine, oak, maple, or other hardwood. The wood has previously been used in home design but has been removed and restored. Using reclaimed wood can help your floors to be unique in that you can use different combinations of hardwoods to create the floor in a single room. You will also be making a budget- and environmentally friendly choice in your elegant home design. Now that you have a few ideas of how to make your home design more elegant, you can get started on your remodeling project. You will have an elegant, beautifully remodeled home in no...

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3 Tips For Wood Fence Repair When Your Pooch Likes To Dig Under Or Chew Through Fences

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Wood Fence Repair When Your Pooch Likes To Dig Under Or Chew Through Fences

As a pet-owner, you obviously need to know that your dog will always be secure in your yard anytime he or she is outside. Unfortunately, many dogs see the fence as a minor inconvenience that temporarily blocks them from accessing the neighbor’s cat or cars that drive down the street. Therefore, it is important to reinforce that fence so it becomes resistant to being dug under and chewed down. #1-Identify The Primary Safety Issues Of The Fence It is first necessary to consider how the dog is able to easily escape from the fence. For instance, issues often include weak boards that are easy for your dog to push through. Many fences benefit from being placed into a concrete base, which makes it harder for dogs to move the fencing. Cedar is a popular material, but you should choose the highest quality of wood that you can, as mentioned later.   Frequently recommended to prevent fence rot, the use of concrete is equally appropriate for securing the fence. The trick is to first place soil into the hole where the new fence post will be, so that you can allow water to drain away later. Then, making sure to use wood that has been preserved and dried, place the new fence into the concrete.  The concrete should fill the remaining hole and spill over slightly, so that you can see it above-ground. Finally, use a caulk that has been recommended for concrete to secure the wood completely to the concrete. Even the most stubborn or freedom seeking dog would find it challenging to break through that reinforcement.    #2-When Replacing The Wood, Use Slats That Are Closer Together It is important to note that replacing weak, soft or damaged boards and using concrete to secure fence posts may not be enough to completely remedy the situation.  If your dog can still squeeze between the posts, escape is still probable.  In that instance, you may also need to make the pieces of the fence closer together, particularly if you have a big, strong or stubborn dog. Instead of allowing six or eight inches between the posts, remove the gap entirely. #3-Consider Upgrading The Type of Wood Currently In Your Fence  Another option is to use a better type of wood whenever possible. You can choose wood that resemble the existing fencing materials, so you will maintain the aesthetic appeal and consistent look of your yard.  Since clear and premium grade woods are considered to be the best and most durable type of wood to use in your fence, it can prevent or reduce the need for additional fence repairs because of your dog’s love of the open road. In conclusion, providing a safe and secure place for your dog to spend their times is essential. Fortunately, once you know how to repair and maintain your fence with appropriate and safe materials, you can provide your pooch with both of those for many more years. For further assistance, contact professionals, such as those from A & R...

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Causes Of Fire Sprinkler System Failure Every Business Owner Needs To Know

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Causes Of Fire Sprinkler System Failure Every Business Owner Needs To Know

If your company’s building caught on fire, do know for sure you could depend on your sprinkler system to work properly? Fire sprinkler systems are installed to help reduce fire damage and to lower loss of life. However, many sprinkler systems fail, leaving a structure totally vulnerable to complete destruction in the event of a fire. Find out how you can avoid your building’s fire sprinkler system failing during the time you need it to work the most. Water Shut-Off Is A Common Cause of Sprinkler System Failure If you have a sprinkler system and it was installed by the previous owner of your building, making sure the water supply for it is on is important. Valve shut-off is a common cause of sprinkler system failure. Taking the time to inspect your system for closed valves could be the reason you and your employees make it out of a fire if one broke out. If you are unsure how to locate water shut-off valves for your sprinkler system, contacting your local fire department for help locating them is a good idea. Structural Changes Can Impact Sprinkler System Performance During installation, a fire sprinkler system is placed strategically. Factors like room size and ceiling height are taken into consideration so a sprinkler head or two can reach the entire area of a room. However, if your business is in an older building, changes may have been made to the structure that could compromise the area a sprinkler head is able to reach. Ensuring your current sprinklers system will perform properly in the event of a fire is easily done by consulting your fire department and arranging a complete system inspection. Maintaining A Sprinkler System Is Essential Keeping a regular schedule for fire sprinkler system maintenance is vital for it to work properly. Systems that are not maintained correctly could have issues that would cause them to fail, and you would never know about it until a post-fire inspection takes place. Regular maintenance checks pinpoint problems that can be repaired before a fire occurs. Fire Sprinkler Systems Can Help You Save Money When it comes to keeping your overhead costs down, taking into account every financial detail is necessary. If you have a fire sprinkler system that is up-to-date and regularly maintained, you can receive discounts on your property insurance. Saving money is always a good idea for increasing your overall profits. Take the time to learn more about the sprinkler system in your company’s building is certainly worth...

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Dirty Drains Causing Problems? 3 Easy Ways To Keep Them Clean

Posted by on Aug 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dirty Drains Causing Problems? 3 Easy Ways To Keep Them Clean

If your drains have gotten a little sluggish lately, it might be due to a build-up of gunk and other debris. Everything you flush out of your house – whether through the toilets, sinks or tubs – flows through your drain pipes. That means that small particles of hair, food, oils and even fecal matter, gets deposits along the sides of those drains. Once there’s enough gunk built-up, your drains will stop flowing. When that happens, you’re going to be left with clogged drains and costly repairs. To keep your drains flowing freely, you should have them cleaned professionally at least once a year. In addition to the professional care, there are a few things you can do that will keep your drains clean and clog-free. Take a look at these helpful hints. Try a Shower Chaser Have you ever removed the drain plug from your shower? If you have, you’ve probably noticed that it’s covered in hair and other oily debris. That debris is going to clog your drains if it’s left there. You can prevent the build-up of gunk and hair by taking a few minutes after you leave the tub to clean the drains. When you’re done showering or bathing, pour ¾-cup of chlorine bleach down the drain. Allow it to sit for about 10 minutes and then flush the drain with hot water. The bleach and hot water will dissolve the gunk and flush the drain. For best results, use bleach once a day to prevent build-up. Sprinkle Some Soda Rotting food that’s left in the drains can lead to kitchen clogs. It can also lead to some foul odors coming up through the drains. You can reduce the kitchen clogs and leave your drains smelling fresh by using a natural drain cleaner. This cleaner uses ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. Supplies You’ll Need 1 cup of baking soda ½ cup of table salt ¼ cup of lemon juice Directions Pour the baking soda and salt down your drain and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and leave the mixture in your drain for another 10 minutes. Flush your drain with hot water for several minutes. Repeat this process once a week to keep your drains clean. Flush the Salt You clean your toilets with a brush, but that doesn’t get the drain pipe cleaned. Unfortunately, that means you probably have fecal matter coating your drains. You can prevent fecal matter build-up by flushing a handful of rock salt once a week. The rock salt will dissolve the solid waste that’s stuck inside the drains. Few things are as much of a nuisance as clogged drains. You can keep your drains clean and avoid clogs by following the tips provided above. Call a drain cleaning company like Rapid Rooter Inc for more drain care...

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Three Ideas To Spruce Up Your Home With French Patio Doors

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ideas To Spruce Up Your Home With French Patio Doors

If you think that French patio doors can only be used to adorn the entryway to your backyard, think again.  There are a number of different ways that you can use these doors to spruce up the interior of your home as well, lending a unique and customized feel to your abode that makes it stand out from the pack.  Use this information to learn more about how French patio doors can transform your inner décor. Replace Interior Doors With French Patio Doors Removing the doors inside of your home and replacing them with French patio doors is a great way to open up the space and make it appear more inviting.  Solid, wooden doors can make a home seemed closed off and unappealing.  French patio doors have glass panels that you can see through, making it very easy to peer into a room and have an unobstructed view of what’s going on in there. If you’re concerned about privacy, simply don’t replace the doors that lead to bedrooms.  You can elect to install the French doors in the common areas, such as the living room, dining room or kitchen.  This way you’re able to maintain your privacy in certain parts of your house, while still being able to enjoy the beauty of the doors in other areas. French Patio Doors Make Beautiful Frames Another way to inject the “wow” factor into your home is to use French patio doors as picture frames.  Using a full-size door as a picture frame is very daring, and will surely become a major conversation starter whenever anyone enters your home. French patio doors make excellent frames because they already contain all of the elements:  A solid outer frame, and the glass to overlay the portrait.  You can choose to use a whole picture behind the glass, or make your door into a sort of photo album by putting a different picture behind each pane of glass.  Use French Patio Doors In Your Shower You can instantly upgrade the look of your bathroom by using French patio doors in place of traditional shower doors.  Qualified patio door dealers can fit a patio door onto your shower so that it fills the space and performs in the same way that your previous shower doors did.  There are so many uses for French patio doors within your home.  Use these ideas, and some of your own, to adorn your house with these doors...

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Fence In Your Above-Ground Pool So You Don’t Void Your Homeowners Insurance

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fence In Your Above-Ground Pool So You Don’t Void Your Homeowners Insurance

Above-ground pools that can be purchased from big-box stores are an affordable option for families that can’t afford to hire a contractor to install a traditional residential pool. These boxed-up pools that anyone can purchase, however, could void your homeowners insurance policy. If you’re considering purchasing a pool from a national chain this summer for your home’s backyard, you might also need to get some fencing. Pools Are Attractive Nuisances In insurance parlance, pools are considered “attractive nuisances.” As Investopedia explains, attractive nuisances are things on your property that children find appealing or enticing but are potentially hazardous to kids. Pools fall into this category, because children like swimming and playing in them, but they can drown in the water You Must Protect Children from Attractive Nuisances As a homeowner, you’re responsible for protecting kids from any attractive nuisances on your property. You aren’t expected to maintain an armed guard around-the-clock to watch your pool, but you will need to install something that prevents children from entering the pool unsupervised. If your homeowners policy covers a swimming pool, it will likely have a clause mentioning this. Should you fail to install an obstacle around your pool, your insurance company might not pay on any claims related to your new pool. Fences Are Perfect Obstacles Fences are the most common way of preventing unsupervised children from accessing an outdoor swimming pool. They are affordable attractive effective When you want to use the pool, it’s not difficult to go through a gate. As long as you keep the gate locked when you aren’t using the pool, children will have to climb over the fence to access the pool. Teenagers may be able to jump your fence, but, if something happens, you’ll at least have tried to prevent kids from accessing your pool when an adult isn’t around. Insurance companies don’t expect you to make it impossible for children to access an attractive nuisance, but they want you to make it difficult. According to Hurricane Fence Company, a fence meets most insurers’ requirements, as long as the fence is at least 48 inches tall has a mid-rail that sits at least 45 inches above the bottom rail has a bottom rail no higher than 4 inches from the ground has bars no wider than 4 inches apart has a self-closing gate that opens away from the pool and is 54 inches from the ground As summer progresses, big-box stores will begin discounting their remaining supply of above-ground pools. Before you spring for a pool because it’s on sale, however, review your homeowners insurance policy. You might have to install a fence around your pool. If you do need a fence, talk with a local fencing company about the cheapest way of meeting this requirement, so you can enjoy swimming in your backyard without voiding your homeowners insurance policy or breaking your...

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3 Tips To Help Your Family Survive A Home Remodeling Project

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Help Your Family Survive A Home Remodeling Project

Few things can cause as much anxiety as remodeling a home – especially if you and your family have to live in the home while it is being worked on. While living in your home during a remodel isn’t ideal, it’s not impossible. Here are three tips to help your family survive living in a home that is being remodeled. 1. Always have at least one working bathroom. One of the biggest headaches when it comes to remodeling a home is if all the bathrooms are being worked on at the same time. Unless you know for a fact that you can get the bathroom remodeling work done in the same day, only work on one bathroom at a time. If your home only has one bathroom, then you will need to work quickly to ensure it is in working order when your loved ones get home for the day. After all, no one wants to have to use a portable toilet in their own driveway. 2. Come up with a plan for meals when the kitchen is out of order. During many home remodels, the kitchen is one of the rooms that gets worked on. Usually, a kitchen remodel takes several days or even weeks. And, if you want it done correctly, there is really no way to rush getting the kitchen back up and running. As such, you will need to have a plan for your meals during the remodel. Most people will set up a microwave and the refrigerator in another room while the kitchen is unusable. As long as you don’t have to take up valuable space in the living room, your family should be able to survive with having the kitchen off-limits for a little while – that is, if they don’t mind microwave meals or eating out regularly. 3. Have a schedule of times when remodeling work should not be done. A difficult thing to figure out when doing a house remodel is figuring out when the work can be completed. Whether you are doing all of the work yourself or you hire a remodeling contractor, you need to have a schedule of times when the house should not be worked on at all. For instance, if someone in your home works graveyard shift two nights a week, you should make sure that the house isn’t worked on those two days so they can sleep during the day. Of course, it is easy to keep up with the schedule if you are the only one doing the remodeling work. However, if you have hired a contractor to do the work for you, make sure they are made aware of any scheduling issues for your family during the week. To learn more about home remodeling, contact a company like Art Hoffstrom...

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How To Prevent Basement Leaks

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prevent Basement Leaks

A basement leak can be a costly and hazardous problem for your home. Here are some guidelines for protecting your basement from water seepage and leaks.  Plant Away from the House When you think about it, plant roots are designed to travel deep into the soil to search for nutrients and water; this also makes them a great pathway for rainwater to permeate the ground around your house. In order to prevent this seepage from reaching your basement, be sure to plant your garden a few feet away from the house.  Keep Your Gutters Clear The setup of your gutters can have a big impact on water drainage and leaks. In order to prevent water buildup near your home, make sure that your gutters clear the water to at least five feet away from your home. Of course, you also need to make sure that water doesn’t get stuck in the drain or leak out of the sides, so be sure to clean the gutter and fix seams on a regular basis.  Look at Ground Sloping One major cause of basement leaks is when water drains towards the house and gets trapped near the foundation. The erosion over time causes small cracks in the materials and lets water seep into the house. In order to prevent this, all you need to do is make sure that the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation. You may need to patch up certain areas of the ground by removing or adding soil.  Repair Wall Cracks For small cracks in your concrete walls, a do it yourself solution is sometimes possible. Look in your local hardware store for a fast-dry concrete wall plug. Whenever a small crack or deformity appears, you simply apply the product and let it dry overnight. This is a great tool to have on hand for emergency repairs and sealing.  Get Professional Waterproofing The tips above will help prevent rainwater from even getting near your home, which is a great first step in preventing basement leaks. However, your strongest defense against leaks will be a professional basement waterproofing. This one-time maintenance task will help preserve the foundation of your home and insulate your basement from any leaks that begin to form. A good basement waterproofing can save you a lot of money down the road by protecting the structure of your home, as well as your...

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