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Why You Should Invest In Engineer Assisted Arc Flash Analysis
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Meeting safety regulations for reducing arc flash hazards should involve getting professionals involved that are familiar with positive and negative setups in the electrical grid. Engineer assisted arc flash analysis cuts through the unimportant aspects and can lead you right to the areas that are a problem.

Electrical Engineering Knowledge and Arc Flash Hazard

Not many people can help you determine the arc flash hazards that exist at your business better than an electrical engineer. They spend years studying everything about the power grid and how to handle electricity safely. You can have arc flash analysis completed that is highly-specific and provides real solutions to any existing problems.

Pinpoint Precise Problems

An electrical engineer will know how to pinpoint the exact areas of your building, equipment, or employee activity that present the potential for arc flash incidences. You can trust the results you get to be both accurate and timely. Your business can quickly move on to the solutions.

Better Educate Employees and Mark Hazard Areas

Any area of your building or equipment that poses a risk for arc flash incidences needs to be clearly marked. Employees can be better educated to know the protective gear needed and safety protocol for working around areas and with equipment that have high voltage electricity running through. It’s an investment in safety for you, your employees, and your business.

Discover Any Hidden Danger Spots

Being unfamiliar with the entire electrical layout of your business, or not knowing how the power reaches your equipment means there is the potential for hidden dangers. The engineer can fully inspect the electrical grid and determine if everything is safe and clearly designated as arc flash hazard zones.

Seriously reduces the chance of having an arc flash incident takes diligent inspection and making any recommended changes it will take to increase safety. Engineer assisted arc flash analysis is the best way to guarantee you have the right advice and knowledge at your disposal.…

4 Lesser Known Benefits of Home Water Softeners
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“Soft” water is essentially “hard water” that has had its minerals removed through ionization. The result is healthier, gentler, and safer water. A cost-effective way to enjoy the many benefits of purer water is to opt for a whole house water softener. If you’re still on the fence about making this type of investment, take a moment to consider four of the lesser known benefits of a water softener for your home.

1. Lower Energy Bills

From coffeemakers to washing machines, any appliance that uses water is going to work harder when limescale and other types of sediment from hard water are in the way. In fact, a water heater heating up soft water could use nearly 30 percent less energy than one that heats up hard water. Apply this savings to other appliances and it’s easy to see how cost-effective a whole house water softener could be for you.

2. Longer-Lasting Pipes

Yes, there are many things that can affect the lifespan of pipes. But if hard water is thrown into the mix, limescale could contribute to galvanic corrosion, a process that eats away at the surface layer of pipes. And pipes that are weaker are more likely to develop leaks that could contribute to related damage to drywall, flooring, and other household materials. Water softeners Barringtong IL technicians install in homes can minimize issues with the corrosive buildup that can affect pipes and shorten their lifespan.

3. Reduced Soap Use

Components in hard water interfere with the lathering process in all types of soap. So, it will take more shampoo to wash hair, more soap to bathe, and more detergent to thoroughly clean pots, pans, and dishes. According to one estimate, shampoo use may be reduced by as much as 75 percent with soft water. If you use a lot of soap and detergent in your home, the savings could be surprisingly significant with a whole home water softener.

4. Happier, Healthier Plants

A common frustration for gardeners who have to regularly water indoor plants is the daily routine of having to let tap water sit for about half an hour before using it. The reason for doing this is to allow the chlorine in hard water to naturally dissipate. Even when watering backyard plants with a garden hose, some sensitive plants may react to minerals in water, especially with prolonged exposure. With a water softener removing excessive minerals and chemicals from water, your plants can enjoy purer, healthier water.

Another benefit of water softeners Barringtong IL homeowners may appreciate is the ability to do something wonderful for the planet. When appliances work more efficiently and last longer because of less wear and tear from harsh water, less energy is being used and landfills aren’t being overloaded with as many worn or damaged appliances. Mother Nature would definitely approve.…

5 Home Maintenance Hacks
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We all have busy lives. However some of us have started to neglect essential home maintenance tasks because of our busy lives. Well, I’m going to make getting back on top of your home a little bit easier. Whether you are new to around the house work or a long-time homeowner, we could all use a reminder on tasks that may fall to the wayside.  If we are not careful this ignorance could have detrimental effects long-term. Start with these simple tasks, some DIY – some for the professionals, and you’ll be on your way to a sound mind in a comfortable home instead of a home you must fret about what may go wrong next in.

Clean or Replace Gutters

Clean gutters can make a home owners life very easy, however many ignore the importance of this task. If gutters are not cleaned and water overflows from the gutters, it can fall along the foundation of the building. This can soften the soil under and around it which will lead to foundation cracks. In extreme cases, water damage can cause structural failure in a building.

Just as clogged gutters can damage a building’s foundation by allowing water to collect close to the base of the structure, this water can also infiltrate basement walls. When water collects in large quantities against a basement wall, it is almost inevitable that it will find its way into the basement causing black mold, smells, water damage and flooding.

Another issue with gutters that are clogged, is that water will overflow onto the ground, the building or sit in the gutters and cause rot in wood fascia and soffit boards (the wood near where gutters are attached). This wood rot can spread to adjacent areas, such as the attic, and provides an easy point of entry for rodents. The debris in gutters, is also a very attractive habitat to insects. These insects will then be attracted to the inside of the house when the weather changes.

Cleaning your gutters can be as simple as climbing a ladder and scooping out the debris, then rinsing with a hose. Such a simple task yet, many home owners allow it to build up and cause these issues. Replacing gutters should be contracted out to a company specializing in gutters so that you can avoid foundation issues from improper drainage.

Check Detectors, Monitors and Change batteries if Necessary

We should first start with being sure that your home has smoke detectors, and that there is the proper amount for your home. The National Fire Protection Association recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. So that means a 2 story, 3-bedroom house needs a minimum of five smoke alarms. As a simple rule of thumb, you should check and change the batteries in smoke detectors each year and replace the detectors after ten years.

Carbon monoxide alarms are also extremely important for the home and they monitor when levels may get too high and lead to poisoning. Because carbon monoxide is an odorless colorless gas, it is undetectable without proper equipment. We are very susceptible to poisoning if your alarms batteries are low or if they are outdated. CO alarms should be installed on each level of the home and outside sleeping areas. Most Carbon Monoxide filters have an average lifespan of five to seven years and need battery checks every year.

Front Door Replacement

Replacing your front door is one you want to leave to the professionals. While replacing a front door may seem easy, it is not for the untrained. However, a front door replacement can lead to increased safety and energy savings. Its estimated that about a third of the energy we waste goes out the door – literally. With the need to reduce our energy usage becoming more important to our future, a new front door may be just the upgrade you need. A new front door can also revitalize an older home. Our entryways take a beating throughout their lives but getting a new door free of all those dings and scrapes will make them appear brand new.

Furnace and A/C Filter Maintenance

Another easy home DIY task is to replace your heating and cooling filters. These filters oversee making sure the air we breathe while running these devices is clean and free of toxins. Living in highly polluted areas such as a city suburb, these filters can provide a significant difference in the quality of air in your home. Both air conditioner units and furnace units should have their filters cleaned or replaced yearly.

This is one of those tasks that seems to get ignored for how simple it is. For your furnace, it is easiest to clean you filter in the summer as you must first shut off power to the furnace. Then, remove the filter from its labeled door and observe whether it has a plastic or cardboard frame. If it is plastic, simply rinse it off and allow to air dry, if cardboard you must replace the filter, as these cannot withstand being washed. For your air conditioning units’ cleaning will vary on the style of air conditioner. Window units have removable rinseable filters while central air systems are like furnace filters and need to be replaced when dirty.

Clean your carpets

Can you remember the last time you got your carpets professionally cleaned? Or even when your carpets were installed? For many home owners the answer can be past 5 years. While vacuuming regularly is a good way to keep your carpets free of debris, it is not an efficient way to clean the actual carpet itself. Most household carpets are made of fibers secured to a mesh underlay, which makes then just large pieces of fabric.

We all wash our clothes, bed linens, and towel and other fabrics, it should be no different for your carpets. Allergens, discolorations, pet stains, food spills, and even mold can build up in our carpets overtime, so they require more attention than we give them. Depending on whether your room is a high or low traffic area determines the frequency of the cleaning. Low traffic areas can last up to 18 months without a cleaning while high traffic areas like your living room or bedroom should be cleaned about every 6 months. The times lower if you have pets in your home or allow shoes to be worn on your carpets.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the important routine maintenance tasks that will keep your house looking and feeling like the beautiful home you love, for years to come. What are some other important upkeep tasks that shouldn’t be left to fall by the wayside? Leave a comment with your thoughts in the section below.…

What You Need to Know About Trenchless Plumbing Repair
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What You Need to Know About Trenchless Plumbing Repair

 

When a sewer or main drain is damaged, the homeowner has at least two options. They can have the area where the damaged pipe lines dug up and have it removed and replaced. The other option is trenchless sewer line repair. This repair doesn’t require the yard to be dug up, for plants and shrubbery to be removed, for driveways to be jackhammered or for the homeowner to pay to have the street in front of the property cordoned off and dug up. It also doesn’t require the homeowner to pay to repair damages to publicly owned property.

Finding a Contractor

What You Need to Know About Trenchless Plumbing Repair

A plumbing contractor who does trenchless repair needs to be extremely skilled. This is because the pipe that is to be replaced can’t be seen, or can only be seen via a camera. The contractor has to allow for changes in the pipe’s direction, the location of utility lines, where and whether water might pool and even the type of soil. In the end, the job has to be up to code and pass inspection by officials from the municipality. The homeowner needs to know that the contractor is not only licensed and insured, but has experience in doing this kind of pipe repair work.

How Trenchless Pipe Repair Works

A sewer or main drain pipe can be repaired through lining it or bursting it. With pipe lining, the contractor digs an access hole. Then, they blow a resin coated tube into the old pipe and inflate it. The resin is hardened by ultraviolet light, steam or hot water and creates a new pipe within the old, damaged one. The new pipe, though a bit smaller in diameter than the old one, has no joints to be infiltrated by tree roots and resists corrosion. The smaller diameter won’t affect the pipe taking waste away from the building. Pipe lining is only done on pipes that are straight and have not collapsed, but can be done on pipes that vary greatly in size.

In another type of trenchless pipe repair, the old, damaged pipe is burst. Contractors pull the new pipe through the old one via pulling a cable attached to a winch. The new pipe has a bursting head which is smaller in diameter than the bursting end and is fitted with fins that help break the pipe. As the new pipe is pulled forward, the old pipe ruptures outward. This repair requires making more than one access hole on both sides of the pipe. The first is the insertion pit and the second, where the new pipe bursting head emerges, is called the reception pit.

Trenchless pipe repair costs more than repair that requires extensive digging and depends on the type of soil, the type of materials and the depth of the pipe. On the other hand, the homeowner won’t have to pay for excavating then filling in the street or their property, which can cost many thousands of dollars.

Experts claim that both pipe lining and pipe bursting work just as well when it comes to repairing a damaged sewer line.

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HELPFUL TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SAVING HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS ON HIGH END DESIGNER FASHIONS
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We all know someone who has a wardrobe that would drive anyone crazy. Every time they enter a room all heads turn to check out their new outfit. They are always dressed to the nines and ready to go. Their impeccable sense of taste can often leave you wondering “how can I improve my wardrobe and upgrade my sense of style without breaking my monthly budget and tapping into my savings account”. Fret no more! Thankfully this helpful guide will give you some real world tips and tricks you can use to improve your wardrobe without going totally broke in the process. Consider these awesome moves the next time you need a new closet.

Always Head to the manufacturer for your purchases whenever possible

While big box stores like macys, dillards, kohls, belk, and jc penny are convenient as they offer a wide variety of products at a discounted rate they often do so at the expense of the customer. Rather than going directly to one of these stores if you know what you need specifically you should always go directly to the manufacturer. If you need a new pair of nikes head directly over to the nike website for your purchases. If you need a new calvin klein jacket head directly to their storefront rather than going elsewhere. If you need a new pair of crocs the crocs website will be the cheapest. Regardless of what you are looking for the manufacturer will always be cheaper than a retailer.

Head to your nearest consignment shop to get great deals on new fashion

If there is a consignment shop near you you should consider checking out their stock. They often offer a fair price to people for their high end designer clothing that has been lightly used. They then pass that savings on to their customer base. Why not get a new to you garment that is high quality for just a fraction of the price of an off the shelf model? No one will know but you!…