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Some Questions You Might Have About Oily Water and Grease Traps

Posted by on Jan 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Questions You Might Have About Oily Water and Grease Traps

Running a commercial kitchen means having to maintain grease traps. These are installed as part of the draining systems in the kitchen in order to trap oil and grease and keep these from getting into public water supplies, where they may contaminate the water and cause the need for excessive filtering and treatment. These traps need to be cleaned and emptied regularly and can cause unpleasant backups and spills when they’re neglected. Note some questions you might have about oily water and grease traps in a commercial kitchen so you can ensure your equipment is always working as it should be. 1. Why does a grease trap get clogged regularly? You need to ensure that you empty your grease trap and have it cleaned out as often as it needs, not just according to the minimum number of times as dictated by the law. You also need to ensure that your restaurant personnel is not dumping grease, oil, and other such wastes down the grease trap or drain, assuming it’s a catchall and will simply be cleaned out. Frying oil and other such grease should be put in a receptor or holding barrel instead. Older buildings may not have outside grease receptors to catch grease as it drains, and this too can cause backups and clogs. 2. What is line jetting? This is a term often used by those who clean grease traps and which refers to a cleaning process that flushes out the drains and lines of excessive grease that may be clinging to their walls. This type of service may or may not be included in your regular cleaning, but it can be good to have it scheduled, so that your drains are as clean as possible and you’re less likely to suffer a clog and backup. 3. Do grease trap companies pay for waste oil? Some companies will actually pay for waste oil, as this material can be recycled for a variety of purposes; much like recycling metal can mean being paid for the material, your kitchen’s waste oil can be somewhat valuable. It’s good to discuss this option with a grease trap cleaning service, as they may have only particular types of oils they will collect and may want to leave their own barrel or receptacle at your location for collection. If you do this, you might not only earn some money from the waste but will also know that it’s being recycled and not simply dumped into a landfill or other area where it may actually harm the environment. For more information about dealing with your grease and oily water, contact a local grease trap cleaning...

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3 Essential Accessories for Your New Rainwater Tank

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Essential Accessories for Your New Rainwater Tank

Installing a rainwater tank is an increasingly popular choice for Australian homeowners. This is partly due to the reduced environmental impact that a rainwater tank provides for a home. It’s also partly due to the significant savings homeowners make on their ever increasing water bills. If you’re considering having a rainwater tank installed in your home, then you may feel confused about the plethora of different accessories that are available for your tank. Here are the three essentials that you can’t do without. 1. A leaf and light guard Most rainwater tanks come with mesh guards for the inlet pipes as standard. However, these mesh guards have a fairly loose weave and are only designed to catch larger sticks and leaves. Smaller debris and dirt particles will still enter your tank and potentially affect the water quality. A specialised leaf and light guard is the solution to this problem. It is a densely woven mesh, which is generally made from polyester. This guard will filter out very small particles of debris and dirt and is highly effective if cleaned regularly. The guard is also made from dark, UV resistant polyester. This means your tank is shielded from excess sunlight which can cause algae growth. 2. A first flush diverter A first flush diverter is a small accessory which is installed near the inlet pipes. Its purpose is to divert the initial flow of water that is collected from your roof’s gutters when it rains. This means that debris and dirt that has settled in your gutters will be flushed away instead of gathering in your mesh guards. This is an excellent accessory because it dramatically reduces the amount of debris your mesh guard needs to filter out. The life of the mesh guard will be extended significantly and you won’t need to clean it out as frequently. 3. A water tank gauge If you’re relying on your rainwater tank to provide you home with its water requirements, then it’s important to know exactly how much water you have at any given time. Without a water tank gauge, this is almost impossible because the interior of the tank is too dark to see the water level with any accuracy. Water tank gauges come in a variety of models, from basic through to high-tech. A basic gauge will simply tell you how many litres of water are in your tank. A more high-tech version will also tell you the water temperature and your daily water consumption, and will also allow you to set alarms to let you know if your tank reaches a critically low level. These accessories will help you to get the best out of your tank, improve the quality of your water, and increase ease of use. Generally, these accessories can be supplied and installed by your water tank supplier when they’re installing your rainwater...

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Tips on Improving Residential Indoor Air Quality

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips on Improving Residential Indoor Air Quality

The quality of indoor air is an important aspect that you should evaluate periodically in your home. The purity of the air will affect the comfort as well as the health of the occupants. Poor air quality is often attributed to pollution from both indoor and outdoor sources. The common contaminants include second-hand cigarette smoke, pollen, mould, volatile organic compounds from products such as paint, and even microorganisms. These can cause respiratory diseases and contribute to other long-term conditions, depending on the pollutant. In ideal circumstances, you should engage an air quality consulting firm, such as Air Quality Services, for testing and creation of a custom air quality improvement plan. However, you can also use these simple tips to reduce impurities and enhance the internal environment. Install an Air Purifier An air purifier is a valuable appliance in eliminating pollutants in your home. These devices can be installed in the interior space as standalone units around the building. There are also models which are designed to work in tandem with HVAC units and air handlers. The standalone units are cheaper and more suited for residential buildings but the latter are more efficient for long-term use. The purification efficiency of the air cleaners will depend on the type of filter used in the appliance. The high-efficiency particulate air filter is one of the popular choices because it can remove very small particle contaminants. Other alternatives include activated carbon, which can absorb odours, and ultraviolet purifiers, which can sterilise the air. Clean the Interior Surfaces The interior surfaces can accumulate dust, mites, fur and even pollen over time. If the pertinent features in the house are disturbed, the contaminants will be released, lowering the air quality. It is important to clean your residential space thoroughly and regularly. Use a high-quality HEPA vacuuming machine to clean floors, walls and the upholstery. You should also wipe the windows, shelves, tables and cabinets with microfiber cloths for maximum efficiency. You can avoid bringing contaminants into the rooms by placing mats at entrances. You can also encourage removal of shoes at the entrance by placing comfortable indoor shoes close to the entrance. Reduce Chemical Pollutants You can change the quality of indoor air significantly by preventing initial exposure to chemical pollutants. You should avoid smoking cigarettes indoors because they produce diverse harmful particles. Limit painting, gluing and sanding in the interior spaces, unless the pertinent activity is unavoidable. In addition, choose green cleaning and home improvement products that are designed to limit emission of volatile compounds and hazardous...

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Diving Services and Jobs That May Surprise You

Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Diving Services and Jobs That May Surprise You

If you love to dive and have considered making a career out of diving, you may be surprised at the job opportunities there are for certified divers, even in the city. Divers don’t always stay in the tropics and only dive in the open ocean, and can often find work in specialized areas all over the world. Note a few diving services run by companies like Southern Commercial Divers that may be needed where you live and what types of jobs they include. 1. Potable water tank repair A very large potable water tank that needs repair shouldn’t need to be drained, as this can be time-consuming and expensive for the owner. Instead, a diver may be hired to go inside the tank while it’s full and inspect it and make repairs. This might involve specialized skills such as welding or metal fabricating and joining, but consider that potable water tanks are located almost everywhere, including big cities and in farm country, so you may find a diving job fixing these tanks where you live. 2. Infrastructure repair You don’t need to live near the ocean to be near bridges, causeways, and underwater tunnels. Most cities and rural areas will have these structures of one sort or another, over smaller bodies of water including canals and lakes. These structures need repair and maintenance and in turn, divers are usually called on to examine the parts of the structure that are underwater. This too may mean specialized skills such as welding and the use of underwater cameras for inspections, but again, you don’t need to live in the tropics to have your diving services needed. 3. Urban rescue, crime scene investigation Urban rescue and crime scene investigation may involve divers even in the city. If a car were to drive into a canal or lake, or there was a crime scene that needed investigating underwater, specialized divers are called. These ones may work with emergency crew to get people out of their cars that are trapped underwater or may work with members of the Coast Guard or other such team to rescue people in bodies of water. Crime scenes that are underwater also require specialized divers who can work to take pictures, retrieve evidence, and assist in getting evidence out of the water.  All of these jobs are located all over the world, including in cities and rural areas. If you have an interest in diving and want to make a career out of it but don’t necessarily want to move to the tropics, note if any of these options might work for...

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Choosing Excavator Attachments for Your Project

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing Excavator Attachments for Your Project

The excavator is an important heavy machine in an earthmoving system. You can purchase or hire the equipment for diverse projects, including landscaping, construction and fencing. There are different types of ideal excavators in the machinery market. The common types are standard excavators, compact models and even crawler excavators. In addition, there are numerous attachments which can be used to enhance the functionality of the earthmoving systems. In simple terms, the expediency of your excavator will depend on the tool attached. Here are some of the attachments that you should consider obtaining for your project. Auger The auger is a drilling tool which is designed as a helical screw blade. This screw rotates continuously during operation, cutting into the ground. Moreover, the rotation of the helical structure allows the auger to act as a conveyor for the drilled earth. This attachment can be mounted on all modern excavators, and it can be used in a variety of digging tasks. If the potential project site has tough substrates such as rock and sandstone, you should look for an auger with tungsten enhancements. Bucket A bucket is a specialised scooping container which is attached to the extendable arm of an excavator. It is an important earthmoving component because it can handle bulk volumes of soil and other materials. Typically, a bucket is constructed from hard steel for resilience and longevity in harsh conditions. The digging edge of the structure has teeth which maximise the excavating and scooping potential. There are assorted bucket designs, fabricated for specialised tasks. Therefore, you should explore the suitable options for your projects before selecting. For example, the trenching bucket can dig trenches efficiently while the ditching bucket is more appropriate for grading stones in construction. Breaker The breaker is a powerful percussion tool used primarily in the construction and demolition industries. The attachment is designed in a similar way to the jackhammer but the structure is bigger. The breaker is normally powered by the excavator’s auxiliary hydraulic system. This allows the attachment to deliver smooth impact energy on pertinent surfaces. For instance, you can use the breaker in concrete demolition or to break rocky ground for foundations. Grapple The grapple is modelled to pick up materials or large work pieces from project sites. The handling capability of each grapple will vary in strength, so you should choose an attachment that matches your work. For example, a grapple designed for waste handling tasks will not handle construction operations efficiently. You should also check out other attachments including grading blades, mowers and...

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Questions People Ask About Cheap Skip Bin Rentals

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions People Ask About Cheap Skip Bin Rentals

When you are doing a renovation, remodel or a construction site cleanup, you may need to hire a skip bin. These are large waste containers in different sizes that are much bigger than standard waste bins. But if you are trying to get the best deal on a skip bin, in other words, trying to find a cheap skip bin, there are some things you need to know about the process that can help you get a good price. Here are some common questions first-time renters ask about cheap skip bins. Will One Pay More To Put the Bin On the Footpath? — Council regulations require that anyone who rents a skip bin and places it on a footpath obtain a permit. In many cases, the skip bin hire company can get this permit for you, but you will have to pay for the permit on top of what you pay for the bin rental. That’s why it’s probably best for you to have the skip bin placed on your own property to avoid having to dole out additional money for the rental. Or you can opt for a mobile skip bin, which is discussed below. What is the Value of Renting a Mobile Skip Bin? — If you are looking for a cheap skip bin to rent, a mobile skip bin is a great choice, because it comes with wheels, which means that you can move the skip bin to different areas for quicker loading. If you rent a mobile skip bin, you can choose an hourly rental rate, which may be much cheaper than an all-day fixed rate, and save you money. The reason is that standard skip bins don’t move, which means that wherever you place them is where the bin will remain until the skip bin rental contractor comes to pick it up. With a mobile skip bin, you can push the skip bin wherever you want, and that can often speed up the rate of loading. You can even put a mobile skip bin on a public footpath without needing a permit, because the bin is moveable, which means it won’t obstruct public access. Many skip bin hire companies allow you to choose a service in which the skip bin delivery person will wait as you load and leave within a few hours, which is an express service offered at a discount rate. What Other Ways Are There To Get A Cheap Skip Bin? — Many skip bin hire companies will offer you a discount if you are only using the bin to dispose of concrete or clean soil. This type of waste is easier for a skip bin company to dispose of, but the trick is to make sure that 100 percent of your waste is concrete or soil. If the skip bin hire company finds any other type of waste in a containers designated only for these two types of refuse, they will charge you an additional fee, which negates your...

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How You Can Make Your Own Cost-Effective Soundproofing

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How You Can Make Your Own Cost-Effective Soundproofing

You may have received complaints from neighbors that your music studio is creating noise pollution, so you are wondering how you can attenuate that sound without spending a fortune. This article discusses four factors you can exploit to reduce sound transmission. Decouple the Wall Studs Sound can easily be transmitted through rigid structures like walls, since the sound has a continuous channel through which it can move. You can reduce how much sound your wall transmits by decoupling the frames in your wall. For instance, you can use two sets of alternating studs in between the walls. Because the studs alternate, they don’t touch. This leaves a space in between each side of the wall which acts as a flexible sound barrier. Continue this pattern so that the wall framing is not a continuous structure through which sound can easily be transmitted. Increase the Mass of Your Wall Sound transmission takes place by making substances vibrate. It therefore follows that a light wall will be easier to vibrate, so it will transmit more sound than a heavier wall. Reduce sound transmission by adding another layer of drywall or cement board to your wall. That added mass will make it harder for sound waves to vibrate that wall so you will notice reduced sound transmission through the wall. Reduce the Cavities in Your Walls Have you ever blown air over a bottle and heard the resultant sound? The trapped air inside the bottle produced that sound. That trapped air resonates, and the same thing happens when your walls are hollow. You should therefore add an insulation so that the volume of air in the space between the different layers of your walls is reduced. It will become harder for sound to travel across from one side of the wall to the other. Use a Damping Substance Have you noticed that you make less sound when you walk on a floor that has a thick carpet? The carpet stops the floor from vibrating, and that is why you will hardly hear someone walk through the room. The same theory can be applied to walls so that they do not vibrate as much as they do. Use damping materials such as green glue so that the sound produced in your studio dissipates before it can be transmitted across the wall. Each of the four factors above can reduce the sound transmitted from your studio, but a combination of all those elements gives the best results. Consult an acoustic engineer for more information or for help implement the suggestions...

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A Basic Workplace Safety Assessment Checklist for Your Company

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Basic Workplace Safety Assessment Checklist for Your Company

A professional consultant, like those at Robson Environmental Pty Ltd, can perform a workplace safety assessment for your company, and you may need to go through certain inspections at regular intervals when it comes to your fire alarms or a commercial kitchen. However, even without the help of professionals, you can make your workplace safer for your staff and even visitors if you perform your own assessment on a regular basis. Note a simple checklist that such an assessment should include and why each item is so important. 1. Fire safety It’s easy for staff members to block a fire exit with a desk, rubbish, and the like, but these exits should always be clear and easily accessible. Check the fire alarms; pull each lever on each alarm and be sure they all sound as they should. Test your building’s sprinkler system and ensure that the water pressure is where it should be. You also want to note fire hazards such as space heaters that may need cleaning and are too close to drapery or wastebaskets or exposed and bare wires that may cause an electrical spark and resultant fire. 2. Hazardous materials Hazardous materials should be stored according to their classification, for example, cooking oil or welding gasses may need to be stored away from any heat source. You may want to note if cylinders that store any material in your facility are stacked on top of each other and if so, if their weight may increase the risk of damaging the cylinder and causing leaks. Certain chemicals including pesticides or coatings for paint may need to be stored in well-ventilated areas. Checking on the storage of hazardous materials and ensuring that their containers are in good repair should be done regularly as part of your workplace safety assessment. 3. Clothing and footwear Some workplaces will require employees to wear certain uniforms or certain types of footwear, and it’s good to ensure that employees are following through with this directive. Steel-toed work boots may be needed on construction sites, or you may restrict loose clothing such as neckties or skirts in production facilities. Even in an office, it can be good to have a dress code that employees follow and check on this regularly; loose skirts or neckties can get in a fax machine or paper shredder or even in copier rollers when trying to clear a paper jam. Consider creating a safe dress code for your company if you don’t have one and ensuring that it’s enforced properly as part of your safety...

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When Your Home Renovation Project May Need an Ecological Consultant

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Your Home Renovation Project May Need an Ecological Consultant

An ecological consultant is a professional that works with man-made structures and the ecology or environment to ensure that one doesn’t damage the other. They study the land and especially wetlands and other such specialized areas to note their physical makeup and how this can affect buildings and ensure that new structures don’t hurt the ecology. If you’re a homeowner planning certain renovation projects, you may do well to meet with an ecological consultant first. Note when their services may be of use to you. 1. When adding a pond to your property You cannot simply dig a pit and fill it with water and assume that you now have a pond on your property that you’ll enjoy for years to come. For one thing, the dirt may not be strong enough to hold the water without it seeping into the soil. The water itself may attract mosquitoes, ducks, geese, and other pests or animals that can interfere with the environment.  If you plan on adding fish to the pond, they may not survive in the water you add, and this can mean dead fish that decay and also hurt the environment. An ecological consultant can help you plan the pond properly so that the water is cleaned and purified as needed and so that it’s strong enough to hold the amount of water you want without the walls collapsing. 2. When you want to add a well to the property You’ll want to know if the water that will be collected by your well will be clean and if you need to have it filtered and if filters will actually clean the water enough for drinking and showering. You also need to ensure that digging the well won’t interfere with the soil quality of your property; this may interfere with how water drains from the property and cause the soil to get overly dry, and in turn, your property may suffer from soil erosion. 3. If you’re building over an old septic tank or fuel tank storage area Even if an old septic tank or fuel tank has been removed from your property, the soil can still be contaminated with excessive levels of bacteria and other harmful contaminants. You don’t want to put a sunroom or extension of your home over polluted soil and possibly breathe in those contaminants. An ecological consultant can test the soil and note if it needs treatment of any sort before building...

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Things To Consider When Buying a Shade Sail

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Things To Consider When Buying a Shade Sail

Shade sails, like those available at A & B Canvas Australia, are coverings that are ideal for patios, decks and saunas, turning any outdoor area into a place where you can entertain, barbecue and enjoy a respite from the blazing sun. But if you are buying a shade sail for the first time, there are some important things for you to consider before making a selection. Here’s what you need to know. Wind Resistance — Shade sails are available with different levels of wind resistance, which is something you must think about before you make your purchase. If you live in an area where wind is a constant problem, you may want to buy a shade sail that is rated for a higher wind resistance. In addition to providing shade from UV rays and glare, shade sails are designed to minimise wind shear, but some do the job better than others. The average shade sail sold for home use is built to hold up to wind that blows at 90 kph, but if you are expecting wind that is stronger than this, you may want to remove the shade sail until the weather improves. Water Resistant — When you are investing in a shade sail, one of the things you must consider is the level of water resistance you want in the sail. Most shade sails are porous and will not repel water or keep it from leaking through shade material. If you want a water resistant shade sail, you will have to buy one that is lined with PVC material, which provides a layer of water resistant material. A water resistant shade sail may be a huge consideration if you are putting up a commercial shade sail at a business such as a cafe or restaurant where you want patrons to be able to sit outdoors even in a drizzle. However, if you choose not to buy a water resistant shade sail, it’s best to take down your sail during periods of wet weather for protection. UV Ray Protection — Another consideration with a shade sail is the amount of ultraviolet ray protection it offers. Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to UV rays is harmful to the skin and can lead to skin lesions, skin disease and skin cancer. Every shade sail your buy has a UV rating, which is designated as a percentage. For example, a shade sail with a 90 UV rating means that the sail will block out 90 percent of UV rays. Shade sails are made from polyethylene, a material that helps absorb and block UV rays. No shade sail has a 100 UV rating, but the higher you go in the 90s, the more protection you will get. If you are ordering online, the UV rating is typically listed in the shade sail specs, or you can call customer service to find out the rating. If you are buying retail, ask the salesperson to show you the...

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