Options You Can Consider When Contemplating Air Purification for Your Home

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Options You Can Consider When Contemplating Air Purification for Your Home

Air pollution is not exclusive to the outdoors. The air in your home can be compromised by a variety of pollutants, including dust, bacteria, toxins, viruses and other allergens that travel easily by air. It is important to place emphasis on the air quality of your home, as a large number of urban dwellers develop respiratory conditions simply due to low quality indoor air. One of the best ways to ensure the air you are breathe is safe is through air purifiers. There are a number of options you can choose from, depending on your budget as well as the level of purification that you require. Keep in mind that no matter what air purifier you choose, it will only be as efficient as its filters. Thus, it is recommended to regularly seek air quality services for maintenance of your purifier. Here are some of air purifiers that you could consider. HEPA Purifiers HEPA, or High Efficiency Particulate Air, purifiers have the capabilities of filtering contaminants that are as small as 0.3 microns. As such, it is effective in the filtering of airborne contaminants, such as pollen, minute pet dander, dust mites, mould spores and more. However, it should be noted that this type of air purifier will not eliminate odours, cigarette smoke and other types of gases. If you opt for a HEPA purifier, you have to ensure that its filters are regularly cleaned. Since it can easily eliminate microorganisms from the air, they have a likelihood of beginning to breed in the filter if left undeterred.  This could then pose a health risk to you and your loved ones down the road. Ionizing Purifiers Ionizers purify the air by making the contaminants in the air electrically charged. Once they have acquired a charge, the contaminants become attracted to each other. Thus, these fine particles gradually begin to form bonds until they become too heavy to stay airborne. Ionizing purifiers are a good option if you are looking to eliminate pollutants such as cigarette smoke, gaseous fumes and more. It also has the ability of neutralizing some viruses as well as bacteria. One benefit most people do not know about the ionizers is that they can actually improve your quality of sleep. This is especially true for individuals who suffer from seasonal affective disorder and do not do too well during the colder seasons. It should be noted though that ionizers are not designed to collect the particles that they charge. Therefore, you would have to clean the room regularly to eliminate the ionized...

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Urban Planning Tips for Dog Integration

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Urban Planning Tips for Dog Integration

Since nearly 40% of Australian households have dogs, it’s important to take an urban planning approach to ensure that pets are correctly integrated into your local environment. Here are some broad guidelines to consider when planning how to include pets in your urban planning policies. Minimising animal/animal interactions With the delicate balance of Australia’s native flora and fauna, it’s important to ensure that dogs are kept inside at night and don’t harass native wildlife. It can also be disruptive for neighbours if dogs get out of their yards and fight, so it’s important to use multiple strategies to manage this risk. These can include having open spaces and off leash park for animals to exercise in a sensible way and run off energy, as well as limiting the number of animals in each household to minimise the number of interactions and improve owner oversight. Minimising animal/human interactions While you may have many dog lovers in your area, it’s equally likely that you have people who are terrified of dogs. Urban planning can manage this by allocating some areas as dog free and requiring that owners keep dogs on leashes in mixed use areas so that they don’t jump or bite other people. Signposting areas to let dog owners know of their responsibilities such as disposing of dog waste and keeping their dogs on leashes can go a long way towards improving interactions between animal owners and non animal owners. Create dog friendly walking paths One of the benefits of owning a dog are the health benefits from walking your dog each day, which ideally should be done locally to increase community interaction between residents. Urban planners can help to create dog friendly paths by maintaining wide walking paths, which allow for easy passing. Buffeting traffic from the path by using protected bike paths or street side car parking can make it more comfortable for owners to walk their dogs in an urban setting.  It can also be helpful to include facilities for dog owners, such as lower bowls on drinking fountains so that dogs can drink during walks and specialised dog waste bins at regular intervals. Urban planning can be an important tool for developers and local councils to work out how to integrate dogs into the urban environment, in a way that minimises stress and maximises benefits for everyone. Contact an urban planning consultancy to see what they can do for...

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Some Facts About Removing Asbestos From Your Bathroom

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Some Facts About Removing Asbestos From Your Bathroom

Almost everyone in Australia is aware of how deadly asbestos is if not properly taken care of, mostly because of a campaign directed by the Australian Workers Union (AWU), which plans to eradicate asbestos from construction materials by 2030. In recent years, this union has been informing Australians about the dangers that they expose themselves to by using asbestos in the construction of their houses, and is constantly encouraging them to remove this dangerous mineral from their homes. It is important that you are aware of the steps that must be taken in order to effectively remove asbestos from the premises, the benefits of doing this and the safety measures that must be taken before the procedure. Steps to Take Before the Removal Process Before beginning to tear down the asbestos fibres, professional asbestos disposal contractors will perform an inspection in your bathroom in order to identify what type of asbestos is present, since different types of asbestos will require different removal procedures. Friable asbestos, for example, contains loose fibres that very easily break off and spread throughout the air, causing serious illnesses such as mesothelioma if inhaled. Non-friable asbestos, on the other hand, has fibres that are bonded together, which generally stay intact as long as you don’t disturb them by tugging or poking at them. Once the contractor properly identifies the type of asbestos, he will determine how to proceed with the disposal process. At this stage, the contractor has to decide if it’s possible to remove just the small areas exposed to asbestos or if the entire bathroom has to be renovated in order to remove the risks altogether.  Benefits From Disposing of Asbestos By exposing yourself to asbestos, you subject yourself to a plethora of health risks that could lead to death. Some of the most dangerous conditions caused by asbestos include asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural problems. These conditions only develop themselves after prolonged exposure or inhalation of the asbestos fibres. As a result, the sooner you get rid of asbestos from the bathroom, the healthier your family and you will be. Safety Measures When Removing Asbestos Here are some of the most common ways to make sure that you stay safe while removing asbestos from your bathroom: Always wear protective equipment (gloves, helmet, etc.) when handling anything asbestos related. Make sure that the bathroom is fully barricaded so no kids or pets can enter the area while under renovation. Shut down your air conditioning system in order to prevent the contaminated air from getting transported all throughout your house. It may be best to simply stay out of the home while you have the professionals take care of the work for you.  For more information, contact a local asbestos removal company like Total Asbestos...

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3 Telltale Signs That Your Septic Tank Needs Servicing

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Telltale Signs That Your Septic Tank Needs Servicing

A septic tank can be a good choice for a rural home that is not serviced by city water supplies. Everything that is put down a drain or a toilet is collected in the tank, which then gets emptied and cleaned on a regular basis. A quality septic tank can usually last for years without any problems, but they do need servicing and repairs over time. Note a few telltale signs that your home’s septic tank or the pipes leading to the tank need some attention from a professional. 1. Nitrates in well water If your home has a septic tank, it probably has a well on the property. A buildup of nitrates in well water is a good sign that there is a leak in the septic tank, as nitrates and bacteria are often found in nearby soil and water supplies when they leak out of the tank. It’s good to have your well water tested regularly for any contaminants, and if you notice high levels of nitrates, you might check your septic system and tank. They are likely reasons for this contamination. 2. Slow drains When the drains in your home get slow, you might open up the trap to look for hair, grease, soap scum, and the like. However, if there are no outward and obvious reasons for drains to empty slowly, your septic tank may need cleaning and servicing. The tank may be full or there may a problem in the lines so that your drains cannot empty as they should. In some cases a good cleaning can address this issue, but if a pipe or line is bent or otherwise broken, this may have allowed dirt or tree roots to get through the lines and, in turn, clog your home’s drains. 3. Pooling water and bad smells Pooling water on your property and bad smells are the most obvious signs of a septic system backup or leak, but note that if the septic tank is overflowing, you should expect bad smells and pooling water in the same area. Your property may not be graded properly so that water tends to pool on your yard, so not every puddle means that your septic system is in need of repair. When you notice both pooling water and bad odors, especially in areas around drain lines and the tank itself, then chances are it’s the tank or pipes that are the culprit. When you notice any of these signs, contact a professional septic tank pump out...

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The negative effects of soil pollution

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The negative effects of soil pollution

The importance of having quality soil cannot be underestimated. Soil needs to be brimming with minerals and free from pollution to allow plants to thrive. People often focus on air pollution, but the pollution of soil also has a large number of negative effects on both humans and plants. The main reason for soil pollution is due to man-made waste, which adds toxic chemicals into the soil. Other common causes include industrial and agricultural activity as well as accidental oil spillages. It is vital that the practice of contaminated soil removal becomes a regular activity.  Here are a few of the negative effects of soil pollution. Negative effects on human health We need quality soil in order to sustain human life. If plants cannot grow due to toxic soil, there will be decreased levels of oxygen as well as contaminants in the food that we grow. The pollution is absorbed by the plants and crops and is passed into the systems of the humans and animals that subsequently eat them. There are opinions that this could potentially be a cause of the drastic increase in terminal illnesses in recent decades. With long- term exposure to this pollution, the genetics of humans will be altered, introducing new diseases and illnesses into the genome. If the pace of soil pollution continues, there could be long-term food poisoning and increasing instances of famine in the years to come. Negative effects on plant life The fertility of the soil is drastically affected by soil contamination. The majority of plants are not able to adapt to these conditions, as the chemical balance of the soil has changed so much in such a short span of time. Soil erosion increases as a rapid pace as a result. Large areas of land that were previously used for agriculture are now unused due to hazardous soil conditions. If this trend continues, and with the world population growing rapidly, there could be widespread food shortages in the future. Toxic Dust Gases and chemicals that are emitted from the waste fills will start to pollute the environment and lead to negative effects on humans. The dangers of smog and other aerial pollution have been well documented in recent years. Even the smell of these gases is very unpleasant. Soil structure deterioration Many of the micro-organisms that are necessary to rejuvenate the fertility of soil, such as earthworms, are dying at a rapid rate. This will lead to long term alterations to the soil and decrease fertility levels. To improve the soil in your area, contact a professional contaminated soil removal service, such as Asbestos Extraction &...

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Important Tips for Choosing Fire Extinguishers for Home

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Tips for Choosing Fire Extinguishers for Home

Every home should have a fire extinguisher on hand, and it’s usually good to have more than one as well. An extinguisher should be located near the kitchen, but it can also be good to have one in the garage. You might also consider one for the living area or in the bedrooms if you smoke, use candles, or otherwise have an increased risk of a home fire.  Fire extinguishers are not all alike, so you need to choose one according to the type of fire your home might suffer, and also note a few other factors as well so that the extinguisher works for you. Note a few tips to keep in mind. 1. Ensure it’s not too heavy to use It’s good to get a fire extinguisher that is large enough to address a grease fire or other such risk to your home, but if it’s too heavy to use easily, it may be ineffective. Remember that your children may need to use a fire extinguisher, or if there are elderly persons in the home, they too should be able to use the extinguisher easily. Before you buy any type of extinguisher, note the weight of the canister and consider downgrading to two separate extinguishers. This will ensure you can readily put out a fire but won’t have a unit that is too heavy to use.  2. Consider rechargeable versus disposable A disposable extinguisher is usually made of plastic and is more lightweight than metal extinguishers, which you can usually recharge. While the plastic disposable model may be cheaper to purchase, remember that you should usually check your extinguishers for needed recharging every year or twice per year to be safe. If you need to constantly replace a plastic extinguisher because it’s lost pressure, then this may be more costly overall than a metal, rechargeable extinguisher. 3. Choose a multi-purpose extinguisher Fire extinguishers will have a classification for the type of fire they address, such as electrical, grease, and other combustibles. Rather than trying to anticipate what type of fire might break out in your home, choose a multi-purpose extinguisher. This is one that typically contains a type of thick foam that can be used on virtually any fire, including an electrical fire and one that starts when you drop a cigarette on the furniture next to you. A multi-purpose extinguisher can mean being able to use it quickly and easily without having to even determine how the fire started in the first place. For more information, contact a local fire safety equipment...

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Choosing a Septic Wastewater Treatment System

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Choosing a Septic Wastewater Treatment System

Onsite wastewater treatment systems are essential for homes that are not connected to the sewage networks provided by the local government or private service providers. If you are thinking about installing this type of domestic treatment facility, you should consider choosing a septic system. This small-scale structure is designed to decompose waste using bacteria. It is an ideal choice for rural properties with sufficient land to build a drainage field. Here are the main factors to consider when choosing the best septic treatment system. Type of System There are different types of septic tank systems to consider for installation in your property. The traditional design is basic and simple, and it is suitable for projects with limited financial resources. This structure has only a single treatment chamber for breaking down the waste. The limited treatment options in this configuration can result in more maintenance demands and higher risks of breakdown. The advanced alternative has two chambers which allow for primary and secondary wastewater treatment. Basically, the first chamber will decompose and mineralise the sewage like a traditional septic system. The treated effluent is then driven into the secondary chamber for further treatment. This design is more favourable because it ensures that the effluent released is safer for release into the environment. You should also inquire about the availability of systems with more treatment chambers for maximum efficiency. Septic Tank Size The size of the septic tank is an important aspect to consider before designing the system. Basically, you should ensure that the tank can handle your total domestic wastewater. If the containment is not large enough, you might experience some microbial contamination problems. In simple terms, a small waste tank will not be able to handle a lot of material at once, so some sewage will be released before it is properly treated. It is advisable to check the minimal size requirement for your septic tank with your local council. The estimates should consider the number of residents, the size of the house and potential family addition. Soakage Area The soakage area or drainage field is designed to allow the treated effluent to be released safely. The pathogens remaining in the wastewater should be eliminated at this stage, so you should ensure that the component is built properly. A conventional drainage field will require pipes with pores to release the effluent to the ground. Your treated wastewater can flow to the soakage through gravity or by pumping. Additionally, you will need to plant sedges, rushes and native grass for maximum drainage. For more information about waste water systems, contact a company like...

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Merits And Demerits Of Using Shade Sails In Schools

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Merits And Demerits Of Using Shade Sails In Schools

Shade sails are a relatively common feature in most modern schools. Overtime, the use of shade sails in learning institutions has gained immense popularity thanks to the numerous advantages associated with their use. In order to enjoy these advantages, learning institutions have to ensure that they invest in the best shade sails available. This article explores the merits and demerits of using shade sails in learning institutions.   Merits Of Using Shade Sails Among the many advantages of using shade sails in learning institutions is the fact that it is an environmentally friendly practice. For one, a large number of shade sails are made from recycled and recyclable materials. As such, there is less ongoing demand for new raw materials. More importantly, shade sails help to reduce electricity consumption in learning institutions, hence conserving energy. This is because shade sails help to create cool outdoor learning areas that don’t rely on electrical cooling appliances such as fans. Shade sails in learning institutions are also advantageous in the sense that they protect children from harmful ultra-violet rays from the sun as they go about outdoor school activities. Shade sails come In a variety of bright colors and color combinations, which allow them to reflect away as much sunlight as possible. In the same breath, these sails also provide protection for playground equipment that would suffer damage due to direct exposure to the sun. Similarly, shade sails are mostly made of a semi-permeable fabric that allows for free flow of air within the shaded area, providing a much-needed source of ventilation. Ventilation helps to lower temperatures in the area covered by the shade. Consequently, school children have a place to cool off and catch their breath before heading inside to warm classes.  Demerits Of Using Shade Sails Shade sails are not without their disadvantages. One of the major disadvantages is that shades often droop and sag. This often happens when there is accumulation of dirt, water, and other debris at the center of the sail, thereby exerting their weight on the fabric. This can be avoided by sweeping off such debris on a regular basis. Secondly, shade sails are disadvantageous in learning institutions because they’re a potential fire hazard. Because shade sail fabric is often very light, the sail can catch fire quite easily in the event that there’s a break-out. The good news is that this is quite rare. From the above discussion, it is clear that the merits of shade sails in learning institutions outweigh the demerits. As such, shade sails are a great investment for any learning...

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The Benefits of an Audiometric Hearing Test

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits of an Audiometric Hearing Test

An audiometric hearing test is not like a standard hearing test you might get from your doctor; this type of test is much more involved. It may test a subject’s ability to hear different pitches and variations of sound, not just the volume of sound that they can hear comfortably. There are many reasons to get an audiometric hearing test from an ear doctor or specialist; note a few of those reasons here so you can determine if it would be helpful for you. 1. To determine damage to the ear Damage to the ear, either from external factors or simply because of age or genetics, can affect the hearing in a variety of ways. A person may not be able to hear low volumes of sound but may also be affected as to the pitch and tone of sounds they can discern. A person with ear damage or a disease of the ear may not be able to hear high pitches or certain frequencies, and a doctor who monitors their comfort level with hearing may be able to better pinpoint the damage to the ear they’ve suffered with an audiometric test. This can help them better determine the treatment needed to restore hearing or to ensure the damage does not get worse. This type of testing to determine damage to the ear can be especially helpful for those who may have suffered hearing loss due to their work environment. An employee may have reason for a lawsuit if they have not been provided proper hearing protection on the job, and employers may want to change the type of safety gear they provide if it’s determined that their current equipment fails to protect their employees adequately.  2. For those whose hearing is especially needed for their careers If you’re a music teacher or conductor, a singing instructor, a musician of any sort, a police officer or firefighter, you need to have exceptional hearing. Anyone whose career involves music must hear different tones and pitches of music, and someone who works in emergency services may find that their job often takes them into noisy, chaotic situations where their hearing is very important. If you have any type of career that requires you to hear keenly and accurately, you may want to ensure you get an audiometric test done regularly. This can ensure you perform your job properly or can alert you to the need for a hearing aid when...

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How to Stop People From Using Your Skip Bin

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Stop People From Using Your Skip Bin

Although you may not be too bothered if someone throws a couple of small items in your skip bin, skip dumping on a larger scale may actually cause you some problems. For example, if lots of people decide to use your skip without your permission, or if someone dumps in a couple of large items, it may well get full really fast, leaving no room for your own rubbish. Typically, skip hire companies won’t remove skips that are filled past a certain point, and you may have to hire another skip to deal with the overfill or find a way to get rid of rubbish that isn’t actually yours. To avoid problems, think about how you can keep your skip to yourself before you hire one. Restrict Access to the Skip Bin Although many skips have open tops, it is possible to hire skip bins that have lockable covers or lids. If people can’t get in to the skip, they can’t simply throw their stuff inside. Although a lock gives you some protection, it may not deter a really determined skip dumper, who may simply dump stuff by the side of the bin in the hope that you’ll deal with it. So, it’s also a good idea to think about where you put the skip. Think About Bin Location You can make it harder for people to put stuff in your skip by putting it somewhere less accessible. If a skip is on a street, or is within reaching distance of passers-by, people may be more tempted to throw stuff in. If you can put the skip away from public traffic, so that people have to walk on to your property to get at it, they may think twice about using it without your permission. For example, the following ideas may help: Site your skip closer to your home than to the street. People may be less comfortable coming right on to your property to access your skip. Note that you’ll have to check that the skip company is happy to do this; companies may also not accept liability for damage if they put a skip bin up a drive rather than close to the road. Put barriers between the street and your skip. For example, you could park your car or cars in front of it, potentially making it more difficult for people to get easy access to throw large items in. If you have gates to your drive, shut them and lock them if you can. If you have a garage, check if your skip hire company has mobile skips that can be placed inside. This allows you to lock the skip inside your garage. Put a sign on the skip stating that it is for personal use and that people shouldn’t dump things in there. People who feel guilty about using the skip may pay attention, but be aware that this may not put off all dumpers. Tip: Try not to leave an empty skip for a long time before it is collected. The less time it is on site, the less time people have to notice it and plan what they can put in...

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