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Raise the Roof: Common Roofing Problems

Service Week May 25, 2017 at 2:18 am

RoofThe roof above your head is what protects you from the heat, cold, rain and snow. Yet it is the most underappreciated and underrated component of your home. If you refuse to acknowledge roof’s unfair billing, here is a question for you:

Have you ever received a guest into your home with this spiel— “let me show you to my roof”? Never? Point made. It is always the patio, the kitchen, or the living room.

Your roof only gets the attention it deserves once it starts to function poorly. Barrier Roofing Ltd highlights the importance of paying attention to your roofing system.

Common Causes of Roof Problems

Now, do not be too quick on blaming your roof once it starts to look weird or fail. Instead, blame:

  • Lack of Maintenance
  • Weathering
  • Wind Damage
  • Improper Design
  • Flashing Problems

These root causes breed specific problems.

Common Roof Problems

Here are some of the ways your roof shows how unfairly it has been treated:

  • Leaks and moisture
  • Reduced wind uplift resistance
  • Ponding water
  • Punctures
  • Shrinkage
  • Blistering

These are signs that your roof is finally asking for the attention and upkeep it deserves. It is time to act and choose between two options: fix your roof or have it inspected and fixed by a roofing expert.

Whichever way you go, remember the five factors that influence roof repair cost.

  1. Roof type
  2. Repair permits
  3. Scope of repair
  4. Existing water damage
  5. Unique elements, such as skylights and chimneys

Whether you decide to DIY or hire a professional to fix your roofing system, there is a lesson you must learn after seeing your roof’s problems: you must take good care of it to avoid the inconveniences mentioned above. It is better to spend on regular maintenance than deal with the costly repairs and replacement that could have been avoided in the first place.

3 Important Qualities of Advanced Cleaning Companies

Service Week May 22, 2017 at 2:11 am

Professional Cleaning ServiceToday’s cleaners go beyond their traditional cleaning checklists. They now turn their focus on office efficiency to give clients more benefits other than just cleanliness and sanitation.

How an office cleaning company in San Diego does this depends on the kind of innovation it offers. Forte Commercial Cleaning explains that modern cleaners should use green cleaning practices and materials to ensure the safety of the occupants and lesser impact on the environment.

When looking for a cleaning company, here are some of the most important qualities you should consider:

Commitment to new ways of operating

Office cleanliness promotes health and efficiency in the workplace. The use of eco-friendly tools, such as microfiber mops and chemical dilution systems, keeps work areas clean and improves indoor air quality. A study found that indoor air could either boost or reduce productivity levels among employees. What’s surprising about the result is that poor indoor quality affects productivity more than health.

Proactive Services

For cleaning providers, it means technologically advanced. Think of cleaning tools registered with Environment Protection Agency, programmable facilities, microfiber tools, backpack and airflow-powered vacuums, and even a disaster recovery plan. These make cleaners more reliable, popular, and competent. It spells cost-reduction, timely response, and cleanliness for clients.

Competitive Pricing

A good cleaning company offers quality services at reasonable rates. It’s important to compare a few companies before you decide which one to hire. Learn what’s included in the service and make sure there are no hidden charges. Read the contract before signing it to avoid confusion and disputes. You want to make sure you are getting what you paid for.

Innovations in cleaning services benefit everyone. It gives cleaners and clients the chance to try and adopt value-based approaches. Most of all, these advancements allow for the creation and maintenance of clean, healthy, and productive workplaces.


Drought Defender: How Bacteria Can Aid Agriculture

Service Week May 10, 2017 at 4:54 pm

Clean and green farmBacteria, despite being invisible to the naked eye, densely populate our environment. Billions of bacterial cells exist in a scoop of soil, are capable of surviving harsh climates and even reside within the human body. Connotations with bacteria often lean towards diseases and illness, but not all of them cause harm.

Notably, these ‘good’ bacteria can even help combat food shortage in the age of climate change.

Unconventional drought solution

Researchers from Northern Arizona University (NAU) published a study that discovered how a particular type of bacteria, called rhizobacteria helps lessen the impact of drought-induced crop loss.

Rhizobacteria grow naturally in barren regions, and the study explains how they can be collected and introduced to agricultural areas with severe water shortage. Researchers found consistent 20 to 40% growth increase in plants introduced to rhizobacteria.

Farming challenges under climate change

Such promising results can help address problems in crops and farmlands that take the hardest hit from climate change. The rapid growth in world population expects global food supply to catch up, and droughts brought about by global warming cause widespread concern.

Farmlands suffer as a consequence, brought about by severe drought. These situations gradually reduce crop yield and rising saltiness in soil further paints a bleak picture for food production.

Growth under pressure

The silver lining provided by the NAU study shows how drought does not hinder plant growth when incorporated with rhizobacteria. Research highlights the symbiosis between plants and the colony of bacteria at their roots. Plants produce sugars and carbohydrates consumed by rhizobacteria, which in turn scours the soil for nutrients needed by the plant.

The bacteria aren’t even picky with plant hosts, as researchers explain it can grow on a diverse range of plants in an equal assortment of topography. As explains, soil conservation practices, like no-till farming and intercropping benefit the most from this technique.

No adverse effects have been observed upon introducing rhizobacteria to plants, but researchers are figuring out which plants are optimal recruiters of the organisms. More research is underway to determine the scale of introducing rhizobacteria for farms, but the future is promising.

Maximise Your Small Living Room Space

Service Week April 26, 2017 at 3:16 pm

Nice living room spaceDoes it seem like there just isn’t enough space in your living room to fit in all the things you love? There are many creative ways you can fit everything comfortably and still have space to spare. Furniture design experts at Leberta present four smart ideas how to make the most out of a small living room.

Invest in larger but fewer furnishings

Rather than several small chairs and stools, consider getting a large three-piece sofa. Populating your living room with small pieces of furniture can give it a crowded feeling, while a few bigger pieces of furniture could make the room feel large and grand.

Create smart storage solutions

Resolve lack of storage space by building back-to-back storage drawers under your chairs, stairs, or wall. You can also maximise your vertical space by creating storage units above your shelves, door, or cabinets. The key is to identify and utilise whatever storage space you can get in your small room.

Organise your house

You’ll be impressed how organising things in your living room can make the room instantly more spacious than before. You don’t need to keep items in your house that you no longer use. De-clutter as much as you can. Then neatly organise what’s left in your house.

Conceal items in your living room

Putting everything in your living room on display will make it feel congested. To avoid this, use curtains over shelving and buy lidded boxes to store these items. Install drawers that disappear under the sofa or into the wall. The fewer objects people see in your room, the less claustrophobic your space feels.

You can give you living room an airy, roomy appearance by doing a few ingenious things. If you can find ways to squeeze a few extra inches of space, you’ll significantly improve the room’s liveability and keep claustrophobia at bay.

Warehouse Setup: Choosing the Right Pallet System

Service Week March 28, 2017 at 6:17 am

pallet warehouseThere’s a great need for warehouses and logistic centres in Australia because of the vast distance between major cities and towns. Businesses want to keep their promises of a fast delivery service, after all. Amazon, for example, is looking to open warehouses in Australia this year to fulfil the demands of its Amazon Web services in the country.

Every business owner should, therefore, think of how to make the most out of a warehouse space. This is where a pallet system, a common space-saving solution, comes in. Depending on a range of factors, such as floor space, ceiling height and mode of access, the kind of pallet system that is best for your warehouse can vary. Here are a few examples of the system.

Floor Stacking

The easiest method of pallet storage is floor stacking: you place the pallets on the floor in rows. This needs no investment in equipment with high storage density, but as a drawback, it makes for poor access to individual pallets. It also occupies a large amount of warehouse floor space.

Pallet Flow Racking

Pallet flow rack systems use upright and cross beams. This is to support a roller conveyor within the rack, which allows pallets to flow toward the front of the system. You don’t have to drive inside the racking system to retrieve products because of this, but it requires a bigger materials investment compared to the other storage systems.

Drive-In/Drive-Through Pallet Racking

These racking systems have pallets that rest on side rails instead of cross beams. It leaves an open bay that will allow fork trucks to drive directly into them. These systems are ideal for storing a lot of pallets of the same product. One drawback of the system, however, is that the fork trucks usually damage the racks when driving into them.

Pallet racking is a vital part of any warehouse. It maximises storage capacity and helps businesses fulfil their delivery service on time. Warehouse owners should, therefore, carefully consider which pallet storage system will be best for their types of products. 

Six Things You Must Do Before Hiring a Nanny in Australia

Service Week March 21, 2017 at 1:00 am

Nanny Looking After Kids Hiring a nanny is more complicated than hiring a new executive. It is bringing a stranger into your home and entrusting your children and your property to them. Some people have had good experiences with their nannies while others can recount harrowing experiences. The difference is in the hiring.

Here are six things you must do before hiring a nanny in Australia:

1. Choose a Reputable Agency

A solid agency which has been in existence for several years is likely to have proper controls and standards on who they accept. Compared with less established agencies, they are more likely to verify references and to do proper checks on the nannies they work with. Although it is not common, criminals may collaborate with unscrupulous agencies to obtain information about unsuspecting members of the public; your nanny could be a spy! It is important to do a little research on local agencies before deciding on one.

2. Conduct a Thorough Interview

The mistake many people make is to rush the process because they ‘need a nanny immediately’. They may skip an interview altogether or ask shallow questions. A face to face interview allows you to learn about attitudes, ethical stands, philosophies and the general life view of a person, to see if their beliefs agree with yours. This is a good chance to portray the situation at your home and to ask whether they would be willing to do the jobs you require help with.

3. Consider the Candidate’s Experience with Children

If you have small children, you need someone who has some experience in handling them. Dealing with children is not easy and it would be wrong to assume that a hire will learn on the job. Candidates who have worked in a daycare or kindergarten would be a good fit for this role.

4.  Ask About Education and Other Skills

Sometimes, children spend more time with their nannies than their parents. As such, children can learn a lot from these helpers. Go for someone with a high school diploma, at least. Other skills such as CPR and first aid are preferable.

5. Do a Background Check

Because of the role a nanny takes in your house, you need to trust them. Even though most agencies do their own checks, it is always good to be certain by doing your own check. A national police check in SA or elsewhere can be done online, often requiring very little time. A background check from Fast Police Checks may determine the safety of your kids.

6. Listen to Your Instincts

Many times you will be right if you trust your guts. If you have an uneasy feeling about someone, don’t hire them.

You can never be too sure about who you are bringing into your house, but conducting due diligence before hiring can prevent you from walking into disaster.

Underwater Construction: Safety Devices You Need

Service Week March 10, 2017 at 4:00 am

Construction Near WaterFor those who work on construction projects beneath the water’s surface, you know it is essential to find the right underwater construction services for the job. For those who undertake this kind of work, the Underwater Construction Corporation says that there are important equipment that needs to be in place in order for any construction to begin.

1 – Blank Flange Lockout

A first must-do in underwater construction work is to create a lockout device to prevent unexpected flows of energy. A lockout device raises the safety level of the underwater environment and prevents the unregulated flow of chemicals or energy into the water.

The lockout devices provide a significant amount of protection to the workers.

2 – Wire ropes and Airlift

A wire rope will support the equipment for underwater construction projects. Choose a wire rope based on the underwater conditions of the site. Typically, you should choose a wire rope that is highly resistant to abrasion, highly flexible, and could carry the weight of your equipment.

An airlift, on the other hand, removes debris, sand, and mud from the construction site. Sometimes called a suction dredge, this is vital in clearing the area to make sure it is safe for everyone.

3 – Taking Measurements

You should be familiar with the sub sea technology structures for construction. These structures include bridges, pipelines, intakes, and dams. All of these aid in completing the final work, but taking measurements of all the structures and of the location where you will put up these sub sea structures is also an important step.

When you list down accurate measurements and give allowances, you are helping to build a more reliable underwater construction area and providing a safer environment for the workers.

For any underwater construction project, it is important to know the safety equipment you need to have in place before any work can take place.

Water Stains On The Ceiling Are Signs You Need To Check The Roof

Service Week February 21, 2017 at 9:45 am

Damaged Ceiling
The formation of water stains on the ceiling indicates roofing problems that need to be resolved immediately. Failure to do so may worsen the issue and with repair cost that could blow through the roof.

The surface of your ceiling may start to show small stains with the passing of time. But if huge water stains suddenly appear, it may indicate a bigger problem with your roof and would need immediate attention. Failing to resolve this speedily could compound the issue and lead to more major problems. Below are some of the telltale water stains that indicate you may have roof problems.

Ceiling Water Stains

Perhaps one of the most telling sign that you have a roof problem is the formation of water stains on your ceiling, as pointed out by Star Tribune. The trouble with this is that water stains rarely form underneath the section of the roof that may have a leak. In fact, it would have been better if the leak is big because there is a chance it will create ceiling stains directly underneath. If the leaks are a wee bit, pinpointing the problematic spot on the roof could be tough.

Pinpointing the Problematic Section

If your ceiling is roomy enough to accommodate your size and if you are up to it, you can wiggle your way inside. Usually, ceiling water stains travel along the lumber, trusses or roof panels in your ceiling before finally dripping on the stained area.

It is even possible that the leak may be located some distance away from where ceiling water stains appeared. What you can do is to trace the water trails from the stained spot until you find the source. This could take some time, but with patience and some detective skills, you will be able to locate it.

Determining the Cause

If the stains seem to worsen especially after a downpour, the culprit could be the flashing. This is among the issues pointed out by Real Estate Inspector. You should know that changing step flashing can be complicated because you need to fit it in with the roof and nearby siding.

If you feel this job is beyond you, getting in touch with experts on roofing in Tauranga like Kiwispout NZ LTD  should be your next option. Another possible cause of the leak is damaged sealant strips due to critters getting inside your roof. To prevent these animals from going to the roof, you need to trip branches touching or near your roof.

You need to thoroughly examine your roof at the first sign of water stains forming on the ceiling. Do not wait until it worsens because these nasty stains can cause other problems besides an ugly mark.

If you do not have the time to do it or have no experience with roof problems, you can contact a roofing inspector. They can check the roof for you and make a determination what is causing it, then provide recommendations on how it can be resolved. Remember, the roof plays a major role in your house and giving it proper attention and care should always be paramount.



Businesses for the Environment

Service Week January 30, 2017 at 8:52 am

Helping the Environment in UtahEven businesses here in Utah need to do their part to help the environment. You don’t have to plan for a big green initiative. You can do several small and easily done things in your business that can reduce your company’s impact on the environment.

Simple Programs

You can start with a waste segregation, recycling, and waste diversion program. A first step is to find a strategic location for your garbage collection bins. The strategic location must be in a place where your employees find it easy and convenient to throw any trash or waste such as in the break room.

Next, you can station your trash, recycle, and compost bins next to each other, yet use differing colors for each of the bins. You can also place signs above the bins that can illustrate which items go in which bin. All of this help in making waste segregation easier for people. Once finished, you can notify the whole company, especially the janitorial staff, about the program.

Another Green Step Forward

You can further improve on your waste segregation, recycling, and waste diversion with a few simple tricks. For one, you can encourage your employees to use washable dishes, mugs, and silverware. You can reduce the amount of paper your company consumes by printing double-sided and by re-using printed material with mistakes as scratch paper.

A Green Step Even Further

You can go a step even further if your business is a large industrial company. You can hire an environmental services provider that offer remediation and other services. Environmental services can help manage waste and other environmental elements in mining, oil, and other industries.

To find the right environmental services provider, you can look for one that will manage all your environmental projects in the long term. You can also consider the technological and regulatory expertise of the provider. Finally, find a provider that can speak board language as well as optimize EH&S processes.

No matter the size of your business or company, you can greatly impact the environment. You can choose to help it.

Outsource or Maintain an In-House Janitorial Staff?

Service Week January 11, 2017 at 6:57 am

Janitorial Services

Business owners should fully understand the importance of workplace cleanliness, as it plays a major role in the productivity of their workforce. It contributes greatly to the public’s perception, as well. You wouldn’t want prospective clients to be turned off, do you?

As cleanliness and sanitation affect many aspects of your business, you should never take it lightly despite how busy you are. Fortunately, many janitorial services in Dallas, TX are available to provide you with a cost-effective and efficient solution that keeps the workplace safe, healthy, and hazard-free for everyone.

Custodial Staff: Maintaining an In-House Team

Before hiring an in-house custodial team, you should first explore your options. More companies today choose to outsource all sorts of services, from information technology to commercial cleaning.

Convenience is a primary factor. Before you can build your own cleaning staff, you need to complete the hiring process. This will take up a lot of time, though, since you have to conduct individual interviews and perform background checks on each applicant. Even if you have a human resources department, this means more work for them. The greater the additional amount of work, the more resources you spend.

The Outsourced Janitorial Service Advantage

Outsourcing doesn’t only benefit your business in the short run; it also delivers a number of long-term benefits. The biggest of these is the considerably reduced overall cost. Outsourcing cleaning services means eliminating the need for allotting a monthly budget for personnel and materials. You can expect them to have their own cleaning equipment, tools, and other essentials.

Do your part in making sure you choose a firm that’s known not only for delivering top-notch services, but also highly trustworthy and experienced custodial members.