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Have An Ugly Propane Tank? 3 Ways You Can Spruce Up Your Tank

Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have An Ugly Propane Tank? 3 Ways You Can Spruce Up Your Tank

While they serve a vital function, propane tanks are built to be functional, not beautiful. If your ugly tank is seriously putting a damper on your outdoor decor, however, you don’t have to simply live with it. There are a few things you can do to make your propane tank more visually appealing. From paint and landscaping to fencing and camouflage, there are limitless ways you can give your propane tank a makeover. Following are just a few ideas.  Clever Paint A boring, rusted, metal tank is not a great focal point for your backyard. Fortunately, you can easily turn yours into a conversation piece by painting it. Whimsical paint jobs that transform your tank into an adorable pink pig, a yellow submarine, or a giant watermelon are extremely popular. Keep in mind, however, that there are some things you should take into account before you choose your look. The National Fire Protection Association requires that all tanks be painted a light, reflective color. Your propane company may also have other requirements, so be sure to get permission first and follow all rules and regulations in your area.  Practical Landscaping If you prefer for your tank to blend into and become part of your landscaping, you can do some landscaping around it, but you have to be careful of buried fuel lines. Shallow-rooted plants are permissible as long as they aren’t planted too close to the tank. Any type of plant that has invasive roots should be avoided. Also, you must make it easy for those who come and fill or service your tank to get to your tank. Avoid plants with thorns or those that grow too thick or unruly. In many cases, shrubs are ideal. However, you have many options. Just be sure to check with your fuel supplier before planting anything.  Concealing Camouflage If you don’t want to see your tank at all, you can put fencing around it or conceal it with a wall. You must make sure that your tank is accessible at all times, though. Many fuel companies only allow fencing that is placed at least 3 feet from the tank for safety purposes. Fences should also allow plenty of air to get to your tank and should not allow gasses to build up around the tank.  As you can see, there are several ways you can make your tank attractive or hide it altogether. For more information about what you’re allowed to do with your tank, contact your fuel company or visit websites...

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Methods Of Incinerating Hazardous Waste

Posted by on December 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Methods Of Incinerating Hazardous Waste

As a business owner, sometimes, the only feasible way to dispose of hazardous waste produced by your company is to incinerate it. When the hazardous waste is simply stored in a lanfill, the waste may leak or may release fumes that are hazardous to the environment. Also, if large volumes of hazardous waste are generated, they can take up space in a landfill. You will need to determine whether the type of waste generated by your business is a good candidate for incineration. You will need to get a proper waste combustion unit.      Incinerators Incinerators are used primarily to completely destroy waste. They can make infectious waste no longer hazardous. However, some incinerators are also able to generate energy through the process of burning waste. The incinerators generate ash, gases and heat. The heat can be used as an energy source, while the ashes usually need to be discarded in an ash pit or a landfill. While ashes are left behind, the vast majority of the hazardous waste mass is destroyed through the process of incineration. The gases may be highly toxic, so the manner in which the gasses are released needs to be carefully controlled. Before the gases are released into the atmosphere, they must be cleared of any pollutants. Large incinerators rely on electricity and fossil fuels to maintain their emission standards. If you do not have the space to house a large-scale incinerator, you will need to use a smaller incinerator. Then, you will need a system for segregating waste so that it can be incinerated in batches. Fortunately, it is easier to place smaller-scale, portable incinerators in a location away from food production zones and more populated areas. Rotary Kilns And Afterburners Sometimes, liquids need to be incinerated. This is performed using a rotary kiln. This device pumps waste into a chamber using nozzles that atomize the waste. By atomizing the waste, it will burn the most efficiently. The liquid is then mixed with gases and passed through a flame known as an afterburner. The gaseous an atomized compounds are broken down into atoms that then fuse with oxygen to form safer compounds. Some of the waste matter is turned into steam that can then be released into the atmosphere. However, there might be some residue left behind that still needs to be disposed of. But like with other incineration methods, the amount of hazardous waste left behind will be reduced significantly....

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You Are What You… Breathe?

Posted by on November 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on You Are What You… Breathe?

If you think the air that you are breathing is perfectly fine, think again. There are some very nasty and dangerous pollutants that could be lurking around inside your home and around your property and community that you should be aware of, if only to use precautions to protect yourself from health risks. Some of the air pollutants commonly found in and around your home include these: Lead. Lead is a common pollutant often found in the air that can cause serious health repercussions. Lead may be a particular issue in older homes that have lead paint or pipes, which can lead to contamination of the home’s air and water supply. Lead is linked to causing issues with the nervous system, cardiovascular system, immune system, and kidneys and can promote developmental delays. Ozone. Ozone is not so much a singular pollutant, but rather a chemical reaction and result of other chemicals and toxins getting together. Breathing in ozone is particularly risky for the elderly, children, and individuals with respiratory issues, such as asthma; ozone can also cause damage to vegetation, foliage, and natural ecosystems. Ozone may likely lurk in places like your garage, where car exhaust or stored chemicals could be present. Particulate matter. Particulate matter is used to describe the tiny bits of dust, debris, and liquid that could be in the air that you breathe. These could be a problem during home renovations, when dust and debris are created during refurbishing or following a fire when ash could be floating in the air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues specific warnings regarding particulate matter that could enter the nose, throat, and lungs, causing serious health risks and complications. Nitrogen Oxides. Nitrogen oxides in the air are most commonly attributed to vehicle emissions. The EPA has gotten stricter regarding emission testing and decreasing nitrogen oxides produced by car manufacturers. Exposure to nitrogen oxides can cause inflammation of the airway, asthma, and respiratory distress in people of all ages. Carbon Monoxide. Carbon monoxide is often a silent predator, and the odorless, colorless gas can cause fatality. Watch out for carbon monoxide in gas-powered appliances, your garage, and when idling your vehicle outside the home. At high levels, carbon monoxide cuts off oxygen to the body’s vital organs, including the heart and brain. Sulfur Dioxide. Sulfur dioxide is not likely something that you can control or reduce around the home; this pollutant is an emission commonly originating from industries, power plants, and fossil fuel combustion. The emissions from large ships and trains often contain sulfur dioxide, which then seeps into the air that everyone breathes. The pollutant embeds in the lungs, causing long-term respiratory issues such as emphysema, and even premature death. While there may be little that you can do to prevent the sulfur oxides and emissions from power plants or passing vehicles, there are some things that you can do to improve the health and welfare of your family. Consider these strategies to clean up your air: Install a carbon monoxide detector on every level of your home. Have a contractor or plumber assess your home for lead in the plumbing, wiring, or paint. Frequently clean and clear your exhaust pipe of your vehicle to decrease carbon monoxide risks; this is especially relevant for those that live in...

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Computers Can Be Recycled For Valuable, But Sometimes Toxic Materials

Posted by on November 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Computers Can Be Recycled For Valuable, But Sometimes Toxic Materials

There comes a time when even the most powerful computers need to be retired. Unless the system has sentimental value, it’s best to recycle standard systems in order to make room for the new system and to avoid dangerous waste from affecting the environment. To support a healthier environment, reduce the need for material mining and to avoid troublesome fines, take the time to understand a few recycling points about computers. Why Bother Recycling? There’s no shortage of campaigns, commercials and regulations concerning recycling. It helps the environment, but how does that affect you directly? For computer recycling, the effects can be fairly immediate. One of the main concerns with computer recycling is the toxicity of computer systems. When you throw away computers carelessly, you spoil the ground with toxic substances such as lithium, chromium and cadmium. In small amounts, these substances aren’t going to destroy an entire ecosystem, but the explosion of computer use in a mere decade can lead to plant stagnation. Although there’s a lot of materials in landfills that lead to the same problem, reducing all these materials from the landfills is important. An extreme level of computer hazards can be observed in Guiyu, a city in China’s Guangdong province. This news article describes the electronic waste (e-waste) problems and migration, as well as the health risks associated with mismanaged e-waste.  If it all seems too distant, there are some positive rewards that can go directly into your wallet. The components inside your computer can be recycled for money, and there’s an entire subculture dedicated to scrapping different computer materials. The rate changes daily for different materials, and can give you a bit more of a return than simply handing the computer off to a garbage collector. What Parts Are Worth Scrapping? Although many materials inside the computer can be recycled, the metals and precious minerals stand out to many scrappers. Plastics can still bring in cash, but the value of metal means that computer scrapers can collect more money in smaller quantities. Rates are always changing, so be sure to speak with a recycling center before tossing anything. Aluminum is one of the bigger, more obvious recycling targets in computers. Even in computers that seem to be made of plastic, there is an underlying aluminum frame and case. Inside every computer is a heat sink and sometimes a series of airflow pipes, which are either made of aluminum in standard computers or copper in high-performance systems.  There are valuable materials inside hard drives, but you’ll need to figure out if you’d like to leave them inside the hard drive or take them out for separate recycling. One of the most valuable recycling materials inside the computer is the rare earth magnet cluster, which is thick enough to be handled by hand. Even though the cost to buy rare earth magnets is impressive, recycling the magnets and other rare earth materials is often an expensive process, and may not yield a sufficient payout. Hobbyists can’t do anything with powdered rare earth material that needs to be industrially separated, but the intact clusters may be fetch a nice price on official recycling programs and private sales alike. Contact a recycling services professional to discuss current rates and recycling strategies. For recycling services, contact a company such as B-P Trucking...

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Budget Yard Waste Solutions : Reduce The Cost Of Removing Your Old Landscaping

Posted by on November 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Budget Yard Waste Solutions : Reduce The Cost Of Removing Your Old Landscaping

When you have a large amount of landscaping material to remove from your property, there are a few ways to reduce the expenses involved in taking the waste materials away. Here’s what you need to know: Take the time to plan the removal of material as part of any landscaping job. The reasons you should remove excess vegetation, soil, rocks, and other landscaping materials are many. The most vital consideration is the safety of your home. Decaying wood and vegetation attracts home-damaging insects and makes your home more prone to catching fire. An excess of rocks, clay, or other substances may need to be hauled away to create a driveway, garden, or playground. Storms can also spread unwanted limbs and debris around your property. You may believe that you can just toss these materials into the nearby vacant lot or leave them at the edge of the woods, but this is unwise from both a fire safety standpoint and an ecological one. Plan ahead for the removal of materials after scheduled projects, and have a plan in place for potential storm damage. Renting a roll off dumpster may be all you’ll need to do. If you don’t have a large amount of heavy material, it may be possible to use a roll off dumpster to handle all of your landscaping waste. Each dumpster firm will tell you precisely what they will haul, and many are willing to carry away bagged leaves, mulch, branches, and other debris. Some companies will take small amounts of dirt and rocks as long as the levels don’t reach the top of dumpsters and the combined weight doesn’t exceed road limits. As you’re planning out landscaping work or preparing an emergency storm clean-up list, consult with your local dumpster providers to find out for certain which types of materials they will and will not haul away. Contact a company like Tri-State Disposal for more info on what you can and can’t put in a rented dumpster. How to handle material that can’t be placed in a roll off dumpster. If you have a large job and you’ll have to rent a dumpster anyway, you don’t want the additional expense of hiring another crew to haul off the yard waste, but this is one solution. Another solution is to use a modest-sized roll off dumpster and have many smaller loads hauled away, but this method is only cost-effective if the dump or landfill is located close to your property. If you have rocks or topsoil, there are people who will pick up these materials. Find local pond-building, landscaping, and gardening forums to advertise that you’re giving away materials they will use. Likewise, some woodworkers and people who heat with wood will help homeowners remove large trees and branches if you put out the word on the internet and let the neighbors know. They may not remove all of the debris in your yard, but their efforts will make your landscaping waste easier to manage and it won’t cost you a thing. Whether you’re upgrading a lawn to make it more drought tolerant, or you’re landscaping to make your property less prone to fire damage, consult your local dumpster rental business to learn the rules about clearing all types of waste from your...

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3 Common Tree Diseases That Affect Birch Trees – And How To Fix The Problem

Posted by on November 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common Tree Diseases That Affect Birch Trees – And How To Fix The Problem

Birch trees are mid-sized trees with distinctive white or red-brown bark, depending on the type of birch, and long green leaves that turn yellow in fall. The beautiful bark of the birch makes this tree a great addition to a yard, as the tree looks attractive even in winter. Help keep your birch tree looking healthy and attractive year-round by monitoring for signs of common tree diseases and calling in a tree service for assistance when necessary. Heart Rot Disease The fungal disease heart rot will cause mushroom-shaped appendages to sprout out of weakened areas of your birch tree such as a broken branch or an area of marred bark. The good news is that the heart rot only goes after damaged tree material and ignores the healthy material. Unless you have a particularly damaged trunk that the rot can infect, the life of the tree isn’t threatened by heart rot disease. If you suspect heart rot, call in a tree services company to attend to the matter. Tree trimming of the affected branches and damaged bark will rid the tree of heart rot. Avoid causing any additional damage to the tree by nicking the bark with pruning tools. Canker Disease The sores caused by canker disease resemble those found in human mouths. The fungus-borne cankers are circular and reddened and can reach the point of emitting a sap that resembles pus drainage. Some types of canker disease are no more threatening to the tree’s life than heart rot and can be trimmed for treatment. However, other types of canker can spread throughout the tree and kill off enough healthy tissue that the tree’s life is in jeopardy. Ask a professional to test and diagnose the type of canker affecting your tree to determine the course of treatment. If the advanced canker has caused too much damage already, you might have to call in a tree removal company to avoid infecting neighboring trees. Leaf Scorch Disease Bacteria or fungus can deliver leaf scorch disease to your birch tree. The disease’s name comes from the fact that the water vessels in the leaves are killed off and the leaf begins to die – but initially only around the edges, as if the leaf was set on fire and is slowly burning. Leaf scorch can move on to infecting the branches and trunk but the process is so slow that you should be able to catch the disease well before it begins to spread. Remove any affected leaves and clear dropped leaves away so that insects can’t feed on the leaves then transmit the disease back to that tree or a neighboring...

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Three Things You Should Know Before Installing An Alternative Septic System

Posted by on November 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Things You Should Know Before Installing An Alternative Septic System

Unfortunately, if your home does not have sewer service and has poor soil or a high water table, you may need to have an alternative waste treatment system installed. These are special septic systems with improved processing of waste and drainage to make your system more environmentally friendly and healthier. Here are some of the things that you will want to know before having an alternative septic system installed in your home: 1. The Reasons Why You Need To Have An Alternative Treatment System If you are lucky, your property will allow you to install a conventional septic system with a tank and drain field. This is not always that case though, and there are many reasons why you may need to have an alternative septic system installed in your home. This can be due to things like poor soils that do not allow for affluent to filter properly before reaching the ground water. It can also be due to things like high water tables, where the ground water is to close to the septic drainage. 2. Using A Septic System With Multiple Tanks For Improved Waste Treatment There are also septic systems that have multiple tanks to help with the treatment of waste. This can be seen in an aerobatic system, which is a system that acts like a miniature waste treatment plant. You also have the option of installing separate tanks for grey water, which can later be used for things like irrigation or pressure washing the exterior of your home. 3. The Different Drain Field Alternatives To Improve The Drainage Of Affluent In addition to the tanks of your system, there are also many options for affluent drainage systems. This component of your septic system is called the drain field. It can be a system that uses an extra filtration medium and chambered design to improve drainage. There are also systems that have a mound to raise the height of the drain field in areas with high water tables. Your system can even have an engineered wetland system if you have the space needed for it. These are some things that you will want to know before having an alternative septic system installed in your home. If you need help with the installation of an alternative septic system for your home, contact a septic system contractor such as River City Septic & Excavating to get the help you need with the installation of your alternative waste treatment...

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2 Things To Keep In Mind When There Is Asbestos In Your Home

Posted by on October 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Things To Keep In Mind When There Is Asbestos In Your Home

If you have been told by a contractor that you have asbestos in your home, you might be concerned and not know what to do next. Here are some things you can do to keep your family safe after you find out about the asbestos in your house. Check the Entire House You might imagine that you only have asbestos in a certain part of your home, especially if a contractor has notified you that asbestos-containing materials were found in the particular area where they were working. However, if your house was built in the years between 1930 and 1950, you may have asbestos in a number of places in your house, no matter where it may have initially been found. Some things in your house which may contain asbestos are: Vinyl flooring Roof shingles Pipes wrapped with blankets or insulation Rooms with textured paint finishes If you aren’t careful to have a professional check your entire house, you might end up dealing with asbestos removal on many occasions. It is better to deal with all of the asbestos-containing materials at once, if you can. If you cannot remove all the asbestos at once, at least you will be aware of what you’re dealing with so that you can be careful and avoid disturbing the materials. Make No Attempts to Remove the Asbestos Yourself If you are like many people who enjoy doing home improvement projects, you might think that you can take care of the asbestos yourself if you do a little research beforehand. However, that can be a very serious mistake. Asbestos might not be directly threatening to your lungs as long as it remains intact. However, damaged and torn asbestos may release its microscopic fibers into the air; when that happens, you may breathe those particles into your lungs, which might cause health problems over time. That’s why you must avoid making attempts to remove asbestos by yourself. If you are not properly trained to remove materials containing asbestos, you might spread particles and fibers throughout your house. Not only should you not try to remove asbestos yourself, it is also wise to be careful when cleaning the area that may contain asbestos materials. Avoid vacuuming or sweeping materials that might contain this substance so that asbestos fibers don’t float about and spread elsewhere. Use the information laid out in this article to help you make the right decisions when you find out there is asbestos in your house. Consult a local asbestos removal company like Mac-Bestos Inc so they can answer questions and remove asbestos-containing materials from your home...

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Three Tips for Preventing Spiders from Infesting Your Home’s Air Ducts

Posted by on October 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips for Preventing Spiders from Infesting Your Home’s Air Ducts

To ensure that your home’s HVAC system runs as smoothly and as efficiently as possible, it’s important to keep any and all bugs from infiltrating your air ducts. Since they can survive for such a long time without moving in your ducts, spiders are an especially pertinent concern. When you want to prevent spiders from infesting your home’s air ducts, use these three tips. Sift through Attic Insulation Surrounding Your Ducts to Find Leaks While it’s relatively easy to spot leaks on some sections of your ducts, other sections, such as the one that runs through your attic, can be more difficult to deal with. Especially if you rely on lots of foam insulation to keep the cold in your attic out of the rest of your home, it’s easy for leaks in ducts right next to the floor or wall to remain out of sight. When you encounter a duct that’s right next to insulation, run your hand under the hidden part and try to feel for any holes. If you find a hole, going to the trouble of completely removing and reapplying the insulation it’s obscured by is worth it. Utilize Traps for Multiple Kinds of Smaller Bugs All the spiders in your home will eventually die out if there are no smaller bugs left for them to prey on. To kill off bugs, you can do everything from sealing off your windows with a specialized bug repellent sealant to setting up bug traps for multiple kinds of insects in crawlspaces and room corners. If you do decide to set up traps, check them all every few weeks or so to see whether they need to be replaced. Otherwise, you probably won’t be able to kill bugs fast enough and the spiders in your home will still have plenty of food. Use a Handheld Vacuum on All Easily Reachable Ducts Even if you don’t see spiders on an initial inspection of your ducts, a handheld vacuum run along the ducts can be very effective at getting rid of any that you missed. Additionally, there are few tools other than handheld vacuums that are capable of quickly cleaning up a large number of tiny bug carcasses. If you set up any spider traps near your ducts, cleaning up dust and debris in the area with a vacuum is very important. If you don’t, even if the trap comes with an attraction that’s much more appealing than all the debris in the room, nearby spiders will get distracted very easily. If you need further help to get rid of spiders, contact a company like Environmental Services Pest...

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3 Reasons To Invest In Oil Now

Posted by on October 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Invest In Oil Now

Oil is one of the most sought after, valuable commodities on the market today. The rise of more organic methods of energy production and electricity use in everyday productivity is no real threat to the power of oil and gas for three main reasons.  1. Oil and Gas Go Beyond Transportation When people think of gas and oil, they often immediately associate them with transportation, from trains to buses to personal vehicles. However, oil and gas have other uses that make them an even more valuable asset outside of the realm of transportation. A few examples include:  Makeup Toothpaste Cologne Contact Lenses Fishing Lures Stick Deodorant Guitar Strings Dentures Chewing Gum Plastics Even if electric cars were to become desirable, affordable, and convenient enough to challenge the share of oil and gas in the transportation market, there are still other industries that will have a strong reliance on oil and gas.  2. It’s Never Not in Demand Due to the variable uses of oil and oil-based products, you can be assured that your investment will never be completely out of demand. This is not so for certain specific products that go through a fad phase when introduced to the market and then fade away into obscurity, taking your profits right along with them. Oil and gas are entrenched into world culture and significant across the globe for many major players in the global economy.  3. There’s Plenty to Go Around…For Now There have been many myths produced by various sources stating that oil availability has reached its peak and is on a downward turn. Based on the oil reserves on the planet that are currently known to human beings, this appears to be true. Of the oil reserves that are known, it is estimated that there is enough oil available on the planet to last up to 55 years. Whether or not these particular predictive calculations are true isn’t the main issue. What’s more pressing is that, because oil is not something that can be produced by humans artificially and cost-effectively, oil is finite and will eventually (whether 10 years from now or 100 years from now) run out. This is why it is so important to get in on this investment while you, your children, and possibly even your grandchildren can benefit from doing so. Start the tradition now by investing in oil and gas today. Contact a company like Fusion Resources LLC to get...

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