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About An Inefficient Oil Furnace And Getting The Tank Refilled

Posted by on October 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About An Inefficient Oil Furnace And Getting The Tank Refilled

Does your home heating system run off of an oil furnace and isn’t as efficient as it once was? There are several things that can lead to an oil furnace not providing a sufficient amount of heat, including simply needing to invest in a new one. Find out in this article what you should know about a malfunctioning oil furnace. What Causes an Oil Furnace to Become Inefficient? In order for the pilot of an oil furnace to ignite a flame, the oil must be able to flow to the burner. If the pilot is not igniting, there may be something wrong with the oil safety valve. Basically, the oil safety valve is vital because it sends the oil to the burner when you are running the heating system. The valve can stop working if it gets old or develops a lot of rust around it. The filter to your furnace can also pose a problem for the flow of oil if it is full of dirt. An oil furnace can also become inefficient when it does not have enough oil in the tank to send to the burner. You must understand that the oil tank must be refilled every now and then. The oil is vital in order for complete combustion to occur. Complete combustion is basically how a furnace produces heat by burning the hydrocarbons in fire to release energy, water vapor and carbon dioxide. There should be an oil gauge on the top area of your furnace that displays the oil level. If there is a low oil level, it is vital for you to stop running your heater until the oil is refilled by a professional. If you attempt running the heater with a low amount of oil, incomplete combustion can occur and release poisonous carbon monoxide in your home. How Much Does it Cost to Get an Oil Furnace Tank Refilled? The price for filling an oil furnace tank can fluctuate from year to year. The gallon capacity of your tank also plays a role in how much you are charged. You should expect to pay an average of over $3,800 to get your oil furnace tank refilled. The tank may have to be refilled multiple times during the cold seasons when you are using the heater a lot. Get in touch with an oil company, such as Martin Oil Company, to get your furnace tank refilled as soon as...

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Need Extra Money? Here’s 3 Places To Find Scrap Metal Around Your Home

Posted by on October 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need Extra Money? Here’s 3 Places To Find Scrap Metal Around Your Home

If you find yourself short on cash and struggling to come up with the extra you need to pay a bill, there might be a solution right underneath your nose that you never even thought about before. Scrap dealers are constantly on the lookout for individuals just like you looking to get rid of excess metal they have sitting around their homes. In fact, you might not even realize just how much money you might have sitting there collecting dust. If you aren’t sure where to look, consider some of the following places. Kitchen All of those old pans and pots that are sitting around not being used are a great source of scrap metal. Your microwave and fridge also contain adequate amounts of metal, as well as copper. Even stainless steel silverware can be classified as scrap metal. Recycling centers are always willing to take your aluminum cans in and give you some spending money in return. Even the aluminum foil that you use to line your baking sheets can be classified as scrap. Another appliance that contains metal is your kitchen stove. Anytime these items fail and you are looking to get rid of them, you need to think about turning them in as scrap metal and putting a little extra back in your pocket. Bedroom and Living Room Televisions are an excellent source of metal. The copper yoke and capacitor contain a pretty substantial amount of copper and can net you a decent return. Lamp bases and entry doors composed of aluminum or steel can be recycled as well. Another thing to take in might be your air conditioner. Gutters outside of your home often are composed of aluminum, which can easily be taken in as scrap. Laundry Room and Bathroom Just about every electronic item contains some sort of scrap metal. Your washer and dryer is no exception to the rule. Plumbing pipes and bathroom fixtures are great sources of copper. If you have any metal shelves, you could always fetch a nice price at the junkyard. With so many different items around your home that could bring you money in no time, there is no reason why you should have to struggle. If you have any of these broken or damaged items sitting around, take them in and get some money for your efforts while you clean your space at the same time. One place you can take them is American Northwest...

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How To Dispose Of Lead Products In A Safe Manner

Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Dispose Of Lead Products In A Safe Manner

Lead is an extremely useful material, but it must be handled carefully. It acts as a neurotoxin in humans, and if it is ingested or breathed in, it can cause of a variety of health problems from brain damage to organ failure. Fortunately, government regulations prohibit the use of lead in most consumer products. Lead used to be used in paint, pipes and gasoline, but since removing it from these products, accidental lead exposure has decreased in the U.S. Among its current applications, lead is still used in the nuclear industry because it is ideal for shielding humans from radioactivity.  But if you have items that you suspect are old enough to be covered with lead paint, have removed pipes that may have lead, or have any products that may be contaminated with lead in some way, you need to know how to dispose of them properly. Is Lead Considered Hazardous Waste? While lead can be dangerous if handled improperly, it is generally not considered to be hazardous waste by the Environmental Protection Agency and many states. If you have, for example, wood moldings from around windows that may have been painted with lead-containing paint at one time, they can be bagged and disposed of as household hazardous waste.  How Do You Get Rid of Household Items that May Contain Lead? Regulations can vary by state, but in most areas, you can prepare household hazardous waste by bagging it with heavy plastic (the exact weight may depend on your state laws) and taping the seams. It can also be placed in containers that cannot be easily punctured or broken. Most landfills will accept household hazardous waste, so it can be disposed of with your regular garbage or taken to the landfill as construction debris. A number of items may contain lead. Some communities have special days for accepting types of household hazardous waste like old paints, batteries or chemicals. Call your disposal company to find out if they offer specific collection options for trash that may contain lead or lead-based paints. What if the Items With Lead Come from a Commercial Business? Any items that may have lead-based paint or contain other types of lead and are used in a commercial setting will likely need to be treated as hazardous waste. Businesses can have the suspected lead items analyzed using the Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure (TCLP). If the waste has lead at a level at or above 5 parts per million it may be considered hazardous. A contractor trained in lead abatement may be required to handle the waste and dispose of it properly. What Responsibility Do Contractors Have Regarding Lead-Based Paints or Items? Contractors must treat all construction on homes built before 1978 as potentially containing lead-based paint and should take proper precautions to adhere to environmental laws.  The more lead-based items are moved, the more dust they may generate and the more dangers they pose. If items or household waste is to be moved around, such as by a contractor, it must be treated as hazardous waste.  While lead is not overtly dangerous if it is not ingested, steps must be taken to protect susceptible children and minimize the creation of dust that contains lead. Talk to a lead products specialist like one from Nuclear Lead Co.,...

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Determining Well Depth: 3 Benefits Of Deep Water Wells

Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Determining Well Depth: 3 Benefits Of Deep Water Wells

When you get ready to dig your well, you will have to decide how deep you want it to be. While all wells have to be dug deeper than the water table in your area, you can still decide whether or not to keep your well depth near the top of the water table or go even deeper. Since deeper wells are more likely than shallow wells to have high levels of dissolved minerals, such as salt and iron, they are not favored for drinking water. Shallow wells simply produce better tasting water. However, deeper wells also have their charms, especially if you’re not using the water for drinking. Following are three benefits of a deep water well.  Larger Supply Deeper wells normally contain a larger supply of water than shallow wells, meaning that you can pump more water from them without worrying that they will go dry. On the downside, it takes rainwater and surface water longer to replenish a deeper well. When a deep well goes dry, it tends to stay dry for several months.  Supply Stability Deep wells are less affected by drought conditions than shallow water wells. In fact, most deep wells will not go dry during a drought. Why? During drought conditions, water doesn’t disappear entirely from the ground. It just shrinks further into the ground. You can liken it to the level of water in a drinking glass. When the glass if full, the water is closer to the rim of the glass. As you empty the glass, however, the water gets further and further from the top of the glass. For this reason, many people scramble to deepen their wells when the water supply starts to become unstable.   Bacteria Levels Shallow wells are more easily contaminated by surface bacteria than deeper wells. The reason why less bacteria is found in deeper wells is quite simple: bacteria doesn’t thrive and live in the ground. Water drawn from a deep well has spent more time in the ground not only because it takes time for surface water to sink that deep into the ground, but also because it has been stored in the ground for a longer period of time.  As you can see, there are many benefits associated with a deep water well. Before deciding on the depth of your well, be sure to evaluate your needs and your goals carefully. If you need a large, consistent supply of water, you may want to think about going deeper. If you want better tasting drinking water, however, you may want to think about a shallow well.  For professional well water drilling, contact a company such as Schneider Water...

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Why Your Cleanup Crew Needs To Stay Current With Hazwoper Training

Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Your Cleanup Crew Needs To Stay Current With Hazwoper Training

When you are in charge of keeping a crew ready for cleanup and handling of hazardous waste, you need to make sure everyone is current with hazwoper training. Hazwoper training, or that required and implemented by OSHA, gives individuals responding to dangerous or potentially hazardous materials a clear understanding of how to handle sites that can cause physical and health problems for everyone in the vicinity. If your cleanup team has been trained through OSHA standards in the past, shorter refresher courses are available to keep them current. But if it’s been years since your team members have been trained, or if you have new members that have been trained but not been certified, here’s why it’s crucial that everyone is on the same page before the next response. Protocols and Threats Can Change Residual effects on both the environment and personnel handling hazardous sites should be minimized, and because handling protocols are constantly updated, your crew should stay within the current understanding of how to respond accurately to each threat posed during the response. Biological threats, fire hazards, oxygen-deficient sites, evacuation needs, and correct handling of toxic substances need to be handled by your cleanup crew according to current OSHA protocols because there is an evolution of how these threats are handled according to current technology and understanding. If a response team does not handle hazardous sites according to proper and current protocols, they can risk personal injury, threaten the immediate surroundings, and residual effects on sites that can be a detriment for years to come.  Certification is Sometimes Mandatory Not only do some agencies require current certification for response teams to participate in emergency clean-ups, but employers that don’t maintain employees’ current certification can be fined and liable for damages. If response teams work on an emergency site without current knowledge of how to handle dangerous substances, they can pose a threat to the whole team and surroundings. Certification courses run from 8-hour refreshers to full 40-hour ones that give a thorough and detailed understanding of emergency response process. Though certification is advised for medical, laboratory, and waste management staff, it is not always required. But federal, local, and hazmat employees must stay within current certification requirements by OSHA in order to respond. So if any member of your team is overdue for an annual refresher, it’s time to get them enrolled in an easy 8-hour certification. Contact local trainers, such as those from National Environmental Trainers, for further...

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At A Diesel Depot: Energy-Saving Tips For Automotive Parts Shopping

Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on At A Diesel Depot: Energy-Saving Tips For Automotive Parts Shopping

If you drive a truck for a living, then you know that you typically have a better deal on gas and gas mileage. Diesel trucks are much more efficient in their fuel consumption than standard gas vehicles. Still, you want to save even more energy and protect the environment from the harsh diesel fumes coming from your truck’s exhaust pipes. Part of that is learning how to shop for parts, another part of that is learning about energy-saving parts you can add to your diesel truck. How to Shop for Truck Parts and Save the Planet When the price of fuel hit an all-time high not too long ago, car owners began to look for more efficient ways of shopping and getting what they needed. Perhaps the most efficient approach is to buy what you need while you are on the road to a destination. For instance, say you need a part for your truck, so you go to an outlet, such as United Oil, for diesel trucks and parts along your route. It is easy to get into the parking lot from your side of the road and easy to get back out. It does not reroute you away from your course. Ergo, this stop saves you time, money, and most importantly, energy because you are not diverting extra gas to driving out of your way nor are you expelling extra diesel fumes into the air.  Another way to save the planet and still drive a diesel truck is to buy your parts online. If it is not an impending truck emergency, you can buy your parts this way and wait for them to show up or forward them to a store or motel address up ahead on your projected route. You are not wasting gas or time trying to get the parts you want or need and you are putting far fewer pollutants into the air because you are not driving your truck every which way to get what you are looking for. How to Shop for Special Upgrades for Your Truck There are a few special products or parts you can buy to modify your truck so that it pollutes the air far less than it does now. These additional parts or upgrades include exhaust “scrubbers” and additives you can put in your tank with the diesel fuel to make your engine run even better. If you would prefer, you can convert your truck’s current diesel engine to an environmentally friendly diesel engine, which is even more efficient at burning fuel and produces fewer particulates in its exhaust. Finally, you could just trade your current truck into a semi rig and trailer dealership for a truck that is already equipped with the latest energy-saving and environmentally friendly...

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