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6 House-destroying Hazards Your Home Could Be Exposed To

Man and Woman in KitchenA home is a prized possession that keeps families safe and comfortable. Expectedly, homeowners go to great lengths to protect their houses. To safeguard your space, beware of the following hazards that can destroy your home without you seeing it coming:

1. A Hidden Leak

An undetected leak can lead to the growth of mold and rot and eventually cause structural problems and costly damage. To protect your home from a devastating water leak, invest in a leak detection system that monitors changes in humidity and temperature.

2. Termites

Termites can easily eat away at wood, flooring, and wallpaper. A colony of termites can therefore quickly destroy your house’s structure support if not detected and managed early. For your peace of mind, have an Indiana pest control service inspect your residence for termites and other pests.

3. A Lightning Storm

According to the Lightning Protection Institute, lightning is not only a "leading storm-related killer," but it also causes about "$1 billion in property damage each year". Unfortunately, this weather hazard can strike anywhere and anytime it wants. Protect your home with a lightning protection system and whole-house surge protector.

4. Aging Sewer System

An aging sewer system can be a major headache. It can cause sewage backups that can damage your floors, electrical systems and many other things in your home. To protect your home, check the age of your pipes, consider their maintenance demands and watch out for warning signs of leakage.

5. Hailstorms

Hailstorms can cause severe damage to your roofing and siding. Invest in the roof covering that offer high-impact resistance, especially if you live in a region that is prone to hail damage.

6. Yard hazards

High winds can lead to dangerous flying debris. Various home maintenance tasks can help secure your house and vehicles. Make sure that all trees near your home and utility lines have no limbs that appear weak. Also, secure your fencing, and consider replacing gravel and rock landscaping with mulch or dirt.

Don’t be in the dark when it comes to protecting your home. Safeguard your space from the above hazards and watch out for any other local threat to your home.

March 1, 2017 at 9:22 amStudy Section

Three Things to Know about Australia’s Ute

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Australia is known for many things: the Great Barrier Reef, the casual Aussie accent, kangaroos and koalas, surfs and beaches, and a more laid-back lifestyle.

When it comes to vehicles, nothing spells Land Down Under more than the utility coupes.

To help you appreciate and understand the ute culture in Australia, here are three important things to know about the vehicle:

1. Utes Are Not Pickup Trucks – Technically

The quintessential vehicle features two doors and a cargo tray. It is popular in the rural areas where it serves several purposes, including delivering goods during the weekdays and carrying camping gear during the holidays.
Over the years, however, the term has been used interchangeably with ’pickup’.

Perhaps it is because of the increased demand and patronage for supersized American pickup trucks. They can also survive the diverse road conditions and landscapes of the country. Technically, pickup trucks are different from the Australian utes since they do not have integrated cargo trays.

2. South Australia Does Not Classify Classic Utes as Heavy Vehicles

In South Australia, the category for heavy vehicles includes B-doubles, road trains, trucks, agricultural machinery, tankers, delivery trucks and other vehicles that are long and are slow-moving when on the road. MFI Service Bodies, for example, uses heavy-duty vehicles for their commercial and recreational fleet services.

Licences given to the owners are dependent on the vehicle class: light rigid or medium rigid, heavy rigid or heavy combination, and multi-combination.

3. It Is Normal to Customise Utes

Since utes are not only a necessity but also a bragging right, most owners spend money on customising their design. Some of the popular additions include bullbars, spotlights and mudflaps. You can also customise commercial ladder racks in Australia.

Despite the influx of more foreign heavy-duty vehicles, the utes are here to stay. Their multipurpose use serves Australians in ways that other service vehicles can’t. Trucks may evolve, but utes will never go away.

February 1, 2017 at 1:00 amThe Marketing Section

Why Outsourcing Tank Repair Services is Good for Your Business

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For businesses that use industrial storage tanks, the quality and condition of the tanks are of utmost importance. Whether you use a tank to store water or chemicals, any damages or problems may affect the entire business operation.

Instead of finding the problems yourself and going for a quick DIY fix, you must set a specific portion of your budget for maintenance and repair. Here’s why.

It saves you time

Imagine how inconvenient and time-consuming it is to trace the cause of a leak and do the repairs yourself. Even if you have an in-house tank maintenance team, you can’t deny the fact that hiring professionals is a practical choice. You can focus on other aspects of your business while allowing certified repair technicians to fix problems with your industrial tank.

It helps you stay compliant

The Government has set standards regarding the manufacturing, use, and maintenance of industrial tanks. When hiring repair technicians, it’s best to check their qualifications and see if they comply with API 653 specifications. Doing so ensures you’re getting the highest quality of service and workmanship to bring your storage tank back to its normal working condition.

It reduces downtime

Halting your operations due to a faulty or leaky tank is one of the worst things that could happen in your facility. Don’t let this untoward incident ruin your production schedules and reputation. You can reduce downtime by calling the experts immediately. Some companies provide a quick response and turnaround time, allowing you to resume operations as soon as possible.

Time is money and you can’t afford to put important tasks on hold when your storage tank fails. Your backup plan should include maintaining an updated list of installation or repair contractors and their contact numbers. Having an extra tank or two will also help you accomplish things while waiting for your main tank to be available and operational.

January 25, 2017 at 7:15 amProduct Review