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grease-trapGrease traps/grease interceptors are typically reservoirs, which vary in size, built into a discharge piping system a short distance from the grease producing area. Baffles in the traps slow the wastewater flow and reduce turbulence allowing the grease and water to separate. Grease naturally rises to the surface, and the trap retains the grease while allowing grease-free wastewater to flow into the sewer system. Grease must be removed from the trap periodically.

Grease Trap is basically a device that captures grease entering a system before it reaches the sewer lines. Usually used in commercial applications such as restaurants or cafeterias.

Grease traps capture the oil and grease from the flow of wastewater by slowing down the flow of hot greasy water through the grease trap (actually a tank) and allowing it to cool. As it cools, the grease and oil separate out of the water and float to the top of the trap. The cooler water continues to flow down the drain pipe to the sewer while baffles prevent the accumulated grease and oil from flowing out of the grease trap. The size of the grease trap depends largely on how much waste your business produces and how often you perform trap maintenance.

Grease traps may be located inside or outside of the building. Traps that are located inside the building tend to be smaller and require more frequent maintenance. Traps that are located outside the building tend to be larger and may be less disruptive to maintain. Outside grease traps will operate differently in winter versus summer and are more prone to clogging during cold weather. As a business owner/manager, you should know where the grease trap, drain lines, and clean-outs are located at your restaurant.

Proper cleaning and maintenance of the grease trap and drain line reduces the amount of solids and grease going into the public sewer system and minimizes the likelihood of back-ups or blockages. Some sanitation districts and/or municipalities require grease traps and periodic maintenance and inspections for specified businesses. This is because untrapped oil and grease in the wastewater decreases pipe capacity over time and eventually will cause the pipe to clog. Piping systems without grease traps need to be cleaned more often and some piping may have to be replaced sooner than otherwise expected. Excessive grease sent to the wastewater treatment plant can also overload their system and cause the facility to exceed its allowable discharge limits. Running extremely hot water down the drain only moves the problem down stream, and may only make it worse.

Fixing a sewer line blockage can be expensive, both in terms of potentially lost customers and repair cost. If the pipe clog is within your building sewer line, you will be responsible for fixing the problem and paying all costs. If the clog is in the public sewer line, but can be traced to your restaurant, you will be liable for paying all or a portion of the repair costs. Accumulating the oil and grease close to the source in a properly maintained grease trap is the most cost-effective way.

 

 

bathroom-furnitureBathrooms today demand as much attention as the rest of the house because they are increasing used as restrooms for unwinding and relaxing. The availability of modern amenities demands that bathrooms are just as convenient, comfortable and functional as the rest of the house, which can be achieved by having the right kind of furniture in the bathroom. The bathroom must be considered as an extension of a bedroom and not as an individual room while choosing the décor. This will result in the design blending in the décor of the house instead of just the bathroom décor standing out.

Bathrooms are much more than just a sink, a tub and a toilet. Modern bathrooms house the sleekest accessories, fixtures and furniture. Contemporary bathroom furniture includes bath tubs with modern gadgets like blowers, shower stalls with hydro jets, spas, Jacuzzis, saunas, shower stools, whirlpools, air tubs, a wall hung lavatory, and grooming mirrors. This furniture can be designed according to the rest of the bathroom accessories, tiles and flooring patterns. Most bathroom furniture is designed to be comfortable, sleek and beautiful.

Bathroom furniture is normally chosen with comfort in mind, but it might also depend on the color scheme in the bathroom, texture of the furnishings, whether the room is warm or depicts a stark designer touch, and whether the furniture goes with other accessories in the bathroom. Depending on these factors, the furniture in the bathroom can either be bold or plain, unique or plain and comfortable.

Many companies have their websites providing catalogs containing various designs and color schemes that would go wonderfully with any kind of décor in the rest of the house. It pays to shop around before going ahead with a design on basis of an online catalog. Since many companies give the option of the customer giving out ideas to blend in with the already products, it might be a good option to have a brainstorming session with the representative before deciding on a design and style for the bathroom.

Are you a homeowner who is looking to start a kitchen remodeling project?  If so, are you doing that project by yourself?  While a large number of homeowners make the decision to hire a professional contractor, others do not.

Not only will you have control over your kitchen remodeling project, but doing your own remodeling may save you money. Although there are a number of benefits to remodeling your own kitchen, there are also a number of disadvantages.  One of those disadvantages is the risk of injury.

One of the many reasons why kitchen remodeling can be termed dangerous is because of the tools that are used. Whether you are replacing your kitchen lights, your kitchen cabinets, or your kitchen flooring, you will likely need to use a collection of tools; tools that may be unsafe if used improperly. That is why it is important that you know all of the tools that you will be using, including their dangers.

Although there is a good chance that you have used a box cutter or a saw before, there is also a chance that you haven’t. Before you start your kitchen remodeling project, it may be a good idea to practice with and familiarize yourself with the tools that you will be using. When it comes time to starting your remodeling, you should know how to safely use all of your tools; thus reducing your risk of injury.

It is also important that you know your own physical limits, when remodeling your kitchen.  Whether you are replacing your kitchen floor tiles, installing new kitchen cabinets, or installing a new kitchen countertop, you need to know how much is too much to lift.  Lifting too much weight may result in back injury; therefore, if you need assistance from someone, ask for it.

It is also advised that you keep your overall ability to work in mind.  Even if you are trying to get your kitchen remodeling project finished as soon as possible, it is advised that you do not push yourself. When you are tired and working, your safety is not only at risk, but the overall outcome of your project is also because more mistakes may be made.  If you need a break, even for an hour, take one.

When remodeling your kitchen, it is also advised that you keep aware of your surroundings; this includes who else is in the kitchen.  If you are remodeling with a friend or a relative, it is a good idea to know where they are at all times.  This will help to prevent accidentally injuries.  It is also important to keep an eye on who may enter the kitchen when you are remodeling.  If you have children, it may be a good idea to block the entranceway to your kitchen.

If you are unable to do so, you will always want to know if and when your children enter the remodeling area.  If you have young children, it is advised that you never leave your remodeling tools laying around, especially large, sharp tools.

Perhaps, the best thing to keep in mind, when remodeling your kitchen, is to use your common sense.  Listening to your head or what your body is telling you, like when it signals that you may need a break, is the best way to stay safe when remodeling your kitchen. It is also, as previously mentioned, the best way to ensure that you produce quality work.

metal-roofingThe job of your roof.

The roof is the one part of the house that takes the most damage when protecting us from the elements. It has to cope with extreme conditions ranging from wintry ice to summer sun and often it can face both extremes at the same time. Many substances simply can not withstand this diverse a range of abuse meaning it is very important to select strong roofing made from a durable and resistant material that will withstand just about anything. Advances in technology have seen various new forms of roofing as well as advances in old techniques and reduces in cost, so the options available when selecting good roofing are wide.

Maintenance of your roof.

For all of the work that a roof does you would expect that it would be a part of housing and home maintenance that people took very seriously, but unfortunately it is a factor that is often overlooked until the worst happens. Many people do not maintain their roof or even have it checked on a regular basis but prevention is a much better option than cure. By having regular checks on your roof you can prevent costly repairs when things go wrong.

Traditional roofing material compared to standing seam metal roofing.

Asphalt and modified bitumen have previously been the most common choice when it comes to selecting a material for your roof, however in more recent years standing seam metal roofing has increased in popularity as it has decreased in cost and it’s durability, protection and flexibility have increased. Standing seam metal roofing has much to offer; it is fire resistant, weather resistant, can be easily formed to fit your roof and has become even easier to install. In fact, standing seam metal roofing meets the very highest of standards when it comes to fire resistance and wind and hail resistance.

The life of your standing seam metal roofing.

Standing seam metal roofing is very unlikely to rot, mold, split or crack. For this reason a standing seam metal roofing system means you can enjoy a long life from your roof with comparably low maintenance costs. It is also usually created from recycled products and is fully recyclable itself so it is a sustainable choice for the ecologically minded amongst you. The options are virtually limitless if you decide on standing seam metal roofing, and not least because of the numerous metals that are on offer. Copper, aluminum, galvanized or stainless steel and a range of other metals are commonly used and each has their own look, feel and uses.

Standing seam metal roofing – the environmental roof.

Standing seam metal roofing offers a life of 50 years or more making it much longer lasting than other traditional methods employed in many houses. It is usually made up of 50% recycled material and 100% of your standing seam metal roofing will be recycled in the event that it does eventually need replacing. Conversely, asphalt requires a huge amount of oil every year to create shingles that last an average of 15 years. At the end of their life they are then disposed of in landfill sites wasting yet more of the world’s resources. Standing seam metal roofing also means you will use less energy, conserving yet more resources and lowering your summer energy bills. Standing seam metal roofing reflects approximately 70% of the sun’s rays meaning you will spend a lot less keeping your air conditioning unit running.

red-metal-awning-closeAn awning is a canopy made of canvas or other material to shelter people or things from inclement weather conditions, rain or shine. Awnings were very popular in the 20’s. You’ll see pictures of many homes from that time that had awnings covering each window and over a porch. This was before the era of air conditioning when keeping a house cool was difficult. One way to do this was to put awnings up over windows to keep the strong sunlight out.

Today’s homeowners are seeking awnings in order to enjoy life outside. New and more durable synthetic fabrics have made the use of awnings more popular and they are far from only protective devices now. Today’s awnings offer beauty and decoration to a home. They are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. Awnings offer shade to an outside dining area and keep the rain off when you’re entering a home.

One very popular type of awning is the retractable awning. These modern devices are motorized and can be extended with the push of a finger over any sized patio area to offer shade and protection. When these awnings are closed they retract into an attractive hood that is out of the way.

Then, there’s the original use of awnings to shade individual windows in a home, or to shade a porch area. These shades can help to cool the temperature inside your home which in turn saves on the air conditioning costs. It gives added privacy to your home, and with a limitless array of colors and fabrics can add beauty to your home.

A very popular awning material is now the Sunbrella material. The Sunbrella fabric color is during the manufacture of the fabric “locked in” and the color becomes an integral part of the fiber. Sunbrella fabrics are guaranteed for five years. They will not stretch or fade and are mildew resistant. Sunsure is another textile used in making awnings. It is mildew, rot, and UV resistant. Most awnings are generally easy to care for . They need to be kept clean with a rinse of water and mild soap, such as Ivory Flakes.

For more information, check with Windows & Siding 4 Less, located in Columbus OH, who submitted this insightful article to us.

To make your home more warm and comfortable during the harsh winter months make use of radiant heating system! This modern day invention makes those wet and icy winter days spent at home/office much more enjoyable and manageable with its unique heating mechanism that provides you with luxurious warmth and comfort.

Radiant heating system is a unique and efficient system of heating a room/space either by generating heat through electricity circulating in electrical cables (Electric radiant heating) installed inside tubes embedded in the floor or under the floors or by heating the floor panels with circulating hot water/oil within tubes or pipes inside or under the floor (Hydronic radiant heating).

One of the most positive aspects about these radiant heating systems is that they are highly energy efficient heating devices. So you can look forward to cut down on energy costs at home/office without having to compromise on the heat! The radiant heating system is able to generate as much heat or maybe more at the cost of lesser energy consumption than any other general types of heating systems. No doubt why radiant floor heating systems have become so popular!

You have the option to select from a wide range of radiant heating technologies such as the Electric radiant heating system or the more popular and highly efficient energy saving Hydronic (liquid) radiant heating system that ideally suits your home/office requirements and perfectly matches your décor and lifestyle!

You can install radiant heating system directly underneath any kind of floors such as treated hardwood floors/ceramic tiled floors/carpeted floors/linoleum floors/vinyl floors and so on. However, the best and most popular are the ceramic tiled floors that radiate and conduct maximum heat, are visually appealing and feel crisp and warm when heated.

A radiant heating system is traditionally constructed within a spread of large thermal mass such as within a slab of cement with tubes/pipes running through it in proper spacing and pattern. Then you cover this thermal mass/concrete slab with your choice of flooring materials.

The heat radiates up through the floor, being transferred to and absorbed by the different objects in the room. The heated objects in the room consequently increase the temperature of the surrounding air and you are thus enveloped in comforting and soothing warmth within the room!  The warmth stays down where the people are, not up at the ceiling or lost to the outdoors every time a door or window is opened. It thus provides comfortable, and uniform heating totally eliminating cold spots and drafts.

You can also opt for direct installation of the radiant heating system without using a thermal mass of concrete. Thus you can go for modular plates/boards fitted with tubing/piping as per specifications that are placed directly beneath the floor. So you can avoid the hassle of installing a concrete slab!

Electric radiant heating is best suited for use in regions where electricity comes cheap! So if you are planning to install an electric radiant heater in your home/office make sure that you always install a thermal mass of concrete. This will help to entrap the generated heat for a prolonged duration thus saving your electricity consumption to a huge extent.

The most popular and frequently used less expensive radiant heating system utilizes water/oil to generate heat. This is the Hydronic radiant heating system that saves huge energy as well as money on heating larger areas of your home/office environment. A central boiler heats the liquid and then pumps it through the tubes/pipes within the thermal mass.

In case of Hydronic heating system it is not mandatory to install a concrete slab as thermal mass. You can install such heating systems in the form of modular plates/boards directly under the floors.

One thing you should keep in mind while installing carpets over the radiant heating device is that the thickness of the carpets should not be such so that heat radiation or dissipation of heat upwards is hindered. So place very thin carpets on your floors installed with radiant heating system.

You can variously install radiant heating systems in almost all rooms and spaces of your house including your bathrooms, sunrooms and kitchen.

Unlike other heating systems, radiant heating devices generate radiant heat that is capable of diminishing numerous air-borne allergens, dust, mites, pollen, etc. within the internal surroundings of your home/office. Thus radiant floor heaters by dispersing radiant heat around not only keeps you warm but also protects you and your family or colleagues from various chronic respiratory conditions predominated by asthma, allergic symptoms and so on.

And you thought that radiant heating system was meant to heat up the interiors of your home/office only! Give a second thought! These unique heating devices can also be installed in driveways, sidewalks, entryways, roofs and porches to facilitate easy melting of ice which otherwise needs to be painfully removed by conventional techniques of snow and ice removal.

So bid goodbye to those laborious and messy expeditions of shoveling, snow blowing or chemical melting of accumulated snow and ice! Get smart and tech savvy! Install easy to use and highly efficient, energy saving radiant heating systems either electric/hydroponic systems to melt ice and snow and make life easier for you during winter!

kitchen sinks and kitchen cabinetsKitchen sinks are an integral part of any kitchen, and selecting the right sink is vital for a number of reasons. When purchasing a sink for your kitchen you need to think about whether the sink will actually fit in with the décor and style of your room, but you also need to think of the practical side such as ease of use and installation, features and accessories, and the quality of the sink you are planning to purchase. When you make your purchase you want something that will not only look great in your kitchen, but will also last a long time without the need for repair, will be energy efficient, and you may want to ensure that there are extra safety features, particularly if you have children. Selecting the right sink is a great way of adding to your home improvement, and with such a wide range of designs ( http://www.kitchencabsdirect.com ) and manufacturers to choose from you can enjoy a great range of stylish, classy, yet very practical sinks to suit your needs perfectly. Of course, it’s not just the kitchen that needs a sink – you may also want to take the same factors into consideration when buying bathroom sinks. Just like kitchen sinks, buying a sink for your bathroom entails getting something that look great, fits in with the décor, yet offers practicality and high quality.

Enjoy a great choice of sinks

Never before have consumers had so much choice when it comes to finding the perfect furniture for the kitchen or bathroom, and you can enjoy an excellent range of designs from top quality manufacturers. Whether you are looking for a classic stainless steel sink for your kitchen or whether you want a ceramic and stylish sink for your cloak room or bathroom, you can enjoy excellent choice with sinks to suit all needs and tastes. You can also get a wide range of accessories that will enable you to make the most of your sink in terms of style and appearance, and also offer practicality. You can also get sinks that will fit in with a variety of budgets, so you can tailor your choice to suit your personal tastes, needs, and your pocket.

Make your kitchen stand out with the ideal sink

Because the sink is such a focal point in any kitchen, your choice of sink could really make a difference to this room. Try and go for something that will complement your countertops, décor, and theme, fitting in perfectly with the other furnishings in the room. However, don’t focus everything on the appearance – make sure you also take the functionality and practicality of the sink into account in order to get the best from this item of kitchen furniture. The perfect sink will not only look great and help you to make the most of your kitchen, but will also make life easier for you through its practical functions. The simple step of a new sink could help to give your kitchen a complete facelift.