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Down In The “Dumpster” Because Your Restaurant Failed Its Last Health Inspection? Maybe It’s Time To Make Some Changes

Posted by on Jan 27th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Down In The “Dumpster” Because Your Restaurant Failed Its Last Health Inspection? Maybe It’s Time To Make Some Changes

You’ve worked hard to keep your restaurant clean, yet when the health inspectors visited, they found signs of pest infestations. Of course, you realize that this is a huge concern. Pests like cockroaches and rodents can spread diseases and contaminate your food. Although you’ve set traps in your food storage areas, you’re still having a pest problem. So what could it be? The answer may lie with something that is outside your restaurant — your dumpsters. Check Your Dumpsters Out A dumpster, in good condition and used properly, can effectively keep pests at bay. But if your current dumpster has holes and dents or is missing one or more of its covers, you may have inadvertently created a perfect breeding and feeding ground for all sorts of pests. Unfortunately, these pests aren’t going to remain outside, especially if the weather turns colder or wet. They’re going to seek shelter in a warm, dry place such as your restaurant. And in some areas, such as Chicago, you could face fines if rats from your dumpster become a nuisance to the neighborhood.  So to prevent pests from turning your dumpster area into their own personal playground, you need to: Always shut the lids to your dumpsters tightly. Check your dumpster to make sure that the lids are still fitting correctly and are intact. If you see gaps that could allow pests in, call your service to request a new dumpster. You should also request a new dumpster if yours is showing any signs of rust or has holes. If your service is slow in responding, you may want to check out other dumpster businesses to see if you might be able to find one that can offer better service and, possibly, lower prices.  Bag all of your food waste before putting it in the dumpster. Rotting food attracts pests, so try to mask the scent by placing all of your garbage in plastic bags.  Have your trash picked up on a regular basis. Is your trash overflowing or are their bags of waste piled up near your dumpster? Then you may need to request another trash pickup and/or a larger dumpster.  Speak with your employees. They need to understand the importance of keeping the lids down on your dumpster and to never leave trash bags lying on the ground, either near your business or by the dumpsters.  Secure your dumpster. If you are having problems with neighbors using your dumpsters and causing them to overflow, you may want to consider securing them with a lock.  Clean out your dumpster on a regular basis. A smelly dumpster is going to attract more pests, so take the time to wash out your dumpster and to also clean debris that may have fallen under your unit, as well.  In addition, you should consider hiring a pest management service that specializes in working with restaurants to place traps in and around your restaurant and the dumpster.   Placement of Your Dumpsters The placement of your dumpsters is also important for pest management. For example, your dumpster should: Be placed on a concrete pad and/or have wheels so that rodents cannot burrow underneath your dumpster.  Not be placed near tall grass or shrubbery. Rats like to make their burrows under bushes and plants. Because a pest infestation...

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How To Choose Between A Single Or Multiple Chambered Septic Tank

Posted by on Oct 7th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Choose Between A Single Or Multiple Chambered Septic Tank

A septic tank allows you to turn the most remote plot of land into a homestead the whole family can enjoy. When picking out your brand new septic system, you’ll need to choose between a simple one chamber tank or a unit with two or more separate spaces. Figure out which design best fits your budgets and plans so you don’t need to get a new tank within the first few years of moving onto your property. Solid Settling The number of chambers in a septic tank has the biggest effect on how well the solid waste in the tank settles at the bottom instead of flushing out into the drain line and clogging it. Without proper settling, you’ll end up a clogged system that sends sewage backing up into the house. Two or more chambers cause solid waste to end up in the first chamber, while the water waiting in the second and third spaces gives smaller particles a chance to settle out too. If the chambers are separated properly, the sludge at the bottom won’t wash into the other chambers as easily either. A dividing wall along the bottom forces only the water at the top to spill over into the next part of the tank. Cleaning Schedule The biggest maintenance task for owning a septic tank is the pumping process. No matter what type of tank you choose, you must get it pumped at least once every few years or it could end up cracked and in need of replacement. Since multiple compartments help you gather solid waste at a higher rate, you need to get that chamber cleaned out more regularly. The small divided chambers also fill up faster. However, even the biggest single chambered tank eventually needs a complete pump out to keep working properly. Soil Accommodation What kind of restrictions is the local health department putting on your septic tank due to the soil conditions? Slow drainage and high water tables make it unsafe to use the usual standard tanks with open drain fields. Two, three, and four compartment designs allow for the extra space needed to accommodate alternative septic systems like, Solid waste grinding pumps that save space in the bottom of the holding tank Aerobic digestion systems that rely on oxygen to break down waste faster Baffles and filters that keep solid and thick liquid waste from draining out into the field Dosage chambers for systems based around bacteria additives that do the hard work of neutralizing your waste. Water Velocity Each flush or sudden drainage of the washing machine sends a jet of water shooting into the water holding tank. Sudden movement stirs up all the particles and solid waste trying to settle safely at the bottom of the system. Two-chambered designs can slow down the velocity of water entering the septic system by putting baffles and walls around the inlet area. Most single chamber designs feature the same basic water slowing baffles too now, so the two types of tanks don’t differ too much in this respect. Chamber Proportions The only proportion important in single chamber designs is the overall size. If there’s a second chamber added on, the first holding space should account for two-thirds of the total volume. This allows you to accumulate plenty of waste before...

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2 Tips To Help You Clean Up Your Home After A Flood

Posted by on Sep 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips To Help You Clean Up Your Home After A Flood

If your home has become damaged in a flood, you will need to quickly get to work and clean up the mess. Once you have prevented any further water from flooding your home and removed the excess water, clean up any water-damaged items and deal with possible mold growth. Here are two tips to help make your flood clean-up an easier process. Rent a Dumpster  When you are cleaning up the inside and outside of your home after a flood, there are going to be a lot of damaged items and debris that you will need to dispose of. It can be helpful to rent an appropriately-sized dumpster from a local waste company to accommodate all the debris you need to throw away. A representative with the waste company can help you estimate the size of dumpster you will need for the clean-up. Don’t try to overfill your dumpster to save money. If you go over the waste company dumpster’s weight limit, you can end up paying extra fees to the dumpster rental company. The reason for this is because the waste company pays the landfill a tipping charge according to the weight of the refuse they are dumping.  As you decide which furniture items need to be thrown out and which ones can be saved, determine the value of any household items that have become damaged and wet from the flooding. Then, decide if it will cost more to clean, refinish, and reupholster an item or to replace the item with a new one. Upholstered furniture can absorb contaminants from the flood water and may need to be discarded. Also, some wood furniture can become warped from sitting in water and be damaged beyond repair. Items such as mattresses cannot be salvaged after they have become wet in a flood and will need to be discarded. Mold can begin to grow in wet conditions within 24 hours. Because the interior of a mattress can not completely be dried out within 24 hours, it is best to toss it in the dumpster. Carpet padding cannot be dried within this time frame and should be discarded as well.  Drywall that has become soaked needs also to be pulled out and discarded. Drywall contains gypsum and, when it gets wet, will pull in a great deal of moisture and hold it in. Then, when drywall does dry out, it will become crumbly to the touch, losing its strength. After cutting out any wet drywall, also pull out and throw away wet insulation batting. Once the air pockets inside insulation batting become full of moisture, the insulation loses its ability to effectively insulate your home. Hire Mold Remediation Specialists After a flood occurs in your home, it is important to remove the water and dry all wet surfaces as soon as possible to prevent mold growth. Some types of mold, such as black mold, can be dangerous to your health and cause many health issues from breathing in its spores. When the mold covers more than ten square feet of area in your home, it is best to hire a mold remediation specialist to professionally and safely remove the mold from your home. If you try to clean up a large mold growth on your own, you can risk spreading the spores throughout your home and having further mold growth and health problems. Mold remediation specialists first contain the area in...

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Do you have hard water in your home? Does your dishwasher leave your glasses hazy? Is your shower beginning to turn orange? Do you have itchy skin after you shower? Is your hair heavy and not quite as healthy as it once was? All of these problems can be easily fixed with the installation of a quality water softening system. But, how do you know what system to choose? Will one work better to remove calcium than another? Will one work better to remove rust? This blog will provide you the answers to many questions that you may have about hard water in the home.

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