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Dec 05

Water Damage Restoration

Water damage describes a large number of possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, bacterial, mold, or fungus growth, rusting of steel, de-laminating of materials such as plywood or formica laminated countertops, and many, many others.

The damage may be imperceptibly slow and minor such as water spots that could eventually mar a surface, or it may be instantaneous and catastrophic such as flooding.

However fast it occurs, water damage is a very major contributor to loss of property, and can be minimized by measures such as better building codes that are responsibly enforced, better repair and maintenance practices, and better manufacturing process such as the use of galvanized steel and plastics in automobiles.


2
Dec 05

Termite Removal

Termite Removal

A termite (also known as a white ant) is a group of social insects that eat wood and other cellulose-rich vegetable matter. Because of their wood-eating habits, termites sometimes do great damage to buildings and other structures such as bridges, boats and utility poles.

Once termites have entered a building they do not limit themselves just to wood, also damaging paper, cloth, carpets, and other cellulosic materials.

In regions where termites are plentiful, no timber in construction should be left in contact with the ground unless it is naturally resistant to termites or poisoned with a timber treatment.


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Nov 05

Rust Removal

Rust Removal

Rust is the substance formed when iron compounds corrode in the presence of water and oxygen. It is a mixture of iron oxides and hydroxides. Rusting is a common term for corrosion, and usually corrosion of steel.

There are several methods available to control corrosion and prevent the formation of rust. These rust removal methods include cathodic protection, galvanizing, and purchasing ready-made rust-removal products.


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Nov 05

Cortisol Blockers

Cortisol is a corticosteroid hormone that is involved in the response to stress; it increases blood pressure and blood sugar levels and suppresses the immune system. Synthetic cortisol, also known as hydrocortisone, is used as a drug mainly to fight allergies and inflammation.

As an oral or injectable drug, cortisol is also known as hydrocortisone. Cortisol is used as an immunosuppressive drug, given by injection in the treatment of severe allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis and angioedema, in place of prednisolone in patients who need steroid treatment but cannot take oral medication, and peri-operatively in patients on long-term steroid treatment to prevent an Addisonian crisis.

Cortisol is given by topical application for its anti-inflammatory effect in allergic rashes, eczema and certain other inflammatory conditions. Cortisol may also be injected into inflamed joints resulting from diseases such as gout.


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Nov 05

Raw Food Diet

Raw Food Diet

A raw food diet (or living foods diet) consists of uncooked and unprocessed, and often organic foods.

A raw foodist is a person who consumes primarily raw food. There is some debate over what quantity of raw food intake actually identifies one as a raw foodist. Most can agree that if someone eats 75% or more of their food as raw, they are a raw foodist, although there is evidence that when one consumes 100% raw food, their assimilation goes up considerably.


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Nov 05

Water Filters

Water Filters

A filter is a device which removes impurities from water by means of a fine physical barrier and/or chemical processes. Filters are used to cleanse water for irrigation, drinking water, aquariums, and swimming pools. Water Filters can be bought at stores to filter drinking water.

Two major brands of water filter are PUR and Brita. These water filters remove things that are harmful to your health, things that can increase the chance of getting cancer, and things that taste or smell bad. The phyiscs of filters is based on sieving, ion exchanges and other processes.


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Nov 05

Reverse Osmosis

Reverse osmosis is the process of pushing a solution through a filter that traps the solute from one side and allows the obtainment of the pure solvent from the other side.

household drinking water filtration systems, including a reverse osmosis step, are commonly used for improving water for drinking and cooking. Such systems typically include four or five stages:

* a sediment filter to trap particles including rust and calcium carbonate
* optionally a second sediment filter with smaller pores
* a carbon filter to trap organic chemicals and chlorination
* a reverse osmosis filter with a thin film composite membrane (TFM or TFC)
* optionally a second carbon filter

In some systems, the carbon pre-filter is omitted and cellulose triacetate membrane (CTA) is used. The CTA membrane is prone to rotting unless protected by the chlorinated water, while the TFC membrane is prone to breaking down under the influence of chlorine. In CTA systems, a carbon post-filter is needed to eliminate the chlorine.


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Nov 05

Global Warming

Global Warming

Global warming describes an increase in the average temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. The theory is that increasing temperatures are the result of a strengthening greenhouse effect caused primarily by man-made increases in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

The effects of global warming include: increasing carbon dioxide and increasing global average temperature, sea level rise, impacts on agriculture, reductions in the ozone layer, increased extreme weather, and the spread of disease.

Ways to help in the struggle against global warming are availalbe on the internet, including changes you can make around the home and to the products and services you consume.


9
Nov 05

Quilting Fabric

Quilting fabric quilt

A quilt is a type of bedding— a bed covering composed of a quilt top, a layer of batting, and a layer of fabric for backing, generally combined using the technique of quilting.

Quilting is a method of sewing or tying two layers of cloth with a layer of insulating batting in between. A bed covering or similar large rectangular piece of quilting work is called a quilt. A quilt does not have to be rectangular, however. Many quilts hang on the wall as art quilts and are all kinds of shapes and sizes.


9
Nov 05

Organic Food

Organic Food, organic foods

Organic food is, in general, food that is produced without the use of artificial pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The term organic is increasingly associated with certified organic foods, which are produced and labeled according to strictly regulated standards.

Organic foods, like food in general, can be grouped into two categories, fresh and processed, based on production methods, availability and consumer perception.