Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Long Island's Septic Plight

Long Island, New York is often though of as where the leaders of Manhattan rest their heads at night. This opulent community is home to some of the wealthiest families living in the most spectacular homes and estates in the country. This luxurious island has a secret though: it is home to the most amount of cesspools in the country, nearly 500,000 residences. Some of these cesspools are newer, being built within the past 50 years, but some of these cesspools are over 100 years old, and cause the biggest environmental risk on the island.

A cesspool is basically a large concrete pit, or well, that is hooked up to the plumbing of a home or building. Waste is pumped from the indoor plumbing and is housed in these tanks. These tanks require regular cesspool pumping and maintenance to keep them in working condition. However, even a cesspool or septic system that has been properly maintained, is at risk of a cesspool emergency, or even a full collapse -- due to its age.

Long Island cesspools not only propose a danger of collapse, but an improperly maintained cesspool can also crack, or leak, without the owner knowing about it; allowing the waste to contaminate soil and groundwater below and around the tank. Unlike modern sewage systems (which pump a connected web of pipes to a secure place), cesspools are treated with chemicals and toxins -- in order to break down the waste so that it is not a raw biological hazard. Improper cesspool or septic tank pumping can lead to severe burns from these chemicals, breathing problems, explosions, and even death.

It is for all of these dangers that cesspool owners (especially Long Island cesspool owners) are encouraged to take the time to regularly maintain cesspools, make sure that your cesspool installation or repairs are done by a certified professional, and to be wary at all times of the pit below the house. A cesspool can be a modern sanitary-wonder, or it can be a hideous danger hidden below your home.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tricks for Cleaning Whites?

I just love the clean look of a white room, but hate the maintenance required to keep this look.

Anyone have any secrets to keeping white upholstery fresh and clean?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

A Myriad of Karate Programs

Times have changed since the period when karate classes were basic, a dime-a-dozen, and covered a broad outlook on the arts programs popularized in Asia. Today, karate classes are more of an actual class, delving into the history and culture surrounding the various moves and techniques.

Elite Defense Systems offers a variety of techniques, programs, and classes for students who want to push the limits of their minds and bodies. Offering their famous Rockford MMA, Rockford Krav Maga, and kickboxing classes, Elite has the experience, knowledge, and patience to teach these treasured arts to students of all ages.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Home Renovation and Expansion

Courtesy of Roofers Supply

A big part of living an opulent and healthy lifestyle has to do with your home, its functionality, its aesthetic, and how it further benefits you. "A man's home is his castle," this correctness-outdated old adage says... And a castle must be well maintained and ever-expanding, for its rule to continue. Rhetoric aside, this simply means that your home should continue to expand and grow alongside of your own personal growth toward success.

When planning an expansion to your existing home, or simply renovating or repairing, a trip to Roofers Supply can help you to organize your plans, collate your building supplies and roofing materials with residential roofing contractors to ensure that your project stays on-time and within budget.

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