Benefits of Using Courier Company Services For Excess Baggage

Perth couriers provide same day on-demand courier for most of their clients. It is indeed a grave problem for many customers as they may not be able to take much luggage with them on international flights. The flight companies have imposed strict restrictions on the amount of luggage that a particular individual can carry with themselves. This poses a problem as to how to take the extra luggage with them. The charges of the flight companies for the luggage are exorbitant and often burn a hole in your pocket. Hence courier companies can be contacted which are beneficial in providing great facilities in this regard to the customers.

Attractive rates for the excess baggage

Excess baggage charges are minimized much with the help of the services provided by the courier companies. These companies charge the most affordable prices for the services provided to the customers. This enables one to save both time and money. The flight companies charge high charges and with the help of the courier companies one will be able to save much money in the process. Attractive offers are also provided by the companies for the students, handicapped individuals, corporate, senior citizens and others.

Help from start to finish provided

Taking the help of the courier companies are beneficial because of the fact that these companies help from the scratch to the final delivery of the excess baggage. This is of much utility and benefit for the customers using their services in the first place. There are many customers who often get confused due to the elaborate and extensive paper work involved in the transferring of such luggage all over the world. For them these courier companies are a blessing as they help in all the paperwork and hardly disturb the customers. They complete the paper work themselves and just ask the customers to pay the charges for the work that they have done.

Free delivery services provided

The free delivery of the packages is also of much help for the customers availing of their services. They can save on much money in this way. The courier companies deliver the products to the destination mentioned by the customers. This helps the customers as they do not have to think about picking up the baggage themselves. This is of much help for the people in the long run.

Good condition of baggage ensured

The companies who are engaged in such activities also take ample care to ensure that the customers’ baggage is in perfect condition and the contents are not damaged or destroyed during the journey. They take the most efficient measures to ensure that they can supply the baggage timely and also in prim and proper condition.

Therefore these are some of the benefits of using the courier company services for transferring the excess baggage all over the world. This helps one to get the baggage on time and also in their proper condition. Hence contact such company when you need to transfer extra baggage from one place to the other. Click here to find a trusted courier.

How To Tips Building House For Under $100,000. Watch This!

Make sure to keep yourself covered, if you do employ these money saving tips as suggested in the video above. And by covered I mean, employ yourself and independent building inspector to carry out a certified building inspection report, so that when the time comes to sell you property, your buyer will have the peace of mind knowing that even though you employed some cost saving methods to construct your home, you didn’t cut corners when it came to doing things properly.

The way a building inspector can help you to save money in the long run, is to inspect any work done by contractors or owner builders, who to the untrained eye may have done things incorrectly in order to save themselves some money on materials or processes.

If you are in the Melbourne area, then New Building Inspectors, are your first choice for a qualified builder to provide you with an independent building inspections report.

And once the house is complete you are going to want to celebrate. After all that blood sweat and tears, the new house is now ready to be enjoyed and what better way to do that than to entertain your friends and family.

After the hard work that everyone has contributed to the project it is only fitting that they get to join in on the celebrations too. You can invite the builders, bricklayers, landscapers, interior decorators – in fact invite anyone who has put in their best effort to make your new home the best it could be. You never know when you are going to want to have them come back and do some more work or fix up any mistakes that may eventuate after the warranty period may be over. If you have returned kind with kind, you will be in a better negotiation spot to get them back to do the work for little or no cost to you. Celebrate getting the key to the door at one of these great 21st birthday venues Melbourne all available for hire or reservation.

Make sure you take all the hard work out of the event and hire a quality catering company to handle the food preparation and service of the guests. You know you don’t save much money by trying to do this yourself and it just adds to the enjoyment level when someone else is responsible for the cooking and looking after the mess once the party is over. Companies that can handle corporate events and cocktail parties, such as Chilterns Catering are the people you need to call first.

So whatever you decide to do, just make sure that everyone has a good time at your house warming party.

Behavioral Healthcare Facilities: The Current State of Design

In keeping with most districts of healthcare, the marketplace has seen a boom in the construction of Behavioral Healthcare facilities. Contributing to this increase is the paradigm shift in the way society views mental illness. Society is placing a heavier value on the need to treat people with serious addictions such as alcohol, prescription and elicit drugs. A large percentage of people suffering from behavioral disorders are afflicted with both mental and addictive behaviors, and most will re-enter communities and either become contributors or violators.

These very specialized facilities do not typically yield the attention from today’s top healthcare designers and their quantity accounts for a small fraction of healthcare construction. However, Behavioral Healthcare projects are increasing in number and are being designed by some very prominent architectural firms such as Cannon Design and Architecture Plus. Many are creating state-of-the-art, award-winning contemporary facilities that defy what most of us believe Behavioral Healthcare design to be.

Changing the Way We Design Behavioral Healthcare Facilities

As with all good planners and designers, A+D (along with facility experts) are reviewing the direct needs of patient and staff while reflecting on how new medicine and modern design can foster patient healing rates, reduce environmental stress, and increase safety. This is changing the face of treatment and outcome by giving the practitioner more time to treat because they require less time and resources to “manage” disruptive patient populations.

The face of Behavioral Healthcare is quickly changing. No longer are these facilities designed to warehouse patients indefinitely. And society’s expectations have changed. Patients are often treated with the belief that they can return to their community and be a contributor to society. According to the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS), depending on the severity of illness, the average length of stay in a Behavioral Healthcare facility is only 9.6 days.

What has changed?

Jaques Laurence Black, AIA, president and principal of New York City-based daSILVA Architects, states that there are two primary reasons for the shortened admission period:

1. Introduction of modern psychotropic drugs that greatly speed recovery

2. Pressures from insurance companies to get patients out of expensive modes of care

To meet these challenges, healthcare professionals are finding it very difficult to effectively treat patients within the walls of antiquated, rapidly deteriorating mental facilities. A great percentage of these facilities were built between 1908 and 1928 and were designed for psychiatric needs that were principled in the belief to “store” not to “rehabilitate.”

Also impacting the need for Behavioral Healthcare construction is the reluctance of acute-care facilities to provide mental health level services for psychiatric or addiction patients. They recognize that patient groups suffering from behavioral disorders have unique health needs, all of which need to be handled and treated only by very experienced healthcare professionals. This patient population also requires a heightened level of security. Self-harm and injuring staff and other patients are major concerns.

The Report of the Surgeon General: “Epidemiology of Mental Illness” also reports that within a given year about 20% of Americans suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder and 5.4% suffer from a serious mental illness (SMI ) – defined as bipolar, panic, obsessive-compulsive, personality, and depression disorders and schizophrenia. It is also believed 6% of Americans suffer from addiction disorders, a statistic that is separate from individuals who suffer from both mental and addiction disorders. Within a given year it is believed that over one-quarter of America’s population warrants levels of mental clinical care. Even if these statistics were cut in half, it cannot be denied as a serious societal issue.

With a growing population, effectively designing in accordance with such measures is at the heart of public health.

Understanding the Complexity of Behavioral Healthcare Design

Therefore, like Corrections, leading planners and designers specializing in Behavioral Healthcare are delving deeper to better understand the complexity of issues and to be the activist to design facilities that promote treatment and healing – and a safer community.

The following is a list of key design variables that are being studied and implemented:

1. Right Sizing

2. Humanizing Materials and Color

3. Staff-Focused Amenities and Happiness

4. Security and Safety

5. Therapeutic Design Tenants

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Today’s Behavioral Healthcare facilities are often one-story single buildings within a campus size. Often debated by Clients due to costs, this design preference is driven by the demand for natural light, window views to nature for all patient areas, and outdoor open-air gardens “wrapped” within. All of this provides soothing qualities to the patient, reduces their anxieties, counteracts disruptive conduct and helps to reduce staff stress.

“When you look at the program mix in these buildings, there’s a high demand for perimeter because there are a lot of rooms that need natural light. Offices, classrooms, dining areas, community rooms, and patient rooms all demand natural light, so you end up with a tremendous amount of exterior wall, and it forces the building to have a very large footprint.” – James Kent Muirhead, AIA, associate principal at Cannon Design in Baltimore

These design principles are also believed to improve staff work conditions. Unlike a multi-story complex, at any moment staff can walk outdoors and access nature, free from visual barriers, and within a building that more accurately reflects building types that both patients and staff would encounter in their communities.

In addition to right-sizing for the overall building footprint, is right-sizing for internal patient and staff support area. Similar to the move we have seen in Corrections to de-centralize support spaces, Behavioral Healthcare is moving to decentralized nursing/patient units called “neighborhoods.” With mental health facilities there is a large concern with distances and space adjacencies in relation to the patient room and patient support areas such as treatment and social spaces. Frank Pitts, AIA, FACHA, OAA president of Architecture Plus, Troy, NY, advocates neighborhoods that average 24-30 beds arranged in sub-clusters, called “houses”, of 8-10 beds. Thus, each neighborhood consists of three houses. Often these layouts will include a common area where patients congregate and socialize, with a separate quiet room so patients can elect to avoid active, crowded areas. In addition Pitts states, “There’s a move away from central dining facilities. So, while facilities will still have a central kitchen, it’s a whole lot easier moving food than it is patients.” However, it is important for the facility to mimic normal outside daily life routines, so patients are encouraged to frequently leave their neighborhoods to attend treatment sessions, and outdoor courtyards.

Humanizing Materials & Color

In all facilities that play a role in rehabilitation, design strives to create spaces that humanize, calm, and relax. Behavioral Healthcare patients need to feel that they are in familiar surroundings; therefore, the architectural vocabulary should feel comfortable and normal. Since these facilities are about rehabilitation (when possible) and encouraging patients to merge back into society, the facility should feel like an extension of the community. Their spaces should reflect the nature and architecture of the surrounding region and thus so, no two facilities should look too much alike.

“Our approach to designing these facilities is to view the facility as an extension of the community where patients will end up when they’re released. Interior finishes also depend on geography because you want to replicate the environment patients are used to. You want to de-stigmatize the facility as much as possible.” – Tim Rommel, AIA, ACHA, OAA, principal with Cannon Design in Buffalo, NY.

Therefore, materials and colors within these spaces want to feel familiar to one’s region and everyday life. To soothe the psyche and rehabilitate, they want to feel soft and comfortable, yet visually stimulating. An interior that is overly neutral or hard in appearance is not appropriate. Materials should reduce noise, and colors should lift the spirit. This can help to create an environment in which the patient can learn, socialize, and be productive while easing anxieties, delivering dignity, and modifying behavior. As stated previously, behavioral studies advise the use of softer interior materials-like carpeting, wood doors and tile. Doing so translates directly to both patient and staff well-being, particularly staff safety, and makes for a nicer place to work. In addition, staff have more resources to “treat” instead of manage heated situations. When staff experiences are eased and satisfied, morale is boosted and life-saving rules and policies are more likely to be enforced.

Staff-Focused Amenities & Happiness

While reducing staff stress and fatigue through a healing supportive environment seems like an obvious goal, there are relatively few studies that have dealt with this issue in any detail. More attention has been given to patient outcomes. However, many leading hospitals that have adopted therapeutic tenants into their newly built environments have seen vast improvement through their “business matrixes” and financial reporting.

In one example, the Mayo Clinic, a national leader in implementing healing design in its facilities, has reported a reduction of nursing turnover from a national annual average of 20% to an annual 3%-4%. In another example, when Bronson Methodist Hospital incorporated evidence-based design into its new 343-bed hospital, they cited their 19%-20% nurse turnover rate dramatically dropped to 5%.

Now, both the Mayo Clinic and Bronson Methodist Hospital have had to initiate a waiting list for nursing staff seeking positions. This converts to better-trained and qualified staff, and a reduced error rate. Therefore, more health facilities are investing in staff support areas such as lounges, changing rooms, and temporary sleep rooms. Within these staff spaces and in the hospital throughout, facilities are also recognizing the need for upgrade materials, better day lighting, and an interesting use of color: One soon realizes that the need of patients and staff are interwoven, each impacting positively or negatively the other.

Security & Safety

Without debate, self harm and harm to staff is one of the biggest concerns mental health facilities manage. Often the biggest safety and security concern is the damage patients can do to themselves. “There are three rules I had drummed in me,” says Mark Hanchar; Director of Preconstruction Services for Gilbane Building Company, Providence, R.I. “First, there can’t be any way for people to hang themselves. Second, there can be no way for them to create weapons. Third, you must eliminate things that can be thrown.” Hanchar says that the typical facility is, “a hospital with medium-security prison construction.” This means shatter proof glass, solid surface countertops (laminate can be peeled apart), stainless steel toilets and sinks (porcelain can shatter), push pull door latches and furniture that cannot be pulled apart and used as a weapon. These are just to name a few.

Additionally, removing barriers between patients and nursing staff is a safety consideration. Frank Pitts, AIA, FACHA, OAA president of Architecture Plus, says what may be counter-intuitive for safety precautions, “Glass walls around nursing stations just aggravate the patients.” Removing glass or lowering it at nursing stations so patients can feel a more human connection to nurses often calms patients. There is also discussion of removing nursing stations altogether; decentralizing and placing these care needs directly into the clinical neighborhoods and community spaces. Pitt says, “The view is that [nursing staff] need to be out there treating their patients.”

Therapeutic Design Tenants

As medicine is increasingly moving towards “evidence-based” medicine, where clinical choices are informed by research, healthcare design is increasingly guided by research linking the physical environment directly to patient and staff outcomes. Research teams from Texas A&M and Georgia Tech sifted through thousands of scientific articles and identified more than 600 – most from top peer-reviewed journals – to quantify how hospital design can play a direct role in clinical outcomes.

The research teams uncovered a large body of evidence that demonstrates design features such as increased day-lighting, access to nature, reduced noise and increased patient control helped reduce stress, improve sleep, and increase staff effectiveness – all of which promote healing rates and save facilities cost. Therefore, improving physical settings can be a critical tool in making hospitals more safe, more healing, and better places to work.

Today’s therapeutic spaces have been defined to excel in 3 categories:

1. Provide clinical excellence in the treatment of the body

2. Meet the psycho-social needs of patients, families, and staff

3. Produce measurable positive patient outcomes and staff effectiveness

Considering the cost of treating mental illness, which is exceedingly high, and wanting facilities to have effective outcomes, a further practice of incorporating therapeutic design is increasing. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIM H) approximated in 2008 that serious mental illnesses (SMI ), costs the nation $193 billion annually in lost wages. The indirect costs are impossible to estimate.

The estimated direct cost to clinically treat is approximately $70 billion annually and another $12 billion spent towards substance abuse disorders. In addition to the increased need of care and the boom in Behavioral Healthcare construction, it becomes an obligation to make certain that we as facility managers, architects, designers and manufacturers therapeutically plan and design these facilities.

Notably, in 2004, “The Role of the Physical Environment in the Hospital for the 21st Century: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity,” published by Roger Ulrich P.H.D., of Texas A&M University, was released. In a culmination of evidence-based research, research teams found five design principles that contributed significantly to achieving therapeutic design goals.

The report indicates five key factors that are essential for the psychological well-being of patients, families and staff, including:

1. Access to Nature

2. Provide Positive Distractions

3. Provide Social Support Spaces

4. Give a Sense of Control

5. Reduce or eliminate environmental stress

Access to Nature

Studies indicate that nature might have the most powerful impact to help patient outcomes and staff effectiveness. Nature can be literal or figurative – natural light, water walls, views to nature, large prints of botanicals and geography, materials that indicate nature and most importantly, stimulating color that evokes nature. Several studies strongly support that access to nature such as day-lighting and appropriate colorations can improve health outcomes such as depression, agitation, sleep, circadian rest-activity rhythms, as well as length of stay in demented patients and persons with seasonal affective disorders (SAD).

These and related studies continue to affirm the powerful impact of natural elements on patient recovery and stress reduction. Thus, it is clear that interior designs which integrate natural elements can create a more relaxing, therapeutic environment that benefits both patients and staff.

Positive Distractions

These are a small set of environmental features that provide the patient and family a positive diversion from “the difficult” and, in doing so, also negate an institutional feel. These can be views to nature, water walls, artwork, super imposed graphics, sculpture, music – and ideally all of these want to be focused on nature and, when applicable, an interesting use of color. Therapeutic environments that provide such patient-centered features can empower patients and families, but also increase their confidence in the facility and staff. This helps with open lines of communication between patient and caregiver.

Social Support Spaces

These are spaces designed partially for the patient but mainly for the comfort and socialization of family members and friends of the patient; therefore, family lounges, resource libraries, chapels, sleep rooms and consult rooms all play a role. When family and friends play a key role in a patient’s healing, these spaces encourage families to play an active role in the rehabilitation process.

Sense of Control

In times when patients and family feel out of control, it is very healing for the facility design and staff to provide it back when appropriate. Although, this cannot always be done suitably in mental healthcare facilities. However, when applicable, these design features include optional lighting choices, architectural way-finding, resource libraries, enhanced food menus, private patient rooms and

optional areas to reside in. A few well-appointed studies in psychiatric wards and nursing homes have found that optional choices of moveable seating in dining areas enhanced social interaction and improved eating disorders. When patients feel partially in control of their healing program and that the building features are focused to them, an increased confidence of the quality of care enters and tensions lower.

As with all therapeutic design, this allows the caregiver to use their resources healing in lieu of “managing” patient populations.

Reduce or Eliminate Environmental Stress

Noise level measurements show that hospital wards can be excessively noisy places resulting in negative effects on patient outcomes. The continuous background noise produced by medical equipment and staff voices often exceeds the level of a busy restaurant. Peak noise periods (shift changes, equipment alarms, paging systems, telephones, bedrails, trolleys, and certain medical equipment like portable xray machines are comparable to walking next to a busy highway when a motorcycle or large truck passes.

Several studies have focused on infants in NIC Us, finding that higher noise levels, for example, decrease oxygen saturation (increasing need for oxygen support therapy), elevate blood pressure, increase heart and respiration rate, and worsen sleep. Research on adults and children show that noise is a major cause of awakening and sleep loss.

Architectural design can assist in overcoming these types of obstacle. Whether you are designing a luxury home or care facility, there are certain design aspects that need to be considered. Overall comfort and a sense of peace, are able to be enhanced by a well designed environment. Considering Melbourne designed homes and prestige premises, one could draw the conclusion that choosing the right home builder is going to make all the difference.

In addition to worsening sleep, there is strong evidence that noise increases stress in adult patients, for example, heightening blood pressure and heart rate. Environmental surfaces in hospitals are usually hard and sound-reflecting, not sound-absorbing causing noise to travel down corridors and into patient rooms. Sounds tend to echo, overlap and linger longer.

Interventions that reduce noise have been found to improve sleep and reduce patient stress. Of these, the environmental or design interventions such as changing to sound-absorbing ceiling tiles, are more successful than organizational interventions like establishing “quiet hours.” White noise or noise reducing electronic devices can also help quieten a noisy environment.

Conclusion and Additional Information

The information contained in this excerpted report is intended as a guide for architects, specifiers, designers, facility planners, medical directors, procurers, psychologists and social workers which have a stake in providing improved facilities for behavioral healthcare patients. It is a portion of a report entitled “The Contributions of Color” authored by Tara Hill, of Little Fish Think Tank. Ms. Hill was commissioned by Norix Group Inc., in 2010 to research the role color plays in the safe operation of correctional facilities and behavioral health centers. More in-depth information specifically about the psychological influence of color and behavioral healthcare facility design can be found by reading the full report.

About the Author
Tara Hill is a full-scope, state registered interior designer, and the founder and principle of Little Fish Think Tank. Before founding Little Fish, Ms. Hill was an Associate + Senior Designer at HOK, and the Director of Interiors at Stanley, Beaman & Sears. She has implemented award-winning, innovative design solutions for commercial and institutional interiors.

Ms. Hill also has significant experience regarding the science and theory of color, both as a design tool and a promoter of healing. She has conducted extensive research in evidence-based design regarding color and its profound impact on the human spirit.

Prior to her work with Norix, Ms. Hill developed the Healing Colors Collection for Corian® solid surfaces, by Dupont®, for the healthcare environment.

About Norix Group Inc.

For over 25 years, Norix has offered the most complete line of correctional furniture, for use throughout correctional facilities. With their extensive experience in providing secure furniture for prisons and jails, Norix is a trusted resource for every corrections application.

Norix also offers a vast array of furniture for several industries including behavioral healthcare, commercial, higher education, public safety, GSA and shelters. All furniture is designed for safety, security and extreme durability. Norix intensive-use furniture is extraordinary by design, surpassing industry standards for strength, safety and long-term performance.

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A Dozen Expert Pipe Relining Tips for Brokers


You’ve probably heard about pipe relining, but do you know how it works or what it can do for your pipes? Pipe relining is an innovative technology that’s been around for decades but has only recently become popular with homeowners and businesses alike. If you’re thinking of having it done at home or work, here are a few things you should know:

Be sure the pipes on your properties are insured.

It is important for brokers to be sure that the pipes on their properties are insured. While it may seem like a hassle, it can protect you from lawsuits and legal costs, as well as protect your assets if there is a claim. Not having insurance could cost you everything.

If you have any questions about this subject or any other property management concern, please look no further than our team at who are here to help! Always remember to ask the experts on how to fix broken sewer pipe under house.

Be sure the pipes on your properties are well-maintained.

It’s important to make sure that your pipes are well-maintained, so they don’t break down and cause problems. Here are some things you can do:

  • Clean the pipes regularly. Make sure your property managers clean out all of the pipes at least once a year, or more often if needed.
  • Check for leaks and fix them as soon as possible after discovering them. Leaks lead to flooding and other major issues, so if you have any leaks in your properties’ plumbing systems, get them fixed immediately!
  • Look for signs of corrosion on the pipes inside each unit and make repairs if necessary (such as replacing corroded parts or rerouting certain sections). Corrosion can weaken the integrity of a pipe over time; this could cause it to leak or burst unexpectedly—so it’s important not only because it helps prevent such problems but also because it prevents unnecessary damage caused by floods!
  • Don’t let wetness linger on surfaces where water flows through frequently: this could lead to mold growth which could eventually cause respiratory issues among residents due its high levels toxic spores being released into air.

Be sure your plumbing company only works with high-quality parts.

While you may have heard some horror stories about plumbing companies using low-quality parts, it’s important to remember that not all plumbers are created equal. There are many reputable companies out there that make sure the parts they use are high-quality and durable, so you can rest assured that your pipes will get the job done right.

If you ever have questions about how to verify a company’s quality of work or materials, just ask! Here are some questions that could help:

  • Do they use their own equipment? If not, how do they store and maintain it?
  • How long has this company been in business?
  • Are their technicians certified by an accredited organization (e.g., NSPE)? This certifies they’ve been trained in proper practices for pipe relining

Have an emergency plan in place in case of disaster.

If you’re in the service industry, it’s important to have an emergency plan in place. This way, you can respond effectively when disasters strike and keep your customers happy. Here are some things to consider:

  • Have a list of things that should be done before calling a plumber (e.g., shut off valves and turn off water supply) and/or contacting someone else for help (e.g., your local gas company). This will help prevent further damage and waste time during an emergency situation.
  • Make sure everyone knows where key items such as keys, wallets, cell phones or other important documents are located in case they need them during an evacuation process.
  • Teach employees how they can safely evacuate their building without endangering themselves or others around them by reviewing escape routes with them so they know where to go if there is ever a fire or any other type of natural disaster occurring at work .

Have a contingency plan in place if there’s a delay or disaster.

Make sure you have a contingency plan in place if there’s a delay or disaster. If your pipes break, call in another plumber to take care of the problem as quickly as possible. This will keep customers from calling you and asking why their water isn’t running. If the plumber doesn’t get there on time, tell customers that it won’t be long before everyone’s plumbing is working again. You can also offer them some water from home until the problem gets fixed, or even sell bottled water at a discount price so they don’t have to go buy it themselves (as long as it’s safe for consumption).

If your plumbing company runs into trouble with its equipment or breaks down during service, find another company that can do the job right away and has trained labor who can finish all jobs within 24 hours–or less if possible!

Request an inspection report regularly to keep track of your pipes’ condition.

As a broker, you know how important it is to keep an eye on your pipes. When they start to get old, they can become more susceptible to leaks and other damage, which can cost you money in terms of repairs. An inspection report can help you stay on top of the condition of your pipes so that you can take action before any issues arise.

The inspection report should include:

  • The age of each pipe (the older the pipe is, the more likely it is that it has issues)
  • A description of possible problems with each pipe (this will help you decide whether or not repairs are needed)

Be sure your plumbing company has a good reputation and testimonials.

Before signing the contract, be sure that you have checked out your plumbing company’s reputation and experience. You should be able to find testimonials or references from previous customers on their website or social media profiles. If not, it may be a good idea to ask for them directly when you are first starting negotiations with the company.

Be sure your plumbing company respects your time and appointments.

  • Be on time. If you have a plumbing repair job, the last thing you need is for the plumber to arrive late or take longer than expected.
  • Prepare for your appointment. The plumber should arrive prepared with all items needed for the job and a firm understanding of what needs to be done.
  • Don’t cancel appointments or keep customers waiting. Cancellations can cause problems for everyone involved in an appointment: customers who could have used that time elsewhere, employees who will miss out on potential earnings and brokers whose schedules may be rearranged as a result of the cancellation or delay; therefore it’s important that you avoid cancelling appointments whenever possible so nobody gets frustrated with any delays caused by unexpected cancellations (or worse yet, no-shows).
  • Don’t be rude! Whether it’s an employee speaking with another employee or a customer speaking with anyone within earshot – being rude is something that nobody wants associated with their business name so make sure that everyone who works at your company has been trained properly how not say anything insulting while representing themselves as part of your team!

Make sure your plumbing company uses environmentally friendly products.

Plastic pipes are not environmentally friendly. They do not biodegrade, they are not recyclable, and they do not compost. There is no way to get rid of the plastic once it’s in your home.

If you choose a company that uses environmentally friendly products, you can rest assured that the material and chemicals used are safe for your family and the planet.

Make sure your plumbing company has a service guarantee.

When choosing a plumbing company, make sure to ask about their service guarantee. A good guarantee should cover the cost of the job if it is not done correctly or if there are any damages caused by the work done by them. Also, it should cover any damage that might occur as a result of their work.

Make sure you know the advantages and disadvantages of trenchless technology before you have it done at home or work.

Before you have trenchless technology done at home or work, make sure you know the advantages and disadvantages of this process.


  • There’s no digging involved. This can save time and money for both the property owner and workers.
  • Less damage to landscaping and property is possible with pipe relining, as opposed to traditional pipe replacement methods that require boring holes into concrete driveways or sidewalks.


  • Pipe relining cannot repair pipes that are already broken; instead, it’s used as a preventive measure against leaks in pipes that may break down in the future. For example, if there has been a leak in one section of your plumbing system but none in another section yet (and you want both sections repaired now), then trenchless technology would likely be an unsuitable solution for your needs. In addition to its inability to fix existing problems with plumbing systems, trenchless technology also has other limitations related mainly around cost effectiveness–trenchless pipe repair can be expensive compared with other options available today! If you’re looking for affordable options rather than premium ones then consider going with another type such as traditional methods instead.”

Make sure you have the necessary permits if you’re having repairs done at home or work where they’re required by law.

It’s important to know the laws and regulations in your area. If you’re having repairs done at home or work where they’re required by law, you must have the necessary permits before starting any work. It’s easy to get these permits for a small fee from your local authorities.

  • If you don’t have them, you could be fined.* Make sure you check with local authorities before getting started on any pipe relining job so that you can make sure everything goes smoothly!

With these tips, you’ll find that pipe relining is safer, faster, easier and more cost-effective than traditional methods of repairing or replacing pipes!

Pipe relining is a better alternative to traditional methods of repairing or replacing pipes. With these tips, you’ll find that pipe relining is safer, faster, easier and more cost-effective than traditional methods of repairing or replacing pipes!

  • Take proper precautions when working near the sewer system
  • Always use the right tools for the job
  • Be prepared for spills by wearing the right clothes at all times


If you’re nervous about the costs of pipe relining, don’t be! The process is much less expensive than traditional methods of repairing or replacing pipes. In fact, it can save you thousands of dollars on repairs over time by extending the life of your plumbing system and preventing leaks from occurring in places where they aren’t expected. If you’ve been thinking about installing new pipes but aren’t sure where to start, contact us today! We’ll help guide you through every step of the process so that your home or business will be safe and sound when everything’s done.

Cut glass to size using water, baking soda and a microwave


Whether you’re a DIYer or just looking for a new way to cut glass at home, this method can help. It’s cheap and easy to do, and it results in a rough edge that needs to be sanded down before you can use your new square of glass. Buy window glass during your home remodel, or window replacement project.

You can cut glass to size using water, baking soda and a microwave.

You can cut glass to size using water, baking soda and a microwave.

You will need:

  • Pint-sized glass bottles with lids or caps that are not made of plastic. These bottles can be reused for other purposes after you cut them open. You can find these at craft stores. You may also be able to source them from local businesses that sell bottled beverages in bulk; do not use old beer bottles!
  • Water
  • Baking soda (not baking powder)

This will result in a rough edge that needs to be sanded down.

The easiest method for cutting glass to size is to use a saw, but this can be dangerous if you’re not an experienced cutter.

Another option is using a diamond wheel or grinder, but these tools also require experience and come with the same inherent dangers as using a saw.

For those who don’t have access to these types of equipment or who prefer not to use them, there are other options for cutting glass that don’t involve power tools. A laser can be used to cut glass into shapes; however, it’s important to consider the need for safety glasses when working with lasers because they can cause permanent blindness if you’re exposed directly while they’re on. There are also tools available at hardware stores (like those used by plumbers) which can be used in place of power tools like saws and grinders; however, there are still many risks associated with this method due primarily to inexperience with these types of tools (e.g., burns from hot water).

You need to use a microwave-safe container with a flat bottom.

It’s important to use a microwave-safe container when making this project. This means the glass will be able to withstand high temperatures without shattering.

You should also select a container with a flat bottom, as opposed to one that has a curved or rounded bottom. The reason for this is that the glass needs to rest on something flat in order for it to be properly supported and not tip over during heating in your microwave oven.

If you plan on using your own mug as opposed to buying one specifically for this project, make sure it isn’t too tall or wide—the lid from an old coffee mug might look nice, but it won’t fit inside most microwaves!

This method will also work if you use sugar instead of baking soda.

While baking soda is less abrasive than sugar, it’s still not ideal for delicate glass. If you don’t have baking soda on hand, or if the piece of glass is too small to allow for repeated use of the microwave, then sugar will work just fine. The method is the same as using baking soda.

Just add a few drops of water and mix together until there are no lumps of dry powder left in your bowl. Pour some onto your hot plate and place the glass on top of it. It should begin to bubble almost immediately! Make sure that you keep an eye on this process so that you can pull out your piece when done properly (once bubbles stop appearing).

Cutting glass at home doesn’t have to be so difficult!

Cutting glass at home doesn’t have to be so difficult! It’s a great way to save money and recycle used glass, but if you don’t do it correctly, you can end up with jagged edges that are sharp enough to cut your hands.

The solution? Cut it in the microwave!

In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to use water, baking soda and some elbow grease (and maybe some safety goggles) to make any type of windowpane into the exact size you need.


Cutting glass at home doesn’t have to be so difficult! Try this method next time you need to cut some glass for your project or hobby. It’s quick, easy and doesn’t require any special tools besides a microwave-safe container with a flat bottom (or sugar instead of baking soda).

Zero Waste Strategy: How To Stay Zero Waste


The zero waste movement is growing in popularity. Thanks to the internet, we now have access to the tools and resources to make this lifestyle change possible. However, going “zero waste” can seem like an overwhelming task at first. It takes time and effort (lots of it!) but if you start small with these tips on how to become a zero waster, you’ll be off on your way towards living a more sustainable life! Skip bin hire Adelaide maintains zero waste in their area.

It’s hard to go “zero waste”

It’s important to recognize that going “zero waste” is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight, and it will take you some time before you reach your goals. You can start with small changes and work your way up from there.

For example, if you want to reduce your waste as much as possible, then consider buying products in bulk at the grocery store or farmer’s market instead of individually packaged items. In other words, buy one big container (this is much more sustainable) and divide it into smaller containers at home after opening it up so that they’re ready for use – this way you won’t need plastic bags for storage either!

Zero Waste Strategy

  • Start small. When you begin your zero waste journey, it’s tempting to try to tackle every aspect of your life at once: “I’ll start by making my own toothpaste, then I’ll make all my own laundry detergent and soap! Next thing you know, I’ll be making my own bread and growing all my food!” While this may be a noble endeavor (and one that will certainly provide many challenges), it’s also overwhelming. It’s likely that if this is the first time you’ve considered going zero waste, such an intensive approach will only result in frustration and failure.

Instead, start small—in particular, with things that aren’t cheap or easy. Think about it: If you can make one thing yourself for free instead of buying something for $5 or $10 from the store every week or month (or whatever), then not only are you saving money but also helping reduce waste overall. Making your own lip balm from beeswax is probably too difficult for most people; replacing your shampoo bar with Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap is much more realistic and sustainable over time!

Zero Waste Strategy 1. Use What You Have

Your first step towards a zero waste strategy is to use what you have. Just because you’re trying to be more sustainable doesn’t mean you can’t still do the things that make you happy. As an example, when my best friend was visiting from New York City, I asked her if she wanted me to go buy some coffee for us at Starbucks. She said no thanks and that she’d rather just drink tea out of her mug. By not buying anything new, we saved money and kept our waste down because we didn’t need plates or cups at all!

It’s also great fun making your own things like bath bombs or lip balm as gifts for friends or family members! You can get creative with different flavors by adding natural oils like peppermint oil or coconut oil instead of store-bought artificial scents (which often contain potentially harmful chemicals). It only takes a few minutes once you’ve got the right ingredients ready before hand so don’t worry about being stuck doing something boring while everyone else has fun in their own way!

Zero Waste Strategy 2. Eliminate Paper Towels

“Okay, okay. I get it! Paper towels are bad. Why don’t I just use cloth rags instead?” you ask.

First off, they won’t do the job as well as paper towels, and neither will sponges or a kitchen towel (which is basically just a larger version of said sponge). You need something that can soak up large amounts of liquid without falling apart. This means you should be using a microfiber towel like the ones used by car detailers. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and can quickly absorb liquid without disintegrating into smelly pieces of stringy cotton fiber like old-fashioned rags tend to do when they’re wetted down with some cleaning solution or other water-based liquid product such as dish soap or hand sanitizer gel oil mixture .

Zero Waste Strategy 3. Go Container-less

When you have a zero waste lifestyle, you don’t rely on disposable containers to store, prepare or transport food. Instead, you use reusable containers that can be easily washed and reused again. This saves both money and time because you won’t need to buy new storage items every time something breaks or spills. At first glance it might seem like this would leave your kitchen looking cluttered with lots of random jars lying around everywhere but the truth is most of us only really need three types of container: one for storing dry goods like grains and nuts in the pantry; another for leftovers in preparation for freezing/refrigerating/reheating later; and finally one more for keeping things fresh in the fridge (like herbs).

You may already have some reusable containers at home already but if not then check out glass mason jars! They’re cheap enough to buy at local thrift stores or garage sales plus they come with lids so no need for plastic wrap anymore 🙂

Zero Waste Strategy 4. Switch to Menstrual Cups

Menstrual cups are a safe and reusable alternative to tampons and pads. Made of medical grade silicone, they are easy to insert and remove. Menstrual cups can be worn for up to 12 hours (though most women will typically only need them for 6 or 7 hours) and can be worn during swimming, sports or any other activity that could get your period on your clothes or towels. You may need some time to get used to using it, but after that you’ll never want a pad again!

There are three brands available in Australia: the Lena Cup; Fleurcup; and Mpower cup. The Lena Cup comes in two sizes (smaller size is recommended for beginners), while both Fleurcup and Mpower cup have four different sizes so it can fit every person regardless of their anatomy.

Zero Waste Strategy 5. Buy in Bulk or Make Your Own Products

  • Buy in Bulk or Make Your Own Products

It’s not always possible to avoid packaging with products, but you can still reduce your waste by buying in bulk and making your own products. By buying food and household goods in bulk, you can reuse and recycle containers that would otherwise be thrown out. Buying in bulk is cheaper than buying individual servings as well, so you can save money while also reducing your impact on the environment! Making your own shampoo or body wash is also an easy way to produce zero-waste goods that are healthier for both humans and ecosystems alike.

Zero Waste Strategy 6. Use Your Own Produce Bag

A produce bag is a reusable bag that you use when you buy produce. You can put all of your fruit and vegetables in it, then use it later for other things, like storing trash or filling with ice to make an ice pack.

You can even buy your own produce bags online! There are many different kinds available, including cloth bags, mylar bags and mesh bags. The best place to get them is at a zero waste store such as Abundance Cooperative Market in Austin, Texas (see Resources). If you don’t live near one of these stores or don’t have access to them yet then try making your own out of old t-shirts or bed sheets because they’re easy to sew together using some basic sewing skills (don’t forget about our Sewing Zero Waste course coming soon!).

Bonus Zero Waste Tip!!

  • Buy a reusable water bottle.
  • Make your own toothpaste.
  • Buy a reusable coffee cup.
  • Use a reusable shopping bag for your groceries and other items purchased at the store (or take advantage of bulk-buy pricing).
  • Buy in bulk and make your own products, like homemade laundry detergent or dish soap!

Start simple and small, building on your success every day on the journey to zero waste

As you’re building your zero-waste strategy, it’s important to start simple and small. That way, you can find out what works for you before adding too many things into your life at once.

Pick one area of your life to start with: food, beauty products or packaging waste are all great places to start. Find ways to reduce waste in that area—can you bring lunch from home instead of buying it at work? Can you bring reusable containers for snacks on the go? Can you buy bulk items instead of packaged ones? When there is unavoidable waste produced (like from grocery shopping), think about how else it can be reused or recycled before tossing it in the trash bin (think: composting). And finally, if there’s no way around throwing something away completely (like meat bones or waxed fruit peelings), make sure they go into a proper recycling bin if available.


Zero waste is a journey, and it takes time to get there. Start small and build from there. The ultimate goal is to live in harmony with the Earth, so don’t feel bad if you slip up once in awhile! Go here to check the sizes of our bins that may fit for you.