Why Stainless Steel Is The Choice For Commercial Sinks?

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When buying a sink for commercial purposes you need to give a greater level of contemplation to the decision you make. After all, a commercial sink is likely to be used a lot more frequently than one that is found in the home. Therefore the need for high levels of quality and durability are evident if you wish to benefit from a sink that is going to withstand excessive use and last for a long period of time. 

Your main area of concern should be regarding what type of material the sink is made from. In general, the main options at your disposal include; stainless steel, cast iron, glass, granite, stone, plastic, marble, ceramic, and terrazzo. Nonetheless, despite the vast selection, when it comes to commercial sinks stainless steel is the clear winner.

One of the main reasons why commercial stainless steel sinks, strainers, and sanitary tubing are the first choice for businesses is because of their low price tag. In comparison to most of the materials mentioned, you will find that stainless steel sinks are cheaper in cost. This is obviously particularly important when dealing with commercial use as businesses aim to keep their costs as minimised as possible. 

Aside from this, you will fail to find another sink with the vast levels of durability that stainless steel offers. This is extremely beneficial if you own a business, such as a restaurant, whereby the sink is going to be used non-stop throughout the majority of the day. You need not worry if you accidentally chuck pots and pans in the sink whilst in a rush. Your sink won’t chip or dent. If that wasn’t good enough, stainless steel is also stain-resistant too. Thus, you can rest assured you won’t need to experience the hassle of a repair or replacement anytime soon. 

In addition to this, commercial stainless steel sinks are really easy to maintain. You don’t need to buy any special cleaning products nor do you need to embark on extensive upkeep. This is especially advantageous when dealing with commercial sinks as it is unlikely you will have the time to spend time cleaning excessively. 

And let’s not ignore the aesthetic beauty of a stainless steel sink in your commercial kitchen. There is a wealth of different sink styles available in this material. Nonetheless, they all share the same qualities of looking sleek and shiny. Not only this, but they are easily matched with other commercial kitchen appliances and with the decor of the kitchen too.

Before concluding, there are different types of commercial stainless steel sinks available. You can differentiate based on obvious qualities, such as size. However, in order to reap the gains of the highest quality sink, you need to look for a higher percentage of nickel and chromium in the steel. Thus, seek a sink with either 18-8 or 20-10 printed on the product information.

If you are looking to purchase a sink for commercial purposes then look no further than one made from stainless steel. Not only are commercial stainless steel sinks affordable, but they are also highly durable, easy to maintain, pleasing on the eye, and versatile too.

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Hacks To Save On Your Auto Insurance

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What is auto insurance?

Auto insurance is essentially a contract that offers protection if you have an accident or your car is stolen. You pay a set premium, and then your insurance company will pay out your losses, as stated in the policy. Auto insurance offers coverage for liability, for example, if you injure others or their property. You’ll also get coverage for medical expenses, for instance, the expense of treating any injuries you sustain. Auto insurance also covers costs associated with damage to your own vehicle or theft. Of course, there are plenty of different auto insurance policies out there, and not all are the same price. To save money on your auto insurance, try the following hacks.

1. Improve your credit rating 

Many auto insurance companies will check your credit rating to determine which kind of policy they can offer you. Supposedly, auto insurance providers view an excellent credit rating as an indication of a responsible person, who is not a risk to insure. Now, this may not be the case in all circumstances; however, improving your credit rating is one way to get yourself a good auto insurance deal. There are a few sites online where you can check your credit rating for free.

2. Look for discounts 

Some Auto Insurance providers offer discounts under certain circumstances, so when you’re looking to bag yourself a good deal, it’s useful to know which discounts are available. Low mileage discounts are available for drivers who habitually keep their mileage average or below average, so if this is you, it’s worth checking if you qualify. Another discount available is a ‘multi-policy discount,’ meaning that you will pay less if you buy another policy from the same provider. The second policy could be life insurance or home insurance, for instance.

3. Compare costs

It’s impossible to save money unless you compare prices first. You might be tempted to renew your current auto insurance policy, but if you don’t shop around, you could be missing out on a better policy elsewhere. There are several handy price comparison websites online which will allow you to suss out the best deals!

4. Increase your deductibles

When you are looking for auto insurance, you can generally pick a deductible that suits you. A deductible means the amount of money it will cost you to get your insurance provider to payout ( if your vehicle is stolen or you’re in an accident). Usually, deductibles range from around $250 to $1500. If you put your deductible up, then you’ll benefit from paying a lower premium.
With plenty of motoring costs to pay out for, you’ll be glad to keep your auto insurance costs down. While you’re at it, look at other ways you can save money on your car expenses. One thing you can do is to use apps like ‘Gas Buddy’ to check the price of fuel stops nearby. When you check the app beforehand, you can find out the cheapest deals and drive on if you’re not happy with the price!

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Going Biophilic: Making Your Office Pop with Nature

A trend in office design caters to workers’ well-being and the need for a better connection to their environment, and that is biophilic design. With this movement, designers are integrating nature and other natural elements into spaces that would otherwise feel cold and less conducive to productivity and interaction. It’s been proven by studies that the way a workplace is set up can greatly impact how efficient work is done.

You might be wondering how you can adopt this trend into your own space. Here are some neat ways to do so:

  • Install a green wall

Stress and fatigue are more greatly increased in office spaces that look completely urbanized and have no semblance of nature in them whatsoever. A manageable way to combat this is to install a fixture that even aesthetically creates a natural atmosphere, even if it isn’t legitimately a tree from the forest.

For instance, artificial green walls are produced in Malaysia to bring the benefits of plants and flora without the same need for upkeep (like direct sunlight and consistent watering). The mental relief that comes from seeing the presence of nature is properly triggered in mind, even if artificial greenery is used. As the imagery is curated, the brain perceives more natural elements and immediately creates a positive response.

  • Let in some natural light

One of the core elements in biophilic design is making use of natural light. Psychologically, people tend to feel tenser when there is limited access to natural light sources. Simply keeping a wide window without thick curtains or panels covering them can provide that relief to employees.

In areas that don’t have window access or see staff working at night, natural light can be generally simulated by using light fixtures that are warmer and less harsh. With the right set-up, this can even end up harnessing more creativity and collaboration than a space that is too dim and filled with harsh, cool tones. Letting in some sun also helps to make a space feel less cramped and makes way for shadows and such that produce more feelings of ease, contributing to an uptick of performance.

  • Mimic nature in your furniture set-up

While incorporating plants into your office space is the surefire way to go, you can also sustain this environment by mimicking the flow of nature with the way you set up your furniture. Even if you don’t overhaul everything to incorporate wood and stone elements, you can simply arrange your spaces in a way that feels more natural instead of completely structured and manmade.

This style can be seen in a lot of open working spaces, and you can still achieve it even if you need to create departmental partitions and closed areas for meetings. Incorporating patterns with intertwined movement and using placements that feel more organic can effectively simulate nature’s growth in workers’ subconscious, without sacrificing any cohesion in the workplace.

Try these design suggestions in your own office. You can watch the space bloom into a solid investment in productivity and employee satisfaction.

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Solving The Clutter Conundrum That Is Your Home

Clutter is a more serious problem than you may think. Sure, it’s annoying that you might have to squeeze through some parts of the home and hurt your foot stepping on something you forgot was there. But it’s also known to be responsible for raising stress levels and even for worsening air quality due to the build-up of dust. It’s time to deal with clutter before it gets you sick or hurt.

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Get rid of more stuff

Simply put, ask yourself if all the clutter lying around is really a necessary part of your life. A weekly look at the clutter you have in the home could help you get a better idea of what you should throw away or sell instead of keeping around. This goes not just for the random papers, but clothes, and even furniture that is taking up more space than it currently justifies at the moment. Take a page from the minimalist’s book.

Have sorting bins in every room

Do you live a busy life that tends to see items picked up from one part of the room and quickly brought into another? Do you often lack the time to immediately tidy up after yourself? Placing strategy wicker baskets in each room could help. As such, if you spot something out of place but don’t immediately have the time to find the right space for it, you can toss it in your sorting bin, instead. Then, when you do have the time, you can go through the sorting bins in the home and make sure everything finds its right place again.

Use storage that fits your needs

A lot of us have storage space at home but aren’t using it as effectively as we can. If you just throw items on top of one another until that space is all full up, not only does it make it impossible to find what you need, but you might actually be using more space than you think. Check out how a closet designer creates custom closets to see how neat, divided spaces can actually open up more room for your stuff. Of course, it makes it a lot more organized, too.

Add some space

If you’re really struggling with the amount of possessions you have but can’t add any more storage or get rid of anything, then perhaps you simply need to add more space to the home. More space is more valuable when it comes to your home’s worth. But adding an extension or converting a basement or loft could also make the home a much more practical place to live, as well. Of course, this is a costly and long project to take on, so it’s good to have a purpose for the new space beyond fighting clutter.

Even if you’re not worried about the most dramatic impacts clutter can have on your life, the opportunity to open up some space in your home is going to make it a much more enjoyable place to be, so follow the tips above and free your home from clutter’s dreaded grasp.

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More Space, More Value: Home Additions that Increase Property Value

Thinking about staying or moving to another home in a few years? Whatever it may be, certain home additions are worthwhile undertakings, especially when they significantly increase the price of your home.

Patios and Carports

Many urban homes in Brisbane have carports, patios or sometimes both. These house extensions effectively expand a house without requiring extensive construction. A patio can increase your home value by 10 to 20 per cent, and a carport is an attractive addition for families with more than one vehicle. If you’re not planning to sell your home, you can still make use of an extended patio. It extends your living area while keeping the sun at bay and keeping your house cooler. The larger space is perfect for gatherings and barbecues, afternoon tea time or evening parties. A carport will protect your vehicle from the sun, maintaining its paint job and allowing you to drive off without suffering from suffocating heat during summer months.

Conservatories and Greenhouses

A garden won’t affect your house’s valuation, but a well-made conservatory or greenhouse would. A conservatory or a separate greenhouse will give your house a more refined look. You can make full use of a greenhouse even if you have no plans to sell your house. Australia is particularly hot, so make sure you choose your crops properly. Vegetables like tomatoes, cabbage, spinach and peppers are popular crop choices. If flowers are more to your liking, geraniums, petunias, chrysanthemums or orchids can be good options. You can even opt for specialty plants like cacti and other succulents or Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants. Modern greenhouses can be constructed using polycarbonate sheets instead of glass, so you don’t have to worry about damage or accidents – especially if you have kids or pets in the house.

The Usual Backyard Cabin

Granny flats are everywhere in Australia. An extra living structure in your property will certainly raise its price, but you will probably choose to stay if you opt for a backyard cabin. While popularly used to provide a living space for older relatives, granny flats can have multiple uses. It can serve as an office if you work from home or run a business; you can even list it as a coworking space online. Use it as a workshop for wood-crafting or hobby space for the whole family. Keeping the mess outside of the house can make your family a lot happier and saner. If you don’t want to make a lot of changes, just rent it out as an Airbnb accommodation or perhaps a short-term lease. A backyard cabin is easy to maintain, and contractors can easily reconfigure it if your elderly parents finally decide to move in.

House additions cost money, but they make your house more spacious and comfortable or give it more character. The right additions pay for themselves by either raising your quality of life or raising your house’s valuation if you plan on selling in the future. So choose a project that best suits your needs.

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What's That Clunking Sound? Probably A Problem With Your Plumbing

While ghost stories have always been with us, nothing accelerated their popularity more than modern plumbing systems. Pipes, boilers, and faucets have an uncanny ability to stimulate our superstitions, thanks to the eerie sounds they make when they malfunction. 

Plumbing noises, however, aren’t the dead trying to communicate with you – they’re just a sign that you have something wrong with your system, and you need to do something to fix it. 

Knowing what different sounds mean, though, can be a challenge. If you’re not a plumber, you can’t always tell the difference between a whistling or clunking noise, and whether it is dangerous or not. 

In this post, we’re going to run through some of the noises you can hear and what they might mean. Don’t take any of this as gospel; you’ll need an accredited plumber to diagnose the actual issue with your system. But these general rules of thumb can help steer you towards the source of the problem. 

Banging Sounds In Your Pipes

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Banging sounds in your pipes are among the most unnerving noises that you can hear in your home. All that rattling and clanking can lead you to believe that there’s a poltergeist in your midst. 

The actual cause of this sound is something called a “water hammer,” and it usually means that you have some kind of blockage. 

Piping doesn’t stay perfectly clean forever. Over time, gunk builds up in the system and impedes the flow of water. When this happens, it jolts around, creating a hammer-like action. 

The trick here is to clear the obstruction. Identifying where that is, however, is a challenge, and requires the help of a professional. Don’t start taking your piping apart yourself – you’ll wind up with flooding. 

Growling When You Turn On The Hot Water

If you’ve noticed a growling noise when you switch on the hot water in your home, you’re not alone. It is a plumbing problem that afflicts most homeowners at some point in their lives. 

The good news is that it doesn’t mean your plumbing is angry with you. Instead, it is usually a sign that there is a problem with your water heater. The thermostats in water heaters can sometimes go haywire, causing them to overheat the water. When this happens, they reach boiling point, creating bubbles of water vapor in the system. When you turn on the tap, these bubbles escape energetically, producing the noise that you hear. 

Growling is potentially a severe problem that could cause your water tank to explode. If you have this problem, leave your faucets running for ten minutes and turn off your boiler manually. 

Whistling When You Use The Shower Or Turn On A Faucet

Whistling sounds when you turn on your shower or faucet usually indicate an obstruction. It could mean that you have debris in the system or an issue with your ABS butterfly valve. Whatever the cause, the solution is relatively straightforward – replace the defective part. 

In some cases, whistling results from loose material inside the piping. As water rushes past, it creates a kind of howling sound. Usually, this kind of whistling is benign, but it is also annoying, so you may want to fix it anyway. 

If your toilet whistles after you flush it, then it is likely the result of limescale buildup. You can buy special products you add to your cistern that remove any residue naturally. 

Gurgling Sounds When You Empty The Bath

Hearing gurgling sounds when you empty the bath is another common plumbing annoyance, seemingly with no explanation. Again, it is not some spirit trapped in your piping – usually, it is a sign of a clog.

Most clogs in the bathroom result from hair traveling into the pipe and then becoming congealed with shower products. Typically, you wind up with a big, slimy lump of material. Eventually, this accumulates more debris and grows into a clog that blocks your pipes completely. 

Dealing with this issue is usually relatively straightforward. Either grab a plunger and try to dislodge it that way. Or use some drain unblocking fluid to dissolve and remove it. 

Dripping Sounds That Don’t Stop When You Turn Off The Faucet

Hearing dripping sounds when all your faucets are closed can be a little unnerving. Unfortunately, you can hear dripping for all kinds of reasons. If the dripping carries on regardless, then it could be a sign that your pipes are leaking. If that’s the case, seek professional assistance immediately. Leaving the problem unresolved could lead to severe water damage. 

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Get a Lower Rate on Your Car Insurance

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Car insurance is a cost all drivers have to fork out for because unfortunately, it is necessary to protect yourselves and your car. It can be difficult for new drivers and others in high-risk categories to get a good rate on your premium. Here are some simple tips to help you reduce your car insurance as much as possible. 

Shop around

There are plenty of price comparison sites which can help you compare different offers and find the best one for you. Take your time and do your research.

Don’t opt for auto-renewal

Car insurance companies don’t tend to reward loyalty for some reason so you’ll never get a better offer than your first one. They tend to make better deals to lure new customers but you could even end up paying more your second year so it’s a better idea just to change company. Give yourself some flexibility and freedom. 

Add an experienced driver

If you’re a new driver or in a high-risk category due to your age or inexperience, try adding a more responsible driver to your premium. This will help to reduce your rate as they will be considered a safer and more reliable option. Don’t commit “fronting” however and take out the insurance primarily in their name. This is fraud and will punishable by law. Once you have a blip on your car insurance it’ll be very difficult to get a good deal, if any again. 

Tweak your job title

This is a technique used to make you sound like you have more responsibility in your job, without actually lying of course. Some titles carry more weight, whether this is fair or not, and appear more impressive. Compare, “teacher” with “guitar teacher”, for example, or “construction worker” and “builder”. You can change the name without lying about what you do, as it’s very important to be honest about everything on your car insurance application. There are many interesting ways in how your job title can affect your car insurance, in fact, certain jobs are considered higher risk than others and won’t be offered a lower rate. 

Go used

Opting for a used car can reduce your car insurance premium. New cars face a dramatic depreciation as soon as they leave the dealership. They rapidly decrease in value in the first few years. Used cars will have already been through this depreciation process, so you won’t have to pay “gap” insurance which is on the calculated difference between the original price and the depreciated value. 

Avoid accidents
A sure-fire way to get a good deal on your car insurance is by becoming a safer driver. Don’t speed or slam on the brakes, keep that road rage under wraps and stay in control. If the unfortunate does happen to be sure to consult experts in auto body repair such Alan Byer Collision. Have regular checks on your car and keep up your maintenance. This will also save you money on costly repairs in the future.

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