Barbecuing at proper temperatures

Posted: April 28th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Grilling is quite a bit different from barbecuing. During the grilling process you are cooking at high temperatures, often in excess of 700 degrees, directly over the heat source. In barbecuing, the heat is not directly affecting the meat. The heat is raising the temperature in the cooking chamber where the meat resides. Proper barbecuing temperatures are 210 degrees to 225 degrees. This is the optimum temperature for prolonged barbecuing. It also produces the most tender meat due to the slow cooking resulting from indirect heat. 

Prevent Water Damage in Your Basement

Posted: April 27th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Be thorough and inspect your basement regularly by checking the following where applicable:

HVAC Systems - Check the drain pans and remove debris to allow free flow. Inspect the filters and replace whenever needed. When inspecting the HVAC, look at the duct work and seal deteriorating insulation.

Pipes Condensations - Pipes condensation is a common plumbing problem caused by sweating pipes. This problem promotes mold corrosion and rot if ignored. Insulating your pipes will reduce condensation.

Sump Pumps - Sump pump systems assist in keeping unwanted water out of your home. When checking the pump, make sure the outlet pipe is not frozen or clogged and that it directs water away from your home. Clean the air hole in the discharge line and make sure that the motor is running well. Test the pump by filling the sump pit with water to make sure the pump is working properly. Check that the pump is actually pumping out water.

Walls and Ceiling - Check the walls and look for moisture signs. Moist walls may indicate an internal leak. Look at the walls and search for stains. If you detect stains, follow them to locate the source of the problem and fix it. Even the smallest sign for a leak in the basement must be treated promptly.

Foundation - Foundations are not always waterproof. Gaps and cracks are created as the house shifts and settles over time. Landscape is also changing over time and may lead to excessive water in the soil around your home. Seek professional help if you need to make any landscape or foundations repairs.

Ventilation - When checking the ventilation systems, be sure to inspect all ventilation systems including water heater, exhaust fans, dryer vents etc. if you suspect any failure in these systems, repair it right away.

Prevent Basement Flooding

Posted: April 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Preventing basement flooding is much easier than having to deal with a flooded basement. It’s generally easy to ensure that your home, basement and foundation are protected from flooding. Here are a few steps you should take to help protect your basement. There are a number of issues that can cause basement flooding including inclement weather, hot water tank leakage, freezer leakage, sewage pipe leakage, or washing machine leakage.

Basically, basements flood because they are underground or of old or low-grade construction. To flood-proof your basement, there are a couple of precautions you should consider. The most applicable way to prevent flooding is to ensure that your home is up to code. Have your home inspected by a licensed inspector or plumber, especially if you feel that there may be problems that have been overlooked.  If they do not find anything, or if you already know what causes leaking in your basement, there are number of solutions to consider:

  • Standpipes - Can be inserted into a drain to divert the flow through the particular drain that may be having problems
  • Sewer check valves - Regulate the flow of water from your house; especially useful if you have determined this will address the source of your basement flooding.
  • Drain plugs - Less expensive but also less reliable, they pop open at a certain pressure point to let the water through and hold it in the rest of the time.
  • Sealing walls and floor - Should be part of your local building codes
  • Installing an overhead sewer

Storm Drainage - Surprisingly, an often overlooked problem area is the storm drainage system. Your drain spouts may be connected to your plumbing. Devise a test or wait for a storm to see if this is the root of your flooding issue.  A licensed plumber or inspector will be able to identify any potential problem areas even if flooding has never occurred in your home. If it has occurred, then you can then trace the flooding to its source. Knowing the source, you can devise a succinct plan for flooding prevention.

Barbecue with Gas Grills or Charcoal Grills

Posted: April 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
The American tradition of barbecuing always seems to generate the age-old debate over which type of grill is the best ... a charcoal grill or a gas grill. Both types of grills have their advantages and disadvantages and you should choose a grill based on your own tastes and needs. When picking a grill, consider your budget, your planned grilling location, your taste preferences and even your schedule.

A charcoal grill is simply the more traditional of the two, and a lot of people love it for this reason alone. It involves the primal enjoyment of working with fire and working the heat source to properly cook the food. The heat source is hotter in general, but is more uneven, which requires the chef to pay attention to the grill and to know exactly what they’re doing; to be a “grill master”.  The charcoal grill is most loved because of the smoky or grilled flavor that it gives to the food, which the gas grill will not do. It takes longer to cook food with a charcoal grill, but in return for your hard work, you get a smokier, more traditional flavor in your food.  A charcoal grill is usually much cheaper to buy than a gas grill because it requires less assembly by the manufacturer. A gas grill can be quite expensive, so you should analyze your budget and get a grill you can afford. Also, a bag of charcoal costs slightly less than a comparable amount of propane, so even the upkeep of a charcoal grill is also cheaper.

A gas grill is much more convenient for cooking regular meals. It basically has a similar convenience as your oven. A gas grill requires only the flip of a switch to light and a few minutes to warm up. The food also cooks more quickly and more evenly than it does on a charcoal grill. These advantages can benefit a family that would like to cook regular dinners on their grill, a busy family with less time to cook, or a family that eats dinner later in the evening,. They don’t have to wait as long for their food as they would have to with a charcoal grill. A charcoal grill would be better for family picnics or vacations, times that are more relaxed and leisurely. Another advantage of the gas grill is that when it is operated properly, it is a lot safer. Unlike a charcoal grill, which requires an open flame for part of its operation, a gas grill can be put in much smaller spaces, including patios and decks and nearer to the house, because there is no exposed flame. And, with a gas grill, small children and pets are in no danger of an open flame. The amount of supervision is cut drastically from the necessary supervision with a charcoal grill. Consider the space you have for your grill and any safety issues specific to your family.  A gas grill is also much easier to clean. The surfaces get less carbon on them and are made to easily wipe clean. A charcoal grill gets heavy with carbon and requires a lot of scrubbing to get clean.


Posted: April 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Today, our stressful and fast paced lives lead us to search out ways to stay healthy.  We try to eat organic to keep our cholesterol low, workout regularly to steady sugar levels and find ways to deal with stress to stabilize blood pressure.  We do this to live longer, healthier lives.

What we don’t realize is that a big part of our health has to do with the alignment of our body.  In fact, over 75 million Americans have a misaligned body due to an improper bite.   This is not just about how “straight” our teeth are but how they come together in harmony with the muscles and joints. Our organism is made up of bones, muscles and various other structures that are in an inter-relationship.  This means that if one part is out of alignment, the rest of the body is thrown out of alignment.  So when our jaw is out of alignment causing an improper bite, pain and discomfort start affecting us beyond just the face and neck areas.  This discomfort can prohibit us from following our health regimens and decrease the quality and longevity of a healthy lifestyle.   

“New research shows that by relaxing the muscles of the face and neck areas, the bite naturally flows into the correct position” says Dr. Evetta Shwartzman of Canton, MA.   “Just by doing this, we restore the balance of our musculoskeletal system and relieve symptoms we didn’t even know stemmed from this imbalance.  These symptoms include headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, jaw discomfort and many more” adds Dr. Konstantin Ronkin of Canton, MA.   

By relieving these symptoms we are improving our quality of life.  We wake up more refreshed, we have the ability to participate in healthy activities, we actually chew our food better allowing for healthier digestion and we even experience less stress.