There’s nothing sweeter than the stench of a blocked up outdoor drain. Not. Unfortunately it happens too often due to high traffic in toilets, showers and sinks. Having a blocked outside drain generally means calling in an emergency plumbing team to have someone come to give a strong jetting and thorough cleaning. No one wants to have to do this so keeping your drains as ship shape as possible is the best thing you can do to make sure you don’t have to spend anything extra calling someone out. There’s a lot you can do to help yourself and your drains. The more they get blocked up, the more possible damage to the system inside the walls. To save yourself excessive replacement pipework that will inevitably need doing, you should just take care of what you have before it gets to be a problem.
Most minor drain blockages can be repaired with very little effort using an outside drain unblocker bought from a high street shop or with other equipment you can buy from a DIY shop or local supermarket. You don’t need to be an expert at DIY to unblock a drain you just have to be willing to get a little bit dirty and a little bit smelly! The first thing to do is figure out what is wrong and sometimes this can be a little disgusting so glove up and wear something protective over your clothes. Bathroom drains can be clogged up with hair, soap and basically dead skin. Kitchen drains tend to be clogged up with grease from food and most people stupidly flush baby wipes which can block toilet drains. Leaves and debris from the outside block outdoor drains for the most part.
Indoor drains can usually be unblocked with something as simple as a bottle of drain unblocker so there’s no need to call out Tunbridge Wells Emergency Plumbing. Poured into the drain before you go to bed will mean you wake up to clean drains both inside and outside the house. Rinse it out the following morning and make sure you stay safe – you should wear rubber gloves at a minimum when using drain unblocker, as it can be very corrosive and can cause chemical burns. If accidentally ingested or if it makes contact with the eyes, the consequences could be even more serious.
While it is more complicated to unblock an outdoor drain than an indoor drain, it is by no means a difficult task and shouldn’t take you more than half an hour. You’ll need a set of drain rods or failing that a really big stick like a mop or broom handle. Wearing appropriate protective clothing will mean any splashes won’t bleach your clothes. Pull the cover off the drain to get a good look inside. You might need to use a screwdriver or other thin, flat project to jimmy it open. If there’s a handle, but you can’t seem to budge it, tying some rope or string around it will give you better leverage and help you remove the drain cover. If the drain is full of water, the blockage is somewhere after the chamber. If it’s empty then it’s before it which can be in the soil pipe between the chamber and the plumbing system so if you want to give it a go yourself, work your way along the chamber and clean it out. Once you’ve unblocked the drain, run clean water through it to rinse any addition debris and prevent other blockages. Pour bleach down the sinks inside to make sure they’re totally cleaned through.
When you run a food business and need online wholesale for groceries, it’s no overstatement to say that your choice of suppliers can be the difference between success and failure. And there’s a lot to consider. Price, yes. But equally important are things like delivery schedule, accreditations and – most important of all – food safety management. Here are some pointers to streamline the search for your perfect restaurant food wholesale.
Have a clear idea of what you are looking for
Finding a Catering food available online that fits your business starts with having a well-defined idea of what you’re looking for. So before you begin hurling questions at potential suppliers, you need to ask yourself some. Would you like ingredients to be sourced locally? Do you need your supplier to deliver to your premises at certain times? Knowing what you want before you begin searching will save you a lot of time, so it’s worth some thought.
Figure out the financials
As well as knowing what you are looking for, you need to know how much you are willing to pay for it. What’s your budget? How far are you willing to stretch to get the right food products? How much room is there for you to add mark-up to the products before they become too expensive for your customers? Is that mark-up enough for you to return a comfortable profit? Stretching for high overheads can put a lot of pressure on small businesses. Happily, you know your accounts better than anyone. You’re the perfect person for the job.
Ask about your supplier’s delivery schedule
Once you have found a prospective supplier, there’s plenty of information you will need to wheedle out before you can decide whether to work together. One of the first things to find out is how your supplier’s products will get to your premises. Do they deliver or will you have to send someone to collect them? Do they have a set time of day for delivery and does that fit with your rotas? And if you need your supplier to deliver fresh produce seven-days a week, is that something they can offer?
What are your supplier’s policies for food safety management?
Food safety is the most important aspect of any food business. And it’s something consumers are increasingly sensitive to. How does your supplier ensure the safety and integrity of their produce? Do they use temperature monitoring systems? Or automated food safety software? Where does your supplier source their products or raw ingredients from? If you are big on food provenance and traceability, you need a supplier who is too.
What industry accreditations or awards does your supplier have?
Be sure to ask for evidence of all food safety certificates and industry accreditations. You might also want to ask if your supplier has won any awards for their produce. It’s true that a lack of awards doesn’t signify a lack of quality. But when a supplier does have awards, you can be reasonably sure you’re onto a good thing.
Who are your prospective supplier’s existing clients?
A look at a supplier’s client list can tell you a lot about their philosophy and how they work. Do they work with multinational supermarkets? They can probably guarantee a minimum level of quality, but you might find them to be extremely busy. Does your supplier prefer to work with small independent retailers? Provenance and traceability will likely be important to them, but they may not be able to guarantee enough supply to meet large orders. If you’re feeling curious, there’s no harm in contacting an existing client of a prospective supplier to do a little detective work.
No one likes waking up early and going to work. Slogging through public transport and having to be up at the crack of dawn are just two of the least fun things in the world to do. If you have to get up early and travel a long way to visit the evil place that keeps your wages, then you will be fairly familiar with the ways that you can be scuppered when going to work. With night’s drawing in earlier and the weather becoming colder and more treacherous, going to work becomes more of a guess as to how many hours it takes to travel than it does the usual chore. In most countries like Canada and Russia have provisions in place for heavy snowfall where the UK totally fails.
To be fair, those countries are very used to heavy snowfall and wintry conditions and therefore they HAVE to make those provisions. In England, we are seriously ill equipped for strong weather. We have mild, wet summers and mild, wet winters so when we do get a freak snow storm that covers us in the white stuff, everything goes into meltdown mode. The disruption that happens across the country and the transport systems is ridiculous in a way because we have been in the position before that There are some interesting questions that arise when it comes to extreme weather conditions, one of which is whether employees should still be getting paid if they are snowed in and physically unable to travel to work? Or what if a school is closed because of the weather and a parent has to stay at home to provide childcare?
Snow is fun for everyone in the right circumstances but can be an absolute pain when it comes to work. The stress that comes with trying to get into work during impossible conditions can really be difficult to deal with on top of the financial worry that you may have to cope with. Companies such as lawfriend.org can advise you correctly on whether your employer is right to dock pay because of Mother Nature’s wrath! Generally speaking, an employee does not have a legal right to be paid if snow keeps them away from the office, but some employers may have policies and procedures contractually agreed especially when your workplace is based in a hard weather area. There are places in northern cities and in Scotland especially that make a point of being aware of the weather conditions for their employees and that can actually make for a much better, much friendlier employer.
This is because making a point of getting to know your employees can be crucial to success. There has been some suggestion that employers should have to pay when non-attendance is not the fault of the employee and that an employer could be challenged in court for withholding payment of wages. Given the lack of absolute right to be paid, and assuming there is no established procedure in place, an employee is likely to find it very hard to create a watertight legal case that they should still be paid. Of course, employers can always consider alternatives such as letting staff take the time as holiday where possible or create a provision for working from home. Handled well, employers can actually use the opportunity to boost morale. People don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. The personalities in management are crucial to happy employees and if you are the sort of employer who makes arrangements for snow days and work at home days, then you will end up favourable in the eyes of the staff.
Obviously an employer should make a point of recognising those staff who do manage to come into work in difficult conditions and perhaps putting some kind of bonus in place for this situation is a good idea. If as an employer you would like guidance on how to deal with or plan ahead for staff problems caused by winter weather, or you would like to know as an employee, contacting a solicitor is a good idea.
IRS tax debt is a serious financial issue that should be quickly addressed. An Offer in Compromise is a settlement on your IRS debts so organising this is very important. If you have a tax debt from past years or have already done your taxes for this year and expect to owe money, you can always find a solution. The solution is not to ignore the debt and seeking the right advice from companies such as platinumtaxdefenders.com will help you on your way to tax debt freedom.
Don’t be ashamed to seek help; that’s exactly what it is there for! Finding the right attorney to help you on your case is part of the whole solution to your tax issues so get dialling today. Although the IRS has only ten years to collect on a tax debt, it has many very powerful tools at its disposal during those ten years and it can really take the stress off of you if you just deal with the debt now and fast than leave it. Possible solutions can include personal loans and savings, arranging instalment agreements to arrange a payment plan for your tax debt and an offer in compromise. If you owe an IRS tax debt, the best solution is to borrow funds or use savings to pay it. Better to pay that in full and repay a loan company or rebuild savings than have a blemish on your credit.
By paying the full balance when it’s due, the amount you owe will be much lower than if you request one of the IRS payment options, which will include penalties and interest. If you borrow against your home to pay the IRS tax debt, the interest you pay may actually be tax deductible. Be careful when considering drawing on a retirement fund to pay the debt as it could very well lead to additional taxes being owed. Check with a professional and the retirement plan administrator whenever you consider taking money from a retirement plan.
If you prepare your taxes before the deadline and realise you will be owing the IRS tax, you can file for an extension of time to pay. Depending on your individual circumstances, the extension can be anywhere from thirty to one hundred and twenty days. Pay as much as you can early to reduce the late-pay penalties and interest owed. Filing an extension will protect you from the late filing penalties which are severe. If you are experiencing financial hardship or other personal hardship like illness or a loss of financial records due to natural disaster, the IRS may grant a temporary delay of payment of your tax debt. In some cases, penalties may also be waived, but interest usually applies. You must contact the IRS to request the delay and the sooner you do this the sooner you can be helped. There are a lot of ways to get help when you encounter a tax debt and if you act quickly you can get this help sorted out long before any major penalties are handed to you.
In virtually all areas of digital marketing, you are dealing with a large number of unknowns.
The best search marketers on the planet will admit that they cannot guarantee where your site will rank in a year’s time, let alone one month. The same can be said for social media marketers, content marketers etc. As such, predicted outcomes are usually nothing more than calculated guesses. If you’re working with an experienced consultant, the likelihood is that it’ll be a pretty good guess, out even the best marketers are susceptible to overestimating their abilities, and not taking into account external factors. One of the best thing you can do, as a client, to mitigate against this is to separate fact from speculation, and differentiate outputs from outcomes. Ask your consultant to explain what aspects of their proposal are based on speculation, and what is/isn’t guaranteed.
Replace as many unknowns (e.g. revenue estimates, traffic estimates, and conversion rates) with real numbers, and be conservative. Better to be pleasantly surprised than unpleasantly surprised.
Once you’re happy with your consultant’s strategy and forecasts, expect them. In a famous experiment, Harvard professor Robert Rosenthal found that the expectations of those around us do influence our results, even when those people never share their expectations with us. Digital marketing is a process that takes time to reach a desired result. Think of it like running a bath – you can’t turn the tap on and have a full bath in a matter of seconds. Unlike running a bath, which fills at a linear rate (if you run a bath for twice as long it’ll be twice as full), digital marketing growth tends to happen exponentially in growth spurts. Take this website for example – here’s a screenshot of our traffic: Of course, the work in the first twelve months contributed to the 600% growth spurt, but imagine if I had fired the digital marketer (in this instance, myself) after the six-month milestone on the basis that we had only achieved a tiny amount of growth during this period? Had that been the case, I think it’s unlikely we would have grown by 600% in months 12-16.
The flip side of the coin is that you probably pay your consultant on a linear monthly retainer. It’s understandable that many clients get itchy feet when they find that there has been very little growth after months of paying for consultancy. So, when is enough – enough? Ultimately, it depends on a number of variables, such as the age of the business, the amount of time spent by the consultant, and the type of digital marketing campaign in question. For example, it typically takes longer to generate results from an SEO or content marketing campaign, than a paid search or social advertising campaign. Companies like southcoastmarketingroup.com can help you with your search. That said, virtually all aspects of digital marketing grow gradually, and then suddenly. If you’re not seeing a gradual improvement in your campaign over the first six months, it might be time to investigate the reason why. In defence of the great digital marketers who sometimes don’t achieve desired results, a lack of tangible results can be due to the client’s business model, or unwillingness / inability to implement recommendations quickly. Generally speaking, though, the issue is most likely to reside in the consultant’s strategy, especially if the business has achieved good results in the past.
If this is the case, be patient, but be ready to move on if you suspect your consultant isn’t being effective or generating the results they anticipated.
The main trait of a clutterer is denial. Who me? I don’t live in a mess. I can throw things away that are chipped or broken. I can live in a home without clutter! A clutterer is a compulsive collector who can’t bear to put worthless things in the bin (garbage) or throw anything away that is broken. They have to have all their possessions on show, and hence the always have a dusty house because it is so difficult to clean. At first glance their home looks like a tip, but it is often ordered, just very busy and full. So, can we cure the clutterer? Yes we can! They just have to want to change. With a little persuasion and a lot of heartache it can be done.
- Step 1 – Act like you are about to move house. Take everything out of the room. (Do this one room at a time or the clutterer just won’t cope.)
- Step 2 – Bring back the most important things for the room. For example a living room, the sofa, couch, chairs, TV, stereo, side tables, or the bedroom, bed side tables.
- Step 3 – Work out where all the important things sit in the space. Move them so the space flows and that you can move freely around the room. Then sit down and have a look around, breathe in, how do you feel? You should feel liberated. You will find that your chest feels lighter, the air seems to flow better, (could be something to do with Feng Shui), or just that you are not having to fight with multiple colours and textures around the room.
- Step 4 – Start layering. Select a few things at a time to bring back into the room to decorate with. Paintings, pictures, a vase, a rug, lamps. Do it slowly and feel how the space is changing. Pick out the best items that you want to show, don’t use all of them. I have just heard lately of an expression called editing, it means select the best things you have and enjoy them, change them around seasonally or as the fashion you follow dictates, it is important that the room expresses the personality of the owner, but we don’t need their whole life story in one room.
- Step 5 – Stop! Yes, don’t keep going. Less is better in a room. Put all the remaining items in storage until you are happy with the new space. Then after a few weeks, sort through it all, keep what is reusable, and donate the rest to a good charity or sell it on ebay. You can cure the clutterer.
This illness can easily creep back, make sure if you are going to add new things that you do it slowly and really consider their impact on the space, you may have to take something out to make room for it. If not, you will again suffer the dreadful fate of becoming a recurring clutterer. Companies like eggersfurniture.com is somewhere you can buy amazing furniture for storing all that clutter!
You can do this, we can cure the clutterer and create a potential interior decorator out of you yet. Give it a go now.
Considering taking your first coach holiday? Perhaps you have just booked one, we know how excited you must feel! The prospect of visiting so many spectacular destinations in one holiday is an exciting one but you’re probably wondering just what you’ve set yourself up for! What will it be like to be on a coach? Will I enjoy it? These questions are probably running round your head but never fear: we’ve put together a guide for your peace of mind with our best tips for you as a first time coach traveller. If you’ve booked yourself a holiday with a company like door2tour.com then you will already be in great hands. You’ll likely have been told that your drivers will always be around to assist you with any questions you may have. Listen to your driver and you won’t go wrong. They do all the journeys week in, week out and there are very professional. They can often advise on option excursions that are around and you can relax and enjoy the holiday ahead of you knowing you’ve had some sage advice.
Companies like door2tour.com will advise you to do as many optional excursions as you can! Treat yourself on your ferry crossing if there is one included in your trip and book a table at the restaurant there. You can book a table in advance as it tends to get very busy and you should be able to do that on your operator website. Remember that you are sharing the coach with other people and it’s important that you think before acting.
As a general rule, minimising loud activities and stinky food and take care of the passengers around you if they’re asleep. It’s nice to get to know the people you are travelling with but controversial topics on a coach can create conflict so keep conversation light. Most coach companies don’t allow people to eat on a coach but to eat on a break – and almost all coach holidays have breaks along the way! If you do want a snack and you are allowed to eat then choosing to eat something less likely to spill are the best things to do. If you are stopping to look at a site, be back on time!
The best thing you can do is not hold other people up. Coach holidays aren’t for everyone but ensuring your comfort on your coach holiday is the most important thing that your holiday company will do for you. You must remember to love the experience! You’re about to explore more than one destination and visit different places with your family.
It’s exciting to travel around and if you are travelling with children be aware of their surroundings and how to keep them comfortable. Stay considerate of your other passengers on board and ultimately, enjoy yourself! There’s nothing worse than crying children on a coach with fifty people so stay smiling!
The importance of having your caravan mobile repaired is to ensure that you are safe road tripping and with the safety, you are as well at peace because you know that your vehicle can last you for a longer period without getting any hassle. This can only be made possible if you can hire caravan services in the north east to assist you and it is essential for you to choose the best services that are offered in terms of budget, the use of high-quality materials for replacement of items and the equipment they’re using for maintenance.
Because you will get good services from your chosen company, it is best that you look through its advantages. Here are the following mobile caravan services that you can avail from a reputable company.
- Inspecting- this is the first step that most experts would do before concluding a general problem of the vehicle. This is where you will get quoted as to how much you will be investing money in its maintenance and at the same time, you will know what are the changes to be done for your caravan mobile.
- Brakes- this is one of the main reasons as to why you will need to ensure that your trailer mobile is well equipped with brakes. Keep in mind that brakes also handled the safety of your road trip so be sure that it is well-checked by a skilled professional. There is the certain level for you to understand when it comes to the maintenance of the brakes if it exceeds to more than its required kilometers, that is close to the process of wear and tear which means you’ll have to have it change for you to keep up with the use of the caravan.
- Checking of tires and its tire pressure- of course, without having to check the tires you can never go on with your plans of road tripping, not unless the tires are prepared and ready for a long drive. It is also important that you have a spare tire just in case you get caught in the middle of the road. You must have a tire pressure to make sure that you can always provide right away in times of need.
- Checking for battery connection- another important area that you’ll have check is the existence of the battery. If your mobile caravan has not been used for more than a year or so, you must check first its function and see if it can be revived. If not, have it changed to avoid any disruption while driving which can be a great cause of accidents.
- Greasing suspension- the purpose of the oil is to make sure that it does not dry up any parts of the machine while the caravan mobile is moving.
One thing that you should remember is to keep your warranty as this is critical every time you get to have a regular mobile caravan check and if you are not using so much of the services provided, the manufacturer will eventually void your warranty.
Anyone looking to build a new structure or get a current building analyzed and checked should consider hiring the services of an engineering consultation company. If you are someone that is thinking about hiring such a company, then the information in this article could prove to be useful to you. There are certainly a lot of benefits that you could potentially gain if you engaged the services of an engineering company. Through an engineering company, you could find and hire a competent civil engineer in Maidstone. And if you do hire that civil engineer, here are some of the benefits that you could gain.
- Expert advice
The engineers that you end up hiring would be able to provide expert advice to help you plan out your building’s or structure’s design. They could also give you advice on specific kinds of building materials that you could use. And they may even offer advice on which kind of contractor that you hire. The advice that civil engineers can give to you, would be priceless since they have got the training and experience that is required to actually give out substantial advice.
Structural and civil engineers could also help you alleviate costs later on in your building project. This is because they could help prevent any kind of mistakes being made. And each mistake that is made during construction, could cost you a lot of time and money. But if you hire a civil or structural engineer to help consult you on your project, you may actually end up reducing the chances of mistakes being made. And since fewer mistakes are made, fewer problems are also encountered during construction. This could potentially equal to concrete savings in the final completion of your building project.
- Prevents future problems
You could also prevent any kind of structural issue that would happen to your building if you utilize the services of a structural engineer. This is because you would not have to worry about any kind of problem that could be missed. A civil or structural engineer would be able to spot any small structural issue or building problem that would happen to your building. They can also consult with your current contractor, to ensure that the construction process also goes without any problem. So if you would like your building to be built with the least amount of problems, you have got to hire a civil or structural engineer.
- Building codes will be easier t follow
There are a lot of building codes that you have to adhere to if you are building any kind of structure. And hiring a structural engineer in Maidstone should allow you to follow all of those building codes and regulations without a problem. A civil engineer will be familiar with all of the potential codes that should be followed. And they can make sure that when you are planning your building’s design, there would be no design or structural element that would go against any existing codes and regulations.
Paying out for replacement dishwashers, glasswashers and other service appliances can be a total drag. But if you are making repeated service calls for your commercial equipment, then you should be looking at replacing them.
Although these are cleaning machines, proper maintenance and cleaning are important to keep dishwashers operating efficiently and effectively. Typically, a dishwasher is replaced for one of three reasons: technical problems, inefficiency, or inadequacy for operational needs. Technical problems can mean the machine is out of warranty and past its prime. Older generation dishwashers are expensive to keep running from a service point of view. You can buy new quality equipment from websites like shopupster.co.uk. Most high-quality commercial dishwashers are expected to have a useful service life of 10 years on average.
As your food service establishment continually grows or expands overtime, you may find that your dishwasher isn’t capable of handling the growing demands efficiently, so looking at shopupster.co.uk for ideas on new equipment will really help. If your machine is requiring you to rewash items or extending operating times, it is probably time to consider replacing the unit. The good news is that today’s dishwasher models consume significantly less water and energy than models of only five years ago. This reduces the time necessary to recoup the investment of a new machine significantly. So how can you tell when it’s time to replace your dishwasher? Look for the following:
When to Replace
- Increased service calls and high repair costs: When a unit requires an increasing number of service calls or multiple component replacements, it may be nearing the end of its service life.
- Signs of wear and tear: Tank leaks may signify that the welds are giving out. Also, problems can be caused by water leaking from the boosters.
- Loss of controls: If the dishwasher’s controls are not operating properly or pump pressure is lost, replacement is most likely appropriate.
- Inconsistent results: The results of the unit are a key indicator that the dishwasher is not operating at 100 percent.
- Older models: Operators may want to replace older dishwashers that are utilising excessive amounts of energy and/or water with a more efficient unit.
Once you have that new machine installed, it’s important to get the most out of your purchase. Remember these steps for extending the life of your new dishwasher:
- Clean machines after every shift, since flushing out the water removes accumulated dirt from the machine, improving washing performance.
- Regularly wash and clean scrap screens or filters.
- Depending on usage and water quality, wash and rinse arms should be cleaned weekly or as required.