Top 3 Cement Maintenance Tips From The Pros

Concrete is one of the most versatile and durable building materials that the current construction companies are using. A well-made structure can last multiple generations whilst still maintaining its beauty and structural integrity.

Very few building materials offer comparable qualities. That is why, whenever the topic of caring for concrete arises, it’s usually a contentious one, to say the least.

 

On one hand, property owners have a vague understanding that properly installed surface can withstand a ton without being properly cared for. On the other hand, professionals in the construction industry clearly understand that despite the high performance, concrete as a building material does need proper care in order for it to provide optimal return on investment. Reconciling these two perceptions is extremely important for property owners!

 

So, how does one go about caring for it? Herein we will explore the top 3 concrete maintenance tips and suggestions, with the intention of helping homeowners get the most out of their investment

 

#1. Driveway Winter How To’s

 

There are few, if any, materials that are not affected by the freezing cold that is winter. Just as any other material, you can expect hard cement to contract during the cold months of winter and subsequently expand when the outside temperature rises. It is, therefore, important for it to be well cared-for prior to and during the colder months.

 

The care begins with letting it properly cure. Thereafter, you should consider applying a sealant to the surface that is exposed to the weather elements. The sealer comes in handy as it prevents water from seeping into the cemented rock. Thus by keeping water away, you prevent the freezing (with the accompanying expansion) and the thawing (with the accompanying contraction) of water that has the potential of destroying cement’s integrity. Another benefit of sealing your cement is that it becomes dust-proof and UV resistant, thus retaining the shine for much longer.

 

During winter, we tend to use of salt and other ice thawing products to get rid of the snow. Concrete and salt aren’t friends with each other since salt’s chemicals have the potential to exacerbate the destruction of the concrete, especially if it’s still fresh. It’s generally recommended to NOT use salt the very first winter after new installation. Therefore, whenever possible, you should opt for other methods of improving traction such as using sand instead.

 

#2. Caring For Decorative Finish

 

Decorative concrete is one of the most popular products for floors today. It’s very easy to maintain for both public and private properties. However, the maintenance schedule and procedures in these two environments differ quite a bit due to the differences in the amount of foot traffic that each property receives. For the private setting, regular dump cleaning and scheduled resealing/waxing and polishing are enough to keep the floor in stellar condition. However, for a public setting, a more rigorous maintenance schedule is required.

 

Nonetheless, to keep decorative floors in good looking conditions, property owners should ensure that they follow the cleaning regimen recommended by their contractor. This includes the cleaning solutions to be used. Property owners with decorative floors should also repair and seal any cracks that develop over time. Additionally, they should ensure that normal dirt and grime does not build up. This means that regular cleaning of the entire floor, even the parts covered by furniture is a part of maintaining the floor. Finally, stains should be removed immediately to avoid the floor absorbing any discoloring oil or grease.

 

#3. Stamped Concrete Basics

 

For many property owners, stamped concrete is proving far superior to the regular broom finish. The fact that several layers of sealer are added in addition to the color hardeners present in the concrete makes it very durable. More importantly with regards to regular maintenance, stamped concrete is easy to maintain.

 

Nonetheless, it does require maintenance in the long run. One maintenance tip to adhere to is the necessary reapplication of sealer whenever the stamped surface starts to appear dull. When it comes to an interior setting, you should consider applying wax, which acts as a sacrificial coat, thus preventing excessive wear. Also, consider performing regular cleaning to get rid of dirt and grime accumulation. Finally, for exterior stamped surfaces, you should desist from using de-icing chemicals whenever possible.

 

All in all, cement is the least maintenance intensive building material currently in use. It’s tough and can resist wear from traffic far better than any other material out there. However, with a little maintenance, you can improve its life tremendously!

Thanks goes to Leon for these much-needed tips!

Solving the problem of malnutrition using science and technology.

In my opinion, solving the problem of malnutrition, is a very difficult task to accomplish. Malnutrition, has been a major world-wide struggle since the beginning of times. Malnutrition is a concern that affects many people in many different areas, therefore the solution does not lye on single scientific, or technological approach. Furthermore, inadequacy of nutrition, cannot be solved overnight.

 

While science and technology have the potential of aiding and slowly restoring hunger in the world, it takes a collaboration of all people to help relieve this problem. When looking at hunger in comparison to the lavishness that many countries forego, the solution is almost apparent. Isn’t it?

 

My target to this problem, would involve finding a way to recycle usable and non-perishable items that in many circumstances go to waste. In addition, most restaurants throw their left over food at the end of the day, in an effort to guarantee freshness of their products for the next day. Having a unified system that would allow restaurant owners to input data regarding left over food that is available for pick up, along with a team of designated drivers who will make runs during the night to collect these items which will then be taken to a central warehouse and then distributed to the homeless, hungry, and anyone who needs food.

 

In addition, I would create a database that would allow the virtual integration of multiple localities, as well as a tracking and management systems for the drivers, distributors, and consumers. This system, will also keep track of the amount of individuals that have been assisted, in an effort o monitor progress and identify needs. Once this project has been successfully set in place at one location, expansion to different cities will eventually lead to expansion to different states which will lead to expansion to other countries.

 

The above program, would work well hand-in-hand with local Social Services agencies, food banks, non-profit organizations, churches, and other available outreach services. The collaboration of the above, in conjunction with restaurant owners, and volunteers, are the the perfect combination for the effort of improving hunger problems in the world.

 

Aside from hunger, malnutrition also affects a persons’ health, emotional, physical, and mental state & development. The integration of a nutrition system approach, along with medical services, will not only help feed the hungry, but also retain them for medical assistance. Aside from the above reasons, it may assist in the gathering of information for the purposes of medical and statistic data collection, which in return, could be used for research purposes, and fir further active targeting to these world-wide programs.

 

Hunger affects millions of people each day. Many of those, including children and the elderly, suffer more severe consequences of hunger thus developing irreversible diseases and many times even death. Many of the victims of hunger, do not have the resources to travel to food banks or community outreach centers for assistance. For these reasons, it is imperative to establish a program that has the capacity of taking this into consideration, by delivering food to many areas and to rural populations.

 

Next time that you cook at meal, be sure to put all efforts into making only what is going to be eaten. Food waste, is not only a sure way of wasting, but also reflects a poor consideration to the hungry and to those in need of proper nutrition. The food that you waste, has the potential of saving another’s life, should it end up in the right hands. Please considering researching the needs of your local food banks, and making a small donation when possible and available.

This research is brought to you by Tree Service Little Rock, my personal friends and experts when it comes to trees and garden.

Essentials for growing healthy plants

As a botany expert, I spend a lot of my time with and around plants. It’s been over 9 years since I got really into it and now It almost feels like I can understand them.

For the past 2 weeks, I’ve been asked daily, for tips and recommendations on growing healthy and strong plants in your home without the use of any type of moisture and climate control devices.

Here’s a video I found last night , that give you a fantastic overview and several tips on how to be successful growing anything your can imagine right here in your home.

Enjoy and let me know what you think: