National Diabetes Awareness Month: Preventing Complications
Diabetes is a disease which affects over 29 million Americans, and the rate is only increasing. That’s why paying attention to National Diabetes Month is so important, as the month of November is dedicated to raising awareness about diabetes prevention and management, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, keep reading to learn about diabetes, and what you can do to help raise awareness:
Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. It was previously referred to as “juvenile diabetes” because many diagnoses were made in childhood and early adulthood.
Type 2 diabetes, which is becoming increasingly more common, is caused by the body’s inability to use the insulin it creates and is often caused by poor health and weight gain.
● Eat right. Loading up on fruits, veggies, and other healthy food can go a long way towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
● Exercise. You don’t have to be a professional bodybuilder to be in shape; just a few hours of exercise a week will help keep you fit and in shape.
● Watch your weight. Weight gain is the biggest cause of Type 2 diabetes, so keep an eye on the scale and make adjustments to your diet and exercise routine as necessary.
Preventing Diabetes-Related Complications
If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, don’t worry; you can still live a totally normal life!
You just need to take a few precautions day-to-day, which include:
The month of October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month, a month dedicated to encouraging people to adopt and rescue a dog at their local animal shelter. There are many great reasons why you should adopt, rather than buy, a dog at your local shelter.
You can also visit your local animal shelter to learn more information about adopting, what kind of shelter it is, and much more. If you still want to support your local shelter but can’t care for a pet in your home, then there are other actions you can take.
Why You Should Adopt and Not Shop!
Sure, some people believe that you should purchase a dog at a pet shop rather than adopting one because dogs from a pet store are cleaner, less-problematic purebreds. That’s a myth. There are plenty of good reasons why adopting a dog is better for both the dog and the adopter. These reasons include:
Adopting a dog means saving that dog’s life
Purchasing a dog or a puppy from a pet store is more expensive than adopting
You can choose whether you want a puppy or an adult dog that’s more likely to have been house-trained already
Dogs from a shelter are cleaner than pet shop dogs.
Ways to Avoid the 7 Most Common HVAC Mistakes this Fall
As a homeowner, you are always looking for ways to save money. When it comes to your HVAC system, a little preventative maintenance can go a long way, especially when it comes to cutting repair costs as well as keeping those energy bills down.
1 – Get on it!
The biggest mistake a homeowner can make is procrastinating when it comes to your HVAC unit. These maintenance tips are easy and quickly done. The fall is a good time to do it, because of the change in season.
2 – Seasonal Inspection
While much of your HVAC maintenance is DIY-friendly, it’s not a bad idea to call in the experts seasonally to give your system a once-over. Your heating needs will change going into the winter, so the operation of your system will alter slightly as well. An inspection will help you troubleshoot, if need be. They will also clean out the unit, inspect essential mechanisms and wiring.
Looking for a job can be stressful. Trying to put together a resume that stands out might seem impossible. September is National Resume Month, and we include four tips that you can keep in mind when organizing your resume.
The Benefits of an Online Resume
An online resume offers a lot of advantages, the most common places being:
Job boards like Monster or Indeed
Recruiters and employers do a lot of searching online these days, so if your resume is online, they can find you more easily. An online resume also functions well as a “master resume.” For each job you apply for, you typically edit your resume down and tailor it to that particular job.
Having an online resume allows potential employers to see a complete picture of you, and there might be something on there you didn’t choose to include that sticks out to them that gets you a callback.
How to Organize Your Resume
There are a lot of different ways to organize your resume, and all can be successful.
The most shared and popular is a chronologically organized resume that has your most recent accomplishments at the top and goes back in time from there.
Career changers or recent grads without a lot of experience can use the functional resume format, which emphasizes your abilities over your past employment.
No matter how you ultimately decide to organize your resume, the bottom line is: use the same organizational style throughout.
What Not to Write on Your Resume
It is accepted that including references on your resume is a waste of time and space – if a potential employer wants references, they’ll ask, and you can provide them separately.
Objective statements have also fallen out of fashion because they are focused on what you, the applicant, wants, not what the employer needs, which is their focus when looking to hire someone.
If you must have a header statement, try using what’s called a personal statement instead. It sums up who you are and your professional qualifications in a sentence or two – basically like your Professional Headline on LinkedIn.
Do not list hobbies on your resume, unless they are extremely relevant to the position to which you’re applying.
Do not list old jobs on your resume that have no relevance to the one for which you’re applying.
Keep Your Resume Up to Date
Even if you are not currently seeking employment, you have a lot to gain by periodically updating your resume. Opportunities can arise very quickly, and even if you are content in your current job, your dream job might make itself known to you at a moment’s notice.
It’s good to be able to respond immediately when opportunity calls instead of having to take up precious time to massively update your resume or build another one from scratch. You also might forget particular accomplishments when you go to update your resume at a later date.
So give your resume some love this September by picking it up, dusting it off and looking at it critically. Update it even if you’re currently happy with your employment situation. You never know when your dream job will come knocking, or your situation will change!
We’re happy to provide you with this resume writing guide! For assistance in caring for your Shakopee, MN home’s plumbing, contact Elander Mechanical, Inc. at (952) 445-4692.
Greywater Recycling 101 – How Will It Help Reduce Your Water Bills?
What is a Greywater Recycling System?
“Greywater” is freshwater which has been contaminated by use in your sink, shower, tub, or washing machine. It generally contains traces of hair, grease, food particles, and cleaning products, making it unsafe to drink or consume. However, greywater is perfect for use in toilets and for irrigation systems in your yard or garden, since the contaminated water is safe for use with plants.
● Toilet water. Greywater is totally safe to use in your toilet, since the water won’t be coming into contact with your mouth, eyes, skin, hair or food. Additionally, since grey water must be used quickly, toilets are a great option since they are heavily-used appliances which use lots of water every day.
● Irrigation for yards and gardens. Even though grey water isn’t safe for us to consume, it’s completely safe to use to water your garden or keep your grass looking lush and vibrant.
Is Having Your Own Grey Water Recycling System Safe?
The best and safest way to reuse greywater is to work with a qualified plumbing professional to connect your recycling system so that the water can be funneled into your toilets, or connected to an outdoor faucet for use in the yard, instead of being connected to your sewer line.
Make sure to work with an expert to ensure that there is no “cross over” between your main plumbing lines and your greywater recycling system.
Can you be more eco-friendly in your water use?
Besides installing a greywater recycling system, you can also lower your water costs and decrease your ecological footprint by taking the following steps to reduce your water use:
● Keep your showers short
● Deal with leaky pipes as soon as you become aware of the issue
● Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or washing your face
● Install rain barrels to collect rainwater for your garden
Enlist our team of plumbing experts for assistance with installing and maintaining your new, eco-friendly greywater recycling system. Call Elander Mechanical, Inc. in Shakopee, MN today at 952-445-4692 and start saving.
5 Helpful Home Preparation Tips Before the Vacation
If you experience a burst or leaky pipe, a surprisingly large amount of water can flood into your home in a matter of a few hours. It doesn’t take a whole lot of water to do a great deal of damage either- from soiled carpeting and soggy belongings to serious structural damage that is expensive to fix.
The key is that, should a plumbing emergency happen, you aren’t going to be there to stop the water flow at the source, so you are well-advised to take that precautionary step before you leave.
2- Clean the Garbage Disposal
You plan to take out the garbage before you leave, right? The same concept should apply to your garbage disposal. You take the garbage out because you know it will decompose while you are gone and it will be very smelly in your house when you get back.
If you’ve got residue or debris lingering in your disposal, get rid of it by cleaning it out with vinegar and baking soda. Put about a half a box of baking soda and two or three cups of white vinegar. It will fizzle together and remove any loose debris. Flush generously with hot water.
3- Disconnect the Appliances
When you are on vacation, you might as well pocket some savings by unplugging your appliances. Not only is this energy efficient, but it will also help reduce the possibility of a plumbing emergency.
When doing your home maintenance, pay particular attention to your washing machine.
Make sure that there is no water pooled in the basin (a prime spot for mold and mildew to grow). Check your hoses to make sure that they aren’t cracked. Broken washing machine hoses are one of the leading causes of flooding damage to homes.
4- Tell Your Water Heater to Take a Vacation
Most newer model water heaters will give you the option to switch the heater to “VAC” mode, which drops the temperature to about 50F. There is no need to heat water while you are away, right?
If you have a programmable unit, you can schedule the heater to resume activity a few hours before you are due back.
5- Sump Pump Inspection
Sump pumps don’t last forever and sometimes aren’t used often. But you absolutely need a sump pump that functions properly if you experience flooding while you are on vacation.
Take time to make sure that your sump pump is working well and that it is free from debris. You’ll be glad you did.
Your plumbing is a big part of your life, and you may not even really notice it until it doesn’t work or until you experience a plumbing emergency in Shakopee, MN. That’s when you need reliable help in a hurry. We’re there for you when you need us. Call Elander Mechanical, Inc. at 952-445-4692 today.
July is Ultraviolet (UV) Rays Safety Awareness Month. Never expose your skin to unsolicited sunlight attention without sunscreen protection. Make a pledge to yourself to protect your skin from UV damage.
Prolonged UV Exposure
Sunburn: Red, peeling skin is uncomfortable and unattractive.
Skin damage: Sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, premature aging, and unwanted freckles.
Skin cancer: Sunburn and sun exposure have been linked to skin cancer.
How can I keep from getting burned?
Avoid direct sunlight to your skin by:
Using Sunscreen: Experts recommend using at least Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30-50 and applying 15 minutes before going outdoors. Remember that sunscreen loses its effectiveness after 2 hours (Always read the directions). Make sure to bring sunscreen when you are planning a day outside.
Protective Clothing: Wide-brimmed hats can protect the delicate skin on your face. Some clothing has built-in SPF protection. Don’t forget SPF-rated sunglasses to protect your eyes.
Shade: The best way to block the sun is to stay out of the sun during the hot times. Spend some time under a tree, canopy, or bring an umbrella.
What is the hottest time of the day?
While the sun is highest in the sky at noon, the hottest time of the day is actually around 3:00 p.m. During summer, sunlight is most intense between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Remember that even on a cloudy day, UV rays can still cause skin damage and even sunburn. Sometimes the best way to protect yourself on a hot summer day is to relax with a cold drink inside your climate-controlled environment.
Make sure your home stays cool this summer. Call Elander Mechanical, Inc., in Shakopee, MN, at (952) 445-4692 to schedule an A/C tune-up today.
Below are six home improvement projects you’ve likely been putting off for months. Relax! These aren’t major project, they’re just basic maintenance projects. You can do most or all of them yourself in a single weekend.
1. Deck Cleaning
First, make sure all the faucets inside your home are turned off and that none of them are dripping. Next, walk around your property and make sure all of your outside faucets are off and that none of them are dripping either. Then locate the water meter for your home. It should have a dial (similar to the one on your electric meter) that spins when water is being used.
If you can see that the dial is turning, then you must have a leak somewhere. If it appears to have stopped, then take a reading and come back to check again in a few hours. If it hasn’t moved by the time you come back, then you’re all good.
However, if it has moved and nobody has used the water inside or outside of your home since you last checked the meter, then you have a leak somewhere.
If there’s a leak, you’ll need to figure out if the leak is inside or outside.
Locate your home’s main water shut-off valve.
It may be located just outside your home in a vault in the ground, or it may be attached to your water heater.
Shut off the water and check the meter again. If the dial has now stopped, then the leak is inside of your home. If it is still spinning, then that means one of your pipes or faucets outside of the house is leaking.
4. Pool Cleaning & Maintenance
Everybody loves going for a summertime swim, and pool maintenance is pretty straightforward and is something you can do yourself without having to call in professional assistance. But before you let everyone jump in your pool, you’ll want to take some steps to get it ready.
Scrub the sides and tiles to prevent algae and dirt buildup
Keep pH balance between 7.2 and 7.8
Clean out your filter, skimmer and drain
Check for cracks around the perimeter of your pool
Check water clarity – it should be crystal-clear!
5. Pest Control for Your Yard
If “deferred maintenance” is your middle name and you haven’t done any pest control on your property in years, then you might just let the pros handle this one from start to finish. But if you’ve been keeping up with regular spraying and ground treatment, then you might just need a little touch up for the summer, and that’s something that you might be able to do yourself.
Spray around the perimeter of your home’s exterior walls, and reload any ant, roach and rodent bait stations you have set up. Also, scan the yard, garage, attic vents and roof overhangs for beehives and wasp nests.
Some wasps prefer nests in the ground, so watch carefully for wasps buzzing around your yard and fpay attention to see where they go. If you find anything out of the ordinary, then call around to get a professional pest control company to come out and do a free inspection of your property.
If you’re doing an outside barbecue, ground treatment may be in order. For that, you should probably consult a professional pest control company.
6. Air Conditioning & HVAC Maintenance
Your 4th of July bash is going to fizzle if your cooling system isn’t running at full strength. If you have wall units installed in several rooms, be sure to clean the filters by running them through warm water and letting them air dry thoroughly. Also, check the coils for debris buildup.
In some areas, birds and yellow jackets love to nest inside second-floor AC units, clogging up the fans and potentially causing the unit to stop working. You can simply unbolt these units from the wall and slide them out into the room for cleaning. It’s a messy job, though, so have some old towels or linens laid out on the floor beforehand.
If you have a central AC and ventilation system in your Shakopee, MN home and would like to have it checked out in the summer, contact Elander Mechanical, Inc. at (952) 445-4692.
Summer solstice is on its way, and many people are ready to celebrate by opening their pools and having parties. Celebrating this day is a tradition that dates back to ancient times. Here are some tips to make your summer celebration a success:
1) What is the Summer Solstice?
Summer Solstice is the official first day of summer. It is also the longest day of the year and occurs between June 20-23 (according to the Gregorian calendar). In 2016, it will be celebrated on June 20th. There are many cultures that place a sacred significance on this day. It was seen as a day when the sun was reborn and gave most of its light to benefit the crops. It was celebrated with banquets, bonfires, and special gifts. There are still many groups, such as Wiccans, who have celebrations for the Summer Solstice.
2) Bonfire Tips
After braving the cold of a long winter, it is fun to celebrate the warmth of summer. You can make this year’s summer solstice a fun celebration with family and friends. What better way to celebrate than with an old-fashioned bonfire! The ancients believed that the fire honored the sun and warded off any evil spirits. Just make sure you do it in a place where building fires is not forbidden by local ordinances.
The ideal place for a bonfire is away from buildings, trees, and anything else that can catch fire. Find a spot and gather up some wood. Rather than just throw the wood in a pile, set it upright until it looks like a wooden teepee. Take smaller branches and paper to make kindling. Avoid using hazardous fire-accelerating fuels. Once the fire gets started, you can feed it larger pieces of wood to keep it going. Never leave a bonfire unattended and be sure to watch children around it.
Set the bonfire on the evening of the solstice, when the outside temperature is cooler and the fire can be seen better. Many people have hot dogs to roast over the fire; however, you can grill any type of food that you prefer. You can put meat and veggies on a skewer and have delicious kebabs. If you are a vegetarian, you can stick to grilling vegetables and even fruit. The classic dessert is grilled marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate for s’mores!
3) Watch the Sunset / Sunrise
Another tradition is to celebrate the solstice all night. Your family and guests can watch the glorious sunset on June 20th and stay up to watch the sunrise. You can play games and tell ghost stories around the fire. If you like, you can hand out small party favors to remember the day. Just be careful to watch the fire and put it out completely with water when you are done.
Since you may be opening your pool on this day, it would be a good time to check your plumbing. Call Elander Mechanical, Inc., in Shakopee, MN, at (952) 445-4692.