Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps Explains How to Use the Fireplace this Spring

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN – Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps ( http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com/), in Eden Prairie, is explaining to homeowners how to use their fireplace this spring so it remains safe for next winter.

How to maintain your fireplace this Spring:

  • Control the temperature if you decide to use it. You don’t want to waste firewood by having too hot of a temperature causing you to open the windows. The type of wood can help control the temperature. For example, softwood will burn hotter and faster, while hardwood will create less heat and burn longer.
  • Do not use green wood. Burn properly seasoned wood any time you use your fireplace in order to have proper heating.
  • Use your fire place efficiently by using the top-down burn method. This method helps burn all the fuel completely. Although this method may take some getting used to, it is fairly easy and will save you from wasting firewood.

A past client of Blue Sky said: “The communication and responsiveness was some of the best I’ve had dealing with contractors over the years. From the first call for an estimate to the final payment the whole thing could not have been easier… They replaced the flued, rebuilt the chimney, poured a new cap and waterproofed the whole chimney. They were in and out in less than two days!”

Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps is family owned and operated, and has over 20 years of experience in the chimney repair and cleaning field, and all of their masons and sweeps are licensed and insured. They are members of the National Chimney Sweeps Guild and are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Blue Sky offers chimney cleaning in Minneapolis and the metro area. For more information on chimney services from Blue Sky Chimney Sweeps, visit http://www.mplsblueskychimneysweeps.com, or call 952-944-1744.

BigTreeSupply.com: Will a Late Spring Frost Damage Your Trees?

By Nancy Penrose

It seems to happen without fail that we’ll enjoy the spring weather, but then winter will present us with one last freeze right when we thought it was all over. A dip in temperature isn’t just a shock for us; our trees feel it too.

Will a late spring frost damage your tree?
When there is a sudden drop in temperature, some trees, even big trees, can experience frost damage. Frost damage affects all trees, but the good news is that most trees can fully recover with some of your help. Here are some things you can do to help your tree recover from frost damage:

  • Lock in soil moisture by mulching your tree. Mulch will also provide nutrients for the tree’s new leaves.
  • Prune out dead stems if there are any.
  • Keep track of the weather so you can stay ahead of any future temperature drops. If you notice another temperature drop is approaching, you can water your tree the night before or cover it with burlap (or a different breathable material) if it’s small enough.

How does frost damage trees?
A drastic change in the weather can cause stress to trees. If your tree had new growth when spring arrived, the blooms can be damaged when the temperature drops suddenly. Not to worry though – many trees will sprout again later in the season. Trees that may have a hard time sprouting again are fruit and flowering trees, however.

How do I know if my tree has been damaged from frost?
Generally speaking, you will notice any new growth your tree made will turn brown a few days after the freeze. Frost damage affects differently depending on your tree type, so your tree may show different signs of frost damage than other trees. We offer inspections and provide treatments for trees, just contact us at (866) 313-2333.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplanting tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at http://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to nurserytrees.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEP1vudflm0 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108.

Big Trees Inc. is Having a Successful First Quarter

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, has been having a successful first quarter with plenty of new inventory and consistent transplanting work.

Big Trees’ nursery has upwards of 50 flowering Cherry trees ready for sale in several sizes, along with numerous flowering Pear trees, dozens of Stewartias, Styrax and Dogwoods. While the flowering trees are the focal point during Spring, Big Trees has also been stockpiling a lot of evergreen trees from Excelsa Cedars to Leyland Cypress to Hinoki Cypress, and a handful of evergreen Magnolias.

Furthermore, Big Trees has had a number of onsite transplanting projects. Big Trees addresses each scenario from as many angles as they can think of before considering the handling for larger trees. Once they’ve created a realistic plan, the pieces start to come together for the big transplant. It is an excitement for both Big Trees and their client when a tree gets lifted to their new location and planting begins.

“We hope to see you here in the nursery this spring, and help you find the right trees for your landscaping projects. Anyone who simply wants to walk the lanes of the nursery and see what all of these varieties of trees look like are always welcome as well. We’re looking at a busy, exciting season of planting, and we wish you the best with all of your gardening projects.” said Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ Operation Manager.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

Brite Smiles is Offering Smile Design

APPLE VALLEY, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care ( http://www.britesmilesdentalcare.com ), in Apple Valley, is offering their smile design services, such as cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and veneers.

Having front teeth you love can increase what Brite Smiles calls the “Smile Factor.” The Smile Factor is the fact of smiling, which causes the person wearing the smile to create a better impression on everyone around them. Brite Smiles wants their patients to experience the Smile Factor for themselves this spring, and are informing patients on some of the smile design services they offer:

Teeth Whitening: Coffee, wine, smoking and other foods can stain teeth on a daily basis, leaving them lackluster. Teeth whitening helps restore the natural color of the teeth.

Veneers: Veneers are a thin covering that bonds to existing teeth to redesign and reshape the look of the entire mouth. Veneers help cover stains, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned and chipped teeth.

Ray, a patient at Brite Smiles, said, “Dr. Simmons and his team are the best! Always responsive, helpful, and friendly – and very, very good at what they do. My smile has never been brighter. I’d highly recommend their practice to anyone!”

A staff member at Brite Smiles stated: “Spring is a great time to ask for a smile recommendation from one of our doctors. We recommend it highly so you can experience the Smile Factor first hand!”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then, he has participated in over 3,000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on dental services from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit http://britesmilesdentalcare.com , or call 952-891-8484.

California toma medidas importantes para la seguridad sísmica después de terremotos en México

earthquake retrofittingCalifornia toma medidas importantes para la seguridad sísmica después de terremotos en México

Los terremotos devastadores del año pasado en México han llevado a las ciudades de todo California a tomar medidas reales para la seguridad sísmica.

Por primera vez, en casi una generación, las ciudades del sur de California comenzaron a identificar edificios sísmicamente vulnerables en cada área.

“Lo que sucedió el año pasado en Ciudad de México, no queremos experimentar en California”, dijo David L. Khorram, superintendente de edificios y seguridad de Long Beach a L.A. Times, refiriéndose al terremoto masivo que dejó a 360 personas muertas.

Como resultado, Long Beach está en conversaciones para asignar $ 1 millón a la seguridad sísmica en un esfuerzo por identificar 5,000 edificios en el área que necesitan modificaciones de terremotos.

Malibu también está evaluando sus estructuras de historias blandas, mientras que áreas como Ventura y Hermosa Beach han seguido su ejemplo.

La retroalimentación promedio de pisos blandos de un edificio de apartamentos con estructura de madera va de $ 40,000 a $ 160,000 para reforzar. Los edificios de acero y hormigón cuestan un poco más, de $ 50 a $ 100 por pie cuadrado para actualizaciones sísmicas.

“Si nos fijamos en el costo de la retroadaptación en comparación con el valor del edificio, las matemáticas son realmente fáciles. Tenemos inversiones importantes en estas propiedades, y tenemos la intención de protegerlas “, dijo el director general de Real Estate Group, Michael Cusumano.

L.A. ha tomado medidas proactivas para remediar edificios vulnerables en el área. En 2015, la ciudad identificó aproximadamente 15,000 apartamentos y edificios de concreto que requieren modificaciones sísmicas.

Si tiene alguna inquietud acerca de la base de su hogar, comuníquese con Julian Construction para programar una inspección gratuita. Los problemas de la Fundación, que no se controlan, solo se volverán más dañinos y costosos con el tiempo.

Julian De La Torre es un experto en la inspección de la fundación de Los Ángeles, contratistas de cimientos y reparación de cimientos. La compañía de Julian, Julian Construction, ha inspeccionado más de 15,000 estructuras, trabajando con firmas de ingeniería y departamentos locales de construcción y seguridad. La compañía ha realizado más reparaciones de cimientos y reacondicionamiento de terremotos en Los Ángeles que cualquier otra compañía en el área en los últimos cinco años.

California Takes Major Steps to Seismic Safety After Mexico Earthquakes

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Last year’s devastating earthquakes in Mexico have prompted cities across California to take real action for seismic safety.

For the first time – in nearly a generation – cities across Southern California have started to identify seismically vulnerable buildings in each area.

“What happened last year in Mexico City, we don’t want to experience in California,” David Khorram, Long Beach’s superintendent of building and safety told the L.A. Times, referring to the massive temblor that left 360 people dead.

As a result, Long Beach is in current discussions to allocate $1 million to seismic safety in an effort to identify 5,000 buildings in the area needing earthquake retrofits.

Malibu is likewise evaluating their soft-story structures, while areas like Ventura and Hermosa Beach have followed suit.

The average soft-story retrofit of a wood-frame apartment building runs from $40,000 to $160,000 to reinforce. Steel and concrete buildings cost a bit more, at $50 to $100 per square foot for seismic upgrades.

“If you look at the cost of the retrofit versus the value of the building, the mathematics are really easy. We have significant investments in these properties, and we intend to protect them,” said the managing director of Real Estate Group, Michael Cusumano.

L.A. has taken proactive measures to remedy vulnerable buildings in the area. In 2015, the city identified roughly 15,000 apartment and concrete buildings needing seismic retrofits.

If you have any concerns about your home’s foundation, contact Julian Construction to schedule a free inspection. Foundation issues, left unchecked, will only get more damaging and expensive with time.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair and earthquake retrofitting in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

¿Estás viviendo en una zona de peligro sísmico? Nuevo mapa muestra lugares en riesgo

california earthquake fault zonesGracias a un nuevo mapa interactivo, es más fácil ver si estás viviendo en una zona de falla del terremoto de California.

The Geological Survey compartió un mapa interactivo en línea esta semana, que le permite ver si vive en una zona más propensa a sufrir daños por terremoto escribiendo su dirección o compartiendo su ubicación.

Además de mapear áreas cerca de las zonas de falla sísmica, el mapa fácil de usar también le dirá si su hogar se encuentra en una zona más propensa a la licuefacción o al deslizamiento de tierra también.

Las tres zonas diferentes delineadas por el mapa, todas tienen un riesgo importante en común: los edificios en estas zonas corren más riesgo de que el suelo se rompa (no solo se sacuda) durante un gran terremoto.

Si bien estos mapas han existido por bastante tiempo, nunca han sido fáciles de usar. Las publicaciones anteriores se realizaron en periódicos o archivos PDF, pero gracias a este mapa interactivo intuitivo, puede averiguar si su hogar está en riesgo en cuestión de segundos.

Esto es especialmente importante para los propietarios de viviendas y los propietarios de edificios comerciales por igual. “Cuando el suelo se rompe debajo de un edificio existente, hay una mayor probabilidad de que el edificio se derrumbe”, dijo Tim McCrink, geólogo de ingeniería supervisor del California Geological Survey, a L.A. Times.

Hay algunos factores diferentes que pueden conducir a la irrupción durante un terremoto. Primero, si la falla se rompe, un edificio que se extiende a ambos lados de la falla se puede dividir por la mitad. En segundo lugar, la licuefacción puede ocurrir cuando el temblor de un terremoto hace que la tierra falle y actúe como arena suelta o suelo saturado con agua subterránea. Como resultado, cualquier estructura que se asienta sobre este tipo de suelo se deslizará y eventualmente se empujará hacia abajo. Y tercero, un deslizamiento de tierra puede afectar una estructura que se ha construido con materiales débiles u obsoletos, que se encuentra en una ladera. Como resultado, estos edificios pueden colapsar con sacudidas extremas.

Si posee propiedades en una de estas tres zonas de terremotos, es importante que tome todas las medidas necesarias para reforzar su estructura. Las empresas, como Julian Construction, se especializan en reparación de cimientos y reacondicionamiento de terremotos.

Si está buscando comprar una propiedad nueva, es importante ver qué áreas tienen el mayor riesgo de rupturas por fallas, licuefacción o deslizamientos de tierra.

“El conocimiento es poder”, agregó McCrink. “Antes de comprar su propiedad, antes de construir … haga una investigación para ver cuáles son sus peligros”.

Julian De La Torre es un experto en la inspección de la fundación de Los Ángeles, contratistas de cimientos y reparación de cimientos. La compañía de Julian, Julian Construction, ha inspeccionado más de 15,000 estructuras, trabajando con firmas de ingeniería y departamentos locales de construcción y seguridad. La compañía ha realizado más reparaciones de cimientos y reacondicionamiento de terremotos en Los Ángeles que cualquier otra compañía en el área en los últimos cinco años.

Vea si vive en una zona de peligro sísmico aquí.

Are You Living in an Earthquake Hazard Zone? New Map Shows Places At Risk

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Thanks to a new interactive map, it’s easier to see if you’re living in a California earthquake fault zone.

The Geological Survey shared an interactive map online this week, that allows you to see if you’re living in a zone more prone to earthquake damage by typing in your address or sharing your location.

In addition to mapping areas near earthquake fault zones, the easy-to-use map will also tell you if your home is in an area more prone to liquefaction or landslide as well.

The three different zones outlined by the map, all have one major hazard in common: Buildings in these zones are more at risk for the ground to break (not just shake) during a large earthquake.

While these maps have been around for quite some time, they have never been user-friendly. Previous publishing’s were done in newspapers or PDFs, but thanks to this intuitive interactive map, you can find out if your home is at risk in a matter of seconds.

This is especially important for homeowners and commercial building owners alike. “When the ground breaks under an existing building, there’s a higher chance that the building will collapse,” Tim McCrink, supervising engineering geologist for the California Geological Survey told the L.A. Times.

There are a few different factors that can lead to the ground breaking during an earthquake. First, if the fault ruptures, a building that straddles the fault line can be split in half. Second, liquefaction can occur when the shaking from an earthquake causes the ground to fail and act as loose sand or soil saturated with groundwater. As a result, any structure that sits atop this type of ground will slide and eventually be pushed down. And third, a landslide can affect a structure that has been built using weak or outdated materials, that sits on a hillside. As a result, these buildings may collapse with extreme shaking.

If you own property in one of these three earthquake zones, it’s important that you take all the necessary steps to reinforce your structure. Companies, like Julian Construction, specialize in foundation repair and earthquake retrofitting.

If you’re looking to purchase new property, it’s important to see which areas have the highest risk for fault ruptures, liquefaction or landslides.

“Knowledge is power,” added McCrink. “Before you buy your property, before you build … do an investigation to see what your hazards are.”

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair and earthquake retrofitting in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

See if you’re living in an earthquake hazard zone here. 

Early Earthquake Warning System Makes Financial Headway

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On Thursday, lawmakers proposed $22.9 million for the early earthquake warning system, which is currently under construction on the West Coast. The new proposed budget doubles last year’s budget of $10.2 million.

“The significant funding provided in the bill will help ensure that the West Coast has a functioning earthquake early warning system in the near future,” Rep. Ken Calvert, chairman of a House subcommittee said in a statement.

“I will continue to be a champion for this life-saving technology that can have a significant impact when big earthquakes strike. Let’s take the steps we can to save Americans from preventable injuries during natural disasters,” Calvert added.

The newly proposed budget will cover $10 million for the actual construction of the system and $12.9 million for continual development of it.

For now, the U.S. Geological Survey’s early earthquake warning system bill will move to the senate for another vote.

“This system will not only help protect infrastructure and businesses, but also prevent injuries and save lives across California, Oregon and Washington,” Burbank Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement.

Those who live in California know it’s earthquake country, which is why these seismic stations are so important for the detection of earthquake activity to save lives and prevent damage.

In San Francisco, a prototype of the early earthquake warning system provided an 8-second warning before the shaking of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Napa.

While the budget victory in the house is progress, there is still a ways to go. It’s estimated that the complete system will cost $39.2 million to build along the West Coast and $16.1 million to maintain.

Once completed, the USGS is hoping to install notifications in hospitals, fire stations, schools, malls and other heavily populated areas.

The shaking of an earthquake travels at the speed of sound through rock, which is slower than the speed of today’s communication systems – making it completely feasible to notify the public with enough time to exit unsafe structures, stop trains and halt surgeries.

While the system is still under construction, it’s important that if you live in California you are taking the necessary steps to protect yourself and your home from earthquake damage.

If you have any concerns about your home’s foundation, contact Julian Construction to schedule a free inspection. Foundation issues, left unchecked, will only get more damaging and expensive with time.

Julian De La Torre is an expert in Los Angeles foundation inspection, foundation contractors and foundation repair. Julian’s company, Julian Construction, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms and local departments of building & safety. The company has done more foundation repair and earthquake retrofitting in Los Angeles than any other company in the area over the last five years.

El sistema de alerta temprana de terremotos hace avances financieros

early earthquake warning systemEl jueves, los legisladores propusieron $ 22.9 millones para el sistema de alerta temprana de terremotos, que actualmente se encuentra en construcción en la costa oeste. El nuevo presupuesto propuesto duplica el presupuesto del año pasado de $ 10.2 millones.

“Los importantes fondos provistos en el proyecto de ley ayudarán a asegurar que la costa oeste tenga un sistema de alerta temprana de terremoto en funcionamiento en el futuro cercano”, dijo el representante Ken Calvert, presidente de un subcomité de la Cámara en un comunicado.

“Continuaré siendo un campeón de esta tecnología para salvar vidas que puede tener un impacto significativo cuando ocurren grandes terremotos. Tomemos los pasos que podamos para salvar a los estadounidenses de lesiones prevenibles durante desastres naturales “, agregó Calvert.

El nuevo presupuesto propuesto cubrirá $ 10 millones para la construcción real del sistema y $ 12.9 millones para el desarrollo continuo del mismo.

Por ahora, el proyecto de ley del sistema de alerta temprana de terremotos del Servicio Geológico de Estados Unidos se trasladará al Senado para otro voto.

“Este sistema no solo ayudará a proteger la infraestructura y las empresas, sino que también evitará lesiones y salvará vidas en California, Oregón y Washington”, dijo el representante de Burbank, Adam Schiff, en un comunicado.

Quienes viven en California saben que es un país sísmico, por lo que estas estaciones sísmicas son tan importantes para la detección de actividad sísmica como para salvar vidas y prevenir daños.

En San Francisco, un prototipo del sistema de advertencia temprana de terremotos proporcionó una advertencia de 8 segundos antes del temblor de magnitud 6,0 ​​en Napa.

Si bien la victoria presupuestaria en la casa es un avance, todavía hay un camino por recorrer. Se estima que el sistema completo costará $ 39.2 millones para construir a lo largo de la costa oeste y $ 16.1 millones para mantener.

Una vez completado, el USGS espera instalar notificaciones en hospitales, estaciones de bomberos, escuelas, centros comerciales y otras áreas densamente pobladas.

El temblor de un terremoto viaja a la velocidad del sonido a través de la roca, que es más lento que la velocidad de los sistemas de comunicación actuales, haciendo que sea completamente factible notificar al público con tiempo suficiente para salir de estructuras inseguras, detener trenes y detener cirugías.

Si bien el sistema aún está en construcción, es importante que si vives en California estás tomando las medidas necesarias para protegerte a ti y a tu hogar contra el daño causado por un terremoto.

Si tiene alguna inquietud acerca de la base de su hogar, comuníquese con Julian Construction para programar una inspección gratuita. Los problemas de la Fundación, que no se controlan, solo se volverán más dañinos y costosos con el tiempo.

Julian De La Torre es un experto en la inspección de la fundación de Los Ángeles, contratistas de cimientos y reparación de cimientos. La compañía de Julian, Julian Construction, ha inspeccionado más de 15,000 estructuras, trabajando con firmas de ingeniería y departamentos locales de construcción y seguridad. La compañía ha realizado más reparaciones de cimientos y reacondicionamiento de terremotos en Los Ángeles que cualquier otra compañía en el área en los últimos cinco años.