Showing posts from July, 2015

What's in your water bottle?

Not all water is created equal. The logo water we use is Natural Spring Water, which means that it is pure water drawn from pristine springs and ensures the highest quality of water during the process of collection, manufacturing and distribution. We are assured the product inside the bottle is of the highest quality and we are proud to put our own name on the label.

What are the different types of bottled water?
FDA has established bottled water Standard of Identity to define the several different types of bottled water based on specific characteristics of the product. Bottled water products meeting the Standard of Identity may be labeled as bottled water or drinking water, or one of the following terms:

Spring Water: Bottled water derived from an underground formation from which water flows naturally to the surface of the Earth. Spring water must be collected only at the spring or through a borehole tapping the underground formation feeding the spring. Spring water collected with the …

DIY: How to Restore Your Deck

Over time, exposure to sun, weather, and wind will wear down your deck. The good news is that you can easily restore the luster back into your deck with a waterproofing deck stain. A deck stain will protect your deck from water damage, mildew and harmful sun rays. The finish will also restore and preserve the natural beauty of the wood.

Generally, it takes two weeks to completely refinish a deck: one week to clean it and another to refinish it.

Materials you will need:

Drill with screwdriver bitLeaf blowerAwlDecking screws (if replacement is necessary)Flat pry bar (if replacement is necessary)Putty knifeCircular saw (if necessary)Garden pump sprayerPowdered oxygen bleachHigh-pressure hoseWaterproofing stain (latex)Long-handled scrub brushPaint roller with an extended handle attachmentPaint trayPaint brushMild liquid detergentBucketPrep Work Remove all furniture from the deck: chairs, tables, plants, grill and all other items that aren't attached to the deck. A leaf blower is a great…

Meet our intern Jeff Stevens

My name is Jeff Stevens and I am from Grand Haven, Michigan. Currently, I am 20 years old and will be entering my junior year at St. Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois where I am studying finance.  
My whole life I have been a big sports fan. I am an avid supporter of the Detroit sports teams as well as the Boston Red Sox. Over the course of my lifetime I have been lucky enough to attend some of the world's biggest sporting events that include The Masters and the World Series. A big goal of mine is to see a baseball game in every Major League park as well as attend a Ryder Cup in the United States. 
For the summer of 2015, I am interning for Michigan Insurance Group in Muskegon, Michigan. So far, I have really enjoyed my experience. I have been able to gain valuable experience in organizing and preparing for large events as well as identifying and filing important documents. 

I decided to become an intern because I really wanted to experience the finance world first hand. I reall…

All about Green Roofs

Green roofs refer to layers of vegetation grown on rooftops of buildings to help in reducing surface runoff and in effect boost your water mitigation efforts. These rooftop gardens can be applied on a wide variety of buildings including residential buildings, educational facilities, church buildings, multi-office blocks, and industrial complexes among others. The size and type of green roof can range from a simple 2-inch vegetation cover to complex mix of vegetation that includes trees.
Benefits of Green Roofs  Efficient storm water mitigation and management: The urban environment is particularly susceptible to flooding during storms. With a rooftop garden in place, it is easy to slow down storm water runoff and thus reduce chances of flooding. On the other hand, the vegetation helps to filter pollutants from rainwater.Energy Conservation: Vegetation cover on the rooftop helps in curbing energy loss by absorbing heat and/or insulating buildings. As such, property owners require less am…

How to Deal with Smoke Damage After a Fire

A house fire is, simply put, one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family. Safety always comes first, but once the flames have been extinguished and you’ve begun the recovery process, there’s very little you’d rather do than resume your ordinary home life. But sadly, the harm from a fire might be long-lasting. You might not have extensive fire damage, but enough smoke and soot can be produced after a fire to still make your home unlivable. So what can you do about this?
First, make sure you have permission from your fire Marshall to re-enter your home. Then, contact your insurance provider. They could provide you advice and will be able to assist you financially-on the fire restoration or replacement of everything that was damaged in the fire. They could also recommend professional fire restorers that they’ve worked with in the past.
If you’re a renter, contact your landlord immediately. The two of you should assess the damage together and determine the next plan of a…