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No matter how smooth flowing your plumbing system is, it is still bound to encounter some problems occasionally. While you can do some plumbing works yourself, there are times when letting the professionals handle such kind of jobs is the best option. According to the website of American Leak Detection of Dallas, some leaks are hidden that it will require an expert to locate them. So when is the best time to dial a plumber?

  1. When the main line has stopped
    Repairing the main line of your plumbing system entails the use of special equipment which only plumbing companies have.
  2. When there are leaks in your walls, basements, or bathrooms
    When water damage creeps in along your ceiling, walls, or floors, there might be a leaky interior pipe. These types of damage can lead to a more serious problem. So before it gets worse, call a plumber to locate, fix, or replace the leak.
  3. Your shower valve needs to be replaced
    Choosing the right shower valve can be complex and time consuming if you do not have the experience. A professional plumber has the skill in changing the valve with minimal damage to your walls.
  4. Slow or Totally Clogged Drains
    Slow or completely clogged drains can lead to serious problems. Attempting to find the cause of the problem yourself is a recipe for disaster. A plumber has the training, skill, and equipment for removing clogs without damaging your pipes.

Do-it-yourself plumbing can indeed save you plumbing repairs expenses. However, it can become a huge problem if you attempt to do the plumbing project yourself. By letting the professionals do their jobs, you can have some peace of mind when it comes to leaks and other plumbing-related issues. What’s a hundred bucks compared to having leak issues here and there.

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Commercial DUIs and Trucking Accidents


Posted By on May 17, 2016

As instituted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), those who carry a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held at a higher regard than those who have non-commercial driving licenses when it comes to driving under the influence. This is because regardless of what they are driving, commercial drivers present a serious danger to the safety of the public as well as become a major liability to their respective employers.

The majority of states in America has taken up the strict FMCSA regulations regarding alcohol levels for commercial drivers. Set at half the blood-alcohol concentration limit of non-commercial drivers, commercial drivers should have less than .04 percent BAC limit. Furthermore, those who have consumed alcohol are not allowed to drive a vehicle within 4 hours after they have consumed alcohol. This is to ensure that they will not be a risk on the road and prevent any road accidents.

The effects of being charged with commercial DUI can be extensive. According to Ausband & Dumont, aside from being subjected to the same procedures as non-commercial drivers, those who have been charged with commercial DUI can face a lengthy license suspension. This could lead to loss of employment and financial struggles for the driven and their family. Additionally, those who have been convicted of DUI (regardless of whether he was on duty or not at that time) has to inform their employer about the court’s decision and their license suspension or revocation. The employer should prevent the CDL-driver from operating until the end of their license restriction. This often makes re-employment very difficult for the driver because the DUI conviction is already on their records.

There are many ways with which a commercial driver will be required to take a random alcohol test, such as a when there is viable suspicion, after an accident, or as part of the requirements to return from work after a suspension. FMCSA additionally requires drug testing as part of a condition for employment, after an accident, when there is feasible suspicion, and as a prerequisite to go back to work. Refusing to submit to any of these tests can lead to a more severe penalty, and could lead to a guilty plead for DUI according to FMCSA rules.

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After the initial Volkswagen scandal discovery of millions of cars outfitted with software to avoid strict emissions regulations, the chief executive of the German auto manufacturer Martin Winterkorn resigned. His replacement was announced on September 25 as head of Porsche, Matthias Muller. Along with the announcement of the new chief executive came companywide changes that are intended to repair damage to the company after “Dieselgate.”

The effects of the Volkswagen software that duped emissions tests on the diesel models is yet undetermined. The environmental impact is considered to be substantial with 11 million vehicles around the world emitting nitrogen oxides 10 to 40 times above U.S. legal limits, according to the the website of the Driscoll Firm. This was done by the “defeat device” inserted into diesel passenger cars that sense when a vehicle is being tested rather than driven on a road, triggering the vehicle emissions to regulation levels.

Berthold Huber, the chairman of the company’s supervisory board called the incident “a moral and political disaster.” Under the new chief executive, removal of several leaders in connection to the scandal is underway. Among the suspended individuals is Christian Klingler, the former top sales and marketing executive at Volkswagen. As stock and sales continue to drop around the globe, Volkswagen hopes that the new leadership will promote the regrowth of trust.

One of the main concerns for consumers is in regards to compensation that that former Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn promised was coming. Volkswagen made a statement assuring that $7.3 billion dollars was set aside for VW diesel passenger vehicle owners affected by the scandal. In the wake of falling estimated values of affected vehicles, many drivers are upset that they were deceived into harming the environment and are now possess fraudulent vehicles. However no plan has been released to the public on how these funds will be distributed to the car owners. However no plan has been released to the public on how funds will be distributed to the car owners.

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Many of the regular dog food brands you will find in the supermarket are much cheaper than the all natural dog food varieties available. This is mainly because regular dog foods are often made up of a lot of fillers and food scraps from meat, poultry and produce processing plants that would otherwise be thrown out. It can be tempting to go for price rather than quality, but it may cost you more in the end. Here are 5 benefits you can get from an all natural dog food diet.

Better digestion

An all natural food diet especially formulated for dogs takes into consideration the needs of your pet. Dogs are not people, and there are some foods that they simply cannot digest. Grains such as wheat, corn and soy found in regular dog food acts as a stopper, keeping essential nutrients from being absorbed by the body. The dog becomes lethargic and obese and may even develop digestive problems.

Healthier coat and skin

Dogs can develop allergies to artificial preservatives, flavors and colors used in regular dog food. It manifests in skin rashes, excessive shedding and digestive upsets. All natural dog food formulas by definition do not include these ingredients.

Fewer trips to the veterinarian

When a dog gets the right kind of nutrition, there is no reason why a visit to the veterinarian is necessary save for an annual check-up, immunization shots and the like. A healthy dog saves you money on vet visits, medical procedures and medications.

No need for supplements

Most of the good-quality all natural dog food brands incorporate the essential vitamins and minerals needed by dogs as recommended by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). If you buy the right dog food for your dog’s particular breed, size and age and follow the feeding guidelines, then you will not have to buy supplements separately.

Happier pet and pet owner

Good quality all natural dog food is more expensive but the savings from having a healthy dog all the time will more than make up for your investment. Moreover, healthy dogs are generally happy, well-adjusted and alert, and that makes pet owners happy as well.

According to The Rugged Pup, for best results you should gradually acclimate your dog if you are switching to an all natural dog food diet. This will ensure that the transition is smooth and mess-free, and prevent intestinal distress.

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The permeation of polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs is nothing short of epic. Because it was used in so many products, it has gotten into everything directly or indirectly. It is a real challenge to recycle even paper without tripping on legal statutes.

The laws that apply to toxic Monsanto PCBs (Monsanto Company was the only PCB producer in North America back in the day) are mainly the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) and the Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA). Both laws pertain to the amount that a toxic substance can be present in any substance.

In the case of old newspapers, recyclers find themselves in what is called the PCB paradox. The ink in these old newspapers contains PCBs among other harmful substances. The TSCA allows ink producers to use PCBs as a stabilizer as long as it is not more than 50 parts for million. What recyclers do is remove the ink and treat the PCBs, but still a little bit remains in the wastewater, which usually goes into the river or the sewage plant. At this point, the CWA regulations kick in, which prohibits wastewater with more than 64 parts per quadrillion of PCBs. That is about 700 million times less than what legally goes into the plant in the form of newspaper ink.

This is a decided blow on the recycling movement, because these federal regulations make this impossible on an industrial scale. However, it is important to remember that the small amounts of PCBs discharged into the environment at this point would not have been such a big deal if Monsanto had not already recklessly discharged thousands of pounds of PCB-laden effluent. As it is toxic Monsanto PCBs are everywhere and in everything at dangerous levels. The laws are simply trying to achieve a balance between industrial need and environmental protection. If anyone should be blamed for the PCB paradox, it is the PCB producer.

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