10 Ways to Keep Your “Cool”

Here are a few ways for you to beat the heat this summer.

 

  1. Revisit your childhood and turn on the sprinklers! If you feel too silly running through your back yard jumping the sprinkler stream, set it up under a lawn chair and kick back and relax. Ahh.
  2. Challenge your buddies to a water fight. Dig out the buckets and pails, squirt guns and water bottles; whatever you can find to throw some water around.
  3. Hit up the local pool, lake, fountain, swimming hole and just get soaking wet. Bring a raft or flotation device and just lounge in the water for awhile.
  4. Make an icy cold dessert: either homemade ice cream or homemade popsicles. Then, sit on your front porch and enjoy the fruits of your labor. ;)
  5. Find an indoor ice arena, lace up your skates and have an ice skating party with a bunch of friends.
  6. Play “Limbo” with a stream of water from the hose instead of a broomstick. See just how low you can go before you get all wet.
  7. Got itchy feet? Take a trip somewhere cool. Check out some new scenery. Find either a climate that’s moderate year round, or go to the extremes: Alaska, the Arctic circle, Antarctica, the Alps…
  8. If you need to “travel” somewhere cooler without spending lots of money to get there, schedule a trip to your local library. Chill out in the air conditioned library as you journey through the pages of the adventure of your choice.
  9. Too hot to sleep? Throw your sheets in a big zip lock bag and toss them in the freezer for a couple of hours. When you are ready to retire for the night, take them out and make the bed with them and you can climb into blissful, cool bedding. Pleasant dreams!
  10. If you must work outside, keep hydrated! Drink lots of water, not caffeine, and avoid the sun as much as possible. Take breaks in the shade to rest and cool down.

 

Go on and enjoy your summer!

Hydrostatic Pressure

What is it?

Definition – the pressure exerted by a fluid at equilibrium at a given point within the fluid, due to the force of gravity. Hydrostatic pressure increases in proportion to depth measured from the surface because of the increasing weight of fluid exerting downward force from above. Hydro=water; Static=not moving

Where does it come from?

Hydrostatic pressure can be caused from: rain running off a roof and draining toward a house, a high water table and/or a faulty gutter system; sometimes it can also happen because of wind-whipped rain.

Hydrostatic pressure describes when water is actually being pushed through the concrete slab. It is actually a very rare problem, but the term has been used inadvertently to describe all water problems. Only the section of concrete that is below-grade can experience hydrostatic pressure.

Many concrete floors with hydrostatic pressure issues are not good candidates for secondary floor coverings. Carpet will remain damp and become musty or the glue that holds vinyl and other flooring options will let loose. What is the solution for such a problem?

Polished Concrete is the solution. When a floor is mechanically polished, there are no additional topical sealers or coverings that are inhibiting the moisture to come out of the slab thus allowing the floor to continue to breathe. Even though a densifier/hardener is applied to the slab, this sealer soaks into the concrete and the reaction takes place at a molecular level so this process doesn’t have any effect on the concrete slabs’ ability to mitigate moisture. In most cases, polished concrete is the only solution for a high rate of moisture through the slab, but it isn’t a bad thing. Take a look at the picture below that had hydrostatic pressure going on in the slab that we polished. They still look great and you’d never know that there was a major problem with this floor at one time.