wastewater filtration

The Basics of Water Filtration Techniques

Changes in weather patterns, reduced precipitation levels and large-scale irrigation have reduced the amount of fresh water available for domestic and industrial use in cities over time.  This has led municipalities to research and invest in several water treatment technologies in order to reduce losses and recycle the water available.

Filtration has been found to be one of the least intrusive methods to treat wastewater. Filtration is basically the separation of suspended solids from a fluid like water or gas. The contaminated fluid is passed through a filtration medium that can only allow the substances below a predetermined size to pass through it. This leaves the contaminants behind as the filtrate goes through the medium.

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Basic Wastewater Filtration Techniques

Today, there are several filtration techniques to choose from depending on the type of contaminants and fluids you are dealing with. In this article, we will look at a few types of filtration techniques that are in use today when separating solids from wastewater as well as their basic operation.

1. Strainers

The most basic filtration technique when treating wastewater today is the use of strainers. Strainers are basically thin physical barriers preventing large objects from getting into the treatment system. They are usually made of plastic or metal and attached to the water inlet to filter out logs, large fish and large plastics.

The treatment facilities often have smaller strainers installed further down the line to filter smaller contaminants such as silt and algae. These are known as micro-strainers and are usually made of a fine metal fabric or synthetic fibre.

2.  Precoat Filtration

This filtration technique involves the application of an inert filtration medium onto a porous straining surface. The filtration medium could be made up of loose fibres, powders or diatomaceous earth, which works to improve the efficiency of the process. In this technique, only a thin layer of filtration media is used, and it is cleaned out with the accumulated detritus once the resistance to flow becomes too high.

3.  Slow Sand Filtration

Slow Sand Filtration used to be the primary technique used to filter potable water. It is currently being edged out by Rapid Sand Filtration techniques which treat larger volumes of water at a time. However, the slow sand filtration is still widely used in municipal water treatment because it is not costly or labour intensive.

In Slow Sand Filtration, a large bed of fine sand is used to strain wastewater. A layer of debris is accumulated within the upper 20 cm stratum of sand and it is allowed to develop biological activity. This layer of debris is normally referred to as the ‘schmutzdecke’ and it largely contributes to the biological treatment of the water in the filtration system.

In order for this filtration method to be effective, the wastewater must not have any chemical or disinfectants added to it before entering the slow sand filter as they would disrupt the biological activity of the schmutzdecke.

This process is cost effective and it can take up to 3 months before you need to replace the sand due to high resistance to flow. The sand is usually taken out in small depths of about 5cm deep until the film of sand left in the filter is too thin to culture an effective biological treatment layer.

4. In-Depth Granular Media Filtration

In-depth Granular Media Filtration is a technique in which a thick bed of filtration media is used to filter out detritus from the water. The main filtration medium here is usually large grained sand and often accompanied with anthracite. The sand or anthracite particles used in this method range from 0.5 to 2.0 mm so as to let the water flow rapidly through the filtration bed.

The main types of filtration that employ the in-depth granular media filtration technique are the Rapid Gravity and Pressure Filtration. Rapid Gravity Filtration uses the natural force of gravity while Pressure filtration puts the wastewater under hydraulic pressure to distribute and control flow between filters. In-depth filtration works best with water that has undergone prior coagulation and clarification.

New Forms of Filtration

The high demand for filtration and new applications has led to the development of several new wastewater filtration techniques. Many of these are specialized applications and are also quite costly technologies. Below is a list of some new filtration methods that are used in wastewater treatment.

  1. Upflow Filtration
  2. Membrane Filtration
  3. Cell Filtration
  4. Horizontal and Radial Filtration


Filtration is not an exact science and new developments are coming up rapidly. The basic technologies are still invaluable as a lot of municipalities still use them and enjoy their relative cost-effectiveness. Methods to improve the efficiency of the older technologies are being researched and have had some positive results especially in reducing labour and material costs.

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Pest Management in Brisbane

Pest Management in Brisbane: What you Need to Know

The common belief is that Australia is home to the most dangerous animals as well as pests. This common stereotype is grounded in truth as Australia does have some potentially dangerous pests. However, most of these said pests are, in truth, quite harmless but are still a nuisance all the same. Brisbane is home to quite a few of these pests; this piece provides a list of the most common pests in Brisbane as well as a few choice tips on how to deal with them.

Most common pests

Brisbane is home to the following pests:

i) Mice and rats

Perhaps the world’s most prevalent pests, rats and mice can cause considerable damage to your dwelling as well as your wellbeing. The distinction between the two rodents lies mainly in the size, whereby mice are generally smaller than their counterpart species. Mice and rats may damage your dwelling by chewing through the insulation. These pests are also known for chewing straight through electrical cables and even causing fires. Furthermore, mice and rats are known to spread diseases such as Leptospirosis, Salmonellosis and plague. These pests are potentially so dangerous they were part of one of history’s greatest pandemics, The Black Death (the Great Plague). This resulted in the death of at least 75 million people in Eurasia (about 30% of Europe’s total population!) caused by a bacterium carried on oriental rat fleas found on black rats. So it may be wise to be wary of these little critters and the damage they could potentially wreak.

ii) Termites

Statistics indicate that at 1 in every 4 homes in Australia will have termites during its useful life. This isn’t quite surprising though, as termites are considered to be detritivores – implying that they consume dead plants regardless of the level of decomposition. As such, they consume wood and may be the reason for the holes in your floor boards. Interestingly, termites are also known to thrive within brick structures just as much as they would in a house primarily composed of wood. The reason for this may range from the damp space within the brick walls or even the holes present within veneer used in construction.

iii) Cockroaches

These pests prefer warm, dark, humid dwellings and notorious for being found in the kitchen or in the bathroom. They prefer to stay in cracks or crevices or household appliance used in food preparation as well as food storage areas. Cockroaches are known to carry disease-causing organisms and so should be dealt with swiftly. Furthermore, the Australian climate provides the ideal environment for the breeding of cockroaches.

Other popular pests include snakes, ants, wasps, bees, spiders and fleas.

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Pest Control

Prevention is better than cure; the best way of carrying out pest control or pest management is by using preventative measures. Integrated Pest Management programs or even simple policies such as general cleanliness is sure to nip it in the bud. Integrated Pest Management programs regular maintenance protocols as well as regular defined sanitation practices that are intended to keep your dwelling free of pests. Basically, these protocols leave eradication procedures as last resort measures. However, arguable the most effective manner in dealing with pests is by maintaining high sanitation standards.

High Sanitation Standards

Generally, cleaner dwellings will have less occurrences of pest infestation than dirtier places. Dirty dishes, kitchen cabinets, small tight spaces all should be cleaned before retiring to bed.

Perhaps the best way of seeing how impactful high standards of sanitation may be is just by examining how poor sanitation standards can be a breeding ground for pests. Generally, cockroaches are attracted to leftover food or spilled drinks. These can be small crumbs of food left on the floor or leftover food left on the kitchen counter overnight. These same crumbs may attract mice.

Bottom Line

Pests may cause untold damage if left unchecked in your dwelling. However, pest presence may be almost inevitable when living in the current world but you may very easily reduce their prevalence by first understanding what attracts them to your dwelling and coming up with preventative measures. If indeed your pest management measures fail, then it may be best to contact a qualified pest control company.


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What’s Going on with Tesla?

The global tech giant Tesla Incorporated, formerly known as Tesla Motors,has recently come under heavy fire. The American Multinational company based in California, with its specialty in production of electric vehicles, lithium-ion battery energy storage and solar panel manufacturing recently had its CEO,the world renowned engineer and techpreneur Elon Musk, being served a lawsuitby the Securities and Exchange Commission (or SEC for short).

This lawsuit which alleges the part he played in misleading investors by means of a post onAugust 7th on his Twitter account that he had secured funding which aimed to take Tesla, the publicly traded company private. The tweet read something to the effect that he was indeed considering to take the company private at $420 per share and that there was a source of funding for the above.

The SECclaimed that the Tweet which was sent in August was indeed a fabricated claim, which endeavoured to and succeeded in sending Tesla shares higher. It was said by the SEC when they were filing the case in Manhattan federal court that Musk had not discussed nor confirmed key terms of any deal, price included, with any potential source of funding, alleging for fraud.

The Legal Situation

The lawsuit seeks an order from a judge which would prevent Elon Musk from serving as an officer or director of a public company, which is a request that is often made in similar fashion by the SEC in other lawsuits, as well as unspecified fines and penalties.

This comes in the wake of the fact that even before the tweets, the SEC was looking into Tesla due to issues concerning car sales projections. The Justice Department of the USA is also looking into the matter, investigating a claim that Musk misled investors.

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Musk’s alleged take on the matter

Despite all of this, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal which cited someone with an apparent degree of knowledge on the matter, Musk himself sees these charges of fraud as flawed. Why so? Well, this is because he reportedly believes that the SEC erred in saying that he needed a written agreement and a stipulated price before sending out the tweet that he was considering taking Tesla private.

Musk purportedly had secured a deal via a verbal agreement with the Saudi sovereign wealth fund after having been in discussions with its managing director, adding that when doing business in the Middle East, verbal agreements are not rare, but on the contrary, a common thing to do.  This report also goes on to say that Elon Musk informed a few others that there was a possibility that he could use his stake in the commercial space flight company that he founded known as SpaceX in the process to take Tesla private.

Musk released a more detailed statement on the Tesla Blog the week after the tweet and went on to say that the proposal he had made was not in his capacity as CEO of Tesla but just his own personal proposal. He finally revealed the decision made by both he and the Tesla Board of directors that it remain a publicly traded company on the 24th of August on the Tesla Blog.

The Implications of this news

Upon news of the lawsuitbursting onto the scene, Tesla overseas shares fell about 10 percent in after-hour trading. For those with a say in international share trading, some firms have downgraded the stock to a sell from neutral. The stock has since continued to plunge and as experts continued to weigh in on the subject, one cannot but sense the overwhelming sense of ill luck for the company and its Chief Executive.

One firm reckoned that if the SEC action forces Musk to leave, it will weigh heavily on Tesla’s stock. Another firm’s belief that this negative sentiment has the capacity to affect employee morale and be detrimental to the demand for Tesla’s cars, which will be a risk if it is not resolved relatively promptly. Others who chipped in believe that as an added loss, this news will lead to decreased confidence on the part of the investors, which may have the biggest impact on their ability to raise capital.

As for what fate lies ahead of the tech giant Tesla Incorporated and its CEO Elon Musk, only time will tell.


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Tone Trends for Floor Boards

Floorboards remain one of the best flooring choices available. Due to their durability, ease of cleaning and their contribution to healthy indoor air quality, they serve as a great method of Engineered Oak flooring for many households. The right tones for floorboards can really bring a room to life. Choosing floorboard tones requires consideration of aspects such as the size of the room, desired effect, lighting, and interior design.

Three Consideration for Choosing Floorboard Tones

  • Size of the room

Large and wide rooms require warm or dark tones. This makes the room appear a bit cosier and intimate as opposed to large and uninviting. Small rooms require lighter natural tones such as beige, in order to open them up and make them appear slightly bigger and less cramped.

  • Effect of the colour

The colour of choice has an impact on the atmosphere of the room. Lighter colours give a happier feel and give a sense of openness and purity. Grey tones provide a cool and peaceful atmosphere and dark tones provide a sense of luxury and sophistication.

  • Lighting

Different types of light affect the appearance of certain tones in different ways. Natural and artificial light give different impressions. Lighter tones work well with natural light. Therefore, for areas such as playrooms, lighter colours work best. For a bedroom on the other hand, darker tones are preferred since they mostly use artificial light.

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The Top Tone Trends for Floorboards

  • Cool, darktones

Dark tones have become increasingly trendy over the years and work best for large and wide rooms. They make the room appear a lot cosier and inviting. These kinds of tones tend to give the room a more sophisticated, classy and luxurious feel. They tend to look best under artificial light in areas such as the bedroom, which is only used in the evening. Dark tones such as black and navy blue are brought out best when paired with light coloured furniture, which makes them stand out. The only disadvantage of these dark tones is that they easily show dirt, making them most suitable for people without children or pets.

  • Light and natural tones

These include tones such as white and light beige. They work well in smaller rooms and serve to open them up. Lighter, natural tones give the room a feeling of openness and purity and present best in natural light. This makes them great for rooms such as children’s playrooms, which are mostly used in the afternoon. One main advantage that light floorboards have over dark floorboards is their practicality. This is especially for individuals with children or pets. They don’t easily show dirt, so cleaning can be done at regular intervals rather than every day.

  • Grey tones

Grey floors have been a top trend for many years and still remain undefeated. The best thing about these tones is that they go well with almost every colour due to their neutral nature. The furnishing choices to choose from are endless. Paired with lighter tones such as beige and white, they give the room a soft and neutral atmosphere. Greige, a mix of grey and beige, is a tone that is gaining rising popularity. Pairing grey with darker tones such as a dark coral or dark blue creates a bold look.

Different people have different tastes and therefore choice of tones depends on an individual. The best tone to work with is what goes with your agreed upon interior design. This includes furniture, soft furnishings and even centrepieces. It is important to work with what you already have and see which floorboard tone bests suits the target look and feel of the room(s).


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How to Improve Your Sex Life?

Is your sex life suffering or non-existent? Well, this post might be of some interest to you as we discuss the ways to improve your sex life whether you are single or in a relationship that is lacking passion and sexual desire. Somethings are easier to fix than others and it all depends on the individual. In this post, we will delve into some things that may be getting in the way of you having a healthy sex life.

Lacking Libido or Interest in Sex

This can be from a number of different reasons and is more common in women than men. Although men do suffer from lack of sex drive due to aging and testosterone production slows, which in turn lowers your sex drive. It’s a good idea to see your doctor and get some tests done such as blood work and hormone levels to find if the reason for your lack of sex drive is due some physical or bodily ailment.

Keeping Fit and Healthy

Eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and engaging in regular exercise is crucial in maintaining a happy healthy life and that also includes your sex life. Being fit and healthy will have your body in great shape and you will be more appealing to the opposite sex. Regular exercise will boost your testosterone levels and do longer lasting sex. Plus, when it comes to time to do the deed you will be able to last longer and not puff out and increase the pleasure and length of your sexual experiences.

Partner Problems

Sometimes the passion in your relationship will suffer to the point of disappearing all together. It’s quite common for long-term couples to lose interest and the fire slowly dies out. This can be due to many reasons such as weight gain or personal hygiene issues, all the way to betrayal problems where one of the partners has had an affair and the act of sex triggers bad memories and feelings of angst towards the partner.

If weight gain and poor hygiene are the problems, the matter should be discussed in a very tactful way as not to hurt the other person. Have the talk and suggest ways to fix the problems rather than spouting of insults. Remember to play nice, kids.

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Always remember to focus on what you find attractive about your partner rather than what you don’t and hopefully you can rekindle some magic.

Be spontaneous and don’t be afraid to mix it up in the bedroom or even the kitchen for that matter. Spontaneous encounters will keep the spice alive and bring you and your partner closer together.

When you partner no longer responds to your sexual advances it can be quite crippling to the ego and the mind will wander and try to come up with reasons why it’s happening.

Some Common Reasons for a Non-Responsive Partner

Sometimes stress and lack of sleep in a person’s life can have a dramatic effect on libido. Your libido is one of the first things to go if you are overtired and the last thing on your tired mind and body at the end of the day is sex.

Another reason is that your partner has criticised your sexual performance which can be a real turn off and make them apprehensive about having sex due to the fear and pressure to perform.

Being a selfish lover is another way to kill your sex life. Sex is a dance and it takes two to tango. Make sure you are both getting what you need from the experience and this can be achieved by sitting down having a chat about your likes and dislikes. Foreplay is essential especially for women, as men tend to climax earlier, it’s important to get your girl’s motor humming with some steamy foreplay so she too can climax. It’s not all about the big O, but it helps if you both get to climax while partaking in sexual intercourse.

There is also the possibility that your sex life has become regimental or monotonous, going through the same motions all the time. So mix it up in the bedroom and experiment to keep your sex life fresh and fun.

Unfortunately, as we age our libido loses momentum as the years roll on by. This can be combatted by staying fit and healthy and eating a balanced diet.

Painful Sex

Women sometimes experience painful sensations when penetrated at certain angles. This can be quite unpleasant, and it will make them associate pain with sex, so they are less likely to be turned on at the thought of it. There are also issues of lubrication in older women, and sometimes even the inability to relax her vaginal muscles. If you or your partner are feeling pain while having sex don’t be afraid speak out and tell them as soon it happens.

If you take all these suggestions into consideration you should have your sex life back on track in no time. If your relationship is still lacking the lust you desire it might worth seeing a sex therapist and they will help get your love life back on track.


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Christmas Gift Hampers

Chocolate Hampers That are Great as Christmas Gifts

Hmmmmmm. Chocolate…. Hmm, chocolate in large quantities, wrapped up in a delightful gift basket. As I write this, the saliva wells up in my mouth and slowly drips onto the keyboard as I imagine receiving a gift hamper full of chocolate treats and other sweet goodies that will delight the recipient. While the gourmet chocolate melts in their mouth so will their heart when they think of you and your generosity.

Whether it’s for a dearly beloved or a colleague at work, Christmas gift basket, especially those filled with chocolate, is a delightful way of showing your appreciation and to say thanks for being in your life.

The beauty of a hamper it that it takes the guesswork and the legwork out of buying presents. It’s as easy as jumping onto a website and choosing from the vast range of hampers and then it will be sent directly to the recipient’s door, to open arms. In this post, we take a look at some of the amazing chocolate inspired hampers that make for perfect Christmas presents.

Ultimate Sweet Tooth Hamper

The Ultimate Sweet Tooth Hamper is a chocolate lover’s dream. The sweet tooth in the office or family will be over the moon when they see the hamper delivered directly to their door. It contains the best of the best chocolates and sweets that Australia and the world has to offer, from gourmet fudge to Zokoko goddess chocolates. Of course, it would be a crime for me not to mention the mouth-watering cookies and toasted macadamias. This hamper has more than enough goodies to feed a family on a night in watching movies. That’s of course if you can bare to share.

Chocolates and Red

Two of my favourite things in the world. Red wine and chocolate, not necessarily in that order. But the order is not as much fun as chaos so why not have both at the same time? The Chocolate and Red hamper has a bottle of D’Arenberg Shiraz, one of Australia’s finest producers of wine and to complement your shiraz, how about some fudge or some Zokoko chocolate.Of course, I cannot forget the delectable rocky road from the good people at Whisk and Pin.

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Chocolate Bliss

The name says it all and it’s a good description of how you feel as the creamy rich chocolate melts in your mouth reminding you that it’s a great day to be alive. Chocolate is great motivation to get up in the morning when the doorbell rings and the Chocolate Bliss hamper is delivered. The lucky person will be dancing their way back to living room to open the gift basket and take inventory of the booty. It contains everything chocolate and much more, such as caramel melting moments and gourmet fudge fit for the royal palette.

Death by Chocolate

Yes, please! If I had to choose my way to leave this planet, death by chocolate would be up there at the top of the list of ways to go. It’s a far better option than being eaten by a shark and a far tastier one at that. Luckily, this gift hamper will not kill you. Even if you were to consume the entire contents in one session, odds are that you will be still kicking on afterward. To keep on the theme of chocolate, this hamper is jam-packed with everything chocolate from chocolate bars, to cookies to fudge and rocky road. A word of warning though, try not to eat the whole thing in one sitting. It won’t kill you, but you will be out of chocolate and fiending for more. Chocolate gift hampers make great gifts for friends and family or treat yourself because after a long year of up and downs, forks in the road and the rollercoaster ride that is life, you deserve it.

Luxury Chocolate Hamper

For those who enjoy the finer things in life, here comes prepared a hamper that will stimulate even the most complex palette. The Luxury Chocolate hamper contains the finest chocolates from premium producers throughout the world and each item has been specifically handpicked to satisfy the gourmet guru or foodie. It contains some of the finest chocolates and not to mention thevariety of flavours of macarons. It’s great for bringing out after a dinner party as you sit back and enjoy a nice shiraz and delectable chocolate.

Sometimes Christmas can be a little overwhelming as your schedule fills up with shopping and planning, so why not make life a little easier and give the gift of a chocolate gift hamper? It’s as easy as ordering from the website and you can forget about busy shopping centres. The diversity of hampers ensures that there is something for everyone to enjoy.


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The Most Gourmet Cheese Hampers to Give This Christmas

It can be hard to buy friends and family *the perfect* Christmas gift. It can be hard choosing what to buy, but, thankfully gourmet cheese hampers make the perfect gift! When it comes to Christmas you really want to spread some of the old *Christmas cheer* to as many people as you can but figuring out WHAT to give can be challenging. You want a one of a kind gift, that will be loved and enjoyed, not put away and hidden.

Because there is a range of quality gourmet cheese and gift hampers available you will be able to find the one you know your recipient will love, from boyfriends and girlfriends to parents, aunts, and uncles you will find the right gourmet hamper to suit. Because gift hampers are varied and have different selections to choose from, you know your loved one will get a hamper they can really appreciate

All gift hampers contain quality brands and products, so you know you are buying and giving the very best. Your loved one will have a great time eating and enjoying a gourmet hamper, a hamper will show them how much you love them! All hampers and gift baskets are beautifully arranged and presented, coming with ribbon, tissue and a card.

Giving gifts to friends and family at Christmas can be expensive, and while you want to give a gift that is special, you may not want to *spend a lot*, but with gift baskets and gift hampers, you can find one that is within your budget.

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Gourmet cheese and gift hampers will not disappoint this Christmas.

Bountiful Basket – you will be sure to please everyone with this basket full of delicious goodies. Presented in a reusable storage basket with a card is – Byron Bay harmony ground coffee, Tempus Two Blanc de Blancs2016,  Maille wholegrain mustard, BahlsenWaffleton crispy rolled dark chocolate wafers, Biscuit House shortbread fingers, Huntly and Palmer baked toasted sesame flatbread, Ferrero Rocher 5 pack, Lotus Biscoff caramelised biscuit,  Snax with Attitude pretzels, Roma Belgian milk chocolate truffles, and Maggie Beer quince paste.

The Gourmet Giftis a perfect combination of sweet and savory with a bottle of Chandon, all stunningly presented in a premium gift box with ribbon and a gift card. Inside you’ll find, a bottle of Chandon Brute Sparkling, Lotus Biscoff caramelised biscuit, Red Island extra virgin olive oil, Peckish rice crackers, Maille Dijon Originale, Bonne Maman strawberry conserve, Ital Almond Toscani premium style biscotti with roasted almonds, Snax with Attitude pretzels, BahlsenWaffleton crispy rolled dark chocolate wafers, and Gourmet Nut Co Thai sweet chilli peanuts.

Australian Red and White Celebration – Australia has a wide range of wonderful red and white wines. This gorgeous hamper contains some of Australia’s best red and white wines, perfectly teamed with chocolate, cashews and smoked nuts. Inside the premium gift box, you’ll find, McGuigan Private Bin Shiraz and Sauvignon Blanc, Snax with Attitude pretzels and beer nuts, Ital Almond Toscani premium style biscotti with roasted almonds, Peckish rice crackers, Valley Produce cracked pepper cracker thins and Chocolatier deliciously indulgent milk and dark chocolate assortment.

Temptation Gift Basket – This basket has something for everyone – sweet, savory and wine! Valley Produce pure butter shortbread, McGuigan Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Guylian Artisanal Belgian chocolates, Val Verde Traditional Grissini, Snax with Attitude boxed salted cashews and pretzels and BahlsenWaffleton crispy rolled dark chocolate wafers. All presented in a gift basket with card.

The good news is when you order gift baskets and hampers online, you have the option of adding even more goodies. Extras you can add include – red or white wine, champagne, candles, robes, hand cream, body wash, diffuser, shave cream, aftershave balm, Scotch, Whiskey, Cognac, Vodka, Gin, Bourbon, chocolates, nuts, nougat, caramels, marshmallows, and more.


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Work Anniversary Gift Ideas for Your Staff

Celebrating and recognising the contribution your employees have made can positively impact your business by showing your employees how much you value hard work and loyalty. In fact, the trend for employee recognition is upward. Creating experiential rewards for employees is on the rise too, with industry insights revealing that overwhelmingly employees – want recognition and rewards for their good performance. And the best way to motivate your employees is to reward them. Having motivated employees will drive productivity skywards – and isn’t that every employers dream? As such, recognition programs can have a hugely positive impact on your workforce. Formally rewarding and recognising your staff is a sure-fire way to show them your appreciation. It’s never been more important and easy to keep your employees happy, productive and motivated.

Smart employers already have a program to reward their staff, but of the employers who don’t have recognition programs, the primary reason can be that they’re simply too hard to administer, as well as being too costly. As an employer you value your staff but when it comes time for celebrating work anniversaries, it can be hard to find ways to celebrate those milestone. This is when you can get stuck for a gift idea. Searching for a classy gift that will satisfy varied tastes is easy when you utilise a gift hamper service. We’re living in a time of exceptional personalisation, so hampers are ideal for gift-giving as they can be easily tailored and are budget friendly. Here, we have assembled for you three hampers that make ideal work anniversary gifts for your staff and you know they’ll appreciate it:

Wedding Anniversary Gift Baskets

Show your staff you care with the luxurious ‘Gratitude Hamper’ and see their eyes light up. This hamper makes a luxe gift that is sure to impress, after all what celebration is complete without a bottle of Moet? French Champagne is synonymous with stylish celebrations and is one of this nation’s favourite tipples. This gift hamper ticks all the boxes, featuring: a bottle of Moet & Chandon, Chocolatier scorched almonds in couverture milk chocolate, Chocolatier assorted milk chocolates, fudge by Rich Chocolate & Walnut, 100% raw honey with macadamia by Maya Sunny Honey and a gorgeous scented soy candle by Palm Beach. Beautifully boxed and finished with tissue, ribbon and a gift card, gift giving could not get any easier than this.

Giving a gift with flair needn’t break the bank, and the ‘Veuve and Gourmet Delights Hamper’ is one of those hampers that is a real winner. A bottle of champers, chocolates and an assortment of delectable savory snacks, who could want anything more? Founded in 1772, Veuve Clicquot is known as a premium bottle of Champagne. This hamper includes: Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow label, milk chocolate assortment by Chocolatier, Chocolatier scorched almonds in couverture milk chocolate, handmade lavosh by Bizzari, nougat with macadamias, mini melting moments, 100% raw macadamia honey, antipasto olives dipping bowl set with kalamata & roasted garlic tapenade, lemon garlic dill dressing and chilli mustard, and Hanks jam sampler. Oozing luxury, this hamper is beautifully presented and ready to gift.

Last but by no means least, the ‘Moet Cheeseboard Celebration Hamper’ will satisfy those people who have a love of cheese. When cheese becomes an obsession, you need to have a dedicated cheeseboard and cheese knife, and lucky for you these are included in this hamper. Stylishy boxed, this sophisticated hamper will impress with an assortment of goodies. This gift includes: a bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut, handmade lavosh by Bizzari Dolci, handmade peppery cheddars by Bizzarri Dolci, Port Willunga vine dried muscatels, Maggie Beer quince, All Natural crisp bread, fig & walnut Log, 100% raw macadamia honey by Maya Sunny Honey, Ironwood gourmet cheese board and Laguiole cheese knife.


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Drain Cleaning Without Harsh Chemicals

Clogged drains don’t happen overnight. If you pay close attention (and you should), you’ll probably notice when the water takes a little longer than usual to go down the sink. It may be a single sink or different basins around the house. Sometimes, it affects the toilet too. Instead of the water swirling straight down, it may rise closer to the top of the bowl before dissipating. The lag time doesn’t have to be dramatic – it may only take a few seconds more than it ordinarily does, but it’s a sign the drain is starting to blockage.

If you don’t take corrective measures, the blockage will pile up and eventually, you could end up with smelly drains, stagnant water, sludge bubbling back into the sink, or toilets that won’t flush at all. By the time things are that bad, you’ll have to call in a professional, and that could cost you a lot of money. Being observant (and routinely checking external drains) will help you identify potential clogs earlier. As soon as you notice the growing mess, don’t rush for chemical solutions. They work, but they hurt the environment too.

Manual options

Instead, use greener methods of unclogging your drain.  Start with that most trusty of plumbing tools – the plunger. Use a regular plunger for sinks and a toilet plunger for toilet bowls or corner drains. (The curvature at the corner may make it inaccessible or impractical to use the regular plunger because the cup won’t cover the hole well enough for effective suction.) If it’s a basic clog, it will clear. But if multiple pipes are affected, it’s probably the external drainage that’s blocked.

You could try using a drain snake or wire hanger to push the clog outside, or if you can see the blockage, you could put on gloves and try to manually pull out the accumulated debris. Only do this is the mess is visible. Otherwise, call a plumber. On the other hand, if the clog is localised, like a kitchen sink or hand basin, you can pour a mix of hot water and dishwashing liquid down. Or you could try a home remedy like baking soda and vinegar, which is mild enough to avoid eroding your pipes but strong enough to clear clogs.

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Kitchen chemicals

Begin by pouring hot water down the sink. It will melt any greasy bits blocking the pipes and push them further along. Then sprinkle baking soda, making sure it goes down the drain rather than sitting on the surface of the sink. Baking soda is a mild alkali (sodium bicarbonate) with a pH of 9. Then pour white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide down the drain. You might hear some fizzing and see some foam bubbling up the drain. That’s the reaction between the alkali and the acid (vinegar = acetic acid, pH 2.4; hydrogen peroxide = pH 2.7).

Let the chemical reaction finish, wait ten minutes, then pour more hot water down the drain to see if it’ll go down. You may have to repeat the steps two or three times. By the third round, you could unscrew the sink trap, place a bucket underneath, and do the hot water-baking soda-vinegar-hot water cycle while using a drain snake in the horizontal portion of the trap. Push the clog further along the pipe and hopefully out into the open, letting it access the external drain. Then you can go outside and fish out the residue.

Green clean

It’s interesting to note that while vinegar and baking soda are most frequently cited as natural de-cloggers, there are people who don’t believe it’s a functional combination. After all, the reaction is too mild to have much effect – they say. This school of thought says the real secret of #VineBa is the hot water that goes before and after, melting the greasy gunk. Still, since you already have these organic products in your home, you could give it a try before you go out and buy something expensive or potentially poisonous.

Not all drain cleaners are toxic though. If your home remedy and coat hangers haven’t dislodged the blockage, you could try a certified green de-clogger. These brands use enzymes to destroy debris, but they’re fully biodegradable so they don’t mess the soil, sewers, or waterways. Brands include Enzyme Wizard cleaning liquids and Antizyme pellets. Enzyme cleaners and de-cloggers work by ‘digesting’ blocked matter and converting it into water and carbon dioxide. They’re gentler on your pipes, and don’t have to be heated up before use.


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