If you want to accomplish something during your day with the most efficiency and productivity, you’ve got to have support.
• Every good, ergonomically sound workstation needs a footrest, a wrist support, a monitor raiser, and lumbar support built into or added to the chair.
• If you want to gain muscle and stability by lifting weights, doing squats or lunges, or just about any type of balancing exercise, you need the support of your lower back and legs.
• In your car, your head restraint will keep the back of your head aligned with your seat in case you are rear-ended, reducing your risk of whiplash.
• When you go to sleep at night, your pillow keeps your head elevated and your throat clear to help you breathe; the springs in the bed frame balance out your back and body’s muscle groups; and the bedposts keep you above the floor and away from air vents.
Our bodies need support in order to work properly and injury-free during work, play, travel and rest. You also usually have a pretty good idea when your support is failing. For instance, you sprain yourself at the gym because your legs were not spread apart enough; you develop carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrist from repetitive motions with your mouse; you get bumped from behind when you are stalled in traffic and now your neck hurts; or, you wake up with a sore back because a loved one or (not-so-loved pet) stole your pillow out from under you when you were sleeping.
Believe it or not, buildings work in much the same way as our bodies when the support stops working. At ARROW, we have seen first-hand what happens when a lintel stops supporting the masonry above it, or when an I-Beam begins to sag (and the floor above it with it). This is why you need to ensure the supports in your building are working at all times. Like your body, a building without the right support risks serious injury, loss of functionality, or – in a worst-case-scenario – collapse and destitution.
If you’re not sure if your building’s support structures are ensuring your property will be free from harm in the near or distant future, it’s imperative you contact us to today to conduct an assessment. We will take care of everything you need on-site to ensure that your building does not experience something you could have prevented by acting today.
There are a few common outward signs when winter weather’s got us down. If it’s been snowing or very cold outside, our skin and hair begin to dry and our lips become chapped. Our skin tends to change color as the cold air rushes past our faces. Our joints weaken from the freezing temperatures and our posture may begin to sag as we tread through the snowy walkways on our way to work, class or in the community.
Believe it or not, these aftereffects of typical Midwestern winters (and even early springs) are also signs that our buildings’ bricks are in trouble and need to be restored or replaced. There are other signs, too, that luckily don’t appear on us the same way they may appear on masonry. These include bubbles or bowing forming on brick walls; chipping, flaking, crumbling or cracking of individual bricks or brick segments; and even the face of the brick completely falling off. (That last one luckily does not typically happen to us.)
These effects are due to moisture and water making its way into a wall through ineffective mortar joints and then freezing and expanding the brick. Though we can do some things to repair damaged bricks, sometimes the only way to return your masonry to its original condition may be to completely remove and rebuild the area. Doing this as quickly as possible will also help ensure the water damage does not spread to healthy bricks in the surrounding areas on the wall.
If you’ve spotted these signs on your masonry, be sure to call us today at INSERT NUMBER or contact us at INSERT EMAIL ADDRESS for your free estimate. We work with a variety of brick suppliers to make sure your replaced bricks match as closely as possible to the surrounding wall.
Don’t you wish removing weather wear on ourselves were this easy?