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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Industry | 0 comments

Leaky Pipes: When Your Business Can’t Afford to DIY

ALD PlumbingWater damage is a very real problem for businesses and homeowners, and when it is due to plumbing leaks it makes it doubly difficult. First of all, plumbing is (should be) hidden under floorboards, tiles, walls and often embedded in concrete, or under slab, which makes it hard to check. Secondly, once you determine that it is a leak, you have to get at it, and that can entail wreaking havoc on your home if you don’t know what you’re doing. Third and worst of all, if you don’t find all of them, you could be looking at damage at the foundation level. The smartest thing you can do if you suspect plumbing leaks is to get a professional plumber on the job.

In Texas, plumbing leaks are a significant pet peeve of homeowner insurance companies because it is often blamed for loss of foundation integrity. Insurers turned to experienced plumbers to determine if there is actually a leak in claimant’s houses because they have the expertise and equipment to do it. Once it is determined that a leak is present, insurers often help homeowners in paying for repairing the leaks to eliminate the higher costs of foundation repair.

As a homeowner, it is prudent to nip the problem in the bud by calling in a professional plumber as soon as a leak is suspected. There are certain signs you can look for, especially in the bathrooms, where most leaks occur. These include:

  • Persistent mildew and mold on non-shower walls and corners
  • Blistering or peeling wall paint or paper
  • Warped or stained walls, ceilings or floors
  • Musty or earthy odor

If any of these signs appear, don’t waste time in wondering if you have a leaky pipe. Call in a reputable plumber in your area to test your plumbing for leaks. If you do have them, have them repaired at once. You will save more money in the long run.

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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Industry | 0 comments

The Growing Field of Marriage and Family Therapy

Prevention is the best medicine. This is true for both physical and relationship problems. Most people go into a marriage believing that love conquers all, but oftentimes romantic and familial love is simply not enough. Conflicts and issues may arise where the failure to properly communicate can lead to the erosion of relationships despite the persistence of true and abiding love.

Take for example Ed and Mary, who have three sons. The eldest son, Jason, is a happy-go-lucky, irresponsible 18-year-old who wants to have fun at all costs. Jason often clashes with Ed, who finds his son’s ebullience excessive and disruptive. Mary, who is also fun-loving, tolerates Jason’s behavior, which sometimes results in arguments with Ed. The younger children, Dale and Mark, tend to emulate Ed but are also influenced by Jason. The whole family is solid and loving, but the interrelationships can become problematic, especially for the younger children.

In the instance above, there is no real problem – yet. A qualified marriage and family therapist would be able to identify patterns of behavior, causes of conflict and communication strategies that can prevent a better understanding and stronger bond between family members. An experienced therapist may need between 5 to 20 sessions with family members in turn and as a group to come up with a program that would help the family. The primary goals of marriage and family therapy are to improve relationships and promote healthy communication.

The role of therapist is not an easy one. The skill set required to make a good therapist includes the ability to listen contextually, discern subtleties in speech and behavior, direct conversations, recognize and categorize patterns, and analyze what type of therapy would best suit the situation.

Aside from personal attributes, a therapist must also have the academic background to undertake the responsibility of conducting sessions. The various theories behind the counseling techniques would be something they are conversant with and know how to use.

Having a string of letters after one’s name is not enough; they should be the right letters. In Texas, the licensing for marriage and family therapists is comprehensive, so you will want someone who is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and possibly also as a Professional Counselor (LPC).

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

A Look at Premises Liability Law

When a person is in charge of a property, it comes with a great deal of responsibility he or she may not be aware of. One of the most important of these responsibilities is the obligation to keep the premises safe for any guests that they may be host to. This is especially true for hotels, as they frequently have people who are unfamiliar with the building walking into and out of them.

Property managers who fail to uphold their obligation can be held accountable for any injuries that result from dangerous conditions in their buildings. Most often such conditions arise from the building going through some period of neglect.

Common dangerous conditions include hazards such as lead paint, leaky pipes, mold, and faulty elevators. These are the kinds of dangers that are sometimes present in a building, and must be fixed within a reasonable amount of time to reduce the risk that they hurt innocent people.

If such conditions are allowed to persist for an unreasonably long time and a guest on the property is unduly hurt, the property manager may be held responsible for his or her medical costs and other injury-related expenditures. Making repairs as soon as a problem becomes apparent is the key to reducing liability under such circumstances. It’s imperative that hotels adhere to a high standard of safety on their premises to ensure that their guests feel welcome and impressed with the clean, safe facilities.

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Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Lawsuits | 0 comments

Vegas Police Department Settles Lawsuit with Street Performers

A pair of Las Vegas street performers have received a $105,000 settlement from the Las Vegas police as a result of a lawsuit they filed. The department issued the settlement believing that the cost of litigation would exceed the cost of settling outside of court and was a vital measure to take in order to avoid tarnishing the department’s reputation.

street performer settlementThe two performers were doing their act in a public area outside of the Venetian Hotel in January of 2010 when they were illegally detained. Police officers handcuffed them, demanded identification, and searched their belongings without a warrant.

A public defender from the Nevada ACLU represented the performers in their case. He stated that the settlement is not so much about the money involved, but serves as a reminder that public spaces are open to expressions that are protected by the first amendment.

The police department hopes that this case will improve the way they interact with and approach street performers throughout the city.


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Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Industry | 0 comments

Advances in Cosmetic Surgery

Many of us use the terms glibly, but the plastic in “plastic surgery” has no connection to the moldable, man-made organic solids that is widely used today. However, the term “plastic” was first used in 1632 to refer to neither; it was an adjective based on the Greek word plastikos which it turn came from the word plassein which means “to mold.” Between the two, the term “plastic surgery” was coined first in 1818 by Karl Ferdinand von Graefe in his book Rhinoplastik. The term “plastic” in reference to the pioneers of your Tupperware was first used in 1905.

It should also be noted that plastic surgery is a specialty in medicine the encompass not only cosmetic surgery, which is by far the most well-known form of it, but also reconstructive surgery, microsurgery, burn treatment and hand surgery. However, they all have one thing in common: the purpose is to correct.

Modern techniques in plastic surgery developed in leaps and bounds when anesthesia and antibiotics became established, making the procedures less painful and safer. During World War I and II, plastic surgery alleviated the plight of many soldiers who suffered horrific facial injuries and severe burns. The most common procedure is skin grafting, in which healthy tissue from one part of the patient’s body is transferred to another part for various reasons. While these procedures were necessary for normal functioning, in most cases today the procedures carried out are considered “elective” and aim to enhance the appearance of the person.

Not all of us were born with the perfect cheekbones, or just the right chest size. And while it may seem an expensive luxury, it is undeniable that the chances of success in life and career are significantly improved when one is physically attractive. For people in specific careers such as modeling, some cosmetic surgery is necessary to maintain their employability.

One must be careful about choosing where to have plastic surgery done, however. The Internet is awash with horror stories of botched nose jobs and leaky breast implants. Consult with a plastic surgeon who has a good reputation in your area to make sure you get the beautiful results that you want.

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