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How to properly get rid of your White Goods

Ok, one of the first things we need to clarify is, just what exactly are ‘white goods’? Usually, the term ‘white goods’ refers to electric products that are large, bulky and heavy. These are appliances like your fridges, stoves, ovens, air conditioners and clothes dryers and washing machines. It is not compulsory that the appliances be white, of course; the term ‘white goods’ came from the fact that fridges used to mostly be coated white. These days, of course, the colour is irrelevant. What usually connects these types of appliances are their size.

And because of this, white goods are notoriously difficult to move from place to place or remove in their entirety. So, what happens is, when fridges or washing machines and the like get damaged and stop working, they are moved out of the way while a new appliance is brought in.

But it is best that these appliances be removed totally. Getting rid of these appliances gives you back space in the house, plus also you can have them recycled. Recycling prevents the toxic materials in the white goods contaminating the soil and harming the environment. It also means that new products can be made from the recycled materials.

An important note, though, is this: even better than recycling and far better than throwing away entirely your white good appliance, is passing it on to family or friends, or donating it to charity. Of course, the white goods needs to be in some kind of working order for you to be able to do this.

So, what do you do if you really just have to move and get rid of your white goods?

Minimize Weight

You can shed a few kilograms and make moving your white goods appliance easier by getting rid of anything that can be removed. With less weight inside shifting from side to side, the appliance will not only be lighter but more balanced and easier to carry.

Consider your path

Before trying to move the appliance, take note of just how you are going to get the appliance out of the front door. Make sure they can actually fit through the hallways and doorways and stairways.

Make sure you have the right equipment

We will include people in this category of ‘equipment’. You should not lift a fridge by yourself, even if you think of yourself as some kind of weightlifting champion. Consider bringing in people to help you, or getting an appliance dolly. If using the dolly, make sure the appliance is strapped in.

Take your time

Don’t rush things. Rushing causes mistakes, mistakes causes injuries. Plan exactly how you are going to get the appliance out of the house, and if you think there are areas where you will struggle, consider bring in professionals.

Which brings us to …

Bring in the professionals.

Professionals in the field of white goods removal will know precisely how to move your white goods. They have done it before many times, and experienced all types of difficult, tight situations. They have the equipment required to ensure the safety of themselves, you and your property. Consider whether it is simply far easier to just pay a professional to remove your white goods for you.

Some Things To Look Out For To See If Your Tree Needs To Be Removed

Trees don’t last forever. Sometimes we look at our trees and they look so strong and proud, and we forget that they are living things, and like all living things, they get sick and they can die. The problem with trees is that sometimes it’s difficult to determine if they are sick or even dead, and sick or dead trees can pose hazards to your property and your family. Sick and dead trees might no longer have the root structure to stand strong storms, or their branches may fall off, becoming a threat to anyone within the area.

Here are some signs you can look out for to see if your trees should be removed. If you do notice these signs, talk to a tree removal expert like Tree Removal Sunshine Coast to get expert advice.

Check the tree for damaged, broken or dead branches.

If a branch is damaged, snapped off maybe by a storm, and is hanging precariously to the tree, this could easily become a projectile in the next storm, and should be removed. Moreover, the area where the branch is connected to the tree is like a deep gash to us humans; if not treated correctly, this could cause an infection that hurts the entire tree.

Dead branches are often barkless, so check your tree for such branches. Also, if you notice the ground around the tree is littered with fallen branches, despite there not being a recent storm, this may also be a sign that there are issues. In the same way hair loss can be a sign of stress in humans, branch loss can be a sign of stress in your trees. And a stressed tree becomes a dangerous tree.

Check your tree trunk for cracks and missing bark.

We’re not talking about tiny, superficial cracks on your tree’s surface. Those are normal wear and tear. We’re talking deep splits and cracks that go below the surface. There are a few things this could be a sign of: the tree’s trunk might be weak or rotted; the soil itself might be unstable.

If you notice missing bark, this might also be a concern. Trees lose bark as part of their normal everyday lives, but new healthy bark takes its place. If healthy bark is not replacing the missing bark, this may be another indicator something is not right in the tree’s world.

Check your tree’s base for fungus/mushrooms.

If you notice fungus or mushrooms growing at or around the base of your tree, this might be a sign that the tree’s root structure is not strong. The tree’s roots are what keep the tree planted in the ground during strong wind events, so weak roots mean a dangerous tree.

Check your tree’s lean.

If your tree suddenly develops a lean, then this might also be an indication of a root system that has been weakened. Some trees naturally grow at a lean, but that is a slow, gradual event that causes the tree no problems. The type of lean which indicates the tree is dangerous is sudden, perhaps after a wind event, and is something that you need to keep an eye on.