Monthly Archives: March 2012

SLIDESHOW: Ronald McDonald House Dinner with Friends

Ronald McDonald in San Diego

Matt Teeter sent me some great photos from the Ronald McDonald House Dinner with Friends event that we were promoting earlier this month and I thought you would enjoy a slideshow!

Donor logos

The event was a great success thanks to many, many sponsors, donors and guests! Great thanks to Sponsor Narrative Images for the gorgeous photos!

Here is a link to the slideshow on the Alliance Environmental Group blog!

We would like to thank all of our wonderful co-sponsors for their generous participation in support of this incredible organization.

The Ronald McDonald House is a home-away-from-home for the families of critically ill children in cities all over the US. Were it not for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, families would not be able to travel with their children to get the care they need. We hope you will continue to support the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego or the Ronald McDonald House nearest your city!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments!

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Alliance Blog: Early Spring Brings Early Pests

The Alliance Environmental Group website is having some maintenance done this week and so my blog from yesterday never made it out onto the web! But, hey, waste not, want not, right? Here is what I posted yesterday–enjoy!

 

Nightline ran a story this weekend about bugs coming out early for spring because of the almost national heat wave of the last few weeks.

It’s been colder than usual in Southern California, but after this weekend’s rains, we might very well begin to see some mosquitos and ants. And a longer termite season isn’t good for anyone! Airborne allergens are also picking up early this year–pollen and mold are already becoming a health concern for many people!

Here is a link to the Nightline video!

Because of the odd weather patterns, now is a good time to:

  • Make sure there is no standing water in your yard–it only takes a few hours for mosquitos to start their lifecycle in a puddle or fountain catch basin. When you finish your spring gardening for the day, make sure to dump out anything still holding water.
  • Do a thorough visual inspection of your home or other building for leaks, damp areas, and entry points for insects and do any necessary repairs or maintenance. Bugs and mold can take hold quickly.
  • If you discover a mold problem or insect infestation, take care of it promptly!

Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek offer ThermaPureHeat services in California to eradicate Termites and other Insect Pests, Mold Remediation and other environmental issues that can happen in your home or other structure. Heat treatment eliminates all adult, larva and insect eggs in one treatment without the use of dangerous chemicals. Contact us for help with these issues, as well as lead paint, asbestos, trauma scene cleanup or demolition projects!

On a personal note, we are back from Spring Break and hope yours is (or was) as fun as ours!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek Indoor Air Solutions. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!

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VIDEO: Indoor Air Quality and Your HVAC System

Microbes in indoor air

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association recently posted a very informative video about the airborne contaminants which affect the indoor air in our homes and offices.

Did you know you should probably change your air filters every 2 months?

Did you know that the standard 1-inch filters used in most homes don’t filter out much in the way of particles at all?

Did you know that the ducts in most homes have never been cleaned and are probably harboring and distributing construction dust every day?

http://youtu.be/eLMCHzhJEwM

AirTek offers commercial and residential duct cleaning services all over California. If your ducts have never been cleaned or you are concerned about your indoor air quality, contact us for a consultation. Our teams are ready to tackle any air duct cleaning project quickly and professionally and our staff includes six NADCA Certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists and one NADCA Certified Ventilation Inspector.

Spring is a great time to think about the air quality in your home! Before you rev up that air conditioning, make sure it’s not circulating particles and chemicals that you would rather have outside than in!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

Finding the Hidden Allergy Triggers in Your Home

 

A guest post from Jim Gates, CAFS

There are a number of different places that allergy triggers can hide within your home. These triggers can make your home a very uncomfortable place for anyone who is sensitive to allergens and can lead to severe reactions in people who are susceptible to them.

Three Hidden Allergy Triggers

Finding the hidden allergy triggers in your home and removing them effectively will make your home a much more pleasant place for you and your family members.

 

1. Animal Dander

Animal dander is typically associated with large dogs that shed and furry cats, but the truth is that any animal with fur and skin will produce animal dander that can trigger allergies in the people living in or visiting your home.

The areas where the animals live and play will have the highest concentrations of pet dander and the movement of the animal in these areas can release old dander that has settled back into the air.

To limit the amount of animal dander throughout your home, limit the animals to certain areas, clean these areas thoroughly on a frequent basis, and purchase a high quality air conditioner filter that is capable of removing pet dander from the air in your home.

2. Dust Mites

Dust mites can be anywhere in a home and their droppings and decayed body parts create the dust that you see on various items in your rooms. Getting rid of this dust is an important key to keeping the allergens in your home under control, but dust can hide in places that you would never think to look.

When you are dusting your home, be sure to lift items and move them around so that you can clean all areas around them and make sure that you are using a dusting product that traps the dust so that you are not just brushing dust off surfaces and into the air.

3. Pollen

Pollen is one of the most prevalent allergy triggers found in a home, especially in the spring and fall months when pollen counts are high. It’s important to take steps to reduce the amount of pollen in your home to avoid triggering allergy symptoms in people who are allergic to pollen.

A few ways to reduce the presence of pollen inside your home include:

  • Keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible during the times when the pollen count is highest
  • Install a high quality air conditioner filter that can remove small pollen particles from the indoor air.
  • Consider removing outerwear and shoes in an area close to the entry doors of the home to prevent disbursing pollen from outdoors throughout the home.

Reduce Triggers for Improved Indoor Air Quality

Taking these steps to reduce the presence of common allergy symptom triggers in your home can help keep your indoor air quality at a high level and ensure that you, the other residents of your home, and the friends and family members who visit you can breathe the cleanest possible air.

About the Author

Jim Gates, CAFS, is the brand manager for Quality Filters, Inc. (http://qualityfilters.com), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high quality home and commercial air filters. The company’s products are available online at BuyFilters.com (http://buyfilters.com).

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for

AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments!

For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

What Do You Know About…Tetanus?

 

I came across a video from the Indoor Air Quality Association and thought I would share it with you in case you, like me, get questions from your children about Tetanus, Lockjaw and whether that painful shot is really worth it.

Tetanus is a bacterium and the structure that causes infection is called an endospore. Tetanus bacteria cannot survive exposure to oxygen, but if it enters your body, typically via a wound, it can cause muscle spasms and stiffness which start in the face and neck (lockjaw) and spread to the rest of the body.

Most people think that it takes a rusty nail to give you tetanus, but a rusty nail only provides an ideal carrier for the disease and can commonly be found where dogs, horses, cows, sheep and other animals live.  You can get tetanus via any wound.  A puncture wound is a very low-oxygen injury, however, and does make it easier for the bacterium to reproduce.

I don’t want to spoil all the information in the video, but I will tell my children when they get home from school that, yes, that shot is worth it!

AirTek offers air duct cleaning services which eliminate all varieties of bacteria from your indoor air environment and, clearly, some bacteria are very dangerous!  To be sure that your ventilation system is disease free, have it cleaned on a regular schedule!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group.  We welcome your comments!  For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!  For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental  on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

We’re Having a Party!

Open HouseWe have a new office in Anaheim and now we are celebrating our expansion with a super fun event–an open house!

This St. Patrick’s Day party features prizes, food, drinks and fun and we would love you to join us!  Please send your RSVP to Julia Gomes via email at juliagomes (at) alliance-enviro.com or give her a call at 626-705-5816.

Anaheim Office

Our Anaheim Office expands our service area to include prompt, professional service in Orange County for Commercial and Residential Duct cleaning, Kitchen Exhaust Hood cleaning, Dryer Vent and Duct cleaning and Power Washing, as well as all of the many services offered by our environmental services division, Alliance Environmental Group, for Mold, Lead Paint, Asbestos, Bed Bugs, Termites, Demolition and Trauma Scene cleanup.

Map of 760 East Debra

In Orange County, contact our new office for any of our services!  And we hope to see you at the party!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group.  We welcome your comments!  For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!  For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental  on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

VIDEO: Mold Inspection

 

I love it when the Indoor Air Quality Association comes out with a new video! They do a great job with providing information clearly and have good production values as well.

Today’s offering is a video about how to inspect for mold. Did you know that air sampling is NOT the best way to test for the presence of mold? A thorough visual inspection is the best way to find out if you have a mold problem. Air samples can indicate that a deeper visual inspection is needed, but are no replacement for a visual inspection by a trained professional!

If you discover a mold problem in your home or any structure in California, AirTek and Alliance Environmental Group can help! AirTek will make sure that your ducts and ventilation systems are clean and mold-free. Alliance Environmental Group can kill and remove any sort of mold in a structure from using heat treatment to kill all mold and spores all the way to demolition and safe removal of damaged materials.

Happy first day of March! Spring is in the air and our Spring Newsletter will soon be on its way! We are planning to produce some videos of our own in the coming months, so keep checking back!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!