We are very proud to announce that earlier this month our parent company, Alliance Environmental Group, acquired Seacliff Environmental Services, a local leader in mold abatement based in Aptos, California serving Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.
Alliance’s acquisition of Seacliff expands our Northern and Central California service areas as well as expanding our highly trained and certified staff to include:
EPA-certified inspector EPA-certified contractor American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) Council-certified Microbial Remediator (ACAC) OSHA-certified S.S.T. Water Restoration Technician (IICRC) Certified Green Building professionals
Mike Fort, principal of Seacliff Environmental, told us, “We are excited to join the Alliance Environmental family. It provides us with the opportunity to offer a greater range of services to our existing and future customers.” AirTek agrees and we are glad to have you in our family, as well!
Stay up-to-date on news from Alliance Environmental Group as well as information about our services areas on the Alliance blog: lead paint, asbestos, mold, bed bugs, trauma cleanup, and other environmental challenges. And come back to the AirTek blog for information and tips on indoor air, pollution, and how to keep your environment clean and healthy.
Wendy Stackhouse is the Social Media Manager and Blogger for Alliance Environmental Group and AirTek. She writes about environmental challenges on the Alliance blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and about air quality on the AirTek blog on Tuesdays and Thursdays! If you see a story we might be interested in, please let us know in the comments or on social media and we will follow any leads you give us! Like Alliance on Facebook and follow Alliance on Twitter! For updates on indoor air challenges, Like us at AirTek on Facebook!
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen which we are all exposed to every day. According to the California Department of Public Health, formaldehyde is used in making:
It is found in:
Any of these materials can give off formaldehyde vapors that can make you sick.
But there is some good news! Last week the Environmental Protection Agency released new rules about how much formaldehyde can be “emitted from hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, particleboard and finished goods, that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, manufactured, or imported in the United States.” A second rule requires that manufacturers be certified to be meeting formaldehyde emission standards by an accredited third-party certifier.
At AirTek, we are glad to see formaldehyde vapors being taken seriously by government regulators. What can you do to reduce your exposure to formaldehyde right now?
Choose solid wood. More expensive, solid wood does not give off the gases of pressed wood products.
Unbox outside. When your beautiful new furniture is delivered, unwrap it outside and leave it out there for a week or so to let the gases dissipate before you bring it into the nursery.
Paint early and with the windows open. You want to let the volatile organic compounds in paint come out and proceed to the outdoors before bringing any furniture, carpets or other textiles in. Anything porous can absorb the chemicals and keep them in your environment.
You might feel like your allergies are going to be worse outside. If newly mowed grass or pollen are your main culprits, you might be right. But if you have allergies all the time, you might want to think about some places in your home that could be triggering your symptoms:
Pets–It’s probably not the fur, it’s more likely to be the dander–dead skin cells–from your pet that set you off. Wash your pet’s bedding often and consider not letting them sleep in your bed or on the couch if you have allergies. Man’s best friend may not be best friends with your nose.
Carpeting, Rugs and Upholstery–All of these textiles can be harboring dust mites, tiny bugs which feed on the dead skin cells from your body. If your allergies are severe, you might want to consider changing to hardwood floors, but a vacuum with a HEPA filter can help, too.
Books–Do you sneeze when you open an book you haven’t looked at for a while? Before switching to an e-reader (although they are great), consider vacuuming your bookshelves or storing your books in closed containers.
Air Conditioners–Ideally your air conditioner should help improve your indoor air. Change the filter often and make sure your air conditioner is not staying wet with condensation, anywhere there is water there can be mold and spores getting into your air.
In today’s well-sealed homes, when particles, pollution, chemicals and mold spores get in, they have trouble getting out. Be sure to keep your ventilation system clean and well-maintained so your indoor air isn’t worse than the air outside!
We are proud to be members of the Indoor Air Quality Association, which “was established in 1995 to promote uniform standards, procedures and protocols in the Indoor Air Quality industry.”
IAQA Membership provides continuing education and certification in best practices as well as peace of mind for consumers when choosing Air Quality professionals like those on our team at AirTek.
They also provide informative videos like this one, about the importance of using home inspectors certified by the IAQA to make sure that your new home is healthy and properly maintained before closing:
At AirTek, we take professional development very seriously and our highly trained team is always ready to provide the services you need. Contact AirTek for commercial and residential duct cleaning, kitchen exhaust hood cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and power washing services anywhere in California. Use us when you need to clean, maintain or decontaminate your HVAC systems and ensure that your home or facility is healthy and safe.
I learned a new word this week. You might have heard about worries that cell phones cause brain cancer or magnetic fields being dangerous, but with the proliferation of electronic devices, maybe we are putting more in the air than just particles and volatile organic compounds.
I’m thinking about all the electronics in my house and how many of them are on right now. The phone, the TV, the videogame console, the laptop, my daughter’s laptop, my husbands laptop, the router that makes it all possible. It’s summer vacation and the middle of the telecommuting workday.
But is all that healthy for my family?
Electrosmog is electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless technology and electricity. The most common sources of wireless electrosmog are:
Cell phone towers and transmitters
Exposure to Electrosmog can lead to health problems and electrosensitivity or electrohypersensitivity, which can cause symptoms such as:
Behavioral problems in kids
Blood pressure fluctuations
As with most pollutants, children, seniors and the immune-compromised are most at risk from developing these problems due to electrosmog. In Sweden, you can even claim disability due to electrohypersensitivity.