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Advantages and Disadvantages of Air Duct Cleaning Methods
Maintaining the house is a motivating factor for everyone, now days. In order to make that happen, one need to keep it looking neat, make sure that the environment around the house is healthy for the other family members, preserving the value of the home and preventing costly repairs and replacements. Out of all of these reasons, health of the family is undoubtedly the most significant. So air duct cleaning is considered one of the most important steps to include in the maintenance routine of your home.
Regular servicing of your air duct system is considered one of the most prevalent home maintenance routines in every household today. This also saves a lot of money,
in cases where the air condition breaks down and it is very uncomfortable for everyone in the household. Servicing the heating and air conditioning systems is the key to keep them operating efficiently. This also includes cleaning the cooling coils; drain pans, fans and heat exchangers. This method of cleaning may result in dust, debris, mold or allergens getting into your air ducts. As a result of this, your home can also get affected. The dusts and debris from the air duct can also spread in to your home. So one should be very careful about this, they should clean their air ducts while cleaning the heating and cooling system.
One of the biggest advantages of air duct cleaning methods is a very obvious one. It is energy savings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of U.S. estimates, that removing even four-tenths of an inch of dust from cooling system coils reduces energy usage up to a staggering 21%. This cleaning method can easily save a considerable amount of your electricity bill. If there is an odor prevailing in your house, proper air duct cleaning will eliminate the smell almost completely
By just cleaning your air ducts, using a powerful vacuum, one can save a lot of money. It has been estimated that nine out of ten central heating and air conditioning systems fail or breakdown because proper maintenance routine was not performed on a regular basis. Improper maintenance can lead to replacement of parts and labor for cooling or heating systems, which can be very expensive, ranging to about a thousand dollars.
Air duct cleaning is also considered very essential, in order to maintain healthy indoor air. Different sources can bring in allergies, toxins and dust in to your air ducts. If not cleaned properly then the air duct may release these particles into your house. These particles may not cause allergies, but they might be the key reason why your family members suffer from severe illness.
In order to clean the air ducts properly, one needs to use a good vacuum system. A system capable of sucking in all the dust and debris stored in the air duct. Although, using a vacuum system with a small hose may cause improper cleaning and the internal dust and debris to scatter and spread through out the whole air duct, eventually causing the dust to enter the household. To ensure proper cleaning, one must use a vacuum system with a hose, bigger in radius. Even if an air duct cleaning company comes to do the job, make sure they have an efficient vacuum system.
Life after suicide: Group helps mourners through cleanup, funerals and grieving
Katie Hardy knows the pain of the suicide well.
Her mom took her own life in 2003, and since then, seven of her friends have committed suicide.
As part of the healing process, she started raising money for suicide prevention.
But after the 2012 suicide of Jason Lockwood, a fixture in Southeast Michigan's local music scene, Hardy saw her friends struggling to navigate their grief, and felt she needed to expand her efforts.
That's when Six Feet Over, a non-profit dedicated to helping the bereaved cope in the wake of a loved one's suicide, started taking shape.
The Hamtramck-based group guides people through the grieving process, helps fund funerals, and pays for the cleanup of suicide scenes.
And it raises money to do so with an annual comedy showcase, scheduled Saturday in Hamtramck
"I realized that there was a conversation that needed to be had, and we really needed to be there for each other," Hardy said about the aftermath of Lockwood's death. "People I loved didn't know how to talk about it and are now more at risk."
She said her concerns also grew because those who lose someone to suicide are more likely to commit suicide, even if they don't suffer from mental illness.
"[Lockwood's suicide] opened up a thousand people to a really crappy statistic, so these people are at a higher risk," Hardy said. "I wanted to make sure that this didn't become a horrible cycle of loss."
That goal is at the center of Six Feet Over's mission, and it's one of the few non-profits in the nation that pursues it by providing financial assistance to those who can't afford cleanup and funeral costs.
Six Feet Over and Suck It Suicide, which raises money for Six Feet Over, also offer financial assistance to make up for unpaid time off work taken to arrange funerals and deal with the loss.
"These are things that could effect the rest of people's lives in a lot of ways, so to help them heal and do it without worry is important," Hardy said.
An inexpensive funeral runs around $2,000, and clean up costs range between $500 and $2,000.
Six Feet Over contracts with a crime scene cleanup company that scrubs "every last millimeter," Hardy said. The company is sympathetic to Six Feet Over's cause and offers a small price break, but suicide can still be a huge financial burden.
"People were asking us for help paying for the funeral. They were cleaning up messes left behind, and we said 'That's got to be distressing,' so we added that onto our mission statement," she said.
"Those are things that no one thinks about, but they're important."
Hardy said she didn't know she was considered a "survivor" of suicide until several years ago, and there are specific support groups, networks and others who help those around a suicide.
"When you're in crisis you aren't thinking 'What would be the best search terms to help me look for help?' You're thinking 'Someone help me, please,'" Hardy said. "We help find resources and connect people to them. Once people know what's available, then they can open up and start a dialogue with themselves and others."
The group has also started providing support to high school kids who lose a friend, by setting up an off-campus safe space where kids can go to grieve. Hardy said that's a sensitive situation that schools typically aren't equipped to handle.
"This gives kids the time and the opportunity to grieve and get a better understanding of where they're at," Hardy said.
Six Feet Over raises money through donations and at fundraising events like this Saturday's comedy night at Small's in Hamtramck. Hardy also has shirts available on the non-profit's website and sets up at music festivals and events where the group raises awareness and funds.
Hardy's work with Six Feet Over caught the attention of others in the mental health field, and she was recently asked to join the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee, which advises a steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
The subcommittee's objective, Hardy explained, is to make the Lifeline more inclusive to those who might need it.
While many of those in the field are doctors and clinical-types, Hardy represents and provides a voice for the crowd that "likes to swear, drink and listen to loud music."
That's a valuable voice on a board filled with people who can't always connect on a certain level with that crowd, she said.
"I'm what they call the 'lived experience,'" Hardy said.
More at sixftover.org.
Springtime Commercial Cleaning Availability in Albuquerque and Its Neighboring Communities
SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is pleased to announce their availability for commercial cleaning jobs in Albuquerque and its surrounding areas this spring. The company, headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, specializes in cleaning and maintaining buildings like schools, banks, apartment complexes, office buildings and other commercial properties.
With a complete line of available services that includes carpet cleaning, floor buffing, power washing and window cleaning, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is prepared to take on the janitorial duties for virtually any commercial building.
SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration sets itself apart from similar cleaning and janitorial companies in the area in several ways; perhaps the most significant of these is the company's green cleaning policy. SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration uses only environmentally-friendly cleaning products and solutions on the properties it services.
For over 18 years, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration has been providing exceptional cleaning and building maintenance.
Suicide Cleanup And Insurance Coverage
The weather is starting to warm up and springtime is around the corner. Spring may be known mainly as a joyful season, but it's not all sunshine and flowers. Unfortunately there is a correlation between spring and an increase in suicide rates. It is a depressing matter to discuss but it is one that must be addressed. SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is available to help, and many homeowners' policies are aiding as well.
Although the exact reason for suicide rates peaking during the spring season is unknown, there are various speculations, from an increase in energy and motivation to inflammation aggravating depression. Whatever the case may be, people are choosing to go through with tragic ends. If a family loses a member due to suicide, there are many difficulties that accompany this appalling situation. One concern that piles on top of the emotions is that of financial matters. Dealing with a death of a loved one is difficult enough without considering the financial aspects. The costs can vary for biohazard cleanup, depending on the situation, but in some cases, insurance is helping to alleviate the financial stresses. Many homeowners' insurance policies offer coverage for crime scene and trauma cleaning, so it is crucial to check with the insurance policy adjuster to determine if coverage is offered.
SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is seeking to alleviate the difficulties that accompany a suicide. The situation is troubling as is and finding a qualified, compassionate company to handle the aftermath should not be a distressing task. SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration crews are able to attend the scene and handle the cleanup of any present biohazard. If blood stains or bodily fluids are present, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration will safely and effectively remove the dangers to ensure no one is exposed to hazardous bloodborne pathogens and other potential dangers. SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration is working with cooperative homeowners' insurance policies to handle the cleanup, eliminating the emotional burden of having to clean up the traumatic scene without assistance while simultaneously coping with grief.
SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration's main concern is the well-being of the family. The compassionate crews care about the customers they serve and want to complete the cleanup to ensure the physical and emotional safety of the family members. It is important to consult the insurance adjuster to determine whether or not a suicide cleanup will be covered. If an insurance company is paying for cleanup services, SERVPRO Albuquerque Restoration will work side-by-side with the insurance company and the loved ones involved in order to provide considerate, proficient services.
Why Does My Carpet Smell?
Does your home have a mysterious bad smell? If you've already checked the fridge and your trash bins and can't find the source, it could be that you're in need of a carpet cleaning or carpet deodorizer.
Just like stains, carpet fibers can trap odors, making them linger in your home indefinitely. If you think your carpet could be the problem, consider the possible sources of the odor.
Moisture or dampness
Sometimes, moisture can get underneath the carpet and carpet pad, leading to musty odors.
This moisture can come from humidity, spills or potted plants that drip onto the carpeting.
A flood can also cause carpet odor, such as when a finished basement floods during a rainstorm.
If not addressed properly, continued moisture exposure can cause mold and mildew to grow under the carpet padding. Not only will it increase the smell, it also creates a health risk.
When pets use the carpet as a bathroom, the smell can really linger.
Even after a carpet cleaning, the smell of pet urine may return. This is due to the gases released by the bacteria that are digesting the urine. If any of the urine remains in the rug fibers, it will continue to smell.
The same is true for vomit, another common problem associated with pets and carpeting.
These bacteria are activated by water, which is why the smell may intensify after a thorough cleaning.
Dry carpet cleaning treatments or treatments that use enzymatic odor removal products are the best solution for eliminating pet smells. Enzymes are particularly effective because they attack the bacteria, thus eliminating the source of the smell.
If a smoker lives in the home, the carpet can collect the cigarette smoke odor.
While the homeowners may not notice the stench because they live with it, visitors or someone who purchases the home will definitely notice the smoke smell.
A professional carpet cleaner may be able to remove the smell, but if the smoking was excessive, a carpet deodorizer may not be enough, and the carpeting may need to be replaced.
Carpeting is made from fibers. Over time, those fibers break down. When the carpet begins to smell old, there is little that can be done.
Carpet cleaning cannot take the old, musty smell from carpet. This is when it simply needs to be replaced.
In addition to the smell, old carpet starts to release dust, which can contribute to indoor allergies.
Food and drink spills
Food and drinks that spill onto carpet can lead to odors.
Like pet smells, these organic products attract bacteria. As the bacteria break down, they release smelly gasses. Again, professional carpet cleaning is the best solution to remove the smell.
Once you find the source of your carpet odor, you can decide on the best treatment. For organic smells like pet odors or food spills, consider two professional cleanings to thoroughly remove the bacteria.
For other problems, like old age or mold, you may need to replace the carpet. Knowing where the odor is coming from will help you make the right decision for treatment.
Safety Tips For Winter Activities
Winter recreational activities may help fight off cabin fever, but they also can be dangerous. Before heading outside, brush up on these safety tips for the slopes, rink, and more.
Dressing the Part
Staying warm is important for all winter activities. Protect yourself from hypothermia by wearing polypropylene undergarments — which absorb sweat but also retain heat — and layers of water- and wind-resistant clothing. And don't forget the essentials: hats, gloves or mittens, wool socks, and waterproof boots.
Hitting the Slopes
These safety tips can help reduce your chances of injury when you're downhill skiing or snowboarding:
- Take lessons on how to stop, slow down and turn.
- Never ski or snowboard alone.
- Always wear a certified helmet with wraparound goggles.
- Secure loose straps or clothing.
- Identify the appropriate trails for your skill level.
- Check your equipment before and after each run.
Keep these safety guidelines in mind when ice-skating or playing hockey outside:
- Stick to ice at least 6 inches thick and free of ice fishing holes and other debris.
- Avoid ice that has formed over running water, such as a river.
- Always wear a helmet: Hockey helmets offer the best protection.
- Wear proper hockey equipment, including pads and gloves.
- Learn how to properly fall on ice.
Inexperience and poor judgment are both leading causes of snowmobile crashes. Learn how to ride safely:
- If you are a novice, consider taking a snowmobile or snow machine safety training course before your first outing.
- Wear a helmet that meets the current Department of Transportation certification standards.
- Wear appropriate cold weather gear, such as a snowmobile suit, snow bib, jackets, and gloves, to cut the wind, repel water and allow ventilation.
- Always go snowmobiling in groups and notify someone at home where the group is headed and the expected return time.
- Always check the weather conditions before departing.
- If traveling in mountainous terrain, check for "Avalanche Conditions."
- Know the area where you're riding, if possible. There may be hazards, such as washouts (melted snow, flowing water or erosion impacting the trail, road or field), fences and drop-offs in unfamiliar areas.
- Before departing, check your machine's fuel and fluid levels to make sure they are sufficient for the trip. You should also check the machine's overall condition and operation.
- Never drive too fast for your comfort level, and keep speeds below 40 miles per hour at night.
- Stay on designated trails.
- Avoid driving on ice, but if it's the only option, wear a lifejacket.
- Always ride sober, which includes avoiding prescription medications that may affect how you ride.
- Be cautious when crossing roadways.
- Never approach wildlife.
- Carry a first-aid kit, water and non-perishable food in case of a mishap on the trail.
13 Home Improvements Illegal to DIY
Switch Up a Cooktop
Is it true that you are considering changing from an electric extent to a gas stove and introducing the apparatus yourself? Reconsider. This is a venture for one, as well as two experts that need to meet codes and investigate the completed item. A gas stove requires both power and gas to work appropriately, so procure a handyman to introduce the gas line and an electrical expert to change the electrical circuit. Something else, this genuinely simple transformation could have dangerous outcomes.
Bother Old Protection
In the event that you claim a more established home, the upper room protection could be polluted with the harmful substance asbestos. While it's conceivable to do a DIY asbestos evacuation, it's not suggested. There is various laws set up to control the evacuation of asbestos in light of the risks it postures to those in close closeness, including you, your family, and your neighbors. Things being what they are, what's the arrangement? Procure an asbestos decrease group.
Repair Your HVAC Framework
Repairing or supplanting a HVAC framework is hazardous. While it might entice to settle it yourself, it's most likely best on the off chance that you don't. Freon breaks are perilous, bringing about discombobulation, asphyxia, and other respiratory issues. Aerating and cooling and warming upkeep requires an authorized proficient who has experienced a thorough preparing and affirmation process. Furthermore, a producer may void your guarantee on the off chance that you, a property holder without fitting authorizing, were to deal with the framework.
Supplant a Boiling hot Water Tank
While introducing or supplanting a water warmer may appear like a DIY suited for the weekend warrior, pondering 240 volts of power or complaining with gas lines, which could bring about a hazardous break, is not work for the unpracticed. In light of the grants, code adherences, wellbeing regulations, and dangers—like conceivable carbon monoxide discharges—an authorized handyman is required to tackle this home assignment.
Pump the Septic Framework
Let's be realistic: Of all the home errands, this is one of the more disagreeable. In any case, notwithstanding being unenjoyably, working with the septic tank requires particular gear and additionally allows to discard the waste legitimately. The main do-it-without anyone's help step you have to bring with this assignment is to get the telephone and call an expert.
Interface with Natural life
Has a rat taken up living arrangement in your rafters? Before wrangling the threat yourself, understand this: A few species, for example, raccoons, skunks, and bats, are inclined to convey rabies and have lawful results on the off chance that they are hurt or caught and moved without the assistance of an expert. Try not to hazard disease; contact a natural life control organization. These authorized experts will evacuate the creatures, secure the openings, wipe out homes, and dispose of waste. It's essentially not worth taking a chance with your security.
Thump Out a Divider
In case you're planning to change your design to an open floor arrangement, or simply need somewhat additional room, uprooting a divider may be on your rundown of things to do. In any case, reconsider before swinging that heavy hammer. A few urban areas require licenses if the divider being referred to is basic, and on the off chance that you don't bring in an authority for a discussion previously, you could be doing significant harm to the trustworthiness of your home.
Tinker with Light Installations
In case you're hoping to supplant or include light installations that will influence the electrical wiring, it's ideal to bring in a circuit tester than have a go at it yourself. In the event that you don't acquire the best possible allows or have it introduced by an expert, the insurance agency has grounds to deny your case in the possibility of a house flame—and defective wiring is one of the main sources of private flames.
Introduce a Bay window
Sky facing windows require cutting an opening, introducing an edge, and fitting a window into the rooftop. The establishment generally must be finished by an ace, or must take after the producer's directions to the letter, generally the guarantee may be voided. Additionally with the precarious incline and the amazing tallness, it's imperative to contract an expert—two, really. You'll require a roofer's experience and a window organization's specific devices and ability to take care of business securely and successfully.
Evacuate Toxic Paint
Owning an object from olden times farmhouse may appear like a fantasy, however evacuating the lead paint could be a bad dream. Seventy-five percent of homes constructed before 1978 may contain toxic paint, which is a significant issue for even the most experienced of experts. It's ideal to call a qualified master than to chance your life to spare a couple bucks.
Chopped Down an Extensive Tree
At the point when an extensive tree should be chopped down, it's ideal to abstain from directing your inward logger. Rather, leave huge tree evacuation to a guaranteed arborist that is acquainted with city laws and conveys heaps of obligation protection that can deal with risks or mischances you may not be furnished to manage—for instance, if the tree falls in an unpredicted way.
Supplant a Carport Entryway Spring
After some time, carport entryway springs lose their strain and should be supplanted, however the first and only steps require discharging and giving back the pressure to the spring. One wrong move and that spring could go rushing toward your body, bringing about genuine, even lethal damage. To keep away from such possibly unsafe mischances, call a carport entryway establishment pro.
Take Out Termites
Termite issues cost property proprietors more than $5 billion a year. Here and there this harm may not be secured by your insurance agency and, shockingly, a boundless infestation can't be battled with locally acquired arrangements. Rather, act quickly and call an exterminator who has admittance to the most strong items, which are accessible just to professionals.
Forensics and Crime Scene Clean Up
Forensic scientists and crime scene technicians both play an essential role in investigating as well as solving crimes. Another crucial aspect not to be overlooked is crime scene cleanup, which is a critical element following the advent of a crime, particularly violent crimes. In many cases, crime scene cleanup in both commercial and residential settings involves dealing with potentially hazardous materials, such as blood, excrement, semen, and other bodily fluids. Forensics and crime scene cleanup are separate but related areas that must work hand in hand to get the job done. It is not just a matter of solving a crime or determining the cause of an accident, there are also safety concerns to be addressed.
While crime scene techs analyze the accident or crime scene and collect evidence, it is the forensic scientists who analyze the evidence in order to gather clues pointing to a possible suspect, the cause of death, or other key pieces of information. While their roles are quite different, they work in league together and law enforcement counts on the contributions of these professionals to help them solve crimes. Meanwhile, those charged with crime scene cleanup must adhere to strict guidelines and protocols in place for public safety reasons.
The technicians that are tasked with handling such cleanup areas have special training and knowledge to thoroughly evaluate, sanitize, clean, and disinfect a crime scene area, minimize emotional distress related to the incident, and restore a property to its former status. Moreover, these techs must also make certain any hazardous materials involved are disposed of in a proper fashion and that public safety is a priority.
Technicians who are trained in this field are experienced with a wide variety of crime scene cleanup situations. Whether the crime scene involves an accidental death, homicide, suicide, or some other type of injury, these specialists are extensively trained in accessing the scene and handling the cleanup in a thorough as well as professional manner.
ForensicsForensics and crime scene cleanup are separate but related areas that must work together to get the job done. It is important to understand the differences involved in both fields. While crime scene technicians, who are often based at police departments or other law enforcement agencies, spend much of their time in the field, forensic scientists usually work in forensic labs, which are controlled, monitored, and contained. Crime scene techs visit a variety of crime scenes to collect evidence and spend much of their workday out in the field, as well as on their feet. They never know until they arrive at the scene what conditions might be involved or how long it will take to clear the scene. They must sometimes work very long hours to ensure all evidence is collected. Conversely, forensic scientists usually work in a laboratory setting, which are kept comfortable, safe, and not exposed to the elements. Unlike crime scene techs, scientists who specialize in forensics are well aware of the environment they will be exposed to on a daily basis and usually work a standard 40-hour week.
Once forensics is in order and the techs have completed their collection, crime scene cleanup must be handled before law enforcement can release the scene and allow citizens access to the affected area(s). No matter what quantities of bodily fluids or other contaminants might be present at a crime scene, crime scene cleanup techs are trained to handle the cleanup process with a detail-oriented approach, as well as special attention to safety and security protocols. Much like forensics itself, the devil is in the details.
Since forensics is such a specialized area, scientists who are trained in forensics require more formal education than crime scene technicians do. In fact, many crime scene techs start out as law enforcement officers. Crime scene technicians might have a two-year degree and some criminal justice training, especially at rural or smaller law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, metropolitan or larger departments might require their crime scene technicians to have a bachelor’s degree in science or forensic investigation. On the other hand, scientists who specialize in forensics must have at least an undergraduate degree in a natural science, such as physics, biology, or chemistry. While crime scene technicians need specialized training in criminal investigation, forensic scientists often need only a science degree because they do not investigate crimes directly and are usually not in the field. Instead, they conduct scientific experiments and analysis related to forensics. However, some scientists who pursue this occupation opt to supplement their science training with graduate degrees in forensic investigation.
Other factors to consider in relation to crime scene cleanup include making sure the technicians involved are in fact experts in their field and properly trained, that no crime scene is too big or small to handle, and they are ready to assist those affected through their ordeal, no matter what is involved. Additional important features of a crime scene cleanup team include fast response, around-the-clock availability (24/7/365 days a year), current sanitation and decontamination techniques and/or equipment, as well as full service accommodations at all crime scene locations.
While forensic scientists and crime scene technicians both play an essential role in investigating as well as solving crimes, another crucial aspect not to be overlooked is crime scene cleanup, which is a critical element following the advent of a crime, particularly violent crimes. In many cases, crime scene cleanup in both commercial and residential settings involves dealing with potentially hazardous materials, such as blood, excrement, semen, and other bodily fluids. Forensics and crime scene cleanup are separate but related areas that must work hand in hand to get the job done. It is not just a matter of solving a crime or determining the cause of an accident, there are also many safety concerns to be considered. These safety concerns involve not only the affected crime scene areas, but public safety as well. Any hazardous materials involved in a crime scene must be disposed of in a proper fashion and public safety protocols must be adhered to in order for law enforcement to release the scene, as well as the public to be allowed access.
Construction Repair and Rebuild: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque
Construction Repair and Rebuild: SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque
Sometimes an emergency remediation comes from Mother Nature and sometimes it comes from the contractor working on your property. The licensed GB-98 General Contractor, SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque is here to help with any construction repair and rebuild. We specialize in Fire, Water, Mold and Biohazard restorations. What makes SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque unique is because of our General Contractor license, we can repair any catastrophe and restore it back “Like it never even happened.®”
Some of the areas of construction repair that we specialize in are:
For instance if a roof leak takes place that you just had repaired and it causes a flood and mold infestation. We will be able to repair the roof, insulation, drywall, paint, carpet/flooring, etc. all in house. This makes the restoration process much smoother for the property owner and/or the insurance adjuster. We work with all major insurance companies and provide free estimates for customers located in the greater Albuquerque area.
If you have any questions on whether we can help with a construction repair and rebuild, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (505) 828-3567.