Schools, buildings, and businesses are getting ready to reopen as the numbers of new Covid-19 infections decline. Some buildings and facilities have been closed since March 2020 and have not resumed usual operations. Even though vaccine distribution has increased and we move into less restricted tiers, we must not let our guard down. We still need to maintain our social distance, wear masks and wash our hands regularly.
In this issue of our newsletter, we include topics around National Termite Awareness Week. We provide some insight into measures to take, ensuring a safe return to school when schools do reopen. Our next focus deals with the importance of maintaining HVAC systems in commercial buildings in a post-pandemic world and the need to address any facility concerns before reopening. Lastly, we shed some light on the need to conduct a proper inventory list and using a professional contractor if your property’s contents have been damaged and affected by asbestos.
We are celebrating a new addition to our family, Alliance Environmental Group is excited to welcome Coast IAQ and Life Safety Services to our portfolio. Coast IAQ and Life Safety services specialize in fire stopping, fire damper testing, and repairs, containment for infection control, Kitchen Exhaust System cleaning, HVAC systems cleaning, refurbishment, and mold remediation. With the addition of this latest acquisition, Alliance Environmental Group will continue to lead the field in environmental remediation and Indoor Air Quality services. Assuring you of our commitment of always striving to provide you with the best service and company offerings.
Eradicate Termites Using Heat Treatment
BY TEAM HEAT
As National Termite Awareness Week commences from March 7 to 13, the National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause $5 billion in property damage annually, most of which are not covered by homeowners’ insurance plans. Termites live in colonies that can range in size from a few thousand to several million, depending on their species. The largest colonies can eat up to a pound of wood per day, which can quickly cause significant damage to a home or business structure. A termite colony that goes unchecked can prevent a sale or possibly lead to a building being condemned. Thankfully, termites can be eradicated using a variety of methods. The fastest and most eco-friendly of these methods is heat.
Improving Indoor Air Quality in Schools
BY AIRTEK INDOOR AIR SOLUTIONS
Students’ and teachers’ health and comfort are among the many factors that contribute to learning and productivity in the classroom, affecting performance and achievement.
Providing a healthy, comfortable environment is an investment in your students and staff. Failure to respond promptly and effectively to poor indoor air quality in schools can lead to severe consequences. These may include an increase in short- and long-term health problems, costly repairs, potential liability problems, and a greater risk that schools will need to close and temporarily relocate staff and students.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the average school building is 42 years old. After 40 years, a school building begins to deteriorate if it is not maintained correctly rapidly.
Efficiently Maintaining Commercial HVAC Systems
BY MINTIE LLC.
As commercial buildings and workplaces begin to reopen across California, building owners, landlords, property managers, and facility managers must maintain operational HVAC systems. The following requirements should be met:
- Fire Dampers, filter, and economizers seals and frames should be intact and clean, are should be functional, responding to control signals. The verification setting of manual dampers (i.e., outside air damper is 100% open, all supply registers, diffusers open) should be in place.
- Evaluate RA and EA grille/register placement. If possible, modify space/furniture so the air passageway avoids occupants.
- Air Handling systems should be providing adequate airflow with no blockages in the duct system (for example – closed fire/smoke dampers), and air from the air handling system should be reaching each occupied space. Exhaust fans are functional and venting to the outdoors.
- Update or replace existing HVAC air filtration to a minimum of MERV 13 or the highest compatible with the filter rack, and seal edges of the filter to limit by-pass.
Comprehensive Total Loss Inventory After a Catastrophe
BY ALLIANCE ENVIRONMENTAL
Loss of personal belongings due to natural disasters or catastrophes can be a stressful and challenging situation. When a commercial or residential building containing asbestos is damaged, the disturbed airborne asbestos creates an unsafe environment that prevents owners and insurance adjusters from entering the site to complete a total loss inventory list.
Creating a detailed inventory of asbestos-contaminated contents is an essential first step in the process of abatement/restoration of a residential or commercial property. Still, it requires personnel that is specially trained and certified to work in hazardous environments.
Alliance Environmental’s technicians are certified to work in Asbestos Total Loss environments, allowing them to enter hazardous sites and perform detailed inventories. We understand that personal property loss, exceptionally those of sentimental value, makes for a stressful and emotional time. Our technicians are trained to handle every job with respect and consideration.
Striving for Total Client Satisfaction
“I am very happy to say that the staff has noticed a noticeable difference in the air quality. No more bloody noses, congestion, sneezing and residue on the Gondola shelves. There is also a significant difference in the smell when you enter the store. They checked the main line and found that it had never been cleaned. They did say that the filters would need to be cleaned every 3 months at a minimum. They did a great job cleaning. Thank you to Airtek for getting this issue resolved.”
– By Anne – Store 251 Vitamin Shoppe