National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 25 to October 31 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Approximately 3.6 million American households have children under six years of age who live in homes with lead exposure hazards. The CDC also reports that about 500,000 American children between the ages of one and five years have blood lead levels greater than or equal to the blood lead reference value (BLRV), the level (5 micrograms per deciliter) at which the agency recommends public health actions.

Lead poisoning is a toxic heavy metal that can still be found inside and outside of many homes. This may include the home’s water and the soil around the house in some cases; however, the most common source of exposure is from lead-based paint, which was used in many homes built before 1978.

Lead contamination is also possible and may occur from plumbing and water specific factors such as the amount of time water remains stagnant inside the pipes, whether there are protective scales or coatings present inside pipes that prevent lead from leaching into the water, and the materials used. Should you require lead paint abatement.

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Bed Bugs Pose Hazards for Hotel Property and Facility Managers

Bed bugs are a public health pest that can live almost anywhere and are quite mobile due to their expert hitchhiking skills. They easily move around by “catching a ride” on luggage, clothing, handbags, bedding, furniture, almost anything! Bed bugs can even be found behind electrical outlets, cracks and crevices around baseboards, and picture frames. The hospitality industry, particularly lodging facilities, have a constant flow of travelers and guests coming through, making them susceptible to bed bug infestations.

Bed bugs can go several months at a time without feeding and are also able to withstand a wide range of temperatures. This can be troublesome for lodging facility managers because once introduced, they move easily from infested areas to non-infested areas due to their hitchhiking abilities. Once a consistent food source is identified, female bed bugs can lay anywhere from one to five eggs per day— over 500 eggs in their lifetime. They reach maturity within five weeks, so these pests can quickly infest an entire building if not dealt with properly.

Partnering with a licensed pest control company to implement an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is one way to effectively handle any existing or potential pest problems. Alliance Environmental’s Team Heat division utilizes a heat treatment that is a chemical-free, odorless, non-toxic, single-application solution that can be used for entire structures, confined areas, or localized spot treatments. There is no tenting involved and no need to move out. The treatment is typically completed in eight hours or less and the structure, confined area or localized location is safe to enter immediately after treatment. We also use thermal blankets to protect heat-sensitive objects as needed/required. Call us now at 877-858-6220 for your job estimate or to learn more about this innovative treatment.

HVAC Maintenance Tips for Fall

Since we are in the middle of the fall, the weather has started to cool. This seasonal transition is a good time to handle any HVAC maintenance or tune-ups. Proper upkeep can extend the unit’s lifespan, produce cost-savings in energy bills, and improve system efficiency. Aging units may need to be replaced if you want to save more on your energy bills. There should be a need to inspect and change air filters, which remove dirt, pollutants, dust, and particulate matter from the air supply before they enter the indoors. Over time, dust and pollen can clog the air filters and restrict their efficiency. Heavy usage over the hot summer months and wildfire season may mean it is time to change the filters.

Sometimes bugs and rodents can enter through the vents or ducts or chew up the wiring. Leaves, grass clippings, and weeds may grow or build up around the area, providing a warm or protected area for critters. There is a need to clean the area to avoid animal infestation. Resetting the thermostat settings according to the changing temperature will greatly assist with the maintenance of the HVAC system. If you do not have one, consider installing one to help with temperature control and usage. It is also a good idea to inspect vents for dirt, dust, debris, and mold and clean as needed in order to maintain the unit’s efficiency levels.

It is important to review energy bills, perhaps summer months have higher energy bills due to the increased usage. As the weather cools, see if your energy bills decrease or remain the same or higher based on usage. Unusually high costs may indicate a potential problem. It may be beneficial to also check the registers. Weak airflow near the registers means you should check and reset them, so you do not waste the heat during the winter months. Airtek Indoor Air Solutions are the go-to experts in providing air quality solutions focused on achieving a cleaner, healthier, and more efficient indoor environment.

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Coronavirus Cleaning and Disinfection Services that is Safe and Compliant

As coronavirus cases continue to spike across the country, we must remain cautious to ensure our health and safety from Covid-19. In-person classes have resumed across select school districts and counties in California, and private schools have begun reopening as well. Movie theaters and hair and nail salons have reopened with restricted capacities in select areas, along with card rooms and museums. Certain conditions and regulations are set and must be met prior to reopening, but we must also remain vigilant. Safety protocols and stringent cleaning practices must be in place to reduce risk and minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Alliance Environmental can help your business prepare for reopening by coming in to clean, sanitize, disinfect, and decontaminate surfaces. Our company complies with the ruling enforced by certain counties such as Ventura and Santa Barbara that only a licensed pest control company can advertise and offer Covid-19 Coronavirus cleaning and disinfection services. We use professional-grade, EPA-approved products to clean your facility and are compliant with CDC, Department of Health Services, OSHA, and existing regulatory agencies.

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The Importance of Fire Damper Inspections and Repairs for Facilities

As we finish out October, we also see the end of fire prevention month. Fires are a major concern across California and can cause major destruction and damage. Of all the components that make up a fire protection system, fire dampers are the most difficult to maintain. Located within HVAC system ductwork, these dampers prevent the spread of fire or smoke to other portions of the building through the HVAC system.

A fire damper inspection service should Identify and map the location of all fire damper assemblies on facility mechanical blueprints. The service provider should manually inspect and test all fire dampers and add duct access panels where necessary. It is crucial to identify and report all fire damper assemblies that are damaged and in need of repair or replacement. When conducting a service of this nature, the contracted company should clean and lubricate each fire damper (as required) and ensures that none of the fire dampers are left permanently wired in an open position. The presiding contractor should provide all necessary infectious material containment support. Finally, the service should be completed by providing a post-project report with photo documentation and log, having identified cleaned dampers with new fusible links reinstalled. Mintie’s fire damper inspection and recertification services help customers stay in compliance with the necessary codes and standards of the NFPA, JCAHO, and UL for fire and smoke dampers.

Contact Mintie, the company known for leading the industry with innovative products and the highest quality services which provide clients with safer, healthier, and more productive environments. Schedule a fire damper inspection service today.

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