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ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 20

Here’s wishing you a wonderful start to 2022 and a prosperous year ahead. With a new year, we are afforded with the opportunity for us to focus on ensuring safety while effectively addressing indoor air quality and the need for us as a community to maintain clean and sanitary environments at home, school, workplace, or business.

In this edition of the newsletter, we focus on making this year an Asbestos-free one. Property managers and homeowners should mitigate the risk of asbestos affecting their surrounding environments. If the asbestos is disturbed, then contacting a professional asbestos removal contractor to perform the correct abatement procedures to ensure this is correctly disposed of should be a matter of priority. With the current surge of covid-19 cases primarily due to the highly infectious transmission of the Omicron variant, air decontamination is essential to ensure minimal risk of exposure. Humidity is a contributing factor to the infection rate from Covid, and the Mintie Viruskiller provides the perfect solution to address this concern.

A new year may bring with it potential risks from commercial fires and one risk that is unseen but potentially hazardous is the danger of fires occurring from commercial dryer ducts that are not cleaned and maintained. Airtek Indoor Air Solutions are experts in commercial dryer vent cleaning and are a preferred contractor to ensure that you have all ducts in a row regarding this service. Lastly, the Western States has experienced excessive rain and snow over the last couple of weeks. One area that has seen a considerable increase in rainfall is Seattle in Washington State. An environmental concern from continual rain is the build-up of mold. Alliance Environmental Group’s newest acquisition Thermatech Northwest is a mold removal and remediation leader across residential and commercial properties.

We hope that this issue provides you with the information and contact details that you may need to ensure yourself an environmentally safe and healthy year ahead.

Happy reading!

 

Make the New Year and Asbestos Free Year
By Alliance Environmental

Property managers, the New Year has just begun. Now is the perfect time to tackle the asbestos health hazard on your property that’s been on the back burner. Almost any home or apartment building constructed before 1986 (when its usage was banned in dwellings) could have asbestos built into it. Commonly, asbestos is found in ceiling structures or attic insulation. While not all asbestos usage presents a danger to inhabitants, it offers a respiratory threat whenever it can be dislodged and filtered into the air as fibers.

Asbestos Harm
Asbestos is a super-material. It doesn’t conduct electricity, is fire-resistant, and withstands structural change when exposed to various chemicals. For many years, it was used widely as a building material. However, scientists have proven that asbestos causes death when humans are exposed to it in large quantities. Therefore, to remove asbestos from your building, there are several methods you can pursue.

Asbestos Abatement
Asbestos abatement refers to the legal disposal or thwarting of toxins that pose a health threat to humans. While this often means outright removing the asbestos component, the danger can also be eliminated by enclosing asbestos traces so that loose fibers cannot contaminate the air.

It may be impossible to remove asbestos when the toxin permeates building materials. In such cases, asbestos can be left in place if it is completely sealed off with a polyethylene protective plastic shell.

The procedures used to obstruct or remove asbestos must comply with local and federal guidelines. Asbestos abatement is monitored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Labor, and in some cases, by state and local laws. Often, the smaller agencies have more stringent regulations than the federal agencies.

Improper Abatement Procedures
As several companies in Michigan discovered in 2014, the penalties for not observing proper removal methods are severe.

In Seattle, Washington, two firms claiming to be certified in asbestos abatement were fined heavily and de-certified by the Department of Labor for not following removal guidelines. Washington officials declared that “Removal of asbestos-containing building.

Download a free copy of our Asbestos Removal e-book to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

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How Indoor Humidity May Help the Spread of COVID-19
By Mintie Product

Winter is here, which means many of us are spending more time indoors. With that comes more engagements where people can be at a higher risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. So, how do environmental factors like humidity and temperature affect the spread of the virus indoors? So we walk through some important considerations when thinking about humidity and virus spread, as well as the one piece of hardware you could use to improve your COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategy.

The Impact of Humidity on Virus Spread and Bodily Response
In general, we can break down the impact of humidity into virus spread in two ways: how it promotes virus movement in the air and how humidity impacts our immune system responses. So let’s go through each one in detail.

The Impact of Dry Air on Airborne Virus Movement
As you may know, COVID-19 spreads through droplets in the air, tiny particles of water released that can contain the virus when people breathe or cough. For the most part, the virus tends to travel through larger droplets that settle relatively quickly, which is why social distancing rules have stayed to roughly six feet. It can be enough time for most particles to be released in the air and drop away from being breathed in by another.

Dry air, however, actually causes these larger droplets to break apart and evaporate while they are still in the air. This phenomenon reduces the size of the droplets to “droplet nuclei.” These water droplet particles can stay suspended and spread further in the air. They have also been observed to contain viruses in the past and could continue to spread the COVID-19 virus. In addition, dryer air can help larger water droplets with viruses stay in the air for longer and spread further.

How Humidity Affects our Immune System
The next significant factor in the impact of humidity on the spread of COVID-19 is how humidity affects our ability to fight off the virus, namely, how it impacts our immune system.

Take, for example, our noses. We know that the hair and mucus in our noses are one of the first lines of defense our bodies have. They help to filter and capture droplets and particles before they enter our lungs, and by extension, our circulatory systems and the rest of our bodies. Dry air dries out nasal passages. In turn, the dry air can impact the rate at which viruses are cleared out from our respiratory systems, effectively increasing our susceptibility to infection by viruses.

How Humidity Control Can Help
Humidity control in our indoor environments is key to keeping the temperature and environmental factors at the proper levels to help impact the spread of viruses like the one that causes COVID-19.

Humidity control includes:

– Limit the ability for mold, fungi, and bacteria to grow in an area
– Reduce condensation in a space, which can impact mold growth and create even more humid environments
– Increase overall thermal comfort in the room, letting people be at ease and improve their immune system responses

How Mintie’s VIRUSKILLER™ Can Help Protect a Space from COVID-19
If you are worried about the presence of COVID-19 in your residential, commercial, or industrial space, then Mintie has something that can help: the VIRUSKILLER™ MV103 air purification system. Not simply designed to filter the air and deactivate viruses, it can be a vital part of any COVID-19 prevention and mitigation strategy. The VK 103 has been proven and tested to:

– Control airflow to optimize decontamination in the breathing space
– Deactivate viruses and bacteria with unequaled efficiency
– Effectively neutralize noxious gases and larger particles such as dust, dander, and other allergens

Ideally used in large, open spaces such as warehouse floors, communal offices, and hospital wards, it can also be used in conjunction with a positive air pressure attachment to create positive pressure.

Keeping COVID-19 under control takes serious commitment, and that means getting the proper hardware to clean out the indoor air in spaces as an added layer of protection. Contact us today to learn more about our rental pricing if you own an area that could benefit from the VIRUSKILLER™ MV103. We can get you set up with everything you need and save you the significant upfront purchase of the device outright. The Viruskiller lets you get the safety you need today without breaking the bank.

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Why it is Dangerous to Neglect your Commercial Dryer Duct
By Airtek Indoor Air Solutions

Are you thinking about going into the hospitality industry? Many existing places have been hit particularly hard by the uncertainties of COVID, and the business landscape is laden with cheap equipment and discounted leasing rates. So before you go buying your appliances at a discount, there are some things to know when it comes to commercial laundry machines.

We have all heard the saying, what goes in must come out. The expression is especially true for commercial laundry systems. Sadly, there is quite a margin of error involved in operating these systems safely. However, there is a common mistake that operators will make when they neglect to get the dryer vents and ducts cleaned.

It’s all about the heat.
A dryer is essentially a self-contained heat chamber. A significant amount of air is blown in to dry all of those linens and clothes effectively and then heated by gas or an electric element. This heat must be vented out of the machine to prevent overheating. With dryers, there is the problem of lint. As the lint collects near the vent, there can be a surplus of heat when the vent gets blocked. If this heat surplus is big enough and goes unattended long enough, it can be disastrous. One sign of trouble is the smell of melting plastic, either inside the drum or on the exterior where the vent is. The worst-case scenario would be full-blown combustion. Because the lint usually has a high cotton content, it is moderately flammable. If there is a large enough quantity of it that becomes tightly packed over the whole surface area of the vent, it will catch fire eventually.

Another culprit is the connection of the ducts to the vent. Sometimes blockages can bypass the vent and occur further down in the ducts away from the machine. The bypassing of the vent is a somewhat better scenario from the standpoint of preventing combustion because the mass of flammable material (the lint) is farther away from the heat source (the heating element). It also helps that the heat is distributed through the surface area. Although the likelihood of a fire is reduced, the problem is somewhat harder to diagnose and handle. For example, locating it and removing the obstruction is straightforward when a vent is clogged. When the blockage is somewhere in the ductwork, it is not always exactly where it is.

What happens when there is a fire
If a dryer vent blockage causes a fire, sometimes the entire dryer will go up in flames. If the fire travels into the ductwork, the whole building can catch fire. Even if the fire is somewhat contained, the noxious fumes from burning rubber, plastics, paint, and other materials will result in the space being vacated and fumigated before it can be occupied again. Depending on the type of damage that the fire inflicts, there may be some electrical work done to get the lights working before the machines can be plugged in again. Upon investigating, if it is determined that a poorly maintained dryer caused the fire with vent or duct blockages, the insurance could be voided.

How the professionals can help
Calling a team of professionals to inspect and maintain commercial dryer vent systems is a good idea. They will have their techniques for removing blockages that will not put your water lines at risk. Instead, they will be able to make recommendations about whether or not there is an alternate route for the dryer ductwork that may be safer. One thing to look for is a contractor that uses compressed air to blow dust and debris from the lint traps, vents, and ducts. The compressing of air is a far more robust method of keeping things clean than relying solely on hands and brushes. The most important thing is to have these inspections and cleanings done regularly. Regular inspections and cleanings are the only way to stay on top of any dangerous blockages and nip them at the bud.

The additional expense of dryer vent inspections may not have factored into your initial business plan, but having them done is undoubtedly better than the alternative of losing everything in a fire. Therefore, additional precautions are one of those essentials to keeping your bottom line healthy in the long run.

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Five New Year Resolutions for Mold Prevention
by Thermatech Northwest

As the New Year has commenced, mold is not likely to be a significant consideration on your list of possible resolutions. However, it should be prioritized in 2022 because mold growth can damage the home and cause serious health consequences. Go ahead and keep your diet goals or your goals for major housekeeping overhauls, but include mold prevention in the mix of things you want to get right in the New Year.

Inspection Risky Spaces
Some areas are more at risk for mold than others, and part of that risk is that they are areas that aren’t used. Having areas of risk means you need to check out your attic and crawl space for mold that can creep in and grow while everyone exists in the home’s livable areas. Also, any moisture areas such as window sills or under the bathroom sink should be inspected. If you catch it in time, cleaning up is much more manageable.

Invest in a Dehumidifier
So many people have humidifiers for winter dryness or diffusers to dispense essential oils, but they neglect to get a dehumidifier to prevent toxic mold growth. Mold needs moisture to survive, and a space with a humidity level of 30 to 50 percent should be a deterrent for mold growth and many other pests that thrive in moist settings. If your pest problem persists, you may want to use companies like Pest Control Experts to see how they can help you with this issue and survey the entire area for any other pests that may have scattered to different places.

 

Repair Any Cracks
Because mold likes moisture, any foundation or window sill that becomes cracked with age can be an invitation for mold to take residence. Proper maintenance of the home, including repairs, will keep mold and moisture from getting in.

Ensure Proper Ventilation
Stagnant air is also the enemy of the household trying to prevent mold because moisture accrues but has no way of escaping. Moisture accruing is often found in attics, basements, and crawl spaces. These spaces should be adequately ventilated to prevent stagnant air that encourages mold to stay.

Handle Mold Appropriately
Lastly, mold should be handled immediately, appropriately, and safely. If the mold grows to an area of over 10 square feet, it is recommended that you call for professional mold removal services. If it is smaller, it must be eradicated. Otherwise, the mold may look like it’s gone until it is given the proper growing conditions to grow again.

Is it over-the-top to make mold prevention a resolution? Absolutely not! It’s a better way to maintain your health and your premises by making sure mold does not have a chance to grow on your personal or commercial property.

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We recently had Alliance Environmental Group out to remove some areas of drywall that contained asbestos. Brian Thomas was very thorough with explaining every step. He was very patient in answering all my questions as this was our first time dealing with this kind of work. His team came out within one day to get the job done. They were also very friendly and neat. They put up containments which were very sturdy for our protection. They used negative pressure to control any debris and finished in a day and a half. We would highly recommend Alliance Environmental Group! Thank You Brian and Team! You were Awesome! Rey and Jessica.
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ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 19

December has dawned upon us, and we have entered the final stretch of what can be summarized as a tumultuous year. The holiday season is here, and as we look back on the past year, we can reflect on how we have had to adapt to pandemic life and living in this new normal way of life.

While ’tis the season to be jolly; we must remember not to lose sight of the potential dangers which can prevail over the festive season. December marks Safe Toys and Gifts month and it certainly comes at the right time of the year. During this season, everyone wants to give the gift worth giving, but little do we focus on the implications of the gift to a child, especially if it contains hazardous materials such as lead paint. The first week of December also marks National Influenza Vaccination Week. Flu activity usually increases in October but peaks in December and February. As people move out and about and more mask mandates have been relaxed, there is an increased risk of transmission of the flu, which increases infection, especially to those with weakened immune systems.

In this edition of the newsletter, we commence with the importance of maintaining a safe and clean commercial kitchen. Increased dining out provides a need for food establishments such as fast-food outlets and restaurants to ensure that commercial kitchen hoods are regularly cleaned and maintained. Airtek Indoor Air Solutions can provide proper and efficient service in this regard. For our next story, we move on to the risks of lead paint. As we have become accustomed, lead paint brings about a significant hazardous concern, mainly if the paint contaminates water from a drainage field or a septic tank. As soon as the particles of lead are deposited into the water, there is contamination. Alliance Environmental is an expert in lead abatement and has completed tens of thousands of lead paint removal jobs.

Our next topic of focus shifts towards the need for commercial HVAC systems cleaning and maintenance. Property owners and facilities need to ensure optimal levels of indoor air quality. Mintie, an 80-year-old company, is a leader in commercial indoor air quality solutions and can address any HVAC and IAQ concerns that businesses or property managers may have. Finally, we end off with how air decontamination through air purification can keep patients and healthcare workers within a healthcare environment safe. The impact that Covid-19 and its variants have created has instilled the need for efficient and effective indoor air quality products. Mintie products are leaders in providing global indoor environmental solutions, and the Viruskiller Medi is the ideal choice for any hospital or healthcare institution.

We at Alliance Environmental Group, including all of our subsidiary companies, wish everyone a wonderful festive season.

🎄Happy holidays! 🎁

 

The Importance of Commercial Hood Cleaning and Maintenance
by Airtek Indoor Air Solutions

From restaurants to casinos to stadiums, everywhere there’s a commercial kitchen, there’s a commercial kitchen hood, and that hood is doing the excellent work of keeping the kitchen clean, comfortable, and efficient. Yet, despite the hard work it does every day for kitchens, hoods are often ignored in the regular cleaning and maintenance of a commercial kitchen, much to the detriment of the owners and workers.

Why clean a kitchen hood?
If you pride yourself on a clean and efficient kitchen, then you need to get your hood cleaned and maintained regularly. There are three primary reasons for keeping a well-maintained and clean hood: cleanliness, cost, and safety.

A clean kitchen hood is an essential part of taking airborne grease away from your kitchen and safely outside. When your hood is unclean and poorly maintained, this grease gets trapped and stays in the kitchen, clogging up the hood and filtering back into the workspace. A dirty and poorly maintained hood leads to kitchen grease settling everywhere, making regular cleaning of workstations extra tricky and time-consuming. It also makes the space warmer.

These last two points, extra cleaning and increased temperature in the kitchen, increase costs – and this is before the hood itself has potentially broken down from neglect. By making the kitchen even more difficult to clean, you are paying more for labor costs to do something for longer than it should take. Next, there’s the heat, which will inevitably lead to increased cooling costs to keep the kitchen within a reasonable temperature.

Besides these costs, the actual expenditure of an unclean and poorly-maintained commercial kitchen hood is the cost of repairs and replacement. Hoods are incredibly simple to maintain, but prices increase when they break down or need to be replaced. So it’s much easier to have a professional come for regular cleaning and maintenance than it is to fix a broken hood or replace it entirely.

Finally, there’s the safety issue. Kitchen hoods that get a lot of greases trapped inside are at a greater risk of causing fires. When this happens, your entire business could go up in flames and be a danger to people inside. So instead of risking safety, choose to connect with a trained kitchen hood expert who can help keep your kitchen clean, safe and efficient.

IKECA – setting the standard for kitchen exhaust cleaning
The International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association is a worldwide organization dedicated to certifying and standardizing kitchen hood cleaning. Its members not only represent the best cleaners on the planet, but they are also part of making best practices and procedures the standard and providing the highest level of cleaning to all of their clients.

As proud members of IKECA, we are dedicated to not just following the rules but improving them and setting new standards. We are certified through their programs, meaning you can be confident that you are receiving the best service set by a globally-recognized group.

Conclusion
Kitchen hoods are an essential part of any business, something that needs regular attention and care to work perfectly. While your kitchen team should be cleaning the hood daily, a professional commercial hood cleaner should handle much of the work that needs to be completed. Only the trained professionals can handle the deep cleans and maintenance required to ensure your hood is safe, clean, and keeping your kitchen running as efficiently as possible.

If you own a kitchen and need a regular hood cleaning and maintenance service, Air Tek can help. Our team of IKECA certified cleaners and professionals will perform routine maintenance and cleaning to ensure your commercial hood can do the important work of keeping your kitchen efficient and comfortable.

 

The Legacy of Lead – Toxicity and the Removal and Remediation from Septic Tanks
by Alliance Environmental

Are you noticing a bunch of old paint flaking off of window and door trimmings at one of your company’s older commercial sites? It might be tempting to think you can scrape it off yourself and let the chips go down the drain. The lead paint could be very harmful to the site’s septic system and adjacent drainage fields.

Although it has been banned in the United States since the late 1970s, lead paint is still turning up and contaminating aquifers and groundwater via septic tanks. This type of contamination, which deposits lead in the water, is entirely avoidable using certified commercial lead abatement methods.

Why older paint should be approached with caution
It turns out that all that lead was a problem when we started dissolving large amounts of lead in the water with the rise of indoor plumbing. In rural areas, where septic tanks are widely used, lead poisoning emerged because of unknowingly sketchy disposal practices. For example, suppose you decide to paint your fence one afternoon. When the job is done, you rinse your brushes under the faucet. The lead particulate in the paint does not go away when it travels through the septic tank – all of the organic waste is treated and harmlessly returns into the groundwater. Still, the lead particulate that becomes dissolved with it is far from harmless. In children, lead poisoning can cause intellectual disability and seizures. In adults, it can cause organ failure and death. Much of the dissolved lead particulate remains throughout the water cycle and ends up in the drinking water.

What all of this means is, if you are at a commercial site that is not connected to a significant urban sewage treatment system, and there are bits of lead lying around (maybe in the form of old chipped paint), do not flush any of it down the toilet or drains. You will ultimately be putting lead in the water that residents or livestock will be drinking. Additionally, lead particles can become suspended in the air when one tries to scrape lead paint. If enough of the particulate is inhaled, it will end up in the bloodstream.

How professional commercial led abatement companies can help
Lead abatement is a general process by which all of the lead is physically removed from a site and then taken away for proper disposal at a specially designated waste depot. Many other firms use the highly inferior renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) model. RRP typically does not remove any of the actual lead from the site; it simply coats it in a membrane that prevents it from being dissolved into water. RRP is a much less expensive solution; however, it will deter the asset’s value in the long run.

Having to re-apply the membrane as it wears off over time is another tedious maintenance task that must be monitored and scheduled, often over several periods of employee turnaround. Then there is also the issue of removal and remediation from septic tanks. Some of that lead is always left behind in the tank itself. RRP will not work if this is the case. Only a commercial lead abatement team that adheres to the requirements of the EPA following SDWA criteria should be used for this kind of job.

The main reason why abatement is the most expensive is that lead is notoriously difficult to remove safely. Therefore, the crew members must be protected in air-tight suits at all times. The site itself requires negative air pressure containment structures to prevent the diffusion of lead dust particulate. Regular bloodwork monitoring must be done to ensure no incidence of hazardous exposure. Additionally, landfills are not safe for disposing of lead because the lead will dissolve into the fluids contained in household waste and leach into the adjacent soil. Because its proper disposal must be carried out and managed by professionals, this is another cost-increasing component involved in abatement.

Sometimes doing the most responsible thing involves spending money. At least some people can ensure that no further damage can be done once a person decides to take action. The main thing to do is to be proactive and make the right plans for proper disposal. All of these kinds of damaging events are preventable with a little bit of foresight. And, if something goes seriously wrong on a site with a piece of equipment, do not worry – the professionals are a phone call away. Contact Alliance Environmental for any commercial lead abatement needs.

 

Essential HVAC Services for Your Property or Business
by Mintie Service

 

From routine maintenance to HVAC rehabilitation, Mintie offers high-end indoor air quality services that businesses and property owners need. Here’s a breakdown of what we can do for you.
Many property owners realize that their HVAC systems need to change to meet the new demands of the world. But how does a property owner ensure that their systems meet new standards, running efficiently and keeping them in control of indoor environments? Mintie has solutions and services to help every property and business owner meet the HVAC needs of today.

Here are just a few of the services we offer here at Mintie and how each can help you stay in control of the air quality running through your buildings.

HVAC Rehabilitation
HVAC rehabilitation sounds precise like it is: getting your HVAC system from where it is to where it needs to be. HVAC systems are deeply complicated, but they’re also mechanical systems, meaning they are subject to regular wear and tear. So when things start to break down or run less efficiently, HVAC rehabilitation is required for repairs and to ensure the system is upgraded to meet current needs.

This last part, the upgrading, is what takes HVAC rehabilitation beyond basic repairs and maintenance. As standards for ventilation and HVAC systems change, especially in the past year with the pandemic, many HVAC systems need to be altered to be effective. HVAC rehabilitation can take your current system and retrofit it with the changes it needs for upgraded filtration. That means a better, more efficient HVAC system without completely rebuilding it from the ground up.

HVAC rehabilitation is also vital for reducing the chances of outbreaks and health issues occurring at your business or on your property. To reduce the chances of costly and disruptive building shutdowns instead, ensure that your system is fitted correctly to keep people safe.

HVAC Systems-Cleaning
What’s involved in HVAC systems cleaning? Essentially, a trained technician will use specialized tools to remove any dust, dirt, or particulates that may be lurking inside your HVAC system. The process includes inspecting and replacing filters, cleaning vents and other key spaces, and performing routine inspections on the HVAC system itself to ensure everything is working correctly and no repairs are needed. The technician will also use tools similar to plumbing snakes to clean out debris that may be trapped deep inside your HVAC system.

HVAC cleaning is essential to the inner workings. It not only reduces allergens and other contaminants, but it also is a chance for your system to get a quick inspection. Therefore, the cleaning is key to keeping a space safe and comfortable, especially for those with acute allergies to dust and mites.

Air Handler Refurbishment
This service is about upgrading rather than replacing since air handlers can be a significant financial investment if bought outright. Air handler refurbishment can address any issues by targeting and upgrading a component instead of the entire system.

But first: what is an air handler? If you have ever seen the HVAC system for larger buildings, you have likely seen something that looks like a giant rectangular metal box. This box is the air handler. Essentially, air handlers do what their name implies: they handle air distribution throughout an HVAC system. It consists of a blower, heating/cooling elements, filter racks or chambers, sound attenuators, and dampers, all of which aid in pushing conditioned air where it needs to go.

Air handler refurbishment essentially fixes or upgrades these individual parts for improved efficiency and air distribution in your HVAC system. Mintie can inspect and diagnose potential air handler issues and offer cost-effective solutions to boost and enhance your air handler and help your HVAC system work better.

Duct Insulation
One way that you can improve efficiency in your HVAC system is through duct insulation. Duct insulation can help reduce the costs of heating and cooling almost any space with external ducts or spaces without controlled indoor air environments.

When conditioned air runs through outside or otherwise exposed ducts, the air runs the risk of lowering or raising in temperature beyond what is required. In hotter temperatures, this means your air conditioning units need to work extra hard to keep rooms cool. In cooler temperatures, the opposite happens: heaters work extra hard to keep things comfortable. Duct insulation reduces these issues.

Duct insulation usually involves pinpointing areas where the air temperature is negatively impacted and protecting those vents with fiberglass insulation. Mintie offers customizable insulation to ensure that any duct of any size or shape is completely insulated. The customized duct insulation will help the air in outdoor or exposed ducts keep its preferred temperature more effectively, lowering overall heating and cooling costs while delivering clean and comfortable air to wherever it needs to go.

Your Choice for High-End HVAC Services
Whether you own a business with unique indoor air quality needs, run properties that need upgrading, or need some routine maintenance and cleaning of your HVAC system, Mintie is here to help. Our team of trained and certified HVAC specialists is at the forefront of the latest HVAC technology, and we are well-equipped to meet your needs and exceed your expectations.

HVAC systems are the unsung heroes of buildings, and they deserve the attention they need to work effectively and keep the indoor air quality in your spaces clean and comfortable. If you need HVAC services, contact our team today.

 

What Makes Mintie VIRUSKILLER™ so Effective?
by Mintie Products

With the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty of new variants such as the Omicron surfacing as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), the importance of indoor air quality suddenly came to the forefront of many people’s minds as they worried about airborne infections.

Indoor air quality is essential to everybody’s lives, even though most don’t realize the number of pollutants floating around the air in their homes or affecting them every day in the form of allergies, asthmatic symptoms, and even headaches. However, where indoor air quality is of even more importance is in the healthcare industry.

In hospitals and other healthcare facilities, there are often patients who have weakened immune systems for one reason or another. As a result, they become far more susceptible to infections and other ailments that could be picked up from the indoor air or exacerbated by airborne pollutants. While most health facilities have proper air filtration through their central air systems, some need extra filtration for specific rooms, such as isolation rooms or older buildings. The need for improved filtration is where Mintie VIRUSKILLER™ comes in.

Air Purifiers
Before getting to the specifics of Mintie VIRUSKILLER™, it’s essential to know the role air purifiers play in keeping indoor air clean.

Indoor air purifiers generally have a multi-step process by which they intake air, pull out pollutants through one or more steps, and then expel the purified air. Depending on the indoor air purifier quality and the number of steps, you will get a certain level of purification.

Indoor air purifiers most often have a limited space in which they are effective, as constant airflow needs to happen to purify the air fast enough to matter for people in the room.

When indoor purifiers intake air, it will often go through a HEPA filter. HEPA filters have micro-passages that will filter out larger particulates, as well as some VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and allergens. HEPA filters trap contaminants, so they need to be regularly changed out (for some purifiers, this can be as often as every few weeks or every month.) For higher-end purifiers, a UV chamber will usually be included as well, as UV light is a great way to kill organic contaminants, such as mold, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. UV light can work quickly, thus not slowing down the flow of air and significantly increasing any air purifier’s effectiveness.

Mintie VIRUSKILLER™
Mintie VIRUSKILLER™ is a high-quality indoor air purification system that is portable and capable of neutralizing airborne pathogens and gathering particulates for large open space areas, up to 100m2 for certain models. Mintie VIRUSKILLER™ Medi is excellent for any healthcare facility, whether needed for common areas or isolation wards. It also has low running costs and is easy to install and maintain, with specific models being able to quickly integrate into negative pressure rooms for uncompromising indoor air filtration.

High-Quality Filtration
Mintie VIRUSKILLER™ has high-quality filters to remove any number of airborne contaminants such as pollens, VOCs, allergens, mold, particulate matter, spores, etc. The filtration section of the purifier has three parts. First, the intake air will be put through a pre-filter to grab the largest of particles. Next, the indoor air will go through a certified HEPA filter that can quickly grab allergens and other smaller particles. Finally, the indoor air gets sent through a carbon filter to capture even more particulates. The filters are easy to replace and should be replaced monthly or after a certain number of active hours; check the manual for specific model recommendations.

Proprietary Technology
Once indoor air has been filtered through the high-quality filtration system, the air is then sent through Mintie VIRUSKILLER’s™ proprietary technology, the reaction chamber. In the reaction chamber are several UV-C lamps, which pump out UV-C rays capable of neutralizing a large number of pathogens, from bacteria and viruses to molds, spores, and even negating certain hazardous vapors and fumes by breaking them apart. UV-C is highly effective because of the amount of energy it outputs. In addition, it gives the molecular bonds of many pathogens and vapors the energy needed to break apart into less harmful base components (which won’t harm patients and may be caught in the purifier’s filters on the next pass through).

Healthcare and Hospital Uses for Indoor Air Purifiers
Indoor air purifiers are a must in healthcare facilities and hospitals. Hospitals are known for housing people with weak immune systems and could be contagious with any number of pathogens. As well, many chemicals, such as cleaners, found in hospitals could be harmful to patients. For example, an indoor air purifier can neutralize the threat before it can harm sensitive patients.
Indoor air purification is a must in any isolation ward, but also in common areas of hospitals. Large waiting rooms can have dozens of people in them, raising the threat level.

Air Purification and Mintie VIRUSKILLER™
With a high-quality indoor air purifier like Mintie VIRUSKILLER™ being deployed at any healthcare facility, doctors, staff, and patients alike can breathe much easier knowing that the indoor air is clean. Dirty air can cause many health issues or complicate health issues already in a patient. Using an indoor air purifier ensures that the best air is available for more speedy recoveries and lower risks to patients and healthcare staff alike.

Striving to Ensure Total Client Satisfaction

“I had a water leak in my mobile home that was misdiagnosed. By the time the actual source was found, I had water damage to my kitchen, dining, and living room areas, and my insurance company was refusing to cover any of it. I called Alliance Environmental (Fresno, Ca. office), hoping that they could help me without costing me my life savings. Branch Manager Brian McGrath answered my call and when he came to assess the damage I knew that I had called the right place. He was so straightforward and truly concerned about US. He gave me invaluable advice on how to get our claim approved and even called the adjustors himself on our behalf. We did get our Claim approved and Brian sent Project Manager Jesus Valenzuela to us. I cannot say enough about the personal service we received from him. He was there for us 24/7, walking us through every detail of the job. Then once their part of the process ended he referred me to a General Contractor who has ALSO been a Godsend. The whole experience with Alliance has been amazing-they are my heroes! They truly go above and beyond and I recommend them with 100% confidence.”
Sandra Nhy

ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 18

We have just commenced with the penultimate month of the year, and we have a lot to be thankful for. November marks National Gratitude month. As we move ahead with our daily lives and routines, we should be reminded of the importance of Thanksgiving and giving back. In chronological order, November 11 is Veterans Day. We acknowledge the Veterans and those that have selflessly served to keep us safe. Next up, during November, we celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13. No act of kindness is too small. Small Business Saturday is also a significant occasion. We highlight the impact that small and medium enterprises make on the economy, not just in California or neighboring states but also on the country. We culminate November with Giving Tuesday, which illustrates the need to make a difference to our communities and society through philanthropic and charitable efforts.

Most of all, we are thankful to you, our customers. We are grateful for allowing us to serve your needs. We will continue to aim for and deliver total client satisfaction by exceeding your expectations!

In this edition of the newsletter, we look at welcoming our latest acquisition, Thermatech Northwest Inc., to the ever-growing list of companies that have joined the ranks at Alliance Environmental Group. Based out of Tacoma, Washington, Thermatech is the newest member of the Alliance Environmental Group of Companies.

Hospital-acquired infections (HAI’s) constitute a significant health concern, and infection prevention is a priority in healthcare facility environments. Patient safety is of paramount importance, and proper procedures should be followed to ensure contamination doesn’t materialize, leading to hazardous conditions for patients in hospitals. Coast Environmental are leaders in providing best practices are followed to mitigate these risks.

In keeping with National Gratitude Month and the spirit of giving, Alliance Environmental Group is once again proud to partner with Ronald McDonald House Charities in San Diego for their annual fundraising drive and event. Due to the devastating impact of the pandemic, there is a need for hospitalized children to be close to their families. The Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego could use the support to do so.

Mintie has also had a legacy in providing the best solutions for indoor air quality management. Mintie has focused on leading the industry with innovative products and the highest quality services to offer clients safer, healthier, and more productive environments with minimal disruption and the highest levels of satisfaction and effectiveness. As part of their continued innovation, Mintie has launched a nationwide rental program for their products division.

The final topic of this newsletter focuses on illegal drug decontamination and, most notably, meth lab cleanup. November 30, 2021, is National Meth Awareness Day and the ongoing concern of addiction and abuse on families and communities is a concern. Ever since the pandemic has unfolded, meth labs seem to have increased. Alliance Environmental’s Biohazard division has trained teams to handle this volatile situation through the proper remediation and contamination methods allowing property managers to have peace of mind if these issues were to arise.

Enjoy the read and have a genuinely Gratifying November!

ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 17

With the blink of an eye, the year has almost passed us by, as we approach the last quarter of 2021 and October brings with it quite an interesting and eventful month. With celebrations such as Oktoberfest and Halloween, we also throw the spotlight on a significant cause of Breast Cancer Awareness. October is also officially recognized as National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month, which highlights the importance of indoor air quality and how it impacts us all.

In keeping with the importance of breathing clean air, we start this issue by acknowledging the need for a safe environment for students and teachers especially since schools have reopened for in-person learning. The Mintie Viruskiller air purification products provide the perfect solution to keep the indoor air quality in schools contaminant-free amidst the health dangers that Covid-19 and wildfire smoke present.

Just over a week ago, we marked National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Back in 2010, September 26th was earmarked by the US Congress as a special day to raise the American public’s awareness about mesothelioma and to remind us all how important it is to protect the public and our workers from asbestos exposure. We will focus on why it makes sense to hire a professional asbestos removal company. Alliance Environmental has set the industry benchmark in the service of asbestos abatement and removal over the last quarter of a century and continues to do so.

As we have seen from the devastating fires in parts of Northern California, wildfires have continued to wreak havoc in our communities. The air quality index has reflected this, with conditions not just in the Northern part of the state but central and Southern California being affected. The wildfire smoke has traveled far and wide and dissipated into the atmosphere but not after permeating the air with poor air quality. Airtek Indoor Air Solutions is a company all too familiar with completing HVAC restoration after the wildfire smoke has taken its course and settled. The company is your go-to contractor for providing HVAC and duct cleaning services.

Unfortunately, we have seen the impact of Covid-19 and how this has gravely put a strain on our healthcare facilities. Our next topic highlights the concern of infection control in hospital facilities. Coast IAQ and Life Safety Services, a leader in the healthcare industry sector, offers the necessary preventative measures for combating infection control. Our team works throughout the healthcare facility, including the operating rooms, providing services and support to healthcare professionals that have severely strained resources in terms of ICU room capacities. Their deployment of negative air pressure rooms and ICRA barriers helps provide reassurance to not just these healthcare facilities but to patients alike.

We conclude this newsletter with a crucial issue and one that is often neglected: the danger of hazardous lead paint. Traditionally the end of October is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. We turn our attention to how to safely and correctly abate lead paint. Lead paint is an environmental concern and presents a danger to all those exposed to it, including children at home or employees in the workplace.

Enjoy the read and have an outstanding and spooktacular October!

Until our next issue, take care and stay safe!

ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 16

Soon the air will be full of fall scents and pumpkin spice craziness, as we have entered the start of September. Apart from the changing of a season, this month brings with it an all-important annual commemoration that marks National Preparedness Month on our calendars. Now more than ever, we find ourselves forced to learn about being prepared for anything from wildfire season, school districts reopening for in-person learning, the continual dangers and concerns of Covid-19 with various variants, and the ongoing threat of potential disasters from earthquakes to mudslides. Needless to say, we all need a little mental break from all the chaos experienced over the past 18 months, as before you know it, the holidays will be upon us and the turn of another year will dawn.

We commence this issue of our newsletter on the prevention of healthcare construction contamination and the need for compliance from facilities. The use of bed bug extermination using heat treatment as opposed to the chemical alternative is then discussed, with the inclusion of using Alliance Environmental’s Team Heat division to provide the necessary procedures to provide peace of mind to hotel and property managers requiring this service.

A very important and sensitive topic then unveils in this issue, which dissects the need for professionally handling and remediating the unfortunate incident of suicide and how the clean-up should be appropriately addressed. Given the current situation and occurrence of the untamable wildfires, we go on to address the environmental effects this has on our air. We highlight the importance of attaining and maintaining clean air in hospitals and healthcare locations, concentrating on the prevention of potential danger from wildfire smoke impacting patients, especially those with weakened immune systems.

This issue concludes by providing you, our valued reader, with some insight into the need and importance of healthier workplaces, especially as employers have seen a return of employees in offices over the last couple of months. With the assistance of Airtek Indoor Air Solutions, the necessary business knowledge and resources are provided to create safer indoor environments that will provide the safety and security for a productive work environment.

As you get ready for the leaves to start browning and falling, while the constant smell of coffee beans roam around you, we want you to know that Alliance Environmental Group and companies are here to support you through all your requirements and needs. With the constant reminder of an ongoing pandemic and so much uncertainty, it is important to seize every moment by creating treasured memories and we would like to wish you a very Happy Labor Day and trust that you will enjoy the long weekend!

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The Western states of the US have seen scorching and dry conditions. The sweltering heat combined with drought across California has spurred wildfires. Summer travel and vacation have been close to pre-pandemic levels as people want to go out and enjoy recreational and leisure activities. A concern, though, most recently is that Covid-19 cases have seen an uptick with surges in several states, including areas within California. The more infectious and fatal Delta variant is alarming and primarily affecting those that are unvaccinated.

In this issue of our newsletter, we initially address the wildfires’ impact in California, especially Northern California. The wrath and devastation of these fires have seen homes, structures, and properties burnt down. Alliance Environmental offers demolition, site clearing, and fire debris clean-up after the fires. Secondly, our focus is on how Airtek Indoor Air Solutions can improve indoor air quality for guests in hotels craving to enjoy some vacation time at hotels and resorts. Following that, we shift our focus to how Mintie can assist with air scrubbers and activated charcoal filters to remove odors and smoke during and after wildfires. Our next topic is on why Covid-19 cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection services are still needed. We look at how the virus has mutated and how companies and businesses need to provide reassurance to employees and customers returning to these facilities. In conclusion, we end off with Coast IAQ and Life safety services providing their much-needed expertise in removing mold in hospital air ducts and HVAC systems.

Happy Reading! Hope you enjoy this issue!

ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 14

June is National Safety Month. There couldn’t be a more critical time for our communities, employees, and society as a whole to be safe. California has officially reopened, and in some instances, it would be 15 months since businesses have started operation once again.

In this issue of our newsletter, our focus is on employees safely returning to the office. Asbestos and mold are two serious environmental concerns that could affect employee’s health and welfare. The next topic we address is the need to stop the spread of Covid in hospitals. Even though California has seen a tremendous decline, some states in the U.S. and internationally are experiencing surges. Following that, we look at what property managers, employers, and facility managers could do to improve the situation. June is also National Homeownership month, and we look at home improvement from an indoor air quality perspective and how this can assist when you are buying or selling your home. The Mintie Corporation was recently acknowledged through the efforts of a gracious donation to a hospital in need. We take a closer look at this philanthropic effort. To end with, we focus on the need for healthcare facilities and medical office buildings to have fire dampers surveyed and inspected. Fires are always a concern, and in facilities exposed to gases and chemicals, these are more prevalent.

On a final note, we would like to wish all dads a very Happy Father’s Day. Since people are traveling and returning close to their pre-pandemic lives, we can enjoy the weekend with loved ones once again.

ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 13

May is National Wildfire Awareness Month. As we have all begun to realize, wildfires cause significant destruction to property and affect the livelihoods of civilians. California has experienced severe drought, and the dry conditions tend to be a catalyst for brush fires. Due to the impact of climate change, the traditional wildfire season extends for more prolonged periods, as can be recently seen by the outbreak of two fires, both East and North of Phoenix, Arizona.

In this issue of our newsletter, we focus on the importance of asbestos removal and having properties following best practices in the advent of fire. May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and we provide insight into the importance of removing contaminants and particulate matter through efficient indoor air quality. The risk of fire hazards in healthcare facilities is often overlooked. We shed some light on the need for fire sprinkler head cleaning and how this mitigates the threat of possible fires. Finally, we turn our attention towards the importance of safely reopening commercial facilities and offices since restrictions have been loosened and positive cases of Covid-19 infections have drastically reduced. Let’s continue to be safe and take the necessary precautions to get through this pandemic unscathed.

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April is World Earth Month and the sustainability of preserving our planet is imperative. Alliance Environmental Group and our subsidiary companies, take pride in ensuring best practices are followed when any environmental remediation or indoor air quality services are performed. We believe in using products that are environmentally friendly and performing tasks that require a lesser carbon footprint.

In this issue of our newsletter, we include information and guidelines for businesses, facilities, workplaces and schools that are planning to reopen and safely allow staff, students, employees and guests back. We then discuss the need for ensuring a safe environment in hospitals and mitigating the risk for fire breakouts. Following on that, we focus on the importance of commercial air duct cleaning. Finally, we provide insight into the need for facilities in the healthcare sector to be better prepared for pandemic scenarios that may require increased patient capacities.

We are excited to announce that last month, Airtek Indoor Air Solutions was recognized by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) by being awarded with the Outstanding Safety Award for 2020. As the world’s most respected authority on the inspection and cleaning of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, NADCA presents its’ Safety Awards to contractors who have shown a verifiable commitment to employee, customer and community safety throughout the year. The criteria for NADCA’s Safety Awards are based on regulations and recommendations from the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). Once more we are proud to provide the message, that safety is of paramount importance for Airtek Indoor Air Solutions or any of the companies in the Alliance portfolio and we will continue to adhere the proper guidelines when delivering our company services.

ALLIANCE NEWS – NEWSLETTER 11

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.