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What’s in Your Carpet?

What’s in Your Carpet?

Do You Know What’s in Your Carpet? Why is everybody out sick today? That question often has no explanation. If something is going around at your office, however, it could be crawling up from the surface instead of buzzing through the air. Most people shutter at the thought of what living organisms reside in their carpets. While home carpets are bad enough, imagine what 50 staff members in a tight office can track in daily. It’s safe to assume that whatever is out there, is probably in here. Just How Bad Is It? Studies have shown that the average shoe can smuggle up to 8 million bacteria per square centimeter into an office building. That type of illegal immigration can add up to entire ecosystems threatening the health of your employees. Who are the main...

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5 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies

5 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies

Top 5 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cleaning Companies Humans have a responsibility to this planet – to keep it clean and safe for future generations. There are more and more people and businesses coming to realize this and are opting for products that are healthier for them and the environment. If you didn’t already know, many of the cleaning solutions on the market today are unsafe for the users and those who dwell or work in the buildings they are used in. The chemicals implemented into these solutions have been tied to all sorts of health concerns, including asthma flare-ups, allergies and even cancer. Long-term use of such products can be detrimental to your well-being, which is why you should be more conscience about the types of cleaning solutions used inside of your property. If you’re going to hire a cleaning company for your home or business, make sure they utilize products that are eco-friendly or “green.” Here’s a quick list of the top five reasons why you should use green products: Maintain a Healthy Indoor Environment Your home or business should consist of clean air for occupants and visitors to breathe. Since most people spend majority of their time indoors (at home and at work), it’s vital for these places to maintain high indoor air quality. The cleaning supplies used linger in the atmosphere for a long time, setting into our lungs and traveling throughout our bodies. Cleaner Outdoor Environment The air inside of your property mixes with the air outdoors. The chemicals sprayed inside of your property will undoubtedly release into the outside world, causing harm to the wildlife outdoors. People, animals and plants can become affected by these fumes. We are already dealing with a polluted world, so why contribute to it more? Do your part in creating a world that is healthier for everyone. Cheaper Cleaner Options Companies that offer green cleaning solutions are utilizing products that are made with natural ingredients, like lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil and so on. This is much more affordable than the chemically-made solutions that derive out of scientific labs. The prices for eco-friendly cleaning supplies have become very competitive, making prices more reasonable. Reduce Chances of Illness Those living with allergies and asthma know all too well the importance of clean indoor air. Even those without these problems aren’t in the clear. It’s possible for completely healthy people...

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Home or Building Preventative Maintenance

Home or Building Preventative Maintenance

Home Preventative Maintenance for Winter Winter is coming, make sure the maintenance on your house or building is up to par to withstand the cold weather. When the weather gets cold, things tend to break in old homes or buildings. That’s why it is important to do preventative maintenance before something big happens and makes the winter just that much more difficult to bear. Here are five preventative check ups to do during the autumn months. Inspect Your Roof Make sure your roof is ready to withstand snow and ice this winter. Many times, old houses have shingles that are curled up and ready to break. If that’s the case, then it is likely the roof also has leaks and cracks scattered throughout the area. To ensure your roof doesn’t become more damaged with the harsh winter conditions, be prepared to have the shingles and cracks fixed before the first snowfall. Check Your Pipes Old pipes run rampant throughout bustling cities which can become a disaster story in the winter. When the cold weather comes, old pipes freeze up and burst leaving homes and buildings without and water potentially for weeks. This can be a terrifying and life threatening experience for everyone involved. To avoid such a catastrophe, check your pipes before the cold front comes. Make sure they are up to code and they are able to withstand ice. Also, be sure to turn off and drain all outside spigots to prevent any possible pipe bursts. Clean the Gutters Autumn colors come and go fast leaving tons of leaves scattered throughout outside nooks and crannies. This can be one of the most beautiful times of the year, but it is also a big clean up time too. Once the majority of the leaves have fallen, clean out the roof gutters to allow for smooth drainage throughout the chilly months. Have the HVAC System Cleaned HVAC systems can get dirty and grime-filled during the months they aren’t in use. In order to get the most out of an HVAC system in the winter it is important to clean it out. Although you might consider cleaning it out by yourself, HVAC systems can be difficult and tedious to clean so it is recommended that you hire a specialist if you aren’t well versed with heating and cooling systems. Weather strip the Windows The winter months can make heating bills sky-high...

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Three Common Maintenance Concerns

Three Common Maintenance Concerns

Three Common Maintenance Concerns Your home or workplace has a structure that is built to last. Helping it fulfill that promise, though, requires you to perform maintenance work over time. This can seem like a hassle that never ends, particularly if you address building issues only when problems arise. Performing regular maintenance on your structure can help you keep things going well, so you do not lose time and money when the building inevitably turns for the worse. In particular, the systems that move elements through your building should be regularly checked and serviced to ensure everything is running smoothly.   Managing Your HVAC Your HVAC system keeps your building temperature comfortable for you and your employees. But it also does much more. It moves the air through your building, and filters to keep that air clean. To work efficiently and keep you breathing properly, you need to clean the air ducts and change the filters regularly. Put it off for too long, and you will find seasonal allergies acting up, asthma and other breathing issues aggravated, and general health among your workforce compromised. Your maintenance should include sweeping out the vents to clear out dust and debris; disinfecting vent surfaces to remove harmful bacteria; and changing filters to both eliminate trapped pollutants and keep air flowing freely through them.   Plumbing Concerns Most people only think about their plumbing when there is a problem: a clogged pipe, a leak, or a flood. Unfortunately, the bigger the problem, the more expansive and expensive the solution required. People dread visits from the plumber not because plumbing is inherently problematic, but rather because most only engage with the plumber when disaster strikes. Regular plumbing maintenance starts with inspections. Your maintenance team will look at the pipes, faucets, and connections for signs of wear or leaks. A trained eye will often catch early warning signs of hard water damage or pipe decay, and help you implement a plan to keep everything working properly and avert larger issues that may otherwise arise down the road.   Electrical Issues We rely more every year on electrical equipment and computers. While this allows us to work harder, faster, and more efficiently, it also leaves us helpless when electrical failures strike. Surges and shorts wreak havoc on every business function, and cost businesses millions of dollars each year in lost work and damage. Your building maintenance...

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Get Your Pool Ready for Summer

Get Your Pool Ready for Summer

Get Your Pool Ready for Summer Spring’s arrival represents a time of renewal and youthful energy, the emergence of the world from its winter slumber. But it also provides a transitional period to get ready for summer. If you have a swimming pool, this is the best time to start getting everything ready for the hot summer months to come. You should plan now to make sure everything is ready for you to get maximum enjoyment throughout pool season.   Structure and Sealant The first area to check is the structure of the pool itself. Are there cracks or leaks on the sides or bottom? This can be a problem not only for letting water slip out, but also for letting contaminants seep into the pool water. And even small fissures that you cannot see can grow into big problems very quickly. This process begins with filling and smoothing any cracks in the pool, or if necessary, a complete resurfacing. After this, a sealant helps ensure the pool will hold water efficiently through the summer. You should plan to do this every spring to make sure your pool is ready to perform its most basic of functions: holding water.   Check and Maintain Your Filter Of course, the water isn’t a positive thing if the water isn’t clean. Your pool filter has at times a herculean task in keeping your pool free of contaminants. Every spring, and again before you start using your pool, you need to clean and test your filters to ensure they are working properly. The amount of debris that can collect between when you stop using the pool and when you are ready to start again can seem almost overwhelming. You will clean them regularly through pool season, but the big job comes right at the beginning. After you clean your filter, you need to test it to ensure it is cleaning water. If not, you should consider whether repairing or replacing the filter makes the most sense. In many cases, the repair can cost more than half of the replacement cost for the unit, so getting a new, efficient filter may make more sense.   Prepare Around the Pool Too Finally, you should take the time to make sure the area around the pool is ready as well. Cracks on the surface around the edges of the pool can be dangerous, especially if kids...

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