Soil Gas Testing

As some of the others have said, these guys took a very scientific approach to the inspection.  Donald did our inspection and was very thorough and patient.  I peppered him with questions throughout the 3 hour process and he was knowledgeable and amenable to answering all my queries.

I like that these guys understood the science behind soil gas testing, VOCs, pollutants, and mold are well versed in scientific journal articles, in addition to the standard building construction knowledge.

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The air sample and mold sample reports that came back were very detailed and compared our sample against thousands of others that the lab analyzes every year.  I talked to quite a number of different air quality vendors and glad went to the best one.

Soil-gas sampling measures the gas contained in the interstitial spaces of the soil, as opposed to directly sampling the soil matrix, above the water table.

Active soil-gas collection methods (as opposed to passive soil-gas sampling) involve pulling a vapor sample from a temporary or permanent probe inserted in the soil into a collection or analytical device. Samples are then transported to a laboratory, or in some cases they are analyzed on site.

Exterior soil-gas sampling is a screening tool used to rapidly and cost-effectively identify and delineate certain volatile contaminants in the subsurface. It is often used to ascertain the source, extent, and movement of pollutants, but it is not a substitute for groundwater sampling.

Sub-slab soil-gas sampling, where samples are taken though holes in buildings concrete slabs, is used to determine the potential for vapor intrusion. In some cases sub-slab samples are taken to determine whether to test indoor air, while in others it is conducted concurrently with indoor-air sampling to evaluate whether the subsurface is the source of indoor contaminants.

There are several types of soil-gas sampling instruments, including:

á    The Vapor Pin® is a one-of-a-kind, patented, re-useable sub-slab soil gas sampling device designed for the environmental consulting community. Traditional sub-slab soil-gas sampling methods are time consuming, expensive, and prone to leaks. Cox-Colvin designed the Vapor Pin® specifically to eliminate many of the problems associated with traditional sub-slab soil-gas sampling methods.

Vapor Pin Vapor Pin

á      Air-tight syringe. This is used to pull vapors from the soil matrix. The syringe is used to withdraw a soil-gas sample from a probe and inject it directly into an analytical instrument for on-site analysis. Some regulatory agencies require that samples collected by this method be analyzed within a few hours.

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á      Tedlar¨ bag. This requires a pump to pull the vapors from the soil. Regulatory agencies may require that samples collected by this method be analyzed within 28 to 48 hours. Bagged samples can also be drawn into sorbent tubes, which in turn undergo laboratory analysis.

Tedlar Bag

á      Glass bulb (or tube). This has openings at each end, with one end having a valve where samples can be withdrawn with a syringe. The vapor sample is collected by connecting one end of the bulb to the probe and the other to a pump. The advantage of glass bulbs is that the glass is inert; also they are easy to use. The limitations of the glass bulbs are that they break easily and can leak contaminants through the valves. Sample holding times for glass bulbs are usually no more than 24 hours.


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Posted in air quality, General, Health, Home and Family, Services by admin on September 3rd, 2015 No Comments »

Pool Service Glendale AZ

I recently started receiving monthly pool service from Aqua Clean Pool Service, LLC. My first interaction with Aqua Clean Pool Service was back in February 2012 when I purchased a home that had an in ground pool in the Glendale area. I called multiple company’s looking for someone to basically come out and bring the pool back to life (it was green and not swim-able). Aqua Clean Pool Service was the only one who picked up and sounded very knowledgeable and quoted what I felt was a very reasonable price, so I hired them to do the job. Aqua Clean Pool Service came out the next day and was finished in just a couple days, the end result was great. They recommended that I start chemical and cleaning service with them but I wanted to try it myself as this was the first home I have owned with a pool. To my surprise they actually spent the next 15 min or so giving me pointers on how to do so and told me to give them a call if I ever had questions or needed help.

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By June I was done with the “do it yourself” philosophy and I called Aqua Clean pool service Glendale AZ back, again they came out and was there the same day to give me a quote, I thought it was a great value based on the amount of time it would give back to me so I started the service and am glad I did. A couple times during the summer small things went wrong with my older equipment and Aqua Clean Pool Service was always available to help (they are very knowledgeable and prompt), not to mention my pool sparkled all summer long. I am just glad that I found a reliable pool service who takes pride in their work and delivers great results and service. If you have a pool Aqua Clean! It’s well worth it.

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Aqua Clean Pool Service was recommended to me by a friend, when I was planning to buy a house with a pool. My friend informed me that they were extremely responsive, willing to help, quick to get on the job and help with the needs of my pool. And they are also great in letting my friend know on things he does not really need to spend money, looking out for his best interest together with the interest of the pool, which helped my friend avoid spending unnecessary $.

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My friend purchased cleanup and ongoing maintenance from them and they are just awesome.  Not to mention, very tech savvy, quickly responses to emails, text (SMS) messages which I really like and benefit in my busy schedule.

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Aqua Clean Pool Service was amazing from start to finish.  They also helped my neighbor design their pool area and was very patient and helpful the entire way.  They took their time meeting with my neighbor and was always very pleasant without getting frustrated if my neighbor made changes or wanted to view different options. They also would always answer my neighbor’s calls throughout the process and helped them with any issues/questions they had.  Their prices were also very similar to many other pool companies but with 5 star service.  They are really amazing, they scheduled all the construction dates and helped resolve any conflicts or issues my neighbor had through out the process which was overall seamless and according to timelines and budget.  The pool came out beautiful and my neighbor and I love everything about it.  It has now been about two months and any time my neighbor have called about a question or needed something small fixed, they came out immediately and resolved it.  We are incredibly happy with their service and quality of work.  A great group of people to work with.

indoor outdoor swimming pool

Do you want a pool repair service you can trust?  Do you want someone who will do a good job re-plastering your pool and repairing leaks?  If you answered yes, then you are looking for Aqua Clean Pool Service.  Our pool had some major leaks needing major repairs.  They did great work.  They even brought in a civil engineer to make sure what we were asking for would work in our soil situation.  They responded to our calls promptly and left the yard looking clean.  I highly recommend this pool repair service.

modern design backyard pool

Posted in General, Home and Family, outdoor, Pool, Services by admin on July 15th, 2015 No Comments » Tags: , ,

Air Conditioner Repair Glendale AZ

My friend have two central AC systems and of course one went out during this recent hot spell. He contacted Norris Air and they gave him some hints over the phone to do some simple troubleshooting on his own.  Still did not work so they came by and after troubleshooting, advised that compressor crapped out. My friend went over the options and costs of each and decided to simply replace the compressor. They was thorough and  professional and the job was completed as promised.  Honest and so far my friend have absolutely no reason not to trust them. My friend also like the fact that when he have an issue, I am speaking to Norris Air, the owner and the individual who will be servicing and/or repairing their units. They  are very busy this time of year and they agreed that texting is also the best way to contact them.

home air conditioner

My friend’s neighbor didn’t have much of a problem but it was fixed right away. Another neighbor had complained about the noise their air conditioner made – it’s a condo that they rent out. So they gave Norris Air a call. Norris Air was out there the next day and on time. They checked out the unit and immediately figured that it was a capacitor. The guy pulled the capacitor, installed a new one and that was it. Problem solved! They are very glad to have found air conditioner repair Glendale AZ. I know people in the HVAC business. They’re are a lot of good people in HVAC but there are a lot of scammers. It’s a bit scary when you need to call someone new.

For this simple job, Norris Air had it dialed and they didn’t try to come up some other problem or try to sell me on anything else. They just fixed what was broke and was done.

home air conditioning

Only one word is needed to describe this business. Awesome!!!!! Another previously had another company come out to service their A/C. Their system was running fine but after 11 years of never having it looked at they thought they should. They told them they needed to change out two faulty parts on both of their units for a cost of $860 not including labor fees. They were also told that they needed to service their units every six months. Deciding that was too much money, they let their systems remain as they were. Low and behold, two weeks later, unit one brakes. Go figure!  Not wanting to pay for the previous company to come back out, they contacted Norris Air. Not only was he told the supposedly faulty parts were fine, the one part that was broken only cost $165 to fix. From then on out the will only use Norris Air. They said that Norris Air was fantastic and honest. A trait that is becoming harder to find now days in businesses.

If you are tired of being taken advantage of by other service companies, like we were, contact Norris Air Inc.

ac-system-diagramNorris Air Inc. has been the  heating and air conditioning service people of my friends for a few years
now.  They handle their routine maintenance and also solved three serious problems — one with the air conditioning unit and two with the furnace — with honesty and efficiency.  When another service told my friend they needed a new $8,000 furnace, Norris Air saved them with a simple repair costing a couple hundred dollars for both parts and labor.  They did this again when an air conditioning company told them they needed a new unit outside the house.  Again, Norris Air came in, efficiently diagnosed the problem and did the repair for a super reasonable price.

My cousin’s A/C was damaged when the power went out. Norris Air came out and found the problem which turned out to be extensive. They discussed their options including replacing the existing system. Norris Air never pressured my cousin toward any particular solution, but he did thoroughly explain the various possibilities and the expenses for different choices. They also talked about why the breakers and fuses did not protect the system. One part was not available until late Friday and Norris Air came on Saturday to complete the work. They are also providing my cousin with a letter so he can make a claim with PG&E, so he might be able to recoup some of the repair costs.

Norris Air is very professional, they are clear about what they can do, and what you would need to go to someone else for. They dress professionally, neat, careful and soft-spoken. They are always honest, always responsive, and always looking to save his clients money. They do not gain anything by selling new parts or systems.  They say they make their living by happy repeat customers and word of mouth.

They are  a finalist for the 2014 Business Ethics award from the Greater AZ BBB!

Norri Air


Posted in General, heating and cooling, Home and Family, maintenance, Services by admin on July 7th, 2015 No Comments » Tags: ,

Chimney Sweep

I’ve just had Golden’s Good Air at my house and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Absolutely spot on bloke and definitely saved my bacon. Turned up at very short notice. They definitely are one of the nicest and most courteous you can deal with. Dealt with my problem very conscientiously. Very well priced for the job they did. An absolute pleasure to deal with and have no hesitation in recommending Arizona chimney sweep.  Golden’s Good Air is one of Arizona’s top rated chimney sweep services and has an excellent AZ BBB rating.

chimney sweep

Or you can do it yourself. Some friends used a “bomb” that they bought from a local hardware store. You put it in the fireplace, make sure that the opening into the room is ready to be closed off, then light the thing and shut the door. Block the opening. All the soot is broken off by this thing and dumped in the fireplace. Don’t do as they did, and open the fireplace too soon after application, as all the muck had not settled! An industrial vacuum is needed to get rid of the stuff, but these are easily hired.

I suggest that you close all door and windows to the room, leaving them open may cause soot to be drawn into the room.

Dust sheets to the floor area, the ones with the spill protection would be best.Tape dust sheets to the walls, floors(use masking tape) leaving just a small opening for the rods to be added, also insert a vacuum cleaner hose to suck up most the dust, gradually clean the flue by adding more rods and pulling/pushing the brush, keep going till it goes stack and if possible get someone else to go outside and look to see if the brush has popped out of the chimney stack, when the complete length of flue is brushed, slowly withdraw the rods wiping them as they are drawn out of the dust sheet seal, once all the rods are out and your left with just the brush in the fire place, do nothing for ten or so mins and have a cuppa, make sure vacuum isn’t over heating.


If you leave the room make sure you’ve no soot on your clothes that may fall off as you leave the room, to clean up tap the dust sheet so most the dust falls off it, then un tape the bottom of the sheet and slowly empty the fire place of soot, it’s very light and dusty so will blow about if you’re not gentle with it, onec you’ve removed the majority of the soot, peal the tape from the walls and fold the sheet in over it’s self so the dusty side is wrapped inside, roll up and place in a bin bag and set aside on the floor sheet. Make sure all the vents are closed otherwise your smug thoughts at how easy it is to clean compared to an open fire are quickly dispelled when you go back into the house and see soot everywhere.


Vacuum the remaining soot from fireplace including fire back and sides, beware of the direction that the cooling fan on the vacuum is blowing.

Vacuum any soot from your overalls and remove all dust sheets from room, wrapping rods and brush in the floor sheet.

Shake out all dusty things with the wind in the right direction, with your neighbors property in mind.

Wear overalls and dust mask and when adding/removing rods keep a good seal on the sheet.

I’m not a sweep but have used this technique many times without the need to clean the whole room afterwards.

chimney sweep

I have a friend who shared a story about a Spanish guy who delivers my logs from the village asked him last autumn if he wanted the chimney swept. As it had not been done for years he said ok. He said he would bring a friend to help and some special thistle. That roused his curiosity. A few days later Paco arrived with Manolo and out of the back of his pick-up truck he pulled a large bunch of gorse. Manolo climbed up on to the roof and lowered a rope down the chimney. Paco tied the gorse to the rope and this was duly pulled up and down til soot was piled up in the hearth. So simple and effective but am not sure if gorse could handle 2 right angled bends.

With all these stories, please keep in mind that chimney sweeping is not just about running a brush and rod up a chimney. There is a lot more to it than that. Knowledge regarding the different constructions of chimney flues and fire appliances is required. It is better to have the job done by experts like Golden’s Good Air.

Chimney Sweep

Posted in Health, Home and Family, Services by admin on July 5th, 2015 No Comments » Tags:

Air Conditioner Repair Phoenix

Air Conditioner RepairIs it just me or do newer AC units break down more? At work we have buildings with really old units and they just keep chugging along but the ones with new units need to be serviced all the time. We had both new units dump their glycol load all over one of our data centres, like a week apart! AC fail followed by high temp then followed by fire alarm is something that will sure wake you the hell up when working night shift. The glycol created a haze in the air which then triggered the fire alarm.  And about 2 seasons ago, cold air stopped coming from our home AC unit, but the fan was still working. Had someone come out and take a look at it, and they said the capacitor went bad, so we had it replaced and cool air started flowing again until. We enjoyed cool AC for about a year, then the AC again stopped working. Had the same guy come out and look at the AC unit and he said this time the problem was a bad compressor. He said it is still under warranty but that labor to replace the compressor would be well over $1000.

Since that price seemed quite high, we had air conditioner repair Phoenix come out to examine the AC unit and give us a repair estimate as well as an estimate for replacing the entire AC unit. He said if we could get the compressor replaced under warranty, he could fix the AC for about $750. When asked how much a new unit would cost (we have a Trane – for a 1350 sq ft house), he said he could get an equivalent model new and installed for around $1400-$1600. To save money, I just had the AC repaired by Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating and it still runs like a brand new unit up to now.  It’s a big job as they need to bleed the system out and collect the refrigerant, desolder (debrase?) the compressor to change it then braise new one in and refill. But 1k still seems a little steep for that. We have stopped working with some other companies because their prices went through the roof and we felt our customers were taken for a ride. Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating been doing it a long time and are very honest. My office building where we were quoted $10k to replace most of the outside unit, had Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating give a second opinion, turned out it was a $300 clogged pipe issue. At home just a few weeks ago Action Air came out and charged me almost $600 to do five minutes of leak detection and 55 minutes of trying to convince me why I’d be better off replacing my entire R22 system for $6500. I had forgotten to call Morehart Air Conditioning and Heating since I hadn’t needed him for a few years. They ultimately quoted $2000 plus labor to just replace the evaporater coil, would need several hundred more in R22, he was able to do the whole job for $1400. Would have saved a few hundred more if I had remembered to call him first.

Air Conditioner Repair

I run the AC all summer long. Temps get to be in high 90s to say under 105 or so. House is 2 stories, so it gets especially hot upstairs. About this time of year, I’m not feeling the need to run the AC… it’s only around 85-89 degrees or so, and I can open the window and be okay. But maybe starting sometime in May through late Aug/early Sept, I’m using the AC daily starting in the mid-afternoon and overnight, mainly because I have a retired family member at home during the daytime.

At work (it’s like a mix of office and retail, not manufacturing or anything) we have 4 Trane package unit heat pumps, all 5 ton R-410a units and less then 5 years old. One blew a compressor, a second sprung a refrigerant leak at a joint that was caked with flux, and a third both had a bad bearing on the blower and had the tube going to the TXV attached in such a way the loop in it was rubbing against one of the main lines and actually wore a hole clean through the copper. The compressor might just be ‘stuff happens,’ but both leaks were bad workmanship.


Posted in apartment, bedroom, Electronics, General, heating and cooling, living room, Services by admin on June 12th, 2015 No Comments » Tags:

Group Bus Tours

Group Bus ToursI live in the US and sometimes take trips with our ski club or with our adult school. Many of them are day trips (to see an art exhibit or something of the sort), but others are longer trips, up to a week. I can tell you a few things about bus rental from my experience.

There are no national bus companies in the US, so which company you use would depend on where you’re starting from. Almost all of group bus tours our groups have made are from companies that also run local transit. For instance, there is a bus company in our area that provides public transport in several towns, and also links various towns. This company has provided buses and drivers for most of our trips.

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Almost all of the trips I’ve taken have been handled by a travel agent, especially the longer trips. Since both of the groups I travel with are non-profit organizations, and since they definitely try to make sure they get 100 cents’ worth out of every dollar, I doubt that using a travel agent adds much to the cost. A travel agent also would be invaluable for arranging hotels for a large group.

How large is your group? What are the main stops you want to make? Train travel is very cheap in the US, and it may well be cheaper than renting a bus. Not only do you have to pay the driver, you have to feed him and put him up in the hotel. If you drive more than a certain number of hours within a certain number of days, you need two drivers.

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I don’t think any bus company would mind if you asked for an estimate before making a commitment. I don’t think anyone except a bus company can give you even a remote idea of the cost. I don’t know of any company that puts their costs online, because there are too many variables.

Some charter buses can hold 55 people each. If there are not enough people who sign up for your charter route, your deposit may be refunded to you, otherwise, your deposit is non-refundable. I encourage each of you to encourage others to sign up for the charter on your route! Most charter bus drivers cannot drive for more than ten hours per day. Hotel, not campground, lodging is required for charter bus service overnight. In DC, hotel lodging will be required, and it is the group’s responsibility to pay for the driver(s)’s rooms. Most hotels will “comp” the driver rooms for bus tours. Hotel group rates are being negotiated right now nationwide, along every convoy route. Once a charter bus is fully reserved by deposit, that charter group would be automatically blocked into medium level room blocks along the route.

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We did the 7hr Yukon rail & bus tour in September and loved it. We had a couple with us who had been to Alaska four times before, but doesn’t get on cruise critic. The man argued with me that we could do a tour like I was explaining to him, but I showed him all the reviews and so they booked to go with us. He just raved about the tour and our guide, Amity. He said it was one of the absolute best excursions he’d ever done (not just in Alaska) and now has joked about me booking their excursions for their QM2 cruise in September. I told him to give me his credit card, and I’d fix him right up.

The bad news is that we only had 2 rainy days – when we were in Sitka and Icy Strait Point.
The good news is that the other days were dry but mostly cloudy – we did have beautiful sunshine when we did the White Pass Rail/Bus trip in Skagway – the sunshine was on the return bus trip.
The other day with beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures was the day we were sailing through the inside passage.

alaska tour

The only time we actually felt chilled was in the rain with a very cold windand both times it was when we were waiting to catch a tender to return to the ship, otherwise we were fine. My advice is to dress in several layers and they you can take off and put on as appropriate for the conditions!

We had a wonderful trip and I hope that you do too.

Posted in General, Services, Vacation by admin on June 9th, 2015 No Comments » Tags:

Save Serious Money on Auto Repair

Save Serious Money on Auto RepairLiving in Wilmington, Delaware area way back when in the 40’s to 50’s, many minorities were “locked out” of purchasing homes in nice neighborhoods, though all sorts of racist laws and a crooked real estate industry that segregated blacks and other minorities away from the middle class suburbs. So, unable to purchase a nice home for themselves, these people turned to automobiles for their status symbols. This legacy has kept up (not the racist real estate practices, but the believe that owning a nice car and taking care of it means “you’ve made it”) among the older generation. As such, auto repair shops are always packed, and people tend to take care of their rides, much more than in other places I’ve lived, like NJ or Philly. So yes, while I agree that no business start out of the gate pulling in mad cash, I have no concerns about the strength of the local auto mechanic needs.

As for doing it myself, I’m not interested in going back to school to learn to be an auto mechanic. I’d be interested in learning a little bit on the job, but I would be hiring mechanics to do the work, and I would run the business, make appointments, order inventory, all that jazz. Also, as new car sales dry up, people are going to be keeping their cars longer, and those cars are going to need work to keep running. And since there are many commuters living here, having a working car is often the factor between having a job or not having a job. Personally I think the vast majority of mechanics and auto repair places are horrible.I got into a fender bender in 1999, got the car repaired at an autobody place, but I had a little mechanical damage and had to take it to a dealership to get repaired. Within a few weeks my car developed a stutter, usually in second gear. I took my car to auto repair surprise az and they figured out right away that I had a bare spot on an ignition wire, and it was arcing into my engine block on occasion. The ASE certified technicians of Champs Family Automotive provides the best and complete diagnostics.  $100 later my car drove like new. Why did it take so long? That seems almost too easy.  My point is that if you can create a business with a good stable of of workers you will do quite well.  Does Arizona require annual inspections like PA does? I don’t work on cars, but I do computers, and I think a lot of the same general ideas apply.

Keep the customer informed.
Try to discuss the problems in a way that they understand.
Do a little extra like vacuuming the inside or washing the windows. When I work on home computers I always vacuum the inside, wipe down the case, and clean out the CPU fan, case fan, etc. Customers don’t even notice most of the time but those that do really appreciate it. A cleaned interior will be really noticeable to most people.

Make sure all of the cars are test driven before being returned. I swear to god that sometimes I receive a car back that hasn’t even been turned on after my repair was done. This makes me want to rant against mechanics that I’ve used, so before that happens I am out.  Also, think of courting local car clubs. Corvette, Camaro, import, BMW, muscle cars, anything you are qualified to work on. If you can attract business they pass it on, I promise. A friend personally pimp a local performance shop not just because they charge a fair price, but her girlfriend has taken her corvette there several times and she sees none of the condescending attitude and poor work that she gets at a lot in other places. But, she takes it to a Save Serious Money on Auto Repairplace that specializes in late model GM performance, and she’s treated wonderfully and she now goes nowhere else, even though it’s a fair bit out of the way. The place is immaculately clean, professional, and fast service. They’re always PACKED.

Oh, that reminds me. Be fair and nice to women! The GF has gotten lines such as “I dont expect you to understand…”, “Don’t worry your pretty head..” and the always lovely “Listen, Lady, I’m the expert…”


Posted in General, repair, Services by admin on June 9th, 2015 No Comments » Tags: ,

Air Duct Cleaning

air duct cleaning Air duct cleaning can prevent health problems. Studies conclusively demonstrate that particle (e.g., dust) levels in homes increase because of dirty air ducts or go down after cleaning. This is because of the dirt that accumulates inside air ducts adheres to duct surfaces will eventually loosen and then will enter the living space. It is important to keep in mind that dirty air ducts are only one of many possible sources of particles that are present in homes. Pollutants that enter the home both from outdoors and indoor activities such as cooking, cleaning, smoking, or just moving around can also cause exposure to contaminants. Moreover, there is no evidence that a light amount of household dust or other particulate matter in air ducts poses any risk to health.

It is recommended that air ducts be cleaned as-needed basis because of the certainty about the benefits of duct cleaning. EPA does, however, recommend that if you have a fuel burning furnace, stove, or fireplace, they be inspected for proper functioning and serviced before each heating season to protect against carbon monoxide poisoning. Research also suggests that  Air Duct Cleaning Peoria AZ will improve the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Cleaning dirty cooling coils, fans and heat exchangers can also improve or  increase your system’s efficiency.

There are methods for cleaning flexible ducts but they do take additional efforts to perform properly so do not expect it is always performed properly. Many times they are destroyed by people not knowing how to clean them.

The frequency of duct cleaning is dependent upon many different factors. The only effective way is to inspect them which you can easily do at the return register and supply points. The grill covers come off easily, usually screwed into the ceiling joists or sheetrock. These points are a good indicator of the rest of the ducts condition. Another point is at the evaporative cooler coil in the heater/air handler unit. If there has been a lot of dust and dirt in the system, filters not changed regularly, etc., then a lot of dust and dirt will collect on the coils. This could potentially indicate further duct inspection and cleaning. Your HVAC Tech should be checking the condition of the evaporative coil and will also see some of the duct work from that point. He/She can tell you if cleaning is warranted.

Cleaning the coils is pretty expensive because in most systems it requires taking the unit apart to get to the “inner workings”

We had one HVAC guy who came in an emergency situation when the overflow line became clogged and caused the pan to break and cause a big leak tell us that our system (because it was older) needed to have the coils cleaned for better efficiency and to prolong the line of the unit in addition to repairing the overflow pan and other stuff.

We had someone else come in to do the actual repair work and I was all prepared to have her (it was a female certified HVAC person with her own firm) do just that – clean the coils.

She told me that it was not necessary because the coils were not that dirty. That there was a part of the HVAC system in the attic that indicated if the coils were that dirty without having to open up the housing and remove the coils. That checking the dust in that area showed there was minimum accumulation so she did not think that tearing the unit apart which would take over an hour and cost quite a bit just to SEE the coils was warranted.

She also told me that the types of air ducts in our attic were the type that basically were declared faulty 20 yrs ago. They are more rigid than flexible and that trying to clean with would mean that they would likely shatter and have to be replaced. That as long as the material insulating them was holding together unless we wanted to replace the entire system, we should just leave well enough alone. The vents on that system are original, more than 25 yrs old. So when the HVAC needs to be replaced this time we are going to have to get new vent system as well as the compressor.

Posted in air quality, General, Services by admin on May 18th, 2015 No Comments » Tags:

Roof Replacement Scottsdale

The harm that a faulty roofing can do is not that simple if not repaired immediately. Even the smallest leak could cause replacement of the house’s insulation. Moisture causes molds and mildew to develop. Therefore, knowing how to handle the smallest leaks is very important. Having your roof replaced will also save you from bitterness of weather. The heat of the sun, heavy rains and storms leave their disastrous effects on roofs after some specific time and you’re in need for repair as well as replacement of it

Should you want to avail the services of a roof replacement company or want to replace your shingle roof, slate roof and also you live in Scottsdale AZ, you should pick one name which is Stapleton Roofing. They are a trustworthy, licensed, bonded and insured professional roofing contractor. You can consult with Stapleton Roofing roof replacement scottsdale services in case roof can nevertheless be repaired, or maybe it is replaced. They are a family owned/runned company with big reputation for high quality of workmanship and customer satisfaction.

Cracked tiles are not going to make the roof leak. Everyone has cracked tiles on their roofs. They break from thermal expansion and contraction and from people walking on them (including fixing cracked ones). It is a bread and butter item for inspectors. I wouldn’t be surprised if the inspector is the one who cracked them walking on it (most of them do not go on the roof – just peak over the eaves).

The underlayment (tar paper) and flashing that is under the tiles is what does the work in keeping you dry. So unless the break exposes the underlayment to sunlight that will dry and crack it or is more of a missing piece that lets a good deal of runoff get to the underlayment it is not a big deal. Replacing tiles with minor cracks and missing corners is something that can be put off for some time.

Tile roof replacement

By the way, people are often told that tile roofs will last 50 years or more. Don’t believe them. The underlayment dries out from heat and exposure in as little as 20 years requiring a very, very expensive removal and replacement process. The tile craze started about 30 years ago around here. We had asphalt shingles before that. If water is getting under the tiles, the felt will stop it from coming through. But there are strips of wood laid horizontally along the roof to hold the tile and, given enough time they may rot, the nails loosen and small leaks develop. So it is good to fix things up.

1: Shingle roof

Greater than 80% houses in US contain Shingle roofs. These are measured from the selection of standards like wind and fire resistance, tear strength ability. There is certainly a good amount of Shingle colors, styles and materials.

Appropriate for most any style home, especially those with steep-sloped roofs but not as lasting as slate shingles. Shingle roof is a type of roof that needs replacement after certain period of time. Over the course of time it loses its glory and ability to offer 100 percent roof protection.

shingle roof replacement

2: Slate Roof

Slate roofs have been around for centuries and have proven to be a great roofing medium. It has the capability to resist fire, hail along with other bitterness of weather a lot more than any other material.  In the past, families built homes with the idea that the house would be passed down from generation to generation and were built from materials that would withstand this amount of time

Slate roof repair – this is the sort of roof that requires a 100% professional worker. Repair of slate roof will require the job of a stone mason, so you cannot ask any ordinary roofer to fix the problem as he might to more  damage to the roof instead or successfully repairing it. There are a lot of roof replacement companies claiming of being experienced or experts on repairing and/or replacing  roofer slate roof. Please beware of this companies.


Posted in General, outdoor, renovating, Roof Replacement, Services by admin on March 11th, 2015 No Comments » Tags: ,

Getting Wine Out of Cow Hide Rugs

cowhide rugA cowhide rug can be a great accessory for many homes and buildings. While cowhide rugs are very durable and easy to clean, a wine stain may require some extra work to remove. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how to remove win stains from cow skin rugs.

When cleaning a cow hide product, it’s important to understand that some chemicals can damage the hide. It’s important to avoid very acidic or basic cleaning agents. These include bleach, acetone, peroxide, hydrogen peroxide and sodium carboxide. Cleaners with a very high pH level will dissolve the amino acid bonds in the cow hide. If a cleaner with a very low pH is used, it will bleach the cow hide, creating lighter-colored sections.

If wine is spilled on a cow hide rug, it’s important to clean it up as soon as possible. Using a dry paper towel, dab the area where the wine was spilled. Try to avoid pressing the liquid into the cow hide rug: This will make it significantly more challenging to remove any stain.

Once all liquid has been removed from the rug, apply a 5:1 mixture of water and baking soda directly to the stained area. If possible, try to make sure that the baking soda mixture is warm. This will help to lift the stain out of the rug.

Allow the baking soda mixture to sit for at least five minutes. Once five minutes are over, dab up all liquid using a dry paper towel. It’s still important to avoid grinding any liquid deeper into the carpet. Repeat this process until the baking soda mixture remains clear.

Another effective way to get a wine stain out of a cow hide rug is through the use of a steam cleaner.

A steam cleaner uses regular water to clean. By applying steam directly to the site of a stain, it’s possible to “lift” the stain out of the rug. In many cases, steam cleaners are an excellent way to ensure that there isn’t any residue left behind. In addition, most steam cleaners are less likely to cause discoloration.

By cleaning a cow hide rug immediately after a spill, it’s usually possible to reduce the risk of a permanent stain. If a rug has multiple stains on it, it may be a good idea to hire a professional cleaning company. A professional cleaning company has access to specialized tools and cleaning agents that can thoroughly clean a cow hide rug without the risk of damage.

cowhide rug

Posted in decor, furniture, Home & Family, home show, kids room, living room, Music Room, Oriental home design, Post-Modernism Design by admin on September 23rd, 2014 1 Comment » Tags: