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by Wendy Stackhouse · March 16, 2015

Happy Bed Bug Season!

It is that time of year again – the weather is sunny, the kids are nearing Spring Break, and you’re counting down to family vacation. With all the excitement, you may have forgotten, it’s also bed bug season.

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by Wendy Stackhouse · January 16, 2015

Asbestos Safety: How can you be exposed?

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by Wendy Stackhouse · January 09, 2015

Mold News: January 2015

There are more stories in the news about mold during wet weather or after a major flood somewhere in the country, but they are out there all the time. Here are some interesting ones from this month so far:

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by Wendy Stackhouse · January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Cheers!

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by Wendy Stackhouse · December 31, 2014

Are These Asbestos Floor Tiles?

Thinking of a kitchen remodel? How old is your house? If it was built before the early 1980's, you might have asbestos floor tiles in the kitchen, bathroom or basement.

Telltale Signs of Asbestos Floor Tile

Although you cannot tell just by looking at it, there are some indications that you might be dealing with asbestos floor tile:

  1. House built between 1920 and 1960--Asbestos floor tile was very popular during this time period, due to its durability and resistance to water damage.
  2. Nine inch by nine inch squares--Get out the measuring tape and see how big the tiles are. 9" x 9" was the common size of asbestos floor tiles.
  3. Dark gray or brown discoloration--Asbestos floor tiles were made with asphalt, which would turn dark with age and damage.

What to Do If You Have Asbestos Floor Tile

Asbestos fibers could be released into your environment and cause serious--if not fatal--disease. One exposure is enough to damage your health. But most asbestos floor tile is unbroken and relatively safe. However, it could be damaged in a natural disaster and it is not safe to remove it yourself in a renovation project since it could be broken up and release fibers. The adhesive holding down your asbestos floor tiles can also contain asbestos. If you want to remove it rather than covering it with another form of flooring, you need to call a professional asbestos removal company.

At Alliance Environmental, we are specialists in removing: vinyl asbestos tile, VAT, linoleum, vinyl sheet goods, transite pipe, transite siding, transite roofing, duct work, stucco, texturecoat, drywall, acoustic ceiling, popcorn ceiling, plaster, lath and plaster, buttonboard, fireproofing, mastic, pipe covering, mag piping, mag block, and other asbestos containing materials safely and using best practices.

Asbestos--whether in floor tiles, roof shingles, insulation or anywhere else--should always be taken seriously. Don't just pull up that ugly old tile, make sure it's safe first!

We wish you a very Happy New Year!

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by Wendy Stackhouse · December 25, 2014

From All of Us to All of You...

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by Wendy Stackhouse · December 24, 2014

Don't Get Bed Bugs for Christmas!

These are busy travel days for many families. Don't neglect to do what you can to avoid bringing a bed bug home for Christmas!

Close proximity of people and baggage make it easy for bed bugs to move from one place to another and start a new infestation. What can you do to help prevent coming home with bugs and bites?

Tips for Avoiding Bed Bugs While Traveling

  • Check your seat. A moment's look at the seams and cushions of your airplane seat could reveal an extra passenger traveling with you.
  • Bring your own blanket and pillow. An inflatable pillow doesn't take up much space and the blankets the flight attendants hand out these days are not very useful. If you are on the red-eye, bring your own.
  • Inspect your hotel room. Here are our detailed tips for hotel room inspection. Be sure to check inside drawers and behind pictures on the walls as well as mattresses and other upholstery. Even expensive hotels can have bed bugs--look carefully before you decide your room is acceptable.
  • Keep your luggage off the floor. Use that luggage rack at the foot of the bed and don't let your clothes get strewn around.
  • Unpack outside. When you get home, leave the luggage outside while you unpack.
  • Launder when you get home. Even if you didn't wear everything you took with you, wash all of the clothes you packed before putting them away. Better safe than bitten!
  • Bag up your suitcase. Put your suitcases into plastic bags for 2 weeks or until needed to make sure nothing that might be in there has a chance to escape or get to a food source--you.

We don't want you to be anxious when traveling and you don't have to be--if you are careful. If you do find a sign of bed bugs in your hotel room, ask for another room which is not adjacent on that floor or above or below the infested room. Bed bugs find you by the carbon dioxide you exhale and they could easily travel from an empty room next door, above, or below.

We hope that all of your holiday travels are filled with joy and fun and--of course--bed bug free!

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by Wendy Stackhouse · December 19, 2014

Give the Gift of Asbestos...Not!

We are always coming across unusual products made from or with asbestos. After all, it's a miracle fiber, right? Not so much!

Sure asbestos is fire resistant and protective, a great insulator and practically indestructible. But it's also indestructible when it gets into your lungs.

Unusual Asbestos Products

At holiday time, many families set up a lovely miniature Christmas village. In past years, decorative snow could have been made of, you guessed it, asbestos! We can only imagine, thank goodness, the grandkids playing with the little houses and people and deadly fibers, yikes!

Doing some home decorating? Asbestos floor tiles came in a vast array of colors and even textures and lasted forever. Know how you know that? Those floor tiles are still in use today, decades later!

What about the kids' room? Getting tired of the sky and clouds you painted on the walls when they were babies? Cover up that old stuff with Asbestos wallpaper! Not only is it cute, it kills insects! Sounds like just the right thing for the little ones, eek!

Brighten up the outside of your home with flowers planted in Asbestos pots! Sounds like a good 7th grade science fair experiment to me. Terracotta vs. Asbestos, which is better? or worse!

We are glad it is harder to find products containing asbestos nowadays, but it's not impossible. Your grandmother's attic could still harbor a box of decorative snow, an old office building could still be sporting some fancy asbestos floor tile. There could be asbestos insulation in your basement or asbestos wallpaper on a room in an old house.

If you think you might have asbestos materials in your home or building, don't remove it yourself. Never forget that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos--it only takes a moment! Call a professional asbestos removal company and have it removed and disposed of safely!

And never get wallpaper that kills. That's just weird.

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by Wendy Stackhouse · December 17, 2014

SLIDESHOW: We Care East LA Holiday Community Event

We would love to share with you a slideshow of this year's We Care East LA Community Holiday party that took place on Saturday, December 13th.

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by Wendy Stackhouse · December 12, 2014

Holiday Events Part 1

It's only December 12th and already we have had loads of fun at holiday events, with the biggest one coming up this weekend, of course, the We Care East LA Holiday Party!

The photo above is our loot pile for this year's Toy Drive as of yesterday afternoon--bet it gets bigger before the end of the day! Great thanks to Carstar LaHabra Collision for being our Secret Santa and donating $500 worth of toys!

We've already celebrated the holidays with the National Association of Residential Property Managers:

The Hotel Motel Association:

East Bay Claims:

And the SCCA:

We will be back with details and photos from the We Care East LA event next week!

It's raining pretty hard today, so please be safe while you are out there doing all of your own holiday celebrating!

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