Posts Tagged ‘St. Cloud’

What Causes Mold Growth and What Can I Do about It?

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by Lisa Pixley

Unfortunately, mold can grow in any area of your home, but only under the right conditions. Mold is common in areas of high moisture because mold needs moisture to survive. Mold spores are invisible to the naked eye, and tend to float through the air, but cannot grow unless they happen to land upon an area with a source of water. And mold can be very hazardous, aggravating any existing respiratory disorders when inhaled and irritating the sinuses. Some molds even produce additional toxins (called mycotoxins) that could cause severe reactions.

Any sign of mold growth in the home calls for immediate services, and mold remediation experts may be your best option for total elimination. But a good contractor will also help you figure out the source of the mold problem, which could be any of the following.

  • Leaky Pipes: Your pipes are hidden from view for aesthetic purposes and for their protection, but that makes it difficult to detect when there is a leak in the water line. A leak behind the walls or in the ceiling may not be detected until it is too late and water has already damaged the drywall. Call a mold removal specialist if this happens, and pay attention to common signs of leaking like low water pressure.
  • Flooding: After a flood, immediate cleanup is necessary to keep mold from building up in the carpets or in the basement and posing a health hazard.
  • High Humidity: Your home may have a humidity problem if there is poor ventilation or if you have no form of humidity control in the home already. Moisture can collect in the ducts, on the indoor air handler of your HVAC system, or anywhere in the home if humidity levels are your problem.

Finding a Contractor for Mold Remediation

When searching for a contractor to get rid of mold, you should find a professional who lists mold remediation as part of their services. Mold remediation goes beyond cleaning and disposing of damaged materials. A specialist will help you to find ways to prevent the mold problem from reoccurring my assessing the source of the mold.

Talk to the experts at Alpha Air Corporation and we’ll do everything we can to make sure the mold is eliminated and cannot return. Call Us Today! 952.476.4144 or 1-866-PIXLEYS

Tools Used During Commercial Duct Cleaning

Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Lisa Pixley

The employees, clients, customers, and/or tenants in your commercial building deserve to breathe clean air every day. That’s why the air filter in the return register of your ducts works with your commercial HVAC system, trapping particles so that you do not have to breathe them in every day. However, this filter may not be enough to give you the level of protection you need, failing to filter out every pollutant so that some dangerous particles may continue to circulate around your business.

If you own a commercial heating and air conditioning system, it’s vital to keep it maintained, not only for the comfort of the people in your building but for their health. Bacteria or mold may thrive in the ductwork of some buildings, and as spores circulate through the air your employees breathe those in, which could aggravate respiratory issues—and lead them to call in sick. Scheduling air duct cleaning with a technician experienced with commercial duct cleaning is one of the best ways to improve the conditions within your building. Let’s take a look at some of the tools used for commercial duct cleaning in St. Cloud.

First, technicians use a robotic camera to inspect your ducts. This helps them to detect any problem areas, but it can also let them know whether any areas of the ducts need to be sealed due to leaks and cracks. Once they have a good idea of the conditions within the ducts, they use professional-grade vacuums which create negative pressure within the ducts, thus knocking loose any dust clinging to the insides of the main air plenums and sucking it up through the vacuum hose. They also use brushes to safely and gently scrub off any remaining dirt and debris. They’ll target the register vents as well as any exhaust vents your property uses.

At Alpha Air Corporation, we’ll finish the job with an EPA-certified non-toxic sanitizing agent that will help us make sure your ducts are sanitized and ready for use. There is no chemical residue left behind and it can kill some remaining bacteria and stop mold growth.

Call Alpha Air Corporation for commercial duct cleaning in St. Cloud. We have over 30 years of experience serving our customers. Call Us Today! 952.476.4144 or 1-866-PIXLEYS. 

How Robotic Camera Inspection Benefits Your HVAC System

Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by Lisa Pixley

If your HVAC system does not seem to be running as efficiently as it could, it may be because of your ductwork. Many homeowners in the U.S. spend more than they need to on air conditioning and heating every month because their ductwork is not properly sealed. Ducts may leak due to holes or cracks or if a duct has collapsed. Because there may be so many different kinds of problems with the ducts, technicians want to have a good idea of the problem before they attempt any repairs on your system. This is why some specialists rely on robotic camera inspection to ensure that your forced-air HVAC system runs as efficiently as it should.

Ductwork may collapse because of faulty joints in metal ductwork, but the structure of soft flexible ductwork is also very prone to collapsing and kinks. In fact, the majority of forced air systems have some sort of problem with leaks, leading to increased energy costs of up to 30%. As conditioned air moves out of your ducts, it takes your HVAC system longer to cool or heat your home, drastically reducing efficiency. This means you pay more to cool or heat an unused space, such as the attic or crawlspace. With robotic camera inspection, a technician can see which areas of your ducts may be the most damaged, so they can tackle problem areas first and foremost.

When professionals use robotic cameras to inspect your HVAC system, they can also take before and after pictures so that you can see the difference from before you schedule service. Taking the time to show you the condition of your ducts and ensure that any issues are taken care of is the sign of a contractor who cares about quality service and helping you save money month after month.

At Alpha Air Corporation, we’ll use a robotic camera to thoroughly inspect your HVAC system and check for leaky ductwork, collapsed ducts and even excessive dust and debris.  Schedule commercial HVAC system inspection in St. Cloud with one of our experts today!

Let our experienced technicians help you get more out of your HVAC system and lower your energy bills. Call Us Today! 952.476.4144 or 1-866-PIXLEYS

Reasons to Schedule Dryer Vent Cleaning

Monday, July 14th, 2014 by Lisa Pixley

Here’s an intimidating statistic: according to studies by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 15,000 fires occurred in homes in 2010 alone because of clogged dryer vents. The air channels that exhaust the hot air from a dryer also carry lint fibers with them, and these fibers are highly flammable. If these vents remain clogged, the risk of a house fire starts to increase.

You don’t have to take that risk however: schedule regular dryer vent cleaning in St. Cloud from Alpha Air Corporation. We specialize in services that keep your air vents clean and home safe. We are certified members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA). Call us today if more than a year has passed since you last had cleaner for your dryer vent.

Why you need to keep up with dryer vent cleaning

  • Fire safety: We’ve already brought out the frightening number of house fires that have occurred because the highly flammable fibers trapped inside a dryer vent ignited. This alone is reason enough for you to make sure that regular cleaning for the vent is on your annual “must do” checklist.
  • More efficient dryer: One of the basic steps in drying clothes is to always clean out the lint trap before running a load. If you don’t, your clothes will take far longer to dry. This applies to the dryer vent as well: if it becomes choked with obstructions, the dryer will have a harder time removing the moist air from inside. The high moisture level means clothes that stay damp and require a longer cycle to dry them out. This leads to immense energy waste; it isn’t good for your clothes, either. When you find that the dryer isn’t doing much “drying,” than it’s probably time to arrange for professional vent cleaning.
  • Longer equipment lifespan: When a dryer is forced to run longer and harder to dry your clothes, it will suffer from increased wear. This means you will run into more repair needs. It will also result in a short lifespan for the system. Laundry machines are expensive, and you don’t want to replace one unless it’s absolutely necessary, so keep the dryer vent clean so your clothes dryer can “breathe” properly and have a long life.

When you call for professional dryer vent cleaning in St. Cloud, MN, the technicians will inspect the whole venting system and use special brushes and vacuums to draw out all the lint from the vent, as well as any mold or mildew. With the right professionals on the job, you should have your home back to the way it was before in no time at all.

When it comes to dryer vent cleaning trust to the experience and certification of the team at Alpha Air Corporation. Call Us Today! 952.476.4144 or 1-866-PIXLEYS