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What’s So Special About the Rotovac?

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Living in Houston the weather changes every day and sometimes within the hour. Rain and mud are in plentiful supply year round. Shoes covered with dirt and grime track in muck from outside and the next thing you see is dirty carpet. Ugh! especially the traffic areas!

 Call the carpet cleaners!

Well, you do your research and find that some carpet cleaning companies in Houston charge more for a tool called a Rotovac. You search on You Tube and see that the Rotovac is some kind of contraption that seems to work miracles!

Well, let’s not over blow the capacity of the machine, it’s good but there is NO substitute for good cleaning solutions and elbow grease. C&E Carpets and Vents has the Rotovac but we know that getting the carpet clean does not solely depend on the machine. The quality of the job is dependent on the technician, the solutions, and the machine. Hard work coupled with great cleaning solutions  that are specifically made for cleaning carpets really make the difference. We clean carpets in Houston with the Rotovac especially for high traffic areas or heavily stained carpets BUT we also use traditional wands because the job doesn’t always call for the Rotovac. No matter what, we pride ourselves in the job and getting your carpet as clean as possible.

Of course we can’t promise that every stain will come out every time. However; we have a great success rate using hard working, customer service oriented technicians, high quality ICCR approved carpet cleaning solutions, and of course when the job calls for it; THE Rotovac!

Call us today for all of your carpet cleaning needs in Houston and the surrounding metroplex area. 832-512-5719

Allergens in Your Home

How to Choose an Air Duct Cleaning Company

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indoor air pollution

The contaminants in your home can be both man made and from nature

When searching for home maintenance companies, a homeowner  is often bombarded with an over whelming amount of companies to choose from, but not enough information to make a good choice. The last thing a home owner wants is an unqualified sketchy worker handling, repairing, or cleaning their home and belongings. We work hard for the things that we acquire and as home owners we want to have the assurance that the job will be done right and to our satisfaction.

How do you find a qualified maintenance provider?

The BBB (Better Business Bureau) is a good place to start. Even if a company doesn’t pay the bureau to feature them, they can still list them as a business and show any complaints that may have been lodged against them. It also never hurts to ask the company when making the appointment if they do background checks or if they are bonded or insured. Being bonded is not required but background checks should be. Don’t forget that these people are coming into your home and you don’t want anyone with a criminal background inside your home with access to your family or valuables. It never hurts to check registered associations although this is not always a sure way to measure the integrity or quality of a company. After all, most associations only require that the member pay dues in order to be a part of the organization.

                         One of the best ways to gauge a company’s quality and integrity is through customer reviews.

Checking the online reviews and testimonials of a company using a trusted site like Yelp, Angie’s List, or Google Plus Reviews. Real time customer feedback is one of the best ways to gauge the performance of a company.

We invite you to do your research and don’t do business with a company that makes you feel uncomfortable. If you are thinking about having your air ducts cleaned and you live in the Houston area, Please give us a call!  Here is our Yelp listing along with the reveiws, and here is our Google Plus Page.

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What Happens When my Pet Poos on the Carpet?

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Most pet owners go out of their way to avoid accidents on their carpets. We love our furry friends and we give them love, affection, food, and shelter. In return our pets give us happiness, love,  and joy. Wow! what a great trade off! Warm kisses, soft cuddles, and poo? Pets are biological beings that eat and poo. We try to walk them, give them fresh litter, and even put little doors in our homes just for them. We all know that sometimes no matter how well we try and plan accidents happen. Our pets get sick, we sleep in and forget to let them out, or some other reason occurs and BOOM! Pet poo, urine, vomit, and who knows what else.

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We love our pets but sometimes accidents happen.

What happens when pet poo, urine, and vomit go down into our floors and carpets? Well, carpet is absorbent so it begins to soak in. Even dry poos have a bit of moisture on them and minute particles will absorb into the carpet fibers. This sounds gross, and it is. Even after surface cleaning there will be particles left in your carpet’s fibers. Those particles harbor parasites, bacteria, and other little creatures that will begin to thrive and reproduce in your carpet. Every time you lay on your carpet, walk on your carpet, and yes even vacuum, you will stir up the things left behind by the dog poo. The bacteria, viruses, and other things, can be breathed in or land on your skin where they can make their way into your body via your mouth, nose or eyes.

It is very important to thoroughly clean your rug or carpet after your pet has an accident. You can use heavily diluted warm soapy water and a bit of Lysol. Make sure to rinse and pat dry the area after cleaning. The diluted soapy water helps to loosen the particles from the spot and the Lysol will kill any bacteria, viruses, and some parasites that might be left behind. The Lysol will also help with the odors.

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Love your pets and keep your carpets clean!

Now these spot cleanings work and help with emergencies but for thorough and complete cleanings we recommend that you have your carpets professionally cleaned and sanitized. We use special enzymes that break down any organic matter and then a cleanser with a sanitizer is applied. For the odor an eco friendly pet safe deodorizer is used to treat the carpet. The deodorizer is made with oranges and will leave a fresh orange scent. When our tech arrives just point out any “spots” of concern and we can apply an extra spot treatment at no additional charge.

Be kind to your pets and don’t get angry at them when accidents happen. Just clean up the emergencies and call us to help maintain your carpets!

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Houston Air Duct Cleaning

Indoor Air Quality and Allergens

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If you didn’t have allergies before you moved to Houston, TX; you surely have them now that you live in Houston. The air quality is notorious for being polluted but this pollution is not always

man made. Many irritants and contaminants found inside our home are from mold spores, pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and other organic matter. Of course this doesn’t mean that your home is free from man made pollutants.

indoor air pollution

The contaminants in your home can be both man made and from nature

No, in fact all of the materials used to build and maintain your home give off pollutants like formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and other volatile organic compounds that cause respiratory irritation. Yes, it can seem like a mine field and impossible to avoid allergens. Thankfully your body works constantly to clean out and rid itself of all the contaminants that we are exposed to on a daily basis. The issues begin when your body becomes overwhelmed and can’t keep up with the amount of irritant exposure.

So how  can you keep these contaminants down to a minimum and give your body a fighting chance?

  • Use a HEPA filter
  • Don’t smoke inside your home
  • Use mats in entry ways and take your shoes off inside your home
  • Uses a high efficiency vacuum cleaner
  • Fix leaks immediately
  • Keep moisture down to prohibit mold growth
  • remove and clean mildew and mold immediately

For a more complete list see the arb.ca.gov site

We recommend periodic cleaning of your upholstery, carpets, tile, and air ducts. Carpets and upholstery will hold dust mites and pet dander. Bacteria and other contagions can also live inside your carpets, upholstery, tile, and air ducts. Vacuum on a regular basis and use a vacuum that has a good filtration system. Invest in a HEPA A/C filter and have your home maintained every so often professionally with professional upholstery, carpet, and air duct cleaning. We recommend that you clean your carpets and upholstery every 3 to 6 months depending on how much use they get. Air ducts should be cleaned every 2 to 4 years. Dryer vents at least twice a year. These cleaning schedules are not written in stone but can be used as guide lines to help maintain your home and help decrease the amount of allergens and pollutants you are exposed to on a daily basis.

allergens in your carpet and furniture

Dust mites and pet dander can live in your carpets

The only home maintenance recommendations that cannot be subject to your discretion and delayed are dryer vents and furnaces. These can be dangerous if not maintained properly so always stay on top of your dryer vent cleaning and furnace maintenance.

For free estimates or questions about any of our services in the Houston area including air duct cleaning and carpet cleaning please call 832-512-5719

We service the entire Houston, TX area including the Woodlands, Pearland, Sugar Land, Missouri City, Katy, Pasadena, League City, Webster, Clear Lake, Galveston, and Spring.

Fungus on Air Duct

Air Duct Cleaning in Houston, TX

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Allergens in air ducts, Houston, TX

Ah!!!!!!!   Air conditioning it’s what makes Houston’s weather bearable! Touted as the air conditioning capital of the world, Houston gets hot and trying to make it through a hot humid summer without A/C is a scary thought. (Gray, 2012) I’ve heard people say it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. Yes, definitely it is probably a combination of both. Take both the heat and the humidity and put them together with the mold, mildew, pollen, and pollution, and boy do you have a recipe for disaster! As a Houstonian your A/C system is going to get more than a workout. With the moisture build up in your system along with the mildew, fungus, and pollen spores, your air ducts can become moldy and full of allergens. During the winter we just don’t get a break either. The weather waffles back and forth between warm and humid to cool and dry, giving our sinuses and lungs a run for their money.

One preventative step you can take is to have your air ducts cleaned and cleared of dust, dirt, mildew, mold, fungus, pollen, and any other contaminants that might be setting up shop in your air duct system. Definitely make sure you deal with a sound reputable company and don’t allow them to use unfounded scare tactics. Yes, some systems can become really foul but most of the time the mildew and other gunk that grows in your system can be taken care of and for extremely reasonable fees.

Air duct cleaning, Houston

Having the air ducts in your home cleaned is one way to fight back allergies and breathing issues.

C&E Carpets and Vents performs a complete service including sanitizing and cleaning the plenum with out flowing vents, and returns if they need to be cleaned as well. Occasionally our customers also choose to have Ultra Violet lights installed inside their system in order to kill any future spores and to help prevent regrowth. Ultra violet lights do eventually burn out and if you choose to use these lights as a preventative, you must replace them periodically.

When the technician arrives he should do a thorough walk through and inspect the plenum box

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Removing vent covers is one way the technician can visually inspect and demonstrate the cleaning and mildew removal.

where all of the ducts are attached as well as taking off the vent covers and inspecting inside the air ducts. You should be able to see what the technician sees and a qualified technician will be able to give you a firm quote on how much it will cost and how long it will take to clean your air ducts.

So don’t get taken to the cleaners and don’t get in a panic over your dirty vents and air ducts. If you are not comfortable with a company don’t be bullied. It’s ok to get a second opinion and to have the technicians show you the issues and explain to you how they are going to solve them. Our technicians are courteous and we value your time. Feel free to call and ask about our air duct cleaning service in Houston, TX  today! 832-512-5719

Dust Mites and Allergens

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We’ve all seen this guy before, Dermatophagoides farinae Hughes, the infamous and terrifying dust mite. He lives anywhere that there is organic matter for him to feed on. Organic matter can be dead skin we slough off during the day. (People shed about a pound of skin a year.) Let’s see, there’s also pet dander if you just so happen to have pets. Hair that is shed is also organic matter that dust mites could feed on.

Dust mite allergies

Dust mites thrive on our dead skin and pet dander.

Apparently the mites like to target matter that has been predigested by fungi. Yes, there is a fungus among us! Fungus and bacteria find the skin and other particles we leave behind and begin to break that matter down. This predigested matter is much easier for mites to eat and this is what they target.

What is the harm or danger of living with dust mites?

Dust mites don’t bite us or suck our blood. (That’s the good news!) Dust mites do produce waste and can multiply to billions. Dust mite poo, (yes, poo) when produced in overwhelming amounts in closed spaces can tax our immune systems. Some, more than others, have sensitivities to these allergens. A little immune response is good, and we want our immune systems to be in good shape to fight off illness and infection. Too much immune response can be a bad thing and excessive inflammation can lead to asthma, hives, severe itching, sneezing, and sinus problems.

The average life cycle for a male house dust mite is 10 to 19 days. A mated female house dust mite can last up to 70 days, laying 60 to 100 eggs in the last 5 weeks of her life. In a 10-week life span, a house dust mite will produce approximately 2,000 fecal particles and an even larger number of partially digested enzyme-covered dust particles  

So the good news is that they don’t bite and are relatively harmless, but the bad news is that they multiply like crazy and can be a source of allergic flare ups and allergic reactions.[pullquote-left] How can we keep their numbers down and keep the amount of dust mite carcasses and feces to a minimum?[/pullquote-left]  First off, we can target and clean the places where most of the dust mites are going to be living in our homes. The favorite living spaces of dust mites include

 

  • Carpets
  • Upholstery
  • Mattresses
  • Pillows
  • Bedding
  • Rugs
  • Dirty Laundry

Anywhere we leave stuff for dust mites to eat, they will find and set up shop. Regular washing of bedding and pillows in hot water with detergent and thoroughly drying on high heat is one way to cut down on the dust mite population. Steam cleaning mattresses, carpet and upholstery is another. When vacuuming make sure to use a hepa filter or some other kind of filter that will capture microscopic particles. Most standard filters are not able to keep dust mites trapped inside and you just end up blowing the dust and mites all over your home. Regular cleaning and airing out of our living space is one of the best measures to help control mite population. Keeping the humidity down inside your home also helps to keep the environment less than favorable for dust mite procreation. Apparently dust mites like damp humid spaces, and living in Houston, TX it is difficult to keep the humidity down. One way to decrease the humidity in your home is to run your air conditioner. Houston is the most air conditioned city in the U.S. so most everyone has and uses their A/C.

Some professionals in the air duct cleaning industry state that there are dust mites living in your A/C air ducts and this can lead to allergic reactions and respiratory issues. However; there is debate about whether or not mites actually do live in your air ducts because there may not be enough organic material for the mites to feed on. Theoretically it could be possible for dust mites to set up shop in your air ducts if there was a food source and conditions were conducive to dust mite breeding. In any case there are lots of other reasons to clean out your air ducts because of bioaerosols that can contaminate your ducts and cause adverse reactions like sneezing, itching, coughs, and the like. (But that’s a story for a different post!)

So clean your bedding, mattresses, clothes, carpets, and upholstery on a regular basis and keep your home cool and the humidity down. We may not be able to rid ourselves of all the dust mites but we can certainly keep their numbers down and keep our allergies from making us miserable! Give us a call today and have your furniture and carpets professionally cleaned. Professional steam cleaning not only kills the mites but also viruses and bacteria that can live in your upholstery and carpets.

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Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_dust_mite

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/dust-allergies

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/fcs/mold.html

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Does Air Duct Cleaning Make My A/C More Efficient

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The short answer is NO! The long answer needs a little longer explanation. Cleaning your air ducts does have merit and can do a lot of positive things for you and your home; however, unless you have a large obstruction that is blocking your ducts and obstructing air flow, cleaning your ducts will not make your A/C more efficient.

Many times we clean air ducts that are very dirty and the inside of the ducts are lined with mildew, fungus, and dust. These allergens are irritating and can cause allergy flare ups when breathed in. This is especially true when the mildew, dust, and other irritants are blown out into a home that is sealed up and does not have outside air coming in or going out from any other source other than the duct system.

Our customers report improvements in their allergies and other respiratory issues like asthma after having their ducts cleaned. This would be the major reason that people call to have their air ducts inspected and cleaned. Efficiency would be at the A/C maintenance end of the process and not at the duct cleaning end. So if you would like to have your ducts cleaned because you see or smell mildew, or you can visibly see dust blowing out of the vents then please do call us. If you are interested in making your A/C run more efficiently then we recommend that you call your local certified Heating and Cooling professional and have your unit serviced.

Click here to read a government publication on air duct cleaning in your home.

It is very easy to do an in home inspection of your ducts. Just take your air vent covers off and look inside. If you can visibly see dirt, dust, mildew, and other gunk on the inside of your ducts, then you probably should give us call. You can also go into your attic and inspect the plenum box that connects all of your air duct system. If you can visibly see contamination then you should definitely call. Our technicians are communicative and we give a firm price once we have inspected your system. Taking care of your home shouldn’t have to be stressful and C&E Carpets and Vents wants to be your air duct cleaning professionals! We are located inside the loop of Houston, TX and service the entire Houston area including The Woodlands, Katy, Bellaire, Pasadena, The Heights, Cypress, Copperfield, League City, Galveston, Texas City, Clear Lake and Spring!

 Call Today! 832-512-5719

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Clogged Dryer Vents..”Hype” or “Hazard?”

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[pullquote-left] Of course those in the industry are going to recommend regular cleanings, but does your dryer really need it? [/pullquote-left] We all have been a victim of marketing hype at some point in our lives. Even if it was only when we were children and didn’t really know any better. Now that we are adults we realize that not everything we see and hear is the absolute truth. Where does dryer vent cleaning fall on the hype to hazard scale? The truth is, that when it comes to maintaining your dryer vent, regular cleanings are not hype but instead are necessary to keep your home safe and your dryer in good working order.

[hr] Don’t wait to clean your dryer vent. Regular cleanings and maintenance should be a part of your regimen for home safety and care. Click here to get your free copy of the United States Fire Association’s  publication for clothes dryer safety.

Click here for a government published list of dos and don’ts for clothes dryer safety.

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