Apartment Community Dryer Vents Dos and Don’ts

Posted Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Manage An Apartment Community? Here’s What You Need To Know About Dryer Vent Fires

Clogged dryer vents are one of the leading causes of multi-family housing fires. Lint that builds up over time makes the perfect tinder, and all it takes is a single spark to start an inferno. Even if you can’t see any build-up on the outside of the vent, lint can coat the inside of the ductwork leading from your dryer to the outside.

Your risk is especially high if a large number of residents share a limited number of dryers, or if anyone in the building is a smoker. Colder months are especially dangerous here in Michigan, due to dry conditions and cold weather driving smokers indoors.

So how do you cut down on your risk of dryer vent fires? Here are some Apartment Community Dryer Vents Dos and Don’ts:

DO have your dryers professionally installed – You don’t want to take chances on an incorrect installation. A pro will make sure things like electrical plugs, vent connections, and dryer spacing are all properly addressed.

DON’T use a dryer without a lint filter – The lint filter does a great job of catching the majority of clothes lint, and not having a filter is literally playing with fire. You’ll find your dryer ductwork will get clogged much quicker, requiring more frequent cleanings to cut down on fire risk.

DO listen to your residents – If your residents are complaining about the dryer taking a long time to dry their clothes, it could be a sign that the vent is clogged and restricting air flow. Similarly, if they report a dryer that’s running extremely hot, that’s another indicator that the vent is clogged with lint.

DON’T allow smoking – This should go without saying, but discarded cigarettes will ignite lint in seconds. Smokers are going to smoke, of course, so make sure they have a designated outdoor smoking area.

DO inspect regularly – Monthly inspections of the dryer, ductwork, and vent will help you identify risks quickly and act appropriately.

DON’T use vent screens – Wire or plastic screens on the outside vent exit will collect lint and other debris over time, plugging the vent and restricting air flow. Use open coverings on the vents instead.

DO keep your laundry rooms clean – Keep the area around your washers and dryers clean and free of anything flammable. Don’t use laundry facilities for storage, especially of flammable cleaning supplies.

DON’T use coiled-wire foil or plastic venting – Use non-ribbed, durable metal ductwork for your dryer vents.

DO have your dryer vents professionally cleaned – Every six months to 1 year, depending on usage, have a professional clean the dryer vents in all your buildings. Any more than that and you risk dangerous lint buildup. Make sure the professional you choose uses a truck-mounted vacuum system and is certified by NADCA, the National Air Duct Cleaners Association.

The simple fact is that clogged apartment community dryer vents are one of the leading causes of residential structure fires in the US. Protect your community with regular cleanings from Modernistic! Our truck-mounted vacuum system is powerful enough to handle any length vent, and our certified technicians have the know-how to handle complex venting systems. Certified by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA), Modernistic will make sure your apartment community dryer vents are thoroughly cleaned! Contact your Modernistic office to inquire about bulk discounts today.


5 Ways to Prevent Traffic Lanes in your Carpet

Posted Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Who doesn’t love a professional carpet cleaning? The fresh smell, the feel of revitalized carpet under your feet, the relief of being rid of those unsightly spots; Our customers certainly appreciate how pristine their floors look after we’re done cleaning them, and one of their most pressing questions is how to keep them that way. Here’s what we tell them.

The Problem

Have you ever used that orange soap? That industrial-grade, gritty, no-nonsense soap you usually find near a slop sink or auto shop? If you haven’t, it’s got a rough texture that scours whatever you’re cleaning. It does a great job of scrubbing dirt and soil off your hands specifically because it’s so gritty. Your carpet experiences the exact same thing when it gets dirty.

Up close under a microscope, dirt particles look a lot like broken glass. They act as an abrasive, scouring and grinding against whatever they come across. The unfortunate thing is your carpet isn’t nearly as resilient as your hands! Dirt will cut up and wear down carpet fibers, which don’t heal like human skin.

Over time, walking over dirty carpet will grind those particles into the fibers where you step, resulting in wear patterns in your traffic lanes. Not good! Once wear patterns form, that’s actual damage; all the cleaning in the world won’t fix damaged fibers!

The best thing you can do to keep your carpets looking great for years is to prevent traffic lanes from forming. Here’s how:

  1. Get the dirt off your feet – Use door mats on any door that leads outside, and make sure to use them! You can also make it a habit to take off your shoes when inside. No dirty shoes, no dirt getting into your carpet.
  2. Keep your hard floor surfaces clean – Dirt sticks to carpet, but it slides right off hard surfaces like hardwood and tile. Keep these floors clean, and you won’t have to worry about transferring soil to your carpets.
  3. Vacuum frequently – Depending on the foot traffic your floors get, you’ll want to vacuum frequently and (most importantly) regularly. High-volume businesses especially should vacuum carpeted areas daily to keep them looking their best.
  4. Have your carpets professionally cleaned – Since carpet fibers do a great job of hiding dirt, professional hot-water extraction cleaning should be scheduled regularly. Even if your floors don’t look soiled, dirt could still be hidden away, damaging carpet fibers and creating those horrible wear patterns.
  5. Apply fiber protection – After a professional cleaning, applying a fiber protector like 3M Scotchgard™ Protection will help repel dirt and stains, creating a barrier that will help keep the soil from destroying your fibers.

With these tips, you should be able to form a maintenance plan that will help keep your carpets wear-free throughout their lifetime. If you still have questions, or would like a plan from the pros, contact Modernistic for all your carpet maintenance needs!


Have You Voted???

Posted Friday, July 14th, 2017

Have you heard about Local 4’s Vote 4 The Best contest? Modernistic is honored to be nominated as Detroit’s “Best Home Cleaning Service” by Click On Detroit! If you know your favorite cleaning company and would like to see Modernistic win, please follow this link and vote for us! We’d vote for you, just sayin!

The details:

  • Voting goes from July 5 to August 13
  • You can vote once per hour in each sub category.

Once voting is over, Metro Detroiters can use the 2017 list as their go-to guide for the best of everything around town.

“We’re proud to celebrate local businesses, large and small, because they’re the backbone of our communities,” said Jamie Kaye Walters, Local 4’s Creative Services and Programming Director.

VOTE HERE!

You can see the rest of the contest rules here.

 


22 Photos that will leave you wanting more.

Posted Monday, May 22nd, 2017

When we say we’ll get it clean, we mean it! You may have to reconsider the 5-second rule after you see these 22 photos.

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The Mod Mother’s Day Giveaway 2017!

Posted Monday, May 1st, 2017

Messy Kids? They could be your ticket to FREE CARPET CLEANING!

Mod Mother’s Day Giveaway!

Got kids? Have they ever made a mess? Perfect! Turn your cleaning disaster into cleaning opportunity! Show us the worst mess they’ve ever made, and you could win free carpet cleaning! That time they covered themselves with mac and cheese? When they drew on every wall in the house? Their finger paint artwork ran amok? All perfect subject matter for getting you FREE cleaning!

Here’s how to enter:
1. Your kid makes the mess
2. You take a picture of the mess
3. You show us the mess by uploading your picture to Facebook and tagging @ModernisticCleaning (make sure “Who should see this?” is set to Public!). Or, you can share it directly to our FB page
5. The winner(s) will be announced May 12!

And that’s it! Enter the Mod Mother’s Day Giveaway today!


4 Ways Clean Air Ducts Will Help Your Business

Posted Monday, April 24th, 2017

4 Ways Clean Air Ducts Will Help Your Business

When’s the last time you thought about your business’s air ducts? It’s not like you ever see them. As they say: out of sight, out of mind. But, as you are well aware, what you don’t know CAN hurt you. Dirt, dust, dander, mildew, and even mold will accumulate in your HVAC system over time. Who wants that in the air they breathe? Eventually these contaminants start affecting the quality of your indoor air and employee health. Who wants that?

If your HVAC system has been neglected for a while, consider what all that dust and debris is doing to your business, and why you need an air duct cleaning from Modernistic. Here are 4 ways clean air ducts will help your business:

  • Healthy Employees = Productive Employees
    • Dirt, germs, and allergens love to hide out in your HVAC system. However, when your system kicks on, these contaminants get circulated around in the air, exposing your entire workforce to illness. If every employee cut down on just one sick day a year, how much productivity, time, and money would you save?
  • Put Your Best Foot Forward
    • You only get one chance at a first impression! What your customers and clients see when they walk into your building says a lot about your business. Start off on the right foot with a clean, presentable environment.
  • Cut Down on Cleaning Time
    • An office is only as clean as its air! If your cleaning crew is spending an inordinate amount of time cleaning up dust, it’s probably due to dirty ducts circulating the same particulate over and over again. Clean Ducts = Less Dust = Less Cleaning Time.
  • Clean, Breathable Air
    • The HVAC system is your office’s biggest contributor to air quality. You and your co-workers spend 8+ hours a day here, so don’t skimp on your health! Keep it clean and you’ll breathe easy.

Modernistic uses only the most powerful and state of the art equipment available in the commercial air duct cleaning industry to give the most thorough and complete cleaning possible. We work hard to give each and every customer the commercial air duct cleaning services they need at an affordable price, and all of our cleaning services are covered with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee. Call Modernistic today for your free estimate, and see why we are the leader in the commercial air duct cleaning industry. Experience for yourself how clean air ducts will help your business!


The 4 Questions You Need To Ask Before Choosing A Flood Restoration Company

Posted Thursday, April 20th, 2017

The 4 Questions You Need To Ask Before Choosing A Flood Restoration Company

This rainy Spring is prime time for flood disasters in Michigan. Rainwater runoff, rising rivers, and other weather-related calamities have wrecked havoc across the state. It pays to be prepared! Choosing a flood restoration company before you have a flood emergency will save you lots of time, a huge headache, and big $$$.

Before you decide who to trust with restoring your home from a flood, make sure you know the answer to these 4 important questions:

  1. Are they certified? Certification through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (the IICRC) is a sure sign that this company has the most up-to-date training, equipment, and expertise to handle all mitigation scenarios. Nothing is worse than paying an amateur to do a low-quality job and ending up with additional problems down the road.
  2. Do they offer a wide range of services? Are they mold remediation experts? National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA)-certified HVAC cleaners? If they’re not able to complete these basic services, they may not be adequately equipped to handle your flood emergency.
  3. Are they available 24/7? A mitigation company worth its salt will understand that response time is crucial when it comes to floods. In a damp, untreated area (such as a wet basement), mold can start growing within two days. Luckily, state-of-the-art drying equipment can, in many cases, completely dry a home in as little as 36 hours.
  4. Are they reputable? Get referrals: Ask your friends, ask your family. You want to make sure you are hiring professionals for your water emergency.

Once you find a qualified company, save their phone number in a convenient place. If you are concerned with water damage in your home, check out our 24/7 emergency restoration page for more information.


Purify Your Home’s Air in 6 Easy Steps

Posted Friday, April 7th, 2017

Purify Your Home’s Air in 6 Easy Steps

It’s spring, which means allergy season will soon be upon us. Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing; being outdoors can be a frustrating experience for an allergy sufferer! That’s why many of us, even though the weather is nicer, still prefer to stay inside during spring. Unfortunately, according to the EPA, the level of indoor pollutants can be up to 60% higher than outside air! Not cool!

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to purify your home’s air, giving you the sanctuary from allergies you need this time of year. Here’s how to help purify your home’s air and breathe easy this spring:

  1. Dust everything! Really give your home a thorough once-over with the feather duster. Try to remove as much dust as you can, rather than spreading it around. Don’t be afraid to use multiple dusters!
  2. Deep clean your upholstery and carpet. Allergens love to hide in the fibers of your carpet and the fabric of your furniture, becoming airborne as they are disturbed. Even a light vacuuming can help remove allergens on the surface. Your carpet is your home’s biggest air filter, after all! To get a deep and complete cleaning, a professional truck-mounted extraction system will give the most thorough cleaning and remove as many allergens as possible.
  3. Don’t idle your car in the garage. Your car, lawnmower, snow blower, and other motorized equipment give off carbon monoxide, which can leak into your home if left to build up in your garage. Try to run them outside only.
  4. Get your air ducts professionally cleaned. This is probably the most important step. Your HVAC system is designed to circulate air throughout your home, but any dust, dirt, or other particulate in your ductwork get blown about as well. A professional cleaning using a truck-mounted vacuum system is the best way to clean every square inch of your ductwork system.
  5. Change your furnace filter regularly. Your furnace filter is your first line of defense against airborne particulate. There’s even special allergen-specific filters you can get for even better allergy relief.
  6. Clean out your dryer vent. Gases from your dryer, if not vented properly, can build up and enter your home’s air. Get your dryer vent cleaned at least once a year to prevent lint and other debris from blocking it up.

Melting Snow Presents Danger to Houses

Posted Friday, March 17th, 2017

 

It may be hard to believe, but spring will be here soon! Sunny skies, rising temperatures, and fewer clothing layers are in your future. Unfortunately, warmer weather means melting snow, and melting snow means runoff water. Runoff water can be risky to your home’s health, since it can get in any small crack or crevice in your home’s foundation, walls, doors, or windows. The last place you want this runoff water is in your home’s basement, so follow these steps to help prevent water damage this spring:

  1. Remove snow from the immediate area around your home
  • If snow is piled up against your home’s outer walls, windows, foundation, or doors, you’ll want to remove it before it starts melting. Pay special attention to your driveway and garage, where plows may have piled up mounds of snow.
  1. Make sure your sump pump is functional
  • Your sump pump helps keep water out of your basement, and if snow melt starts to trickle in, you’ll definitely want it in working order. Also, make sure the discharge pipe is clear of obstruction and flows freely.
  1. Inspect your gutters
  • Clogged or improperly draining gutters may not be able to handle the additional snow melting from your roof. You also want to make sure your downspout leads the runoff at least 10 feet away from your home.

As if we needed another reason to dislike snow! While we may not have a huge amount of the stuff this season, the danger of water damage is still present. Any time you have snow melting brings the possibility of runoff water ruining various parts of your home. Luckily, if you follow these steps,  you can help yourself avoid a costly mitigation and dryout. For more info about home water damage, visit this page for the latest mitigation news.


Staying Dry by Sealing Your Basement

Posted Friday, January 27th, 2017

April showers bring basement floods.

It may still feel like the dead of winter now (because it is), but with Michigan’s changeable weather, you never know when a sudden thaw might leave you in an ocean of trouble. As spring approaches, we can look forward to rain and melting snow raising the water tables in our neighborhoods. Especially when you have had a water problem before, this is the time of year you might start getting anxious. You can hire a professional to waterproof your basement, but if that is out of your budget there are a few simple things that you can do on your own.

Check Gutters and Downspouts

Water that pools around your house needs somewhere to go. Unfortunately, that place is usually your basement. If you know you need new gutters, that your existing gutters need cleaning, or that you should extend your downspouts, take care of it as soon as the whether warms. That way you’ll be prepared for spring storms.

Have your sump pump serviced by a professional.

There are many things that can go wrong with your sump pump. Tethered floats, the most common kind, are known for getting stuck on the side walls of the pit, or the mechanical pressure switch can fail.  Sometimes your sump pump simply doesn’t have the capability to pump the amount of of water necessary, especially if your home is in an area with a high water table. The best way to keep everything running like it should is to have someone service your pump regularly. That way you’ll know there is a problem before your basement floods.

Seal the small vertical cracks in your foundation.

Basement walls will naturally form small vertical cracks as the house settles. This does not show a serious foundation issue. Wide horizontal cracks, on the other hand, indicate a larger problem that requires the attention of a foundation professional immediately. However, water will seep through any opening, so after the house settles seal any cracks you find. You can use DIY sealants from any hardware store, but for absolute security, hire a professional.

If you already have standing water in your basement.

Shut off any electricity that runs to this area before doing anything else. Then look for the source of the water. If it is coming from an interior leak, like a burst pipe, shut off the water to that section of pipe and call a good plumber. If it is coming from outside, your first priority is dry out the space and then address the larger drainage issues.

In either case contact Modernistic for immediate flood mitigation services. We will be there in less than two hours, any time of day or night. Our IIRC technicians can determine the cause of the flood an immediately begin removing standing water. We will also provide top quality restoration services and assign you a specialized case manager to handle the insurance claims process.

Helping Royal Oak, MI residents recover from flood damages for 40 years.