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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

How to Deal With a Burst Pipe

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When it comes to your home’s plumbing system, even a small burst can result in big damage. Several conditions may lead to a burst pipe, but the most common cause is cold weather. When the temperature drops too low, the water inside your pipes can freeze. This causes the water to expand, putting an immense amount of pressure on the inside of your pipes, eventually leading to a burst.

If a pipe bursts in your home, taking the right steps could be the difference between minor damages and major disaster. Here is what you should do if your pipe bursts, according to the water damage restoration experts at GreenPro Cleaning:

  1. Turn off the water supply. The faster you can switch off your main water supply valve, the less damage you will incur.

  1. Protect valuable possessions. After you disconnect your water supply, act quickly to protect your possessions. Move sensitive electronics, important paperwork, and other valuables as far away from the water as possible.

  1. Drain your plumbing system. Turn on all your cold taps and flush your toilets. This helps drain preexisting water in your plumbing system.

  1. Remove water. Use buckets, mops, and towels to remove excess water. The quicker the water is removed, the less damage it will cause.

  1. Locate and repair the source of the leak. You may need to contact a professional plumber to ensure the leak is fixed for good.

  1. Dry, repair, or replace damaged goods. Damp building materials may need to be replaced in order to prevent mold; which is dangerous for your health and home.

Sometimes, a burst pipe can be too much to handle alone. Luckily for Long Island homeowners, GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration is just a phone call away! For all of your Nassau and Suffolk County water damage restoration needs, just give us a call at (631) 940-8100.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

6 Tips to Healthy Indoor Air this Winter


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Winter is here, which means most of us will be spending more time indoors. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it can be dangerous for your health if your home suffers from indoor air pollution. Use these six tips from GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration to keep your home’s air clean and healthy this winter:

  1. Leave your shoes at the door. During the winter months, the ground is covered with rock salt and synthetic de-icers. You don’t want to drag these chemicals throughout your home, so enforce a strict no-shoes policy for your family and friends.

  1. Keep a healthy humidity level. Many people use humidifiers during this time of the year to combat dry air. While this is all right, you don’t want your humidity level to exceed 50% -- otherwise, you could be promoting dust mites and mold growth.

  1. Don’t smoke indoors. You may not want to venture out into the cold to smoke your cigarette, but you shouldn’t smoke in your home. The toxins and harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke can stick to your walls and furniture, continuing to affect your health long after the cigarette has been put out.

  1. Ditch the commercial air fresheners. Most store-bought air fresheners emit harmful particles known as phthalates. Stay safe and keep your home smelling good with one of these homemade air fresheners instead.

  1. Stock up on house plants. Houseplants are for more than just looks, certain types can actually act as a natural air filter. According to NASA, the peace lily, English ivy, and chrysanthemum are the best at removing harmful particles from the air.

  1. Have your air ducts professionally cleaned. Air ducts are a common hiding spot for dust, pollen, pet dander, mold, and more. Once these allergens are in your air ducts, they can circulate throughout your entire house.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional air duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island, New York. If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, contact us online for a free estimate, or call (631) 940-8100.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Is Poor Indoor Air Quality in Your Office Affecting Your Work Productivity?

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When you think of air pollution, you most likely picture thick smog that tends to hang in the air in heavily industrialized areas. But in reality, indoor air pollution is typically much higher and worse than outdoor pollution.

When buildings circulate air, they often do not replace enough indoor air with clean outdoor air, which can lead to a buildup of harmful contaminants. Many textiles, building materials, and cleaning solutions contain what are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can cause health problems ranging from allergies and headaches to nervous damage and dermatitis.

In addition to health issues, these pollutants can also affect your work productivity. OSHA estimates that companies cost themselves $15 billion in reduced efficiency and sick leave due to poor air quality. Employers are focused on maximizing productivity, so they often encourage their employees to eat right and exercise, but do very little to improve the quality of air in the office.

According to research done by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, employers can improve workforce performance by up to 10% by simply improving air quality. Some ways to do this include:
  • Clean up spills ASAP to reduce the chances mold and mildew growth.
  • Forgo air fresheners. They release VOCs into the air and mask odors that can indicate a mold problem.
  • Maintain your HVAC and other building systems and change the air filters regularly.
  • Don’t use pesticides to manage pests.
  • If you can, use building materials and textiles that are eco-friendly and contain little-to-no amount of VOCs.

While employee workout classes and healthy eating might help, if you’re really looking to increase office productivity, start by improving your indoor air quality. If you own a business on Long Island, GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration can help. Visit our website to learn about our air duct cleaning services, or give us a call at (631) 940-8100.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Why Mold in Your Home is a Problem


Mold is a toxic fungus that can grow virtually anywhere moisture is present. Experts estimate that there are more than 100,000 different types of mold, but they all have one thing in common: you don’t want to find any of them growing in your home.

Mold is bad for your health.

Mold spreads by reproducing tiny, microscopic spores. When found in high quantities, these spores can have adverse effects on our health, including allergic reactions. Since these spores are so small, they can even be inhaled, leading to upper respiratory infections. A person’s reaction to mold depends on many factors, such as their sensitivity, the amount of mold present, length of exposure, and the type of mold. Common side effects of mold include:
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny nose
  • Itchy eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Asthma attacks
  • Respiratory infections (in severe cases)


Mold is bad for your home.

Mold isn’t just bad for your health, it is bad for your home too. Molds digest organic material, eventually destroying it before spreading onto bigger and better surfaces. The organic material that mold feeds on can be found all over your home, including in your ceiling tiles, carpets, drywall, insulation, and wood surfaces. Mold can not only cause permanent, irreversible damage to these surfaces, it can weaken your home and make it dangerous to live in. Mold left to fester in your ceilings, crawl space, or support beams can cause the wood to rot and weaken, thus compromising the structural integrity of your home.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional mold removal services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us for a free quote at (631) 940-8100.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Unknown Dangers in Your Home

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Your home is supposed to be a sanctuary; a safe spot for you and your family to eat, sleep, and live. Unfortunately, your home might not be as safe as you think it is – especially with these hidden dangers lurking around...

Mold

Mold is a toxic fungus that can wreak havoc on your home and your health. Mold can grow virtually anywhere moisture is present, which makes it a common resident of damp basements, attics, bathrooms, and appliances. Mold produces spores which can cause sneezing, coughing, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and respiratory infections. It can even compromise the structural integrity of your home by eating away at wood surfaces.

Air Ducts

Air ducts are an afterthought for most homeowners, but they could be harboring all kinds of contaminants such as mold, dust, pollen, and pet dander. Once these particles are in your air ducts, they can circulate throughout your entire home, causing allergic reactions and making your life miserable.

Clothes Dryer

The clothes dryer is a staple in the modern household, however it does pose a significant fire risk. In fact, clothes dryers are responsible for more than 15,000 house fires every year. The most common cause of dryer fires is failure to clean the lint screen and exhaust vent. This leads to an accumulation of lint which can easily catch fire and spread.

Poor Air Quality

Indoor air pollution sounds like a fictitious problem, but the danger is real. The EPA estimates that more than 90% of North American homes suffer from at least one air quality problem. Indoor air pollution has been linked to life-threatening diseases such as lung cancer.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers speciality cleaning services that can help remove these hidden risks from your home. If you live on Long Island, call us at (631) 940-8100 to learn about our mold removal, air duct cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning services.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Is it Time to Clean Your Dryer Vent?


When was the last time you had your dryer exhaust vent professionally cleaned? A clear exhaust vent can reduce risk of fire, improve your appliance's energy efficiency, and prevent breakdowns. Here are a few signs that you could be overdue for a cleaning...
  • Your clothes are taking longer to dry. Are normal loads of laundry suddenly taking two, or even three cycles before they become completely dry? A clogged exhaust vent could be limiting your appliance's ability to perform at full capacity.
  • Your dryer is excessively hot. It's normal for your dryer to become a little warm while in use, but excessive heat is cause for concern. “Excessive heat” can be defined as the dryer feeling hot to the touch, or releasing enough heat to warm up your entire laundry room.
  • Lint is accumulating around the dryer vent. Take a look at the back of the dryer, where the exhaust vent connects to the appliance. Is it clean, or is there a build up of lint beginning to accumulate? If there is lint collecting outside of the exhaust vent, the inside is likely much, much worse.
  • It's been more than a year since your last cleaning. Experts recommend that the average homeowner clean their dryer exhaust vent at least once every year. If you have a large family, or do a lot of laundry, you may need to clean yours as often as every six months.
Is your dryer exhibiting any of these signs? Contact the professionals GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration! We offer dryer vent cleaning services to homes all across Long Island. If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, call us to schedule an appointment at (631) 940-8100.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

3 Crawl Space Moisture Mistakes to Avoid


As a homeowner, the last thing you want in your crawl space is too much moisture. Whether in the form of water or vapor, excess moisture can lead to mold, structural damage, indoor air pollution, pest infestations, and other costly problems.

Here are some common mistakes you should avoid if you want to keep your crawl space clean, dry, and problem-free.

Not installing a water vapor barrier.

The ground is a huge natural source of water, and some of this moisture can evaporate straight into your crawl space. In areas where the water table is only slightly below ground level, as much as 12 gallons of water per day can evaporate. A vapor barrier is a thin sheet of polyethylene installed on the ground in your crawl space. When properly installed, these barriers can keep water in the ground and out of your home.

Venting appliances to the crawl space.

Appliances (such as your clothes dryer or home heating system) should always be vented directly to the outside, but many homeowners make the critical mistake of venting into their crawl space. This is a big problem for two reasons. First, the air that is vented is usually warm and humid, thus bringing more moisture into your crawl space. Second, and more importantly, these appliances may be producing carbon monoxide; a poisonous gas you want as far away from your home as possible.

Gutters and downspouts too close to the house.

Your gutter system isn't just for looks, it is an important component that helps protect your home from water damage. If your gutters are clogged, water could be pouring over the edge of your roof, dumping next to your foundation and seeping into your crawl space. Make sure your gutters are cleaned at least twice per year, and your downspouts are directing water far enough away from your home.

Has too much moisture led to problems in your crawl space? Contact Long Island's crawl space cleaning experts at GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us today for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Monday, October 31, 2016

How to Prepare Your Heating System for Winter


Winter is coming – is your heating system ready?

Chances are, most of us haven't used our furnaces since early spring; nearly six months ago. Soon, we will be relying on them to keep our homes warm around-the-clock. This is the equivalent of asking someone who hasn't worked out in half a year to run a marathon.

Here are a few tips you can follow to knock the rust off of your heating system and prepare it for the long winter season ahead:
  • Change your air filters. Dirty air filters can compromise indoor air quality, increase energy consumption, and lead to breakdowns. In fact, it is estimated that 8 out of every 10 furnace repairs are caused by a dirty filter. For best results, clean or replace your filter at the start of heating season and every month thereafter.
  • Schedule a professional tune up. During a professional tune up, a licensed technician will clean the various components of your heating system and inspect them for signs of potential failure. This doesn't just help prevent future breakdowns, it can also lower your energy bills. In fact, many furnace manufacturers will void their warranty if your unit is not professionally serviced at least once per year.
  • Have your air ducts cleaned. The air ducts in your home tend to collect dust, dirt, and other debris during the summer months. These allergens are dispersed into the air when you fire up your furnace for the first time of the season. Not only that, but dirty air ducts limit air flow and can hinder your furnace's ability to heat your home. Hiring a professional duct cleaning service is the only way to effectively remove these contaminants.
GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional air duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, give us a call at (631) 940-8100 to get started with a free estimate.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Four Common Allergens During the Fall Months


If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may think the worst is behind you. It's not. Even though spring and summer months get a bad reputation for allergies, the fall can be just as grueling. Here are four common allergens to keep your eyes out for this season.
  • Ragweed. Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger during this time of year, with peak season lasting from late summer to mid-autumn. More than 75% of people allergic to spring plants are also allergic to ragweed. Just one ragweed plant can produce more than 1 billion pollen grains per season, and they can travel up to 400 miles in the wind.
  • Mold. Mold can grow inside all year long, but it thrives outdoors during the fall months. Since mold is usually found in cool, damp environments, piles of wet leaves provide an ideal breeding ground. Mold produces tiny, microscopic spores which are easily inhaled and can cause a variety of allergic reactions.
  • Dust Mites. Did you know that the average three-bedroom home produces more than 40 pounds of dust per year? Much of this dust collects in your HVAC ducts, and can be stirred into the air the first time you turn on your furnace in the fall.
  • Pet Dander. Cats, dogs, and virtually all other pets produce dander – small flakes of dead skin that are known to cause allergic reactions. It is estimated that up to 40% of people with seasonal allergies also suffer from pet allergies. Wash and groom your pets regularly to minimize your risk of an allergic reaction, and keep them away from your bed and air vents.
All of these allergens (and more) could be present inside of your home right now, hiding in your air ducts. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, a professional air duct cleaning can remove these contaminants and alleviate your symptoms.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers comprehensive air duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau or Suffolk County, call us today for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What's the Smell Coming From My Air Ducts?


If your home has central air conditioning or a forced-air heating system, it relies on a series of ducts and vents to distribute air throughout your home. Sometimes, these ducts can give off a less-than-pleasant odor. If your air ducts are emitting an odd smell, here are some potential reasons why:
  • Dusty smell. The average three-bedroom home generates more than 40 pounds of dust per year, much of which collects in your air ducts. It is common for your  vents to circulate this dust throughout your house, especially the first few times you use your heating or cooling system each season. 
  • Moldy smell. Your air ducts are also a popular hiding spot for mold and mildew, which spreads by reproducing microscopic spores. These spores don't just give off an unpleasant odor, they can also trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
  • Burning smell. If it smells like something is burning or melting, it's possible that one of the components inside your HVAC system is overheating. This can happen to heating or cooling systems – turn yours off and call a local repair service if you notice a burning smell coming from your ducts.
  • Rancid smell. If the smell coming out of your air ducts falls under the “rancid” category, it's possible that you may be dealing with dead animals. Rats and mice can get trapped inside of your HVAC ducts, and their carcasses don't smell very good at all.

Are the air ducts in your home giving off an unpleasant scent? Consider having them professionally cleaned. Using a powerful truck-mounted vacuum and rotary brush, an air duct cleaning service can effectively remove all of the contaminants from your ductwork and leave your home feeling fresh. If you live on Long Island, call GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Why You Should Test Your Home's Indoor Air Quality


When was the last time you had your home's air quality tested? If it's been a while (or never), you should have it done as soon as possible. Here are three reasons why...

Winter is approaching.

What does the upcoming cold season have to do with your indoor air quality? For one, owners will be sealing air leaks around their home in an effort to prevent heat loss. While this does help keep your home warmer, it also prevents pollutants from escaping to the outside, leading to higher concentrations of contaminants in your home. The cold weather also means we will be using our heating equipment, which can emit harmful gases. Combine this with the fact that we will be spending more time indoors, and it is clear to see why the winter season is the most important in terms of maintaining indoor air quality.

There could be harmful pollutants that you are not aware of.

There are many sources of indoor air pollution in most of our homes. Most of these sources disguise themselves as everyday goods that we think are completely safe. Products such as cleaning agents, air fresheners, candles, pesticides, and carpets could all be filling your home with dangerous toxins.

Indoor air pollution can have devastating health effects.

If you think indoor air pollution is no big deal, think again. In the short-term, exposure to indoor air pollution can cause allergic-like reactions, such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, headaches, fatigue, and nausea. But the long-term health effects it can have are much, much worse. Indoor air pollution has been linked to health problems such as lung cancer, heart disease, respiratory infections, and more.

If you live on Long Island, trust the indoor air quality experts at GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration to leave your home as clean and healthy as possible. We offer a variety of non-toxic cleaning services that are 100% safe for the environment and your family. Visit our website to learn more, or call us for a free quote at (631) 940-8100.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips


With the weather starting to cool off around Long Island, we at GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration would like to take the time to remind everyone about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that is fatal in high doses. Since it is colorless and odorless, it is undetectable by humans, which is why many people call it “the silent killer”. Carbon monoxide poisoning rates tend to spike in the colder months because most home heating equipment emits it as it operates, and we tend to spend more hours indoors.

With that said, here are a few safety tips to help keep you and your family safe this season:
  • Test the alarms in your home. Since carbon monoxide is impossible to detect on our own, we have to use the help of electronic sensors. Take five minutes to test the detectors in your home and replace the batteries. If you don't have sensors, make installing some a priority.
  • Have your heating equipment inspected. Furnaces and fireplaces both produce carbon monoxide as they generate heat. Usually, this gas is safely released to the outside, but even a small block in the vent could prove to be deadly. Have your systems professionally inspected each year to make sure everything is operating efficiently and safely.
  • Clear your car tailpipe. Believe it or not, you are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning when you drive your car. Vehicles produce carbon monoxide and release it through the tailpipe. However, if your tailpipe is blocked with snow or slush, the gas could release to the inside of the car. Make sure your tailpipe is completely clear before starting your car in winter conditions.

GreenProCleaning & Restoration offers air duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. Visit our website to learn how we can improve the air quality in your home, or give us a call at (631) 940-8100.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How to Maintain Your Air Duct System


The air ducts in your home are a common hiding spot for pollutants such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold. The only way to effectively remove these contaminants is with the help of a professional ductcleaning service.

Most experts recommend having your air ducts cleaned every 3-5 years, but there are some actions you can take to keep them as clean as possible in between cleanings and minimize household pollution...

Change Your Air Filters

When was the last time you changed the filter on your air conditioner or furnace? Dirty filters allow dust and debris to infiltrate your HVAC system, increasing energy consumption and wear-and-tear. Clean or replace your air filters every 1-2 months in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.

Dust Regularly

The average three-bedroom home generates more than 40 pounds of dust per year – much of which can wind up in your HVAC ducts. Limit this dust pollution by dusting your home once per week. Make sure you are using a microfiber cloth, as traditional feather dusters kick dust into the air rather than collecting it.

Maintain Your HVAC System

The air ducts aren't the only component of your HVAC system which should be cleaned. The coils and motor blower can accumulate dust, which forces your system to work harder. The drip pan should also be cleaned too. If water is left standing in the drip pan for too long, mold can begin to grow.

When it comes time to clean your air ducts, look no further than GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration to get the job done. We offer professional duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us today for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Monday, October 3, 2016

How to Find a Qualified Air Duct Cleaning Company


A professional air duct cleaning can improve the performance of your HVAC system and promote better air quality – if you choose the right company. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Since the air duct cleaning industry is relatively new, some companies prey on uninformed homeowners; charging them hundreds of dollars and performing little-to-no real work.

Use these tips from GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration to find a qualified duct cleaning service and avoid falling victim to a scam.

Use online resources.

You can find anything on the internet – including a reputable duct cleaning contractor. There are plenty of online resources and review sites that can help you find a quality company in your area. Some websites to check out include Merchant Circle, Home Advisor, and the Better Business Bureau.

Ask questions.

Don't be afraid to ask potential companies questions about their service. This will help you make sure they are knowledgeable about their work, and will also give you a better understanding of what you are spending your money on. Good questions to ask include:
  • Are you properly licensed and insured?
  • Why do air ducts need cleaning?
  • Can you explain your duct cleaning process to me?
  • Do you use environmentally safe cleaning products?

Look at their portfolio.

Any good home contractor will have a portfolio of their work readily available to anyone who asks. This is especially important with duct cleaning contractors because the inside of your air ducts aren't easily viewable without special equipment.

If you live on Long Island, look no further than GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration for all of your air duct cleaning needs. Visit our website for more information, or give us a call at (631) 940-8100 for a free estimate.

Friday, September 30, 2016

How Does Mold Grow Inside of Air Ducts?


Mold isn't just unsightly – it's unhealthy. This toxic fungus spreads by reproducing microscopic spores. Exposure to these spores can result in allergic reactions, such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, headaches, nausea, and irritation of the eyes and throat. In severe cases, mold may trigger asthma attacks or lead to respiratory infections.

The worst part about mold is that it can grow virtually anywhere: indoors or out. In fact, you likely have some growing inside of your home right now. Believe it or not, one of the most common hiding spots for mold is inside of your air ducts.

Mold needs four things in order to grow and thrive: food, moisture, oxygen, and suitable temperatures. Mold loves air ducts because they provide all of these things in abundance...
  • Food. Food for mold is very different than food for humans. Mold feeds on organic matter, such as dust, which can be found in high quantities inside of air ducts.
  • Moisture. Moisture is commonly found in air ducts in the form of high humidity or condensation.
  • Suitable temperatures. Mold can grow in temperatures ranging from 32-120° Fahrenheit, but the 70-90° range is most conducive to growth.
  • Oxygen. Oxygen is found virtually everywhere on earth, and your air ducts are no exception.
Once mold is in your air ducts, its spores can use them as a transportation system to circulate throughout your entire home. With the known health risks of mold, this is something you want to avoid at all costs. If you fear mold might be growing in your air ducts, schedule a professional duct cleaning.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us today for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

6 Easy Ways to Save Energy This Fall


Use these six energy-saving tips from GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration to keep warm this season without breaking the bank...

1. Invest in a programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat allows you to preset your desired home temperature for different times of the day and days of the week. This can save you money by automatically using less energy when the house is empty or everyone is asleep.

2. Switch your ceiling fan direction.

Did you know the direction in which your ceiling fan rotates can influence the air flow of the room? During the colder months, set the blades to rotate clockwise. This will push warm air that has gathered near the ceiling back down into the room.

3. Tune up your heating system.

Scheduling a tune up for your heating system each year isn't just a good idea; many HVAC manufacturers actually require it. A professional tune up can help reduce energy consumption, prevent breakdowns, and extend the lifespan of your equipment.

4. Upgrade your home's insulation.

Improving your insulation can reduce the amount of warm air that escapes from your home, thus saving you money. This could be as simple as sealing air leaks with weatherstripping, or using draft guards on your doors and windows.

5. Change your air filters.

Your furnace has an air filter that needs to be cleaned or replaced on a regular basis. Dirty filters allow dust and dirt to enter your heating system, resulting in increased wear-and-tear and energy consumption.

6. Have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

If you have never cleaned your air ducts, chances are good they are coated in a thick layer of dust and dirt. This accumulation of debris limits air flow, and makes your furnace work harder to heat your home. Not to mention the negative impact it can have on your indoor air quality.

GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration offers professional air duct cleaning services to homes and businesses across Long Island. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us today for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Professional Air Duct Cleaning


Because it is a relatively new industry and there isn't a ton of information available, air duct cleaning is a hotly-debated topic. Luckily, GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration is here to shed some light on the topic. Here is a list of air duct cleaning pros and cons from the people who know it better than anyone else:

Pros:
  • Removal of allergens and dust. Did you know the average three-bedroom home generates more than 40 pounds of dust per year? Much of this dust – along with pet dander, pollen, and even mold – could be hiding in your air ducts.
  • Better HVAC system performance. Removing the built-up debris from the inside of your air ducts can have a significant impact on your HVAC system. Clean air ducts allow for better air flow, improved energy-efficiency, and reduced wear-and-tear.
  • Improved air quality. The air in your home can be more polluted than outdoor air, and the contaminants in your air ducts play a key role in that. Indoor air pollution has been linked to lung cancer, heart disease, and COPD.

Cons:

  • Cost. It is impossible to effectively clean your air ducts on your own, so you will have to hire a professional service.
  • Difficult to find a reputable contractor. Unfortunately, there are many con artists out there posing as air duct cleaners. Be cautious of any company advertising unreasonably low rates, such as $99 for a full air duct cleaning.
  • Some companies may use harmful chemicals. Some companies use cleaning agents that do more harm than good. Luckily, GreenPro Cleaning isn't one of them. All of our products and procedures are 100% eco-friendly.

Overall, the benefits of air duct cleaning significantly outweigh the downsides – especially when you use the right company. Residents of Long Island can rest assured knowing that GreenPro Cleaning &Restoration will provide a quality air duct cleaning at an affordable rate. If you live in Nassau County or Suffolk County, call us for a free estimate at (631) 940-8100.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How to Prepare Your Home for Fall


Labor Day has come and gone, the NFL season kicks off this week, and your favorite coffee spot is now serving pumpkin-spiced lattes; three sure signs that fall is all but here. Here are a few things you can do around the home to prepare for the change of seasons.

Tune Up Your Heating System.

You haven't turned on your heating system in nearly six months, you want to make sure it is ready when you need it. The best way to ensure your heating system operates at full capacity is by having it tuned up before the cold weather hits. In fact, some manufacturers will even void their warranty if your furnace isn't professionally serviced every year.

Clean Out Your Gutters.

They call the season “fall” for a reason (hint: it's the leaves). After the leaves fall from your trees, you want to make sure they aren't clogging up your gutters. Clogged gutters can't sufficiently drain rainwater and melting snow, which can lead to problems such as ceiling leaks, basement flooding, ice dams, mold, and water damage.

Maintain Your Washer and Dryer.

Washers and dryers can both present their own set of problems if they are not properly maintained. Inspect the hoses on your washing machine to make sure they aren't damaged or frayed; you don't want to have to deal with a burst pipe. Dryers, on the other hand, can present a fire hazard if the exhaust vent isn't cleaned at least once per year.

Have Your Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned.

Your furnace will soon be pushing hot air through your ducts, but if they aren't clean, hot air is not the only thing that will be circulating throughout your home. Allergens such as dust, pollen, pet dander, and mold can commonly be found in air ducts, which is why experts recommend having yours professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.

If you live on Long Island, trust GreenPro Cleaning & Restoration to help get your home ready for the cold season. We offer professional air duct cleaning and dryer vent cleaning to homes in Nassau and Suffolk County, as well as water damage restoration if something goes wrong. Give us a call today to schedule your service at (631) 940-8100.