August 07, 2018 DKI, North America’s largest disaster restoration contracting organization, announced that Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. of Bangor, ME has renewed it’s membership. In order to renew, Bouchard has to continually meet DKI’s membership requirements of providing proper licenses, insurance minimums, certifications, background checks, and other DKI qualifications. This partnership allows Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. to utilize resources, programs, equipment and national support from DKI’s network. Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. has been a member of DKI since 2007.
Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. DKI is proud to announce that we were voted Best Cleaning & Restoration and Best Cleaning Company for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. We couldn’t do this without the hard work of our dedicated employees and the support of our amazing customers, friends and family. Thank you for another fantastic year!
Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. DKI is proud to support our agents and adjusters through support and sponsorship of various events. This event was the Annual Young Agents Association Golf Tournament. Some other events you may see us at include…
- Winter Special Olympics volunteering with the Young Agents Association
- Maine State Council weekend and All Industry Nights with the International Association of Insurance Professionals
- Annual Auction & Fundraiser for the Greater Bangor Association of Realtors
- Annual Fundraising Gala for YMCA
- Annual Charity event for Bangor Breakfast Kiwanis
- DKI Insights Training & Networking Event
- DKI Annual Chapter meeting Training & Networking Event
- Maine Insurance Agents Association Annual Conference
How can we help you and your clients?
We have made some very important purchases for equipment that will be instrumental in helping our clients recover quickly after a disaster such as fire or water.
Dry difficult areas
Injection drying is an alternative option which complements the traditional systems that can be used to accelerate the drying process. This is achieved by introducing a flow of dry air directly into wet cavities behind walls, floors, ceilings or any other areas where moisture is trapped and inaccessible.
During Injection Drying, holes are drilled to enable pipes to target dry air into wet cavities, collecting moisture & venting it out of the area, then dry air is forced down into this same area via a hose system connected to pre drilled holes. IE: Hard wood flooring
Dragon Mobile Furnace 3600
When there is a devastating fire, chances are that the power to the home or business has been cut for safety reasons until repaired. To restore a unit properly, heat is needed to open the pours of the structure. The Dragon furnace provides clean heat. The clean, dry heat from the Dragon helps reduce drying times while maintaining stable and comfortable temperatures. The Dragon is ideal for a wide range of applications, including:
- Heat-and-air exchange drying for water damage restoration
- Greenhouse heating and other agricultural uses
- Event shelters or emergency heat source
Rotobrush Duct Cleaning Equipment
Clean air ducts are the foundation for good indoor air quality. Homeowners and business owners want to breathe clean indoor air for themselves, their guests, employees, and customers. Over several years, air ducts can also become contaminated with mold, fungi, and bacteria, as well as dust. Routine HVAC doesn’t remove them. Proper removal with equipment like Rotobrush’s air duct cleaning machines and systems is one way to improve indoor air quality. This system includes a camera for a thorough inspection of your system and a fogging system to disinfect your entire system.
Hydroxyls (HO•) are naturally occurring molecules. They are created in our atmosphere when the sun’s ultraviolet rays react with water vapor in the air. Hydroxyls are an important agent that scrub and cleanse our planet’s environment. However, hydroxyls do not occur indoors, so these machines were developed to safely generate molecules that naturally “seek and destroy” odor molecules, bacteria, viruses, VOCs, and other chemicals. Hydroxyls actually neutralize odor molecules and gasses by breaking down their chemical bonds. This can be done with even some of the most difficult molecules, such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and ammonia (NH3).
The right equipment
The human equation
Having the right equipment is just a piece of the puzzle. Bouchard Cleaning & Restoration, Inc. DKI has been very fortunate to hire several trained technicians for our Water, Carpet, Flooring, Cleaning, Mold and Construction divisions. This expansion has allowed us to grow and serve our community in so many ways.
September brings cool, crisp air and beautiful foliage. September is also Disaster Preparedness month.
What can you do to minimize loss and be more prepared?
- Make a disaster supplies kit.
- Get insured! Having insurance on your car, home, apartment and business will minimize the loss you face in a disaster situation. Insurance offers you piece of mind and the ability to recover more quickly after a disaster.
Do not wait until last minute to attempt to prepare an emergency kit. When a disaster hits, you may not have the time or ability to obtain the supplies you will need to get through the situation comfortably.
What you need in your emergency kit:
- water- one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
- food- at least a three day supply of non-perishable food for you and your pets
- battery powered radio or hand crank radio with extra batteries
- flash light with extra batteries
- first aid kit
- whistle to signal for help
- dust masks to help filter contaminated air, plastic sheeting and duct tape to make an emergency shelter
- wet wipes, garbage bags and toilet paper
- wrench or pliers to turn off utilities ( shut off valves)
- manual can opener for food, knife (multi-use)
- local maps
- cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
- medication list for renewals and a three day supply
- medications such as Advil, Tylenol and Aspirin
- paper plates, cups, napkins, toothbrush, toothpaste, hair brush, contact lenses and solutions and feminine supplies
- extra clothes and shoes
- blankets, hats and mittens
- copies of important documents such as birth certificates, passports and Rx list
Things to remember…..
- Pets- water bowl, food and leash
- Infants- formula and diapers
- Elderly- list of prescriptions,walker, cane, dentures, glasses and hearing aids
First Aid Kit supplies should include…
- 20 adhesive bandages of various sizes
- sterile gauze pads of various sizes
- conforming roller gauze bandage
- germicidal hand wipes or waterless alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- antiseptic wipes
- CPR breathing barrier, such as a face shield
- cold pack
Expand this list as much as you want to fit any need. Advil and Tylenol are great for muscle aches and headache. Benadryl is good to help combat allergic reactions. Aspirin is the first line of defense when someone is having a heart attack. Granola bars are helpful when someone has low blood sugar. Eye drops are great for removing debris and eye discomfort.
October is time for fun! Time for football games, bonfires, carving pumpkins and trick or treating.
Trick or treating safety….
- Make sure to have a healthy dinner before leaving or plan for a dinner out together.
- Buy costumes and wigs labeled “flame resistant.”
- Wear shoes that fit well.
- Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. Glow sticks attached to their treat bags is a fun way to add some visibility.
- Be cautious with face paint—-much of it isn’t FDA-approved and could trigger allergic reactions. (Always test it first on a small patch of skin.) Remove it before bedtime to avoid skin/eye irritation.
- Never use decorative contact lenses; they can result in severe eye infections.
- DON’T let children trick-or-treat alone.
- Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
- Always walk, don’t run from house to house.
- Stay on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic. Look for cars when walking by a driveway.
- Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers.
- Children should only enter homes with a trusted adult.
- Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses.
- Never accept rides from strangers.
- Keep a first aid kit in the car in case of slips, trips and falls.
Most importantly….. HAVE FUN!
A delicious recipe to try…. My family absolutely loves these. They are easy to make and can be done in a variety of ways. The only problem… making enough to last!
Ham & Cheese Sliders
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
- In a bowl, mix together butter, brown mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and onion powder. Separate the tops from bottoms of the rolls, and place the bottom pieces into the prepared baking dish. Layer about half the ham onto the rolls. Arrange the Swiss cheese over the ham, and top with remaining ham slices in a layer. Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Pour the mustard mixture evenly over the rolls.
- Bake in the preheated oven until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted, about 20 minutes. Slice into individual rolls through the ham and cheese layers to serve.