Allergy Prevention Tips

Allergy Prevention Tips

Hey everyone,

The first day of spring starts tomorrow! If you haven’t noticed the pollen by now, trust me you will in the next couple of weeks! Due to the longer season of spring-like weather this year, we are likely to have a higher pollen index: which entails the total estimated pollen count for the year. With research from pollen.com, we have prepared the easiest allergy prevention tips that you can use today!

  • When the pollen count is especially high, make sure to keep your windows closed in your home and car to avoid letting in pollen. There is already going to be a good amount of pollen on the outside of your vehicle, having it accumulate on the inside can easily provoke sneezing attacks.
  • It is important that you wash your face and hands after you’ve been outside to remove pollen left on your hands from car doors and doorknob handles.
  • On mornings that are especially warm and dry; it is imperative to limit your outdoor exposure. These days will usually have a high pollen count. Dry and windy days also have high pollen counts; the suggested time for outdoor activities is soon following a heavy rainfall.
  • Before going to bed, bathe and shampoo to remove pollen from skin and hair in order to prevent it on your bedding. We also recommend washing your bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.
  • Minimize contact with pets and people that have spent a large amount of time outdoors around pollen.

These are the easiest tips we found that you can get started on right away! If you suffer from chronic allergies and want the full list of prevention tips, you can access it here: https://www.pollen.com/allergy/allergy-prevention

Another great tip you can do is to call us for an exterior cleaning! 25% OFF of our Exterior Basic Service for the upcoming pollen season, which leaves your car shining and also prevents the rebuild of pollen again. Book online at www.sudswaterless.com or call our office at 336-355-2128. We look forward to seeing you!

SUDS How To: Use Jumper Cables

SUDS How To: Use Jumper Cables

Every driver on the road should have an emergency vehicle toolkit- an essential part to this toolkit is owning a working set of jumper cables. Improper use of jumper cables can be dangerous and potentially life threatening. Most jumper cables have an instruction card or label, follow directions precisely to make sure you’re connecting them the correctly.

First Step: Get the vehicles close, but not touching

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Get the vehicle as close as possible so that your cords can reach both batteries without excessive stretching, but make sure that the cars aren’t touching.

Second Step: Open the hood to both cars, and locate the batteries

 

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You should refer to the owner’s manual for battery location. Usually, the two terminals on each battery will be covered in red or black, with a + or – sign on top. Inspect the batteries to make sure you can tell which is positive and negative. This distinction is crucial to the success of your jump. If your battery terminals are dirty, wipe them off with a cloth before connecting.

Third Step: Attach the jumper cables

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This comes in a three-step process:

1. Attach the red, positive cable clamp to the positive (+) battery terminal of the dead battery. This may require some initial adjustment of the clamp onto the terminal: you want a solid connection to the battery terminal

2. Attach the other red, positive cable clamp onto the functioning vehicle’s positive (+) battery terminal.

3. Connect the black, negative cable clamp to the working battery’s negative (-) battery terminal. Walk over to the car with the dead battery. To ensure a safe jump, attach that clamp to an unpainted metal part of the car such as a clean nut on the engine block. It is not advised to connect the black, negative cable clamp to the dead battery.

Fourth Step: Start and Jump the vehicle

You will begin this step by starting the working vehicle. Wait a minute or so, depending on how long since it died you may need to let your car run for a bit. After some time, try starting the dead vehicle. Slightly revving the engine of the working car while charging the dead battery usually helps.

Final Steps: Removing jumper cables/Test Drive

Once your dead vehicle is running, you want disconnect the jumper cables. Start with the black negative cable clamps: do not let any of your clamps touch each other while still attached to a car. Now, take a brief cruise around the block. The drive allows the vehicle’s alternator to charge the battery and ensures that your vehicle does not die again once you shut it off.

We hope you have found this article useful for your vehicle care needs. If you are wondering what other items you need to have in your vehicle emergency tool kit, stay tuned for future blog posts. Next week we will be covering Allergy Prevention Tips for the upcoming pollen season!

SUDS How-To: Checking Drive Belts

SUDS How-To: Checking Drive Belts

Hey guys, we’re back with our second How-To Guide: this time on how to check your vehicle’s drive belts. There are several parts in your engine driven by the drive belts. They are the:

-Alternator
-Water Pump
-Power Steering
-Air Conditioning

Sometimes these items are driven by a single belt, or they all may be driven by one belt. If any of these belts happen to fail, it could possibly destroy the motor on your vehicle.

Methods to check belts:

1. Listen for squealing noises: this generally means that there is a loose or worn belt
2. Checking the play (or flexibility) on the belt: you want to reach inside your engine and push down on the center section of the belt. Depending on your vehicle belt tolerance there should be a slight give when you apply some pressure. Once again this should only be slight but the belt should still snap back into place. If your belt feels loose, then it is likely time for a replacement.
3. Checking for cracks: this method will require you to checking underneath the smooth side of the belt. A faulty belt will have cracking towards the outer ends of the ridges.

Replacing or adjusting belts can be difficult because they require a specific threading through the motor. If you inspect your vehicle and see that your belts need either an adjustment or replacement, we highly recommend that you take it to a mechanic you trust.

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SUDS How-To: Replace an Air Filter

SUDS How-To: Replace an Air Filter

As you may already be aware, your vehicle engine is powered by a mixture of fuel and air. The Air Filter prevents debris and toxins from getting inside your engine, and is comparable to the lungs for your vehicle! A congested air filter can lead to:

  • Decreased gas mileage efficiency
  • Weakened engine performance and power
  • Reduced engine life

Before any self-maintenance to your vehicle, you should always check your owner’s manual for the specified recommendations. But in general, an air filter should be changed at least once yearly or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Once you are sure that it’s time for your air filter to be replaced, make sure you follow these steps for success!

  • Locate the air filter:

Before you begin replacement, be sure that your engine is completely cooled down. If it’s still hot from driving, take a minute to let the temperature subside. Once cool, the air filter is generally located in a plastic casing near the top of your engine. It should be the only plastic case near the top of the engine.

  • Open the case:

Depending on your vehicle, you may need a basic toolkit to help you perform this task. Generally, metal clips hold together the air filter case to the top. You should be able to pop the case open by sliding a knife (or similar object) between the clip and plastic case. If your case is held together by screws, you will need to use the correct screwdriver to remove them.

  • Replace:

Out with the old, and in with the new: Simply remove the old filter from the case, and remove any excess debris left in the case with a dry cloth. Once the case is cleaned, place the new filter in (right side up), close the top and reattach any clips or screws.

Congratulations! You now know how to replace your air filter without having to take it to your mechanic or specialist, saving you a good buck! We hope that these tips prove useful.

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Is your car ready for Spring?

Spring is right around the corner!

With Staten Island Chuck (the groundhog with the highest accuracy rating at 80%) informing the nation this year that there will be an early spring, we want to make sure you and your vehicle are prepared for the season change!

Here are the top things you need to be checking out as we transition from winter to spring:

    1. Check your tires: With all of the rain, snow, ice, and other grime that has been on the roads, your tires are likely to have taken a pummeling over the winter. Don’t forget about those potholes that seem to pop up out of nowhere. First check your tires for signs of wear, and if they are low on tread then have them replaced. If the tread seems fine, check the evenness of the wear on each tire, as potholes can cause uneven wear. If your tire wear looks uneven, have them checked and realigned.
    2. Check your brakes: Due to lower light in the winter and sometimes skeptical weather and road conditions, we tend to use our breaks more often than in warmer months. Now is the best time to have your brakes checked. Once you make sure they are in top working condition, you can then start to plan for that summer road trip or vacation!
    3. Check your windshield wipers: Just like both your tires and brakes, your windshield wipers have been working hard over the last few months as well. The precipitation and low temperatures and have likely toned-down the effectiveness of your wipers: make sure your wipers are in a good enough condition so that your view will not be obscured in heavy precipitation.
    4. Cooling System: Over the winter deposits can build up in your engine, impeding the circulation of vital liquids that your vehicle needs. Ask your local service station about deals on their cooling system services- your vehicle’s engine and cooling system are like the heart and arteries.
    5. Is your steering smooth and easy like Sunday morning? Old and dirty fluid or low fluid levels can make it hard to drive your vehicle: For optimal safety and control, make sure your power steering system is kept clean and that your fluid levels are precise.

We hope that these tips prove useful as we transition into our favorite season, Spring! Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sudswaterless/ and follow our blog sudswaterless.wordpress.com  for more car care tips!

Saving the World One Car Wash at a Time.

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We at Suds Waterless are always concerned with the environmental impact of washing cars.  Contamination of surface waters may arise from the rinse discharging to storm drains, which eventually drain to rivers and lakes. Chief pollutants in such wash-water include phosphates, oil and grease, and lead. This is almost exclusively an issue for home-driveway washing, and parking lot style charity washes. Professional car washing is a “non-point source” of discharge that has the ability to capture these contaminants, normally in interceptor drains so the contaminants can be removed before the water enters sanitary systems. Water and contaminants that enter storm water drains do not undergo treatment, and are released directly into rivers, lakes and streams.The professional car wash industry has made great strides in reducing its environmental footprint. This is a trend that will continue to accelerate due to regulation and consumer demand. The use of water supplies and energy during car washes is self-evident, since these resources are typically car wash environmental hazzardsrequired for a car wash.  Many car washes already use water reclamation systems to significantly reduce water usage, and they also employ a variety of energy usage reduction technologies. These systems may be mandated where water restrictions are in place.

Soil contamination is sometimes related to such surface runoff, but more importantly is associated with soil contamination from underground fuel tanks or auto servicing operations which  are commonly ancillary uses of car wash sites — but not an issue for car washing itself.

Many people also use conveyor automatic car washes, but these have their own issues as well. Not only do they still have some sort of environmental impact, they also have issues with long lines, and ensuring the quality of the wash. Over a period of time they often damage the surface of the vehicle with micro scratches. They may operate more quickly, but you  aren’t getting a high quality cleaning for your vehicle. This method usually doesn’t even protect your vehicle for an extended period of time either, not to mention that you have to take time out of your schedule and expend gas to go to the fixed location of the car wash. Suds waterless brings the car wash to you, while you work, shop,  or  relax at home. We clean your car anywhere, while you do…anything!

The Suds Waterless Alternative

For these reasons, with SUDS and our ability to wash cars without using water. We are accelerating the efforts for the car washing industry to become environmentally friendly, saving dry U.S. cities their limited supply of water and encouraging the preservation of water resources in wet cities. In a waterless system, there is a reduction in detergent, thus a reduction in suds; the less detergent used, less water is needed to rinse. Research has shown that instead of using harmful solvents in soap, plant-based cleaning agents are biodegradable and are better accepted by the earth and the living bacteria that consumes them. Suds Waterless predicts that more and more carwash systems already in place will begin taking advantage of the less harmful wash products. We believe that with time, consumers will become more aware of the benefits of using biodegradable wash products and will shift their business towards companies that are sole users  of non-solvent based items.

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Do you have the pollen blues (or yellows)?

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Pollen:  The Scourge of Spring

Have you walked outside in the past week to find that everything has been covered in a layer of yellow-green dust? Have you been ready to take on the day only to be rendered sick as soon as you opened your front door? If so, you’re not alone, as it is pollen season here in North Carolina.

There are many plants whose pollen is responsible for causing allergic reactions. This includes the Russian thistle (a common tumbleweed), sagebrush, English plantain, and redroot pigweed; ragweed, however, is the plant most responsible for all reactions here in North America.  A single one of these ragweed plants can produce 1 million grains of pollen per day! Ragweed pollen has been found as far as 400 miles out to sea and two miles up into the atmosphere. This means that any attempts at staying away from these plants and avoiding the outdoors during a heavy day of pollen would prove to be ineffective in reducing your allergies.

Unfortunately, over the past decade, the ragweed pollen season has increased by an average of an entire month!  There are theories that global warming may play a role in the longer season.  On average, pollen season occurs in the spring and in the summer, but in warm climates, plant pollination can occur year-round! This means that here in North Carolina, you may be fighting off the pollen blues (or yellows) well after summer has officially passed.

The Suds Waterless Solution to your Pollen Problems

But there’s some good news! Here at Suds Waterless, we can help eradicate your pollen-driven headaches! We will come to you and provide your vehicle with an exquisite exterior and interior cleaning that includes window cleaning, rims, and tires! Visit us at www.sudswaterless.com today to book your appointment, or email us at schedule@sudswaterless.com!

Written by Robin Moulton

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