In 1982, brothers Jerry and Kenny Bell headed off to Arizona's Universal Technical Institute to learn the ins and outs of the HVAC field. When they came back to Elk Grove, they earned their chops at various companies while helping out with their father's new pizza parlor, Pizza Bell. In 1991, they decided to strike out on their own—two men in a pickup truck on a mission to repair and maintain heating and air-conditioning systems. Their only advertisements were flyers pasted on top of Pizza Bell boxes and willing strangers' foreheads.
They've come a long way since pizza-based advertising, employing an experienced staff of industry certified, professionally trained, background-checked and drug-tested technicians who thoroughly tune up air-conditioning units with a 30-point cleaning, calibration, and fine-tuning process. In addition to replacing heating and air-conditioning systems, their technicians can parachute to homes to inspect, maintain, and repair entire HVAC and furnace systems.
No frills, that's how the crew at Awesome Carpets approach every job. They find the most straightforward way to get the job done. This starts with a customer's first phone call. The phone rep asks customers a series of questions about its condition to ensure that the crew crafts the best plan of attack. On the day of service, the crew pulls up and uses its powerful truck-mounted equipment to blast away dirt. First, a deep scrubbing pulls soil to the surface with non-toxic cleaners; then, high-temperature fresh water rinses it away. The technicians also clean tile and upholstery, and specialize in restoring carpet so owners don't have to cover its worn-out spots with a toupee.
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Pesticides aren't always the first course of action for Fast Action Pest Control's specialists. In their mission to rid homes of ants, spiders, or lethargic houseguests who won't leave the couch, they often take nonchemical measures. Such services include spraying citrus extracts or growth regulators that diminish populations or setting baits to lure insects and rodents from their hiding places. If a pest problem requires more powerful measures, technicians will spray homes with low-toxicity pesticides, taking a specialized approach to minimize human and pet exposure. Fast Action Pest Control also guarantees treatments between service calls, dispatching licensed technicians to address any problems that may arise.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Owners Keri and Ron Mitchell bring more than 14 years of experience with earth-conscious cleaning practices to the arsenal of Green Clean Freaks. During each cleaning and surface restoration, the couples' licensed and insured cleaning technicians scrub furniture and floors with Green Seal–certified products that eschew harsh or abrasive chemicals for eco-friendly ingredients. The team scours rooms from floors to fixtures, flushing out stains with steam-powered equipment, elbow grease, and, when all else fails, the magic word. They shine surfaces in bathrooms, dust blinds in living rooms, and tackle appliances in the kitchen. Crew members also ensure interior windows are spotless and mantels free of dust before packing their equipment in their bottomless carpetbag and flying away via umbrella.
Driven by the philosophy that everyone deserves a safe and efficient home, Rebuilding Together Sacramento works to preserve and revitalize the homes of those who may face challenges to performing regular home maintenance or obtaining necessary upgrades, including elderly people, people in low-income communities, and those with disabilities. Along with installing energy-efficient upgrades, the organization provides minor repairs and safety modifications—such as fire detectors, shower stools, and transition ramps—to help ensure that older residents can continue to reside in their homes safely.