Graffiti at dazzling heights.

The Graffiti Eaters able to scale tall buildings to vanquish vandalism, in a single bound

Graffiti Eaters hi rise graffiti removal

Crime is often just for the thrill.

Not all graffiti attacks are random acts of vandalism motivated by the simple desire for self advertisement, some are meticulously planned and designed to demonstrate the bravery of a thrill seeking graffiti vandal.

Unfortunately vandals can equip themselves with abseiling ropes, with long roller poles, aerial drones and copters, super soaker water guns and other things, to place graffiti in hard to reach and awkward locations.

 

 

Managing Risk, AS 4801 OH&S compliance

The team at Graffiti Eaters take very seriously our commitment OH&S compliance when we recently had to scale down this 12 story building in Melbourne to remove a graffiti attack. Our highly trained and experienced team members, used abseiling equipment to reach the tagged spot allowing for full compliance in safety and managing the environmental risks with over spray.Graffiti Eaters Tall Building Graffiti removal Experts

Given the flexibility of our set up we were able to mobilise our equipment on the roof to work from the top down. A removal such as this should only be attempted by the experts at the Graffiti Eaters as it requires careful planning, OH&S compliance (AS 4801) and a little extra time in the setup to ensure the removal is completed successfully.

The end result was our team successfully removed the graffiti and restored the image of the building and happy clients.

 

If you are unfortunate enough to experience a graffiti attack on your building, your first call should be to the team at The Graffiti Eaters, the tall building Graffiti Removal Experts

How concrete rust stains affect the value of your investment.

What to do when you start experiencing concrete rust stains.

concrete rust stains, stain eaters, graffiti eatersConcrete is created by binding together materials such as cement which is the binding agent, crushed stone, gypsum to help with the curing process, rock and sand to help give it strength, this is then usually poured into a frame which has steel reinforcement through it to give it the structural strength it needs to be used as wall panels, flooring slabs, swimming pools, statues, amongst other things.

It is not uncommon for manufacturers to use recycled concrete as a base which is made from the grindings of old concrete.

This practice enables them to achieve a highly compacted base, weather it’s for your patio, driveway, or garage floor to reduce the risk of cracking and shifting.

 

 

So why does Concrete have unsightly rust stains?

Rust stains may have originated from various sources and become visible on your concrete surface even if it has been painted as it will seep through. Concrete rust stains may be caused by the type of aggregate used, as it may contain iron oxide, or from re-bar being placed too close to the surface.

In some cases rust stains on concrete surfaces may be caused by small amounts of contaminants in the aggregate, such as pyrites, or caused by pieces of tying wire left in the form work prior to casting the concrete.

Homeowners can be mistaken to believe that the rust has appeared due to problems with the installation or the concrete mixture; however this is not the case it is often just a cosmetic issue and will not affect the long-term performance of the concrete structure.

It is near impossible to prevent rust build-up on concrete foundations, driveways, porches, patios, and sidewalks. When watering plants and bushes, the rust builds up over time, and leaves behind unsightly orange marks. These marks can turn your office building or beautiful home into an eyesore.

If your concrete has rust stains and you are concerned call the team at Stain Eaters and we can help you to restore the look and value of your property by removing and treating the unsightly rust stains from concrete surfaces such as foundations, patios, sidewalks, driveways, and porches.

For help to remove rust stains on your concrete surfaces, call the experts at Stain Eaters on 1300 305 307

How to remove oil stains on driveways

 Untreated oil stains on driveways, will deteriorate your concrete surfaces

Oil will dissolve the binder, which are made up of sand and aggregates which are held together by a binder called cement, causing raveling to occur. In cases where the oil stain has been untreated for a while, the top of your pavement surface will start to erode, in the case of asphalt may become soft.

It’s always best to treat oil stains as soon as possible.

The longer the stainoil stain in retail, stain eaters is left on the surface the more it will saturated into it, causing the surface area of the concrete or asphalt to deteriorate quickly.

Unfortunately it only takes one incorrect process to permanently stain many surfaces.

It is important that oil is removed from the surface as soon as possible to prevent deep penetration.

If you are unfortunate enough to sustain an oil spill, act immediately by covering the area with sand, saw dust or kitty litter to soak up as much oil as possible. Our team can clean this up and dispose of responsibly on arrival.

Below are a few do-it-yourself ways to remove fresh oil stain.

Remember to thoroughly clear the area of any debris (leaves, grass cuttings, loose dirt, etc.) and rinse off the stained area with a garden hose before trying one of the methods below, if you are concerned about doing it yourself the team at Stain Eaters are just a phone call away.

 

1) Cat litter

This method is only recommended as a temporary fix for fresh spills until you can get the oils spill professionally cleaned by the team at Stain Eaters.

Mop up as much excess oil as possible and then lay down a layer of cat litter. Stomp/pat down to make sure the cat litter gets into the pavement and absorbs the oil. Leave overnight. The next day, just sweep it up for disposal to a bin and hose down the surface with water. Keep in mind that this is best approach to deal with fresh oil stains. If your oil stains have been left untreated for a while, consider options 3 to 5

2) Oil Stain Remover

There are easy-to-use products available at your local hardware store that will remove stains caused by oil, grease, hydraulic fluid, and other oil-based materials. After scraping off build up and cleaning the area, apply the oil stain remover to the stained area. Let the product dry to powder form (usually about 5-8 hours) and then sweep up the area.

3) Internet remedies

Dont use home remedies such as “Coke” or “Degreaser” as it sends the Oil Spill deeper making the problem worse and harder to remove, more costly for you and been known to permanently damage the surface. Don’t risk making the situation worse, leave it to the experts at Stain Eaters.

 4) Sealcoating

Sometimes the best course of action is to prevent something from happening in the first place. You can prevent oil stains by sealing the surfaces. A sealcoat is a sealer for your concrete or asphalt surface that protects it from oil stains, oxidation, UV radiation, and water penetration.

The purpose of a sealer is to maintain the current condition of your pavement. If you’re pavement is in good condition, then a sealer will keep it in good condition.

Whilst you have a number of options as to how you treat oil stains, the most important thing is that you take action as soon as possible. The longer you allow oil stains to become saturated into your pavement, the more your pavement will deteriorate, and the more costly it is to correct.

Extensive research by the Engineering Department at Graffiti Eaters has developed a range of processes and equipment to clean up your worst problem spills, quickly and environmentally safely.

Whether your problem is oil spots on a driveway or a major oil spill over a road, our team can organise the road closure, contain oil spread, chemically neutralise to restore the substrate, vacuum collect and safely discharge the waste without harm to the environment.

For more information on how we can help you give us a call at the Stain Eaters on 1300 305 307 and we look forward to helping over the coming weeks.

 

Oil Stains on the floor a clear warning it’s time for a service

The hidden cost of oil stain removal

Noticed any unusual oil stains in your garage or on you driveway lately?

Nothing is quite as frustoil stain removalrating as pulling your car out of the driveway and noticing a big oil stain right where you were parked. Not only are you looking at car repairs, you have an unsightly stain to deal with too!

After receiving our much needed rain recently, some driveways are starting to show the rainbow glow of a tell tale oil leak in your car and if not attended to quickly could be a costly mistake.

 

 

Historic Ballarat convent damaged by Graffiti

Thoughtless Graffiti Vandal pleads with court to allow him to be with his family after damaging local historical church.

A GROUP of Graffiti Vandals broke into a historic Ballarat convent to smoke bongs, drink bourbon and spray-paint graffiti, a court has heard. Ballarat Magistrates Court on Tuesday heard Anthony Jose, 22, of Ballarat, was with two others when he climbed a fence and forced open a door at the disused Sacred Heart Monastery just after midnight on March 9 last year.

Graffiti, graffiti vandals, sacred heart church ballaratPolice prosecutor Senior Constable Clint Prebble said the group spent 45 minutes in the convent, spray-painting walls and smoking cannabis, with security guards attending after the group set off an alarm. Senior Constable Prebble said Jose, after noticing the security, smashed open a window with a chair and ran.

The court heard crime scene investigators attended the scene a short time later, locating an empty bourbon bottle, which was forensically analysed and matched to Jose. Interviewed about the break-in last December, the court heard Jose told police “he just went there to have a mix” – a term used by cannabis users when smoking the drug.

Andrew Madden, for Jose, told the court it was his client’s first time in the adult jurisdiction, adding he had since sought treatment for his drug use, which was “exclusively cannabis”.Mr Madden said Jose had accepted he was facing jail time, but that he needed to be around for his pregnant partner, who is due to give birth soon. “He needs to be around to support his partner at this time,” Mr Madden said.

Asking for a community corrections order, he said his client was still young and accepted it would be his last chance on such an order. Ordering Jose to reappear in Ballarat Magistrates Court on June 17 for sentencing, magistrate Peter Mithen said Jose needed to “shape up”. “So far your choices have been poor. When’s that going to change?” he asked. “You have got one last opportunity in my court to shape up.”

By Patrick Byrne May 6, 2015, 12:14 a.m.

Council forced to offer reward to catch local graffiti vandals

Council is forced to resort to a cash reward to try and catch a notorious local graffiti vandal.

local graffiti vandalA local newspaper report highlighted the plight of the UK council of Barnsley who is now desperate to catch a gang of Local Graffiti Vandals who are destroying property in the community. The local council who is tired of the cost to the community to keep cleaning up the vandalism, is now offering £200 {approx 0 AUD] for information leading to the conviction of the person behind a spate of tagging and graffiti in Lundwood and Cudworth.

Martin Farran, executive director of communities, said: “Graffiti is unsightly and is also an anti-social activity that can create a negative impression of an area. “We fully support our communities who are working hard to make their local area a better place to live. I would urge anyone with information on who is responsible for this graffiti to get in touch.”

The graffiti vandalism which has been appearing on business signage, bus stops and other prominent areas has become a major cost to the community, using funds that could be redirected to other more productive projects that would be for the whole community to enjoy. Local Graffiti Vandalism here in Australia is not only unsightly and illegal, but as rate payers we are forced to bear the burden of the clean up costs. Question is should our local councils also look at offering a reward for leads that will result in an arrest and ultimately reduce or eliminate the instances of graffiti vandalism in our local communities?

 

Contact The Graffiti Eaters Today

Contact The Graffiti Eaters and The Stain Eaters today!

Latest Weapon Against Graffiti Vandals

Graffiti vandals face new high-tech weaponry in

the war against graffiti

 Graffiti Vandals, Graffiti Eaters, Stain Eaters, metro Graffiti, Graffiti removal, remove graffiti, Cost of Graffiti, Graffiti vandalism

Last year graffiti vandalism cost the Melbourne Metro network and a group of local councils in NSW a whopping .5 million dollars.

With the need to remove damage caused by graffiti vandals becoming an epidemic, individuals, companies and local community groups are now seeking out new-technology in the war against graffiti attacks.

With graffiti removal in Melbourne and Sydney becoming such a problem, transport companies such as Metro have invested in a new technology called the ‘Graffit-e-nose’ which senses when paint is being sprayed at graffiti hot-spots.

This technology was developed by Australian inventor, Graham Bell and in addition to sending a text message, a new model of the ‘Graffit-e-nose’ can now be programmed when Graffiti Vandals are active,  to set off alarms, turn on lights, or even activate sprinklers.Operations centres like the one in Melbourne are also using camera software which, over time, learns patterns of normal movements, then sends an alert when something unexpected happens.

“We don’t have to watch the 4800 cameras to know something’s happening, because we’ve now got the smarts to tell us when things are not quite right,” Mr Bria said.The ‘Graffit-e-nose’ detects fumes up to 50 metres downwind of their source, and its range could be increased to 100 metres if ducts were added to pump air towards the device.

Graffiti Vandals, Graffiti Eaters, Stain Eaters, metro Graffiti, Graffiti removal, remove graffiti, Cost of Graffiti, Graffiti vandalism

Graffiti Vandals caught on hidden camera

Measures employed by graffiti gangs to elude authorities include wearing stolen ‘Metro’ uniforms but police are monitoring social media accounts to predict when they will strike next.“We get the intel and believe we’ll know when and where something’s going to occur,” says Melbourne Police Inspector Darren Cooper.“We put ourselves in a position where we can make the arrest.”

Police actually want gangs to keep posting their images online because “the more visible they make themselves, the easier it is to detect them,” Inspector Cooper said.

Cameras across the major cities in Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide are now coming on board to utilise this new technology in an effort to efficiently monitor trains, car parks, depots and the large expanses of regularly targeted ‘graffiti hot-spots’ that cost ratepayers, transport users and local businesses both time and money.

“We’re definitely winning the battle, we’ve taken some really big gangs down, including interstate gangs” Mr Bria from Melbourne Metro said.Police have warned they will continue to find and prosecute offenders and graffiti removal companies are working in with the authorities to stem the tide of vandalism and win the war on graffiti.

Graffiti Vandals, Graffiti Eaters, Stain Eaters, metro Graffiti, Graffiti removal, remove graffiti, Cost of Graffiti, Graffiti vandalism

Graffiti vandal spraying paint

Are graffiti vandals repeatedly offending in your area?

Quick removal and graffiti protection such as anti-graffiti coatings and these new high-tech sensor devices can reduce your graffiti problem quickly and with long-lasting results.

Graffiti Vandals, Graffiti Eaters, Stain Eaters, metro Graffiti, Graffiti removal, remove graffiti, Cost of Graffiti, Graffiti vandalism

Graffiti Vandals ‘Tunnel’ In Melbourne

Graffiti Vandals in Melbourne are invading underground rail tunnels in record numbers

Resulting in delaying trains and risking their lives to post photographs of their exploits on social media.

Tunnel rats Graffiti Vandals

Graffiti Removal difficult in underground tunnels

Trespassing graffiti vandals were caught on the tracks more than 1000 times in just seven months last year and the spike in “railway roulette” comes as authorities warn they are seeing tunnel explorers maimed and killed, and widespread delays resulting for commuters; along with the problem of increasingly difficult graffiti removal.

The self-described “tunnel rats” and “urban explorers” are mocking police efforts to crack down on their illegal behavior as they seek to increase their online popularity for spraying graffiti in Melbourne. One member of a crew of Melbourne graffiti vandals, who would not be named, said he engaged in the dangerous activity because he enjoyed the rush and the challenge of “outsmarting the cops.”

Rail authorities warn self-proclaimed “tunnel rats” are not just disrupting travel for thousands of commuters but risk their lives and limbs too.

As anti-graffiti protection and graffiti removal in Melbourne become immediate priorities for the network, the duration of the delays for commuters when these graffiti vandals enter the tunnels “can range from 15 minutes to an hour”.

Graffiti vandalism, graffiti removal, stain removal, graffiti eaters, train graffiti removal, stain eaters, spray paint removal,

Underground train speeds past graffiti vandals

“When this happens, trains run direct to Flinders St station, disrupting the travel plans of potentially thousands of customers.  “There is never a safe time to be on the tracks or trespassing on the train network.”  But the teenagers continue to thumb their noses at the concerns of the authorities. The trespassers pick locks or use bolt-cutters to gain access to the City Loop tunnels, where they engage in their potentially fatal railway roulette.They have even stolen driver cabin keys and Metro uniforms to sneak into forbidden areas below ground.Victoria Police Transit Safety Division Inspector Darren Cooper said the consequences were often grim.

“We’ve seen deaths and horrific injuries as a result of this risky behavior,” he said. The tunnel trespassers are usually male, aged 15 to 20, and are cavalier about death or injury.The prospect of fines of up to 2 does little to deter the young offenders. One of the trespassers is a 17-year-old year 12 student who had a friend end up in a wheelchair after falling while running from a train. But, despite that, he insisted: “It would take me getting my legs or an arm chopped off to stop doing this.

”The terrified mother of one of the boys said she wanted harsher penalties for tunnel rats like her son, as she feared his “adrenalin addiction” might get him killed.“It breaks my heart. It’s frightening. I wait every night to hear from the police to tell me, ‘Your son has been hit by a train’,” the Caroline Springs mother said. “I’m devastated by the fact that they are willing to give up their limbs for graffiti. “They have their whole lives ahead of them. “What a waste. They get a slap across the wrist and a ‘Naughty boys, don’t do it again’, and then the cycle ­repeats.”

Graffiti vandalism, graffiti removal, stain removal, graffiti eaters, train graffiti removal, stain eaters, spray paint removal,

Graffiti vandalism in Melbourne increases

Figures from the Office of the National Railway Safety Regulator reveal 1166 incidents of trespassing on tracks in the seven months from June to December last year. In June there were 141 reports of trespassers across Victoria, which jumped to 212 in December. In the Metro network, incidents of trespassing on City Loop tracks reflected a similar number when compared with previous years — reaching a peak late last year.

graffiti removal, graffiti eaters, stain eaters, remove graffiti, graffiti, remove stains, paint removal,

Do you have graffiti or stains you need removed?

Pressure Cleaning and the hidden cost when things goes wrong

The hidden cost of DIY Pressure Cleaning 

Pressure Cleaning Gun Marks

Pressure Cleaning Gun Marks

Every single week we receive calls from desperate property owners who have either attempted to remove stains themselves or have hired an inexperienced and poorly equipped cleaning company – producing similar results to the image you see to the left.

This month we look at the unfortunately common occurrence of damage to bluestone tiles from incorrect cleaning technique; adopted by so many of the cowboys out there in the industry. It is all to easy to go to the local Bunning’s or Masters hardware to purchase a pressure cleaner and try and do it yourself but you can realistically make matters worse when you are not experienced.

The bleached look from the water pressure cleaning marks we are frequently called in to repair are becoming common, as unqualified cleaners incorrectly use the wrong equipment, incorrect jet size and poor technique, which was once a cheap job to fix now incurs additional unbudgeted repair costs, which if it was done by an expert would have been fixed correctly the first time.

This Weekend, if you are thinking of going and buying cheap cleaning equipment from the local hardware store, or employing the local handyman who happens to have a pressure cleaner, then make sure they are experienced and know what they are doing. The incidence of water scaring disasters is becoming more prevalent but the good news is after being industry leaders for over 35 years, Stain Eaters have developed proprietary techniques to enable us to restore pavements and other hard surfaces that have been damaged by inexperience and poor technique.

Has your property been affected by poor pressure cleaning technique?
Stain Eaters can help!

Give us a Call today on 1300 305 307 or Email our expert pressure cleaners here

Graffiti and Stain Removal Melbourne

Graffiti and stain removal, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and more…

How fire damage has shaped our history

The Top Ten Most Famous Fires In History

Fire damage has been the biggest fear ever since mankind first began building structures out of wood.

In fact, so common have these infernos been throughout history that nearly every major city in the world has been largely burnt to the ground at one time or another, and like a damaged anthill, rebuilt each time. And each time there has been a huge demand for  fire restoration and expert cleaning solutions like those provided by ‘The Stain Eaters‘.Below is our ‘Top 10′ list of the most destructive, most famous, or most historically significant non-war related infernos in history.

Boston Fire - 1872

Boston Fire – 1872

1. Boston’s fire was arguably one of the most expensive in terms of property damage in history with thousands of Bostonians losing their jobs and hundreds of businesses destroyed. In fact, it was so expensive that dozens of insurance companies even went bankrupt trying to pay out damages. 65 acres of downtown Boston—including some 776 buildings and twenty people were charred cinders by the end of this blaze.

London 1212 Fire

London Fire – 1212

2. Known also as The Great Fire of Southwark, this inferno left 3000 people dead, many of whom died when they were trapped on the engulfed London Bridge. (Yes, there really was a London Bridge, but this one was made of highly flammable wood waterproofed with even more flammable tar.) While exact figures on the number of buildings destroyed may never be known, the fire left about a third of the old city in ruins.

London Fire of 1666

London Fire of 1666

3. Despite only 6 people losing their lives, this inferno is England’s most famous fire. It is remembered because it burned down many of the filthy slums associated with the Great Plague that had swept through the city the previous summer, the fire effectively cleaning the city and making it a fresh canvas upon which to rebuild. In this sense then, the fire did London a favour, although it probably didn’t appear that way to the displaced citizens of the city at the time.

Rome Fire of 64 AD

Rome Fire of 64 AD

4. While it is true flames gutted the heart of the capital of the Roman Empire, there is no evidence that the Emperor Nero fiddled while it burned. (Partially this is due to the fact that the fiddle had not been invented yet.)  There was also a rumor that persists to this day that Nero had the city put to the torch as part of a plan to clear out choice pieces of real estate upon which he would later build his new palace, but this too, like so much about the hated emperor, is most likely just a bit of propaganda offered by his political opponents after his death. What is known it that, at least according to the Roman historian Tacitus, it spread quickly and burned for five and a half days, leaving ten of the fourteen districts of Rome either completely destroyed or seriously damaged.

Chicago Fire of 1871

Chicago Fire of 1871

5. Probably few infernos have been as famous as the one that ravaged much of Chicago in October, 1871, leaving more that 17,000 structures burned and 90,000 people homeless. Fortunately, it spread slowly enough that fewer than 300 died in the flames, but that’s of little consolation to those who were forced to face a cold winter without shelter as a result. Like the London fire of 1666, the fire paved the way for a new and improved Chicago to rise from the ashes with firefighting reforms that would one day make Chicago’s fire department one of the most renowned in the world.

San Francisco Fire of 1906

San Francisco Fire of 1906

6. This fire burned 25,000 buildings over 490 city blocks and left some 3,000 dead and was both man-made and natural; natural in that the fire was a by-product of a massive earthquake that hit the city and man-made as many of the destroyed structures were the result of clumsy efforts by untrained and poorly led firefighters to dynamite largely intact buildings in an attempt to create firebreaks. (Some estimate this may have accounted for as many as 50% of the buildings that were destroyed that would have otherwise survived.) Of course, the fact that the earthquake—one of the largest in American history—destroyed the water mains didn’t help.

Peshtigo, Wisconsin Fire of 1871

Peshtigo, Wisconsin Fire of 1871

7. While many people have heard of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, few people are aware that a second fire was taking place at the same time just a few hundred miles away in Wisconsin. Largely due to the remoteness of the area and the largely rural population, the exact death toll will never be known but some estimates put the number as high as 2,500. Hardest hit was the little town of Peshtigo, most of whose population of 1,700 died in the flames with many of the survivors escaping the flames by jumping into the Peshtigo River. Surviving witnesses reported that the firestorm generated a tornado that threw rail cars hundreds of feet and flung entire houses into the air.

Texas-City-Texas-1947

Texas City Fire of 1947

8. This blaze was ignited by an explosion on a freighter carrying 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate fertiliser and remains to this day the largest industrial explosion in history. So massive was the blast that resulted from the explosion that it leveled over 1000 buildings and left nearly 600 people dead or missing (including the entire Texas City volunteer fire department).  It also started a chain reaction among the various refineries and chemical plants along the dockyard that added to the carnage and left the entire dockyard and much of the surrounding city gutted. The shockwave of the blast was felt 250 miles away in New Orleans while windows forty miles away in Houston were shattered. It even knocked a sightseeing airplane out of the sky and hurled one of the ship’s anchors about a mile through the air.

Halifax-Nova-Scotia Fire of 1917

Halifax-Nova-Scotia Fire of 1917

9. Most people have never heard of this event largely because it occurred during wartime and so was largely kept out of the press by wartime censors, but Halifax Harbor, Nova Scotia was the scene of the world’s largest man-made accidental fire in history killing over 2000 people and injuring another 9000. It all began when the cargo ship Mont-Blanc, loaded to the gills with ammunition bound for the war in Europe, collided with a Norwegian freighter in the narrow confines of Halifax harbour and caught fire. Before the flames could be brought under control, they ignited the highly volatile ammunition, resulting in an explosion that was so powerful (estimates are that it blew with a force of three kilotons of TNT) it destroyed the town and even caused a tsunami in the harbour with a pressure wave of air that snapped trees, bent iron rails, demolished buildings, grounded vessels, and carried fragments of the Mont-Blanc for miles in every direction.

Fire in Tokyo, Japan - 1923

Fire in Tokyo, Japan – 1923

10. Much like San Francisco seventeen years earlier, the city of Tokyo was both leveled by a massive earthquake and ravaged by a fire that swept through the rubble afterwards, resulting in a staggering death toll that some estimates place as high as 142,000 (with the single greatest loss of life occurring when approximately 38,000 people packed into an open space in downtown Tokyo were incinerated by a firestorm-induced fire whirl). Further, the quake created a tsunami which added to the chaos, resulting in the destruction of 570,000 homes and leaving a staggering 1.9 million homeless. The city was entirely rebuilt just in time to be incinerated again in World War II by American B-29 bombers.

 Fire damage affected your property?

Contact the industry-leading experts in fire damage restoration and fire damage cleaning today by clicking the image below:Contact Us Today Fire Damage