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The Importance of a Good Duct Cleaning Service

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

The health of your HVAC system, especially your ductwork, plays an important role in the indoor air quality of your home or business. Because of this, it is important to have your ducts professionally cleaned from time to time. A professional duct cleaning service will look for and correct the following issues:

  • Water: Water causes mould growth, which can be detrimental to the health of you, your loved ones, or your employees.
  • Debris: Dust, dirt, sawdust, fiberglass, etc. can find its way into your ductwork, especially after a recent renovation, remodel, or construction project.
  • Blocked Airflow: A blocked airway can lead to an inefficient HVAC system, which, in turn, leads to expensive heating and cooling bills.

A professional duct cleaning service utilizes the latest technology and industry techniques to help identify and relieve the above situations.

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Collections of dust, mold spores, pollen, and insect remains inevitably accumulate in ductwork over time. If left untreated, these collection points provide the ideal habitat for fungi, bacteria, and other airborne pollutants to thrive, posing adverse risks to your respiratory health and overall well-being.

Improve the quality of the air you breathe in your home or workplace through certified duct cleaning services from Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES). You can rely on our trained professionals to identify and eliminate harmful contaminants, allowing you to breathe easy knowing your friends and family are safe from harm. At AES, we have the certified skills, technological tools, and proven experience to eliminate these health risks and restore indoor air quality within your home or business.

If you have any questions or if you have a situation that needs immediate attention, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

Our consultative approach and proven methodologies have helped residential and commercial customers throughout Maryland and Washington, DC to resolve even the most difficult environmental problems.

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Excess Water Removal

Friday, October 14th, 2011

A flood can leave your home in ruins.

But you don’t have time to sulk and dwell on what has happened. You need to take action.

The first step is to remove excess water from your home. This should only be done by a professional and should be addressed as soon as possible. Every minute your home stays submerged in water, the more damage it will incur. Removing excess water will hasten the drying process and lessen the opportunity for mold and mildew growth, pest infestation, and further structural damage.

You should never attempt a do-it-yourself restoration.  The floodwater may be infected with microbes, bacteria and fungi. If this is the case, you are dealing with what is known as black water, which comes from sources like backed up toilets, sewer lines, sea water, and river water, just to name a few. Dealing with black water requires the use of a special chemical based agent that will remove the bacteria and fungi from your property.

So if you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of a flood, put your home in the hands of a company that can properly deal with the damage. Contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

For more than a decade, Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) has been providing efficient, reliable emergency water extraction / removal services for everything from natural disasters – such as flooding following heavy rains – to everyday problems like washing machine overflows and broken water heaters.

The damage caused by water intrusion is one of the most destructive things that can occur in your home or place of business. If not rectified promptly, the problem quickly worsens and ultimately costs significant time and money to repair.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Restoration Services for Water Damage

Friday, October 7th, 2011

 A flood can really disrupt your life. First there is the physical damage, then the emotional backlash, followed by insurance claims, clean up and restoration.

 While no one can change what happened, a professional restoration company can help to make your recovery just a little bit easier. Even though your life has been turned upside down by a flood, you still need to start the clean up process as soon as possible. This is where a professional restoration company can really come in handy. They can handle every aspect of the clean up, repairs, and restoration while you focus on trying to put you life back together.

 But, as with any professional service, there are drawbacks. So we have put together a list of the advantages and the disadvantages of professional water damage restoration companies.

 Advantages

  •  Efficient and speedy clean up and restoration
  • You and your family will have a shorter waiting time to go back to your normal life
  • Professional restoration will lessen the time for secondary damages caused by water to set in – mildew, mold, pests, etc.
  • When you go back to your home, you will be sure that it has been certified safe and sound for re-occupancy

Disadvantages

  • Cost: Prepare to have at least a thousand dollars or more to pay for the cost of the services and the repairs. But if you have the right homeowners insurance policy, most of these, if not all of these costs will be offset.

As you can clearly see, the advantages of a professional restoration company clearly outweigh the disadvantages. So if you feel you could benefit from a professional water damage restoration company or if you have any questions, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) is a certified inspection, remediation and consulting company with the expertise to help clients quickly and affordably correct indoor air quality issues resulting from mold, water intrusion, fire, sewage, and more. For nearly a decade, our consultative approach and proven methodologies have helped residential and commercial customers throughout Maryland and Washington, DC to resolve even the most difficult environmental problem.

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Water Damage Restoration by a Professional Contractor :: Atlantic Environmental Solutions

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Water damage is an inevitability. Over the life of a property, it will experience water damage at one stage or another. Some instances will be small and easily fixable – a leaky faucet or overflowing sink – while others may require the assistance of a professional water damage restoration contractor – backed up toilets, broken pipes, flooded basements, etc.

There are four categories of water damage restoration:

•           Category 1 and category 2 are the least problematic as they are water from relatively clean sources, such as an open faucet or a broken washing machine or dishwasher.

•           Category 3 and category 4 are very problematic because the water will be infected with a lot of microbes, bacteria and fungi.

The latter categories deal with what is known as black water, which comes from sources like backed up toilets, sewer lines, sea water, and river water, just to name a few. You should never attempt a do-it-yourself restoration project involving any of the above situations. These all require the use of a special chemical based agent that will remove the bacteria and fungi from your property.

Other advantages to hiring a professional restoration company include:

•           Fast response times

•           Extra help with insurance claims

•           Cost effectiveness

•           Sometimes it takes a professional just to locate the source of a leak or other problem. A professional restoration company will be able to use infrared cameras to identify the cracked pipe without having to break down walls or other construction materials.

If you feel you could benefit from a professional water damage restoration company or if you have any questions, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) is a certified inspection, remediation and consulting company with the expertise to help clients quickly and affordably correct indoor air quality issues resulting from mold, water intrusion, fire, sewage, and more. For nearly a decade, our consultative approach and proven methodologies have helped residential and commercial customers throughout Maryland and Washington, DC to resolve even the most difficult environmental problem.

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What Professional Water Restoration Service Can Do For Your Home

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

There is no way to truly prepare yourself for a home flood. The only thing you can do is make sure you are properly educated about water damage restoration and repair so that you can deal with the ramifications of flood damage. Hopefully you will never have to act upon this knowledge, but it is better to be prepared now than to scramble for answers in the face of adversity.

One of the most important things to know is that a do-it-yourself water damage restoration is more than likely not going to suffice.  Not only can this expose you to harmful bacteria and other contaminants associated with floodwater, but, without the help of a professional, you will be unable to sufficiently rid your home of moisture.

The only way to ensure your home is completely restored to its pre-flood glory is to enlist the services of a professional water restoration company. Every water restoration service company would start out with the same essential procedure:

  1. Extract all water from basement
  2. Remove building materials that are badly damaged  ie: carpet, padding, drywall, insulation( in some cases depended upon type of water and severity of flood)
  3. Clean compromised area
  4. Apply anti-microbial
  5. Set-up drying equipment

If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) is a certified inspection, remediation and consulting company with the expertise to help clients quickly and affordably correct indoor air quality issues resulting from mold, water intrusion, fire, sewage, and more. For nearly a decade, our consultative approach and proven methodologies have helped residential and commercial customers throughout Maryland and Washington, DC to resolve even the most difficult environmental problem.

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Mold in Your Workplace

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

You are exposed to molds on a daily basis. They are in the air you breathe and grow almost anywhere and everywhere. But sometimes these molds grow so excessively in areas, like your workplace, that they can cause different types of illness.

Mold can cause symptoms similar to hay fever, the common cold, or the flu, while also aggravating asthma and other respiratory disorders. While most health disorders are temporary, excessive exposure can result in more serious conditions. This is why it is important to deal with mold outbreaks as soon as they are discovered.

Even if you cannot see mold, you may notice a mildew or earthy smell. This is almost always an indication of a mold outbreak. Mold may be found indoors on wet/damp walls, carpets, ceilings, and in ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

So if you and your coworkers are experiencing any unexplained medical problems (be sure to see a doctor), or if you have discovered or think you have discovered a mold outbreak in the workplace, it is time to call a professional mold remediation service.

Mold should be removed right away and while the average do-it-yourselfer can address small mold cleanups, a professional should be brought in to handle larger outbreaks.

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) is a certified inspection, remediation and consulting company with the expertise to help clients quickly and affordably correct indoor air quality issues resulting from mold, water intrusion, fire, sewage, and more. For nearly a decade, our consultative approach and proven methodologies have helped residential and commercial customers throughout Maryland and Washington, DC to resolve even the most difficult environmental problems.

If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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What to Expect when Hiring Someone for Mold Remediation Services

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Do-it-yourself mold cleanup is perfectly acceptable for small mold outbreaks. But if scrubbing and bleaching don’t solve your mold problem, it is probably time to call a professional. Don’t take too long, because a small mold problem can become a big mold problem in a very little amount of time.

A professional will be able to uncover and remove harmful mold spores, getting to the source of the outbreak.

This article from HouseLogic.com explains what to expect from a qualified mold remediation specialist.

When you need professional mold remediation, look for an independent consultant with credentials in mold remediation and investigation. Such professionals should:

•      Demonstrate completion of industry-approved coursework in mold investigation given by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene or the American Council for Accredited Certification (formerly the American Indoor Air Quality Council).

•      Provide a written report that includes lab results of air and surface samples.

•     Work independently from a mold remediation outfit.

•     Refrain from selling you products.

The process:

Mold remediation begins with a visual inspection, lasting anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Next, the specialist may suggest taking air and surface samples. This will help to identify the particular mold, for health reasons. Some molds are, after all, toxic.

Now it is time to come up with a mold removal plan. If cleanup is a simple DIY project, the consultant will advise you about procedures, protective equipment, and tools. He should also tell you where/what moisture problem gave birth to the spores.

If the cleanup is beyond anything the do-it-yourselfer can handle, it is time to let the professional mold remediator go to work. Cleanup can be as simple as spraying and disinfecting drywall, or as complex as:

•      HVAC disinfection

•      Drywall, stud, and insulation removal

•      Cleaning personal belongings

•      HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration

If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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10 Ways to Prevent Mold Damage in your Home

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

You know all the facts. Mold is both a health risk and it can seriously damage your home. And you know that mold removal can often be an expensive process. What you may not know is how you can minimize and even eliminate mold growth by controlling the moisture in your home.

This article from HouseLogic.com will help. It provides 10 ways to control and combat mold in your home.

1.   Eliminate Clutter: Clutter blocks airflow and prevents your HVAC system from circulating air. Furniture and draperies that block supply grilles cause condensation. All this moisture creates microclimates in your home that welcome and feed mold growth.

2.   Control indoor climate: To prevent moisture problems, and maximize energy efficiency, set the thermostat at 78 degrees F.

3.   Shut windows and doors when AC is on: When you open windows and doors, you let air conditioning escape, waste money, and invite humid air into your cooler home: This causes condensation, which mold loves.

4.   Properly size your AC unit: Install an HVAC unit that is just right. For guidance, call an HVAC professional.

5.   Monitor humidity: An indoor humidity monitor will help you keep track of moisture levels that, ideally, fall between 35% and 50% relative humidity.

6.   Evaluate your AC: If you get a high humidity reading, first make sure your air conditioning is doing its job. Is it set to the proper temperature? Is it cycling on and off periodically? Does it blow cold air when it reaches the set point? Are coils clean?

7.   Look for standing water: If the air conditioner isn’t the issue, search for standing water or chronic dampness that is increasing indoor humidity and providing a lovely environment for mold.

8.   Cover crawl space: Ground water seeping into crawl spaces can add gallons of moisture vapor into your house every day. The simplest defense is to cover crawl space floors with a plastic vapor barrier.

9.   Add a dehumidifier: A dehumidifier removes excess moisture from the air. It is that simple.

10. Call a professional: When all else fails, or if you would just rather a professional handle everything, call a mold remediation specialist.

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) is a certified mold inspector interior contractor, dedicated to restoring indoor air-quality and environmental conditions for homes and businesses in Maryland and Washington DC.

As an established inspection, remediation, consulting company, we use our expertise to help clients resolve toxic and non-toxic related mold problems fast and economically with knowledge, integrity, and proven methodology.

If you’re looking for a hard-working, dependable company at an affordable price, Atlantic Environmental Solutions is the clear choice for you.

If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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Mold in Rentals

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Mold can be found almost anywhere, from attics and basements, to bathrooms, carpets, wall paneling, ceiling tiles, etc. Molds can be black, white, green, or even gray. Some are powdery, while others are fairly shiny.

Some molds are harmless, yet others pose serious health risks to you and your loved ones. But since it is often hard for a novice to tell the difference between a harmless and a harmful mold, all molds you come across should be treated as harmful and dealt with in a timely manner.

But if you live in an apartment or rental home, is it your responsibility to have the mold removed?

For the most part, landlord responsibilities regarding mold are not clearly defined in building codes, ordinances, statutes, or regulations. Some states (Maryland is one of them) and cities do have specific mold laws, explaining how landlords can be held responsible for mold problems. These laws include:

Federal Law. No federal law sets permissible exposure limits or building tolerance standards for mold.

State Laws. California, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, and Maryland have all passed laws aimed at developing guidelines and regulations for mold in indoor air.

For example, California’s “Toxic Mold Protection Act of 2001″ authorizes the state’s Department of Health Services (DHS) to set permissible levels of indoor mold exposure for sensitive populations (like children, or people with compromised immune systems or respiratory problems). The California law also allows DHS to develop identification and remediation standards for contractors, owners, and landlords and requires landlords to disclose to current and prospective tenants the presence of any known or suspected mold. To date, the DHS has not published its findings.

Local Laws. A few cities have enacted ordinances related to mold. For example:

•      New York City. Landlords in New York City must follow Department of Health guidelines for indoor air quality.

•      San Francisco. In San Francisco, mold is considered a legal nuisance, putting it into the same category as trash accumulation or an infestation of vermin. Tenants (and local health inspectors) can sue landlords under private and public nuisance laws if they fail to clean up serious problems.

If you have found mold in your apartment or rental and you are protected by any of the laws above, it may be time to contact your landlord.

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Mold: What is it, How Do You Get Rid of it, and How Can You Prevent it From Growing Again?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Darkness, moisture, and a lack of ventilation all lead to one thing – mold. Mold is an unwelcome houseguest, but often shows up more than your favorite aunt or uncle. Mold is persistent and does not easily take the hint that you don’t want it around. Sometimes the only way to truly get rid of mold is with the help of a professional remediation service, like Atlantic Environmental Solutions.

But before you go calling in the big boys, it is nice to know what you are dealing with, how to cleanup small outbreaks yourself, and how to prevent future mold growth. This article from PlanetGreen.com can help. It outlines several interesting and useful facts about mold.

  1. Molds are microscopic life forms that can be found outdoors or indoors. Not all molds are bad; for instance, those used to make cheese and antibiotics are good. Toxic or allergenic molds that grow indoors, however, are bad news.
  2. Beyond being gross and smelly, mold can be seriously dangerous to your health. There are a variety of molds, and many have been linked to a number of symptoms, including allergic reactions, headaches, dizziness, decreased concentration, agitation, and severe asthma. Some people are especially vulnerable to mold exposure: infants and children, the elderly, pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems and people with existing respiratory conditions.
  3. Trust your nose: if you smell mildew, there is a problem somewhere. Don’t delay in eradicating it at its source. If you can’t find where the odor is originating, hire professionals to do it for you.
  4. In addition to harming people, an untreated mold problem can cause tremendous property damage. The cleanup of which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Again, get to the source early.
  5. If your mold problem is small (a few square feet), you can probably do the cleanup yourself. Always wear rubber gloves and a quality mask. While bleach may remove mold from the surface, a proper mildewcide needs to be used to kill mold and mold spores.
  6. If the problem is greater than a few square feet, it’s recommended that you hire a professional to remove the mold for you.
  7. To prevent mold, make sure rooms are well-ventilated. Invest in the right sized air conditioner or humidifier for rooms during humid months. In the colder months, proper insulation of exterior walls helps prevent condensation on inner walls.

If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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