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High School Responds to Complaints about Indoor Air Quality

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Last week, we explained how Poor Indoor Air Quality in Schools could be affecting your Child’s Health. Now, one school – Deerfield High School – is responding, clearing out debris and vacuuming ceiling tiles in hopes of improving the indoor air quality of the 51-year-old building.

This mass cleaning effort came after a number of school employees had “expressed that they have sensitive respiratory systems” and that the indoor air quality of the building was causing them to become sick. These claims were further supported when an air quality test performed in April found mold above the ceilings in several of the offices.

Since the test results were released, the school has already removed several water-stained ceiling tiles on top of its most recent efforts to improve the indoor air quality of the building. But is it enough? What about the potential mold, dirt, dust, and other debris located in the building’s ductwork?

If the ductwork is not properly cleaned, these contaminants may be spread throughout the school by the building’s own heating and air conditioning system. So what’s the solution?

Atlantic Environmental Solutions!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) is your qualified source of air duct cleaning for dryer vents, heating / air conditioning systems, ductwork and more! Our trained professionals dispose of the collection of dust, mold spores, pollen, and insect remains, which inevitably accumulate in ductwork over time.

If you have any questions about or Indoor Air Quality, HVAC Cleaning, or Duct Cleaning Services or if you have a situation that needs immediate attention, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

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Improve Indoor Air Quality with Professional Duct Cleaning :: HVAC Cleaning

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

As we told you last week, it is recommended that you have your air ducts and HVAC system cleaned every two years (more frequently if you have serious allergies, own pets, or smoke). This week, we are going to focus on several of the benefits of professional duct cleaning. These benefits include:

  1. Health Benefits: Dirty air ducts are often a major source of indoor air pollution, containing everything from bacteria, fungi, and dust to mold and other allergens. Contaminated ductwork allows these allergens to be spread throughout your home or business. This can lead to the development of chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, lung disease, headaches and migraines, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, insomnia, and tiredness.
  2. Cleaner Home: Just imagine how much debris, dust, and dirt is circulated through your home. Cleaning your air ducts will help cut down on that and help you maintain a beautiful home.
  3. Improved Air Circulation: Without so many contaminants clogging the ductwork, your HVAC system will work more efficiently.
  4. Saves you Money: An efficient HVAC system means lower heating and cooling bills, which means additional money in your pocket.
  5. And more!

You can improve the indoor air quality of your home or business with Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES), your qualified source of air duct cleaning for dryer vents, heating / air conditioning systems, ductwork and more! Our trained professionals dispose of the collection of dust, mold spores, pollen, and insect remains, which inevitably accumulate in ductwork over time.

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

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How Mold Affects Your Home

Friday, February 10th, 2012

You have heard time and time again that mold is bad. You have seen commercials promoting mold remediation services. You have heard radio spots promising fast and speedy mold cleanup. You may have even read one of our previous blog posts. But do you know why mold is bad for your home?

Well, it can negatively affect your home in several ways, including:

Structural Damage: Serious mold outbreaks can eat away at wood and concrete structures, causing serious damage and costing you thousands in home repairs.

Cleanliness: Large amounts of mold can create an unhealthy living situation. Mold has been linked to several health issues including asthma, allergies, rashes, sinus infections, cold/flu, pneumonia, skin infections, and more.

Mold is Just the Beginning: Mold in your home could be a sign of other problems, such as leaky pipes, foundation cracks, or leaking in your attic or basement.

Depreciation of Value: Because of the above situations, mold outbreaks can actually cause your home to depreciate in value.

So, as you can see, mold can be extremely damaging to your home, your health, and your wallet.

If you ever become the unfortunate victim of toxic black mold, entrust your mold removal project to a professional restoration company, like Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES).

AES offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and Washington DC.

AES employs a team of highly-trained, experienced professionals ensuring the proper diagnosis and remedy for your specific air quality concern. Using state-of-the-art equipment and following protocols established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we employ the most effective techniques to ensure safe indoor air quality during and after the abatement process.

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!

While everyone is affected differently by mold, people with existing respiratory concerns, such as asthma, are likely to be extremely sensitive to it. To address this common problem safely and effectively, Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and DC. Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) hires a third-party industrial hygienist for certified clearance testing.

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Black Mold: What is it and What are the Warning Signs Your Home may Need Mold Remediation?

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Toxic black mold is nothing to mess with, but it also no reason to panic. While it has been linked to several health issues – including asthma, allergies, rashes, sinus infections, cold/flu, pneumonia, skin infections, and more – black mold is very treatable. But time is of the essence. The longer you take to deal with toxic mold, the worse the infestation will get and the worse the above health issues will become. So here are 7 warning signs that you may have a mold problem:

Leaky Basement: A leaking or flooded basement is the perfect breeding ground for mold. It is dark, damp, and humid. It has everything that mold is looking for. So be sure to check your basement regularly for leaks, especially after a big storm.

Musty Odors: Black mold has a very specific, musty smell.

Blocked Rain Gutters: If your rain gutters are clogged, water can easily seep through the ceiling and walls, dampen your insulation, and create the perfect breeding ground for black mold.

Unexplained Allergic Reactions: Are you experiencing allergic reactions, but you cannot figure out why? You might be experiencing the effects of black mold!

Warped Floors: Water can collect between the gaps of poorly sealed floors, leading to warping and potential black mold problems.

Discolored Walls and Peeling Paint: If your walls are stained yellow, this is almost always a sign of excess moisture. And excess moisture is almost always a good sign of black mold.

Unexplained Headaches: Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of black mold poisoning. If you have frequent, unexplainable headaches, consult a mold remediation specialist to test for mold in your home.

Coughing up Blood: This is one of the most advanced symptoms of mold poisoning. If you experience this, get yourself to the hospital immediately!

If you feel as if your home may be infected by black mold, contact a professional restoration company, like Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES), as soon as possible.

AES offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and Washington DC.

AES employs a team of highly-trained, experienced professionals ensuring the proper diagnosis and remedy for your specific air quality concern. Using state-of-the-art equipment and following protocols established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we employ the most effective techniques to ensure safe indoor air quality during and after the abatement process.

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!

While everyone is affected differently by mold, people with existing respiratory concerns, such as asthma, are likely to be extremely sensitive to it. To address this common problem safely and effectively, Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and DC. Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) hires a third-party industrial hygienist for certified clearance testing.

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What is Black Mold? Seven Signs Your Home May Need Mold Remediation

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The Professional Mold Removal Process Explained

Friday, January 20th, 2012

When left unattended, stachybotrys chartarum – better known as toxic black mold – can wreak havoc on your home and your loved ones. This unwanted infestation not only damages the structures of your home, slowly eating away at building materials, but it is has also been linked to several health issues. These include:

• Asthma and other breathing problems

• Allergies

•Rashes

• Sinus infections

•Cold and flu

• Pneumonia

• Skin infections

These conditions are not overly serious, but like the mold, if they are left untreated they will only get worse. Some of the above mentioned medical issues can escalate into major respiratory issues or even require hospitalization.

So as you can see, toxic mold is nothing to mess around with!

If you suspect your home may have a mold problem, call a professional mold remediation service right away. Here are the five basic steps to any professional mold cleanup:

  1. Assessment: Before a professional clean up service can get to work, they need to know what they are dealing with. What type of mold has infected your home and what is the extent of that infestation?
  2. Containment: Once mold has been found, the mold removal contractor will seal off the affected area of the home. This will ensure that the remediation process does not stir up any mold spores and spread them to other parts of your home.
  3. Filtration: In order to fully remove mold from your home, a mold remediation specialist will also need to remove any mold from the air. To do this, he/she will use a filtration machine with a HEPA filter.
  4. Removal: Now we get into the actual removal process. While certain non-porous materials are easy to clean, porous materials – like wood and concrete – may need to be removed from the home completely. So be prepared: if the mold infestation is bad enough, you may lose some possessions.
  5. Chemicals: Restoration requires the use of EPA approved chemicals. Only a trained mold remediation specialist will know how to use these chemicals effectively.
  6. Disposal: Mold spores can easily spread through the air. This is why proper disposal techniques are so very important. Only Mold contractors have the trained personnel and necessary equipment to do this properly.
  7. Repair: Your mold remediation contractor will either be able to repair any damage to your home or recommend someone who can.

So if you ever become the unfortunate victim of toxic black mold, entrust your mold removal project to a professional restoration company, like Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES).

AES offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and Washington DC.

AES employs a team of highly-trained, experienced professionals ensuring the proper diagnosis and remedy for your specific air quality concern. Using state-of-the-art equipment and following protocols established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we employ the most effective techniques to ensure safe indoor air quality during and after the abatement process.

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!

While everyone is affected differently by mold, people with existing respiratory concerns, such as asthma, are likely to be extremely sensitive to it. To address this common problem safely and effectively, Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and DC. Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) hires a third-party industrial hygienist for certified clearance testing.

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Mold Damage Removal Services by a Professional Contractor

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Did you know that there are over 100,000 different types of mold that can grow in your home? Well, there are. Molds are everywhere in our environment. In nature, they play an important role by breaking down organic matter. Indoors, they have the potential to cause major destruction. They grow and multiply whenever sufficient moisture is available and organic material is present.

Because of this, mold is a constant, ever-present threat – a threat that needs to be dealt with before it grows out of control.

Mold can cause several health problems, including: respiratory illness, infections, rashes, asthma, and much more! Furthermore, mold can be very damaging to your home, as well. It will slowly eat away at organic construction materials like walls and ceilings.

So protect your home and your loved ones from the threat of mold and call a professional mold removal service at the first sign of an outbreak. These professional mold remediators will perform the following tasks:

First they will identify the source of the mold outbreak and help to eliminate that source to prevent future problems.

Next the mold remediation specialist will examine the extent of the mold outbreak and determine what needs to be done for a complete removal.

Finally, the disposal. Professional contractors will treat mold like hazardous materials and get rid of them safely and securely.

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!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and DC.

AES employs a team of highly-trained, experienced professionals ensuring the proper diagnosis and remedy for your specific air quality concern. Using state-of-the-art equipment and following protocols established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we employ the most effective techniques to ensure safe indoor air quality during and after the abatement process. AES is also a licensed and insured contractor so you’re assured the highest quality service for every project you entrust to us.

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The How and Why of Black Mold Removal

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Not all mold is harmful, but others – like Stachybotrys, also known as black mold – can cause adverse health problems, like: swollen, irritated, itchy and burning eyes; weight loss; constant dull, throbbing headache accompanied by sneezing; red and itchy skin; increased risk of asthma and respiratory problems; and increased susceptibility to other infectious diseases. In the most severe exposures to the fungus, brain damage, lung cancer and even death can occur.

This article from Articlebase.com explains the importance of proper mold removal and remediation.

In order to lessen health risks, black mold should be removed as soon as possible after it has been discovered.  It has a harmful toxin that affects normal body functions.

If you feel as if you have been exposed, a simple blood test can be administered to find out. Exposure to mold is seen in the human body as an allergic response to something toxic. The body will increase the amount of killer T white blood cells, producing antibodies in an attempt to destroy the mold spores. The doctor will look for a rise in the white blood cell count to confirm or disprove your worries.

Since, like most molds, black mold thrives in areas of high moisture and humidity – like bathrooms, cabinets, kitchens, basements, etc. – the only way to truly be sure you rid yourself of this harmful fungus is to hire a professional mold remediation specialist.

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

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What are 10 Things I Need to know about Mold?

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

You know tons about mold, right? Well think again…

Mold is a tricky thing to deal with. It comes in many forms; some are harmful and some are fairly harmless, but can you tell the difference? And then there is mold prevention and remediation. Do you know how to prevent mold from growing in your home or how to get rid of it if it is already present? If you answered no to either of these questions, it is time to get caught up on your mold education.

This article from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can help. It provides the ten things everyone needs to know about mold.

1.    Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.

2.    There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

3.    If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.

4.    Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.

5.    Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.

6.    Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.

7.    Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.

8.    Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.

9.    In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).

10.   Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Hopefully you now know more about mold than you did before reading this article. If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665or click here today!

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Health Effects of Mold

Friday, July 1st, 2011

While most molds are harmless to the majority of the world, there are certain molds that can trigger serious health effects in people, especially those individuals with existing health concerns or who are sensitive to mold. Those with allergies or asthma may experience skin rash and itching, running nose, eye irritation, cough, congestion, and aggravation of asthma. In more serious cases, certain individuals have experienced fever, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, respiratory dysfunction (including coughing-up blood), frequent and excessive nose bleeds, dizziness, headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, infection and liver damage.

So what do you need to know to stay safe? This article from Weather.com explains what you should do if you feel you are experiencing mold-related health issues.

There are medical tests to determine if you are allergic to a particular substance, such as mold. These can be performed on skin or blood, although skin tests are considered more reliable, yield results more quickly, are less expensive than blood tests and are generally considered more sensitive.

However, if you feel as if you are already experiencing mold-related symptoms, you should first consult a family or general health care provider who will decide whether you need referral to a specialist. Such specialists might include an allergist who treats patients with mold allergies or an infectious disease physician who treats mold infections.

But the only way to truly rid yourself of any health risks is to rid yourself of the mold source.

So if you feel you may have a mold outbreak in your home, it is probably best to call a professional mold detection/remediation service to inspect your home and remove any potentially harmful mold. If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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Benefits of Getting Your Air Ducts Cleaned

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Indoor air quality has quickly become one of the premier health issues of our time. And with the American Lung Association reporting that indoor air pollution has become “significantly more prevalent in homes and businesses,” and the Environmental Protection Agency declaring “6 out of 10 homes are ‘sick,’” it is becoming increasingly apparent that homeowners and businesses need take steps to improve their air quality.

Unhealthy air can result in respiratory problems such as asthma, allergies, poor sleep patterns, headaches, and fatigue. But there is hope. One way to combat indoor air pollution is to have your ductwork professionally inspected and cleaned.

This article from AmericanLungAssociationCarDonation.Blogspot.com explains the benefits of that process.

Duct cleaning, which should be performed by a licensed professional using a special machine, consists of cleaning the air duct passages, heat exchanger, fan motor, vent registers and other components that collect dirt, dust, mold/mildew and other debris.

Benefits of duct cleaning include:

1 When you have your ducts cleaned you are creating a healthier indoor environment. Pollen, dirt, dust, dirt, bacteria, mold, pet dander, and other harmful substances can accumulate in the air ducts. When the air blows through the ducts, the harmful substances are released in the room air causing sickness. By having the ducts cleaned, your breathing will improve, your sinuses will clear up, you notice a drastic drop in sneezing and coughing, there will be less build up of dust and dirt on the furniture, you will sleep better and wake up more rested and alert. As well, your children and pets will be healthier. There will also be an improvement in odor of the room. Your room air will be clean and fresh.

2. Having your air duct cleaned is good for your heating and cooling unit. When there is an accumulation of foreign matter in the ducts and heating/cooling system, the system will not work as well, it will actually work harder to heat the rooms. This will cause strain on the system which can cause a break down. As well, working harder will cause an increase in your heating bills. A clean duct system will increase efficiency and lower your heating costs.

3. Without cleaning, over time ducts moisture and debris will accumulate. This environment will result in the growth of mold, fungi, mildew, and bacteria. As well, mice or rats running through the ducts will leave their droppings behind resulting in further contamination. Dust mites and ants will also accumulate and leave their waste. All of these contaminates will blow through a home and cause sickness when inhaled. Having your air ducts cleaned will keep air ducts dry and remove the breeding environment for vermin, insects, and prevent further infestation.

So do the right thing and have your air ducts professionally cleaned and inspected. This will not only improve your health (and your family’s health) but it will also extend the life of your heating a cooling unit. So what are you waiting for? Schedule a cleaning as soon as possible. If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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