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Mold Exposure: How Mold affects your Health & what you can do to fight back

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

In 2008, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a statement claiming that “indoor mold poses a widespread and, for some people, serious health threat.” In fact, mold has been linked to several health related disorders, including asthma/breathing problems, allergies, rashes, sinus infections, cold, flu, pneumonia, and skin infections.

Mold affects everyone differently. But those with mold allergies or individuals with existing respiratory concerns are likely to be more sensitive to mold growth.

Are you at Risk?

Dr. David Jacobs, the Director of Research for The National Center for Healthy Housing and the former director of the Office of Healthy Homes for the U.S. Department of Housing, estimates that up to 25% of U.S. homes have mold problems.

Mold Assessments: Determining if you have a Mold Problem

Do you think you may have a mold problem? If so, call the mold experts at Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES). AES offers certified commercial and residential mold inspections throughout Maryland and Washington DC.

Mold Remediation: Eliminating Mold from your Home

Almost every home is at risk for some degree of mold. The trick to dealing with mold is to quickly eliminate mold before it grows out of control. This is where AES can help!

AES employs a team of highly-trained, experienced mold remediation professionals, ensuring the proper diagnosis and remedy for your specific mold infestation. 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 about Mold Remediation 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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The Hidden Dangers of Mold Exposure

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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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How Can Mold Removal Affect My Home’s Value?

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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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Why You Should Hire a Fire Damage Restoration Professional

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

If you have recently become the unfortunate victim of a house fire, you may be contemplating a do-it-yourself restoration in order to save some money. Simply put, don’t! This approach could be an expensive mistake and end up costing you more money than hiring a professional fire and smoke damage restoration company.

Although hiring a professional may seem like an unnecessary expense, trust us, it’s not. For example, did you know that there are four different kinds of smoke? Well, there are. They include wet smoke, dry smoke, protein smoke, and fuel oil smoke. Each type requires a completely different cleaning method. If you can’t distinguish between the different types of smoke, how can you ever hope to perform a proper smoke damage restoration?

You can’t.

Professionals are professionals for a reason. They know what they are doing. They have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to restore your house to its former glory.

 

But don’t wait too long to make a decision. It is important to start your fire restoration as soon as possible. The longer you wait to call a professional restoration company, the longer the smoke has to absorb into the building materials of your home, and the longer the restoration process will take.

So call a fire damage restoration professional immediately after a fire occurs. They will respond quickly, provide you with an estimate, and let you know which building materials/part of your home can be saved and which are beyond repair.

It is that easy!

Oh yea, and your fire damage restoration company will also be able to assist you in filing a claim with your insurance agency.

So if you become the unfortunate victim of fire damage, trust your home to a professional restoration company with a track record for quality work, like Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES).

AES’ experience, certified technicians, and top-of-the-line restoration equipment make us the company you can trust when you need your fire-damaged home restored to its pre-loss condition.

Using the most advanced techniques, we excel in all areas of smoke and fire damage restoration, including the processes of deodorization, air duct cleaning, wall and floor cleansing, carpet repair and reinstallation, and contents clean-up. Contact us for fire restoration services now.

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!

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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Smoke And Fire Damage In Your Home – Why You Should Use The Services Of A Fire Restoration Company

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How to Find Quality Mold and Water Damage Specialists – Going for Expertise and Competency

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Water damage in your home can cause a number of problems, including mold growth. Because of this, properly addressing water damage in a timely manner is crucial. Mold and water damage can wreak havoc on your home, eating away at building materials and compromising your indoor air quality.

While you may be tempted to try and clean up your home yourself, the only way to truly ensure that your home is restored to its pre-water damaged state is to enlist the help of a certified mold and water damage specialist. To find a qualified remediation expert, follow these guidelines:

Certification: The first thing you need to do when looking for a mold and water damage specialist is to see if they are certified in the fields of inspection and restoration.

•           For damage specialists, check with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

•           For mold remediation, it is best to choose a contractor related to various organizations, like the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors.

Experience: Make sure your mold remediator or water damage expert has plenty of experience in their field. These tasks both require a ton of training and experience.

Quotes: After an inspection of your home, be sure to ask for a quote. Not all mold outbreaks and water damage problems are created equal. Some require a day to clean, others several days. Because of this, the price of water damage restoration and mold remediation will vary depending on the severity of your specific problem.

You should try to get quotes from at least 3 different specialists.

Ask Questions: Do they guarantee their work? Do they offer any type of warranty? Do they isolate rooms? Do they take air samples? If so, where do they send them? Is the laboratory reputable?

Water damage and mold outbreaks are both serious problems that require special attention. So be sure you are employing a company that is up to the task, a company like Atlantic Environmental Solutions!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and DC. And for the last five years, AES has also been providing efficient and 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.

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

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!

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How to Find a Quality Mold and Water Damage Specialist – Going for Expertise and Competency

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Why Do It Yourself Mold Cleanup Is Not Recommended

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Mold in your home is nothing to take lightly. It can be a serious problem that not only damages your home – eating away at construction materials – but also the health of your family. Mold can cause respiratory diseases, skin infections, rashes and asthma attacks.

Because of this, proper mold damage removal is extremely important; so leave the remediation to the professionals. There are several reasons you should avoid attempting any mold cleanup on your own, including:

Protective Equipment: Proper clothing, rubber gloves, boots and goggles are just a few of the items you will need before carrying out any mold cleanup. Without these safety measures, you are at an increased risk of infection or allergic reaction.

Knowledge: Proper mold remediation requires a working knowledge of mold. Only a professional mold contractor will know how to completely eliminate the mold from your home, while also locating the source of the outbreak and correcting it.

Chemicals: Restoration requires the use of EPA approved chemicals. Only a trained mold remediation specialist will know how to use these chemicals effectively.

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.

So next time you find mold in your home, don’t even think about trying to attack the problem on your own, call a well qualified, professional mold remediation service – like Atlantic Environmental Solutions!

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.

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!

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Why Do It Yourself Mold Cleanup is Not Recommended

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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 Importance of Hiring a Flood Cleanup Contractor to Carry Out Your Restoration Work

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Water damage cleanup may look easy, but trust us when we say that it is not. In fact, attempting a flood cleanup on your own could be disastrous. This is why hiring a professional flood restoration company is a much better idea for you and your home.

So what are the biggest advantages of enlisting the help of an expert water remediation company?

  1. Knowledge: Did you know that there are three different categories of water? Category 1 is the least harmful and includes water from a broken pipe or overflowing sink. Category 3, however, can damage your property and directly impact your health. Also known as black water, it comes from sources like sewers, seawater, river water, or floodwater and can contain bacteria, fungi, and other health hazards. A professional water damage remediation company has the knowledge and equipment to properly eliminate the stagnant water and sanitize the affected area with various EPA approved chemicals.
  2. Professional Assessment: An expert will be able to assess your water damage cleanup as either Class 1,2,3, or 4 and act accordingly. Class 1 is the least harmful and posses very little threat to your property. Class 3 and 4, however, include heavy moisture absorption, mold growth and serve damage to your property.
  3. Insurance Benefits: A professional restoration company will also help the homeowner with the insurance claims process. Many homeowners who have attempted do-it-yourself restoration have often struggled to recover the costs from their insurance companies, who often dispute some charges as unnecessary costs.

So if you find yourself dealing with 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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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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Symptoms of Black Mold Poisoning

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Many molds are pretty harmless, but others, like black mold (also known as toxic mold), can be dangerous. Black mold is a type of fungi that grows on anything – from walls, wood, inside air conditioners, clothes, food, carpets, etc. – in humid/damp areas with very little light.

This article from Buzzle.com outlines the signs of Black Mold, symptoms of Black Mold poisoning and tips for controlling Black Mold.

What are the signs of Mold?

  1. Moisture on the surfaces: Mold loves moisture. It is one of the key components of mold growth.
  2. Stains on the wall: Yellowish stain, due to moisture, can greatly help initial mold growth. If you start to see greenish, blackish or brownish patches sprout up, that is probably mold.
  3. Odor: A musty odor almost always indicates mold growth.
  4. Respiratory system response in the people: If anyone in your houshold begins to develop respiratory problems (allergies, asthma, etc.), then in that case there is a possibility of high mold growth.
  5. Poisoning due to mold: Poisoning due to the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) formed by mold is one of the most prominent sign of potential mold growth.

Symptoms of black mold poisoning:

o    Uneasiness in respiration

o    Headaches

o    Cough

o    Red eyes

o    Development of rashes and hives on skin

o    Nausea

o    Memory loss

o    In some cases, people experience bleeding in lungs

o    Lethargy

o    Dizziness

o    Lack in concentration

o    Problem caused due to irritation in mucous membranes

o    Asthma

o    Allergic reactions (such as itching of nose, runny nose etc.) of respiratory and/or nervous system etc

o    Irregularity in blood pressure

o    Damaged digestion and respiratory system

o    Infections of urinary track, problems in urination etc.

o    Pain in liver and other internal organs

o    High level or prolonged exposure to mold can lead to infertility in the patient

How mold can be controlled? (Tips for controlling mold problem)

o    Moisture is one of the most important factor for the growth of mold. By making it sure that the level of moisture is under check you can keep molds at bay. (Relative humidity i.e. RH can help in finding out when you need to dehumidify your building/house)

o    If there is any water leakage/intrusion, pipe leak, roof leak, condensation problem etc; it should be prevented first.

o    Ensure the air conditioners, HVAC systems, and air/ventilation ducts are clean. Normally mold formed in these systems are more dangerous as it easily escapes the human eye inspection.

o    Bathrooms are the most prone places for mold formation and growth. The tiles, curtains and appliances inside the bathrooms should be properly cleaned/removed in order to avoid mold formation.

o    If possible, use air purifiers to cleanse the air inside your house. Air purifiers can help in reducing the airborne particles of mold spores.

o    Now a day, there are many paints/anti mold products available in market that can resist moisture and/or mold at certain level. Using such products can also help in prevention of mold.

Mold is nothing to play around with. If you think you have the early signs of mold, contact a professional mold remediation service 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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