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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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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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10 Mold Prevention Tips

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Mold can be a hazard for both your health and the environment of your home. Therefore, you should take preventative measures in order to ensure that mold is not growing in your spaces. According to this article from Planet Green there are 10 steps to mold prevention.

1. Keep Humidity Low
The less humidity in the air, the less moisture, the less mold. The EPA recommends a humidity level of 30-50%.

 

2. Give Your Roof Some Love
Make sure to keep your roof in working order. A leaky roof leads to a moldy house. Make sure to keep your gutter in good stead as well.

 

3. Clean Up Spill Quickly
If you can clean the area within 24-48 hours, mold will probably not grow.

 

4. Air Conditioners
Keep air conditioner pans clean and drain lines working correctly.

 

5. Showers
Open the window or run the exhaust fan when showering. Opening the windows is the electricity-free choice.

 

6. Vent Appliances
Vent appliances that create moisture to the outside when possible.

 

7. Increase Ventilation
Open windows when possible.

 

8. Cold Pipes
Cover those cold pipes with insulation.

 

9.  Increase Air Temperature
The EPA says increase air temperature, but we are all trying to reduce our home’s air temperature to save energy. What to do? Increasing your insulation may be a better overall solution. A dehumidifier is another option.

 

10. Keep Water Away from Foundation
Make sure the ground slopes downward away from your home. Water pooling around the foundation of your house is a sure recipe for mold.

 

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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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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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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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Mold in Residential Buildings: How to Limit Mold Growth

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Mold is everywhere. Sorry. That is just a fact. It is an essential part of the ecosystem; it is necessary for recycling organic materials, which is required to sustain plant and animal life.

As important as mold is to the environment, no one wants mold to start growing in their home or place of business. But, at some time or another, you will probably encounter indoor mold. When this happens, it is important to deal with the outbreak as quickly as possible, because, when inhaled, mold spores are unhealthy. Mold has been linked to asthma problems, allergies and other reparatory diseases.

This article from NAHB Research Center explains how mold grows in residential buildings and how you can deal with mold when you find it.

Mold spores are airborne and, no matter what you do, they will find their way into your building. The key to keeping this mold from settling in and growing is to eliminate any mold-friendly environments in your home or office.

Listed below are strategies that can help minimize mold growth:

•     Take notice of musty odors in the home because they indicate the presence of mold. Look for visible signs of mold and abate the moisture source.

•     Watch for condensation and wet spots and eliminate sources of moisture.

•     Prevent moisture resulting from condensation by increasing surface temperatures or reducing moisture levels in the air. To increase the surface temperature, insulate or increase the circulation of heated air. To reduce moisture levels in the air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify.

•     Perform building and HVAC inspections and maintenance. Repair the condensate drain if the air conditioning system’s drip pan overflows with water.

•     Vent clothes dryers to the outdoors.

•     Run the air conditioner and/or a dehumidifier during the humid months of the year. Controlling indoor air moisture to below 65 percent relative humidity will limit the probability of supporting mold growth.

•     Keep the relative humidity as low as is comfortable during the winter season for houses in cold climates. Mold growth on interior surfaces of exterior walls can occur during the heating season. The combination of cool surfaces and excessive humidity can cause a high near-surface relative humidity and condensation. Experience has shown that an air moisture level below 40 percent relative humidity during the heating season will prevent condensation on surfaces. This level of humidity may not be appropriate for houses in severe cold climates. A sign of excessive humidity is condensation on the inside of windows. If condensation is present for prolonged periods take steps to reduce the moisture source or increase ventilation.

•     Clean and dry any wet or damp areas within 48 hours.

•     Provide drainage for roof rainwater and maintain the ground with a slope that drains water away from the foundation.

•     Repair water leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.

•     Do not store organic materials such as paper, books, clothes, etc., in humid locations (such as in unconditioned basements).

•     Exercise extra care when cleaning up after water damage from flood and sewer water.

Consider the use of dehumidifiers in areas such as unconditioned basements.

So now you know how to combat your mold infestation. But if the problem persists, or the mold growth is too much for you handle on your own, it may be time to call a professional mold remediation company. If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here

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How To Get Rid Of Basement Mold

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

As you have learned throughout our several blogs, there are many different types of mold. Some are harmless, but others can cause serious health problems. One of these harmful molds is stachybotrys, which throws off spores that, once inhaled, can lead to symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome: burning eyes, headaches, fatigue and more.

This article from HowToGetRidOfStuff.com explains everything you need to know about Stachybotrys mold detection, removal and prevention.

If you think you have mold, follow these simple steps:

  1. Reduce your exposure. Avoid potentially mold-infested areas until you are sure they are mold free.
  2. Find the mold. In particular, check for leaks; you’ll generally find mold.
  3. Clean up the mold. If the job is too big for you, call a professional.
  4. Check areas that hold the potential for forming mold. Have a professional point out potential “trouble spots” in your home. Correct them.

Most homeowners can easily treat small patches of mold on their own with a diluted bleach solution. Larger infestations, on the other hand, MUST be treated by a professional. The problem is that it is often hard for the do-it-yourselfer to tell when he/she has a large mold problem since mold likes to hide in dark, often hard to examine, place. If you think you may have a larger mold outbreak than you can deal with, call a professional mold inspector to assess your situation.

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

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How to Choose the Right Water Damage Company

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Water damage can strike at any time – a burst pipe, a leaky roof, a clogged drain, a frozen pipe, etc. – and there is no way to prepare yourself for the shock of the situation. Water damage can leave you scrambling for help as you try to clean up the situation, fix the problem and preserve any personal artifacts that may have been damaged.

The entire process can be frustrating and a little confusing. You have to try and determine the next course of action while still coping with the loss of your personal effects. One way to ease the burden on yourself is to hire an experienced professional water damage restoration service.

This article from WaterDamageMoldCleanup.com explains just how you can find the right water damage restoration company.

Do your research and look for a well-qualified restoration company with plenty of experience handling water and/or sewage removal, restoration and other tasks such as mold removal. Hiring the right water damage service can provide you the ease of mind you need to get through the whole ordeal. Not only will a good restoration company help repair your damaged home, but they may also be able to speed up the insurance paperwork, helping you to get your life back on track.

So make sure you ask plenty of questions before choosing your water damage restoration company. If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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What To Do After Your House Has Flooded

Monday, May 16th, 2011

If you have ever been a flood victim, you know just how devastating the whole process can be. It takes both an emotional and a financial toll on you and your loved ones. One way to avoid some of that heartache is to be prepared. Nothing is worse than not knowing what to do in an emergency situation. You feel trapped and powerless. But one way to gain some of that power back is to know what to do in the case of a home flooding.

This article from WaterDamageMoldCleanUp.com explains the necessary steps you need to take if your home is ever flooded.

1. File a Claim: People who experience flooding and have flood insurance should call their insurance agent as soon as possible after flooding occurs to file a claim. It’s a good idea to take pictures showing the floodwaters in the house and then to take pictures again after the flood waters recede. These should be shown to the insurance adjuster when he/she comes by to assess the damages.

2. Staying Safe: Health and safety are primary considerations after floodwater damage. Any time a home is flooded it should be checked for structural damage before anyone reenters it. It’s important that electricity be turned off. The electrical wiring and heating and cooling systems should be checked to avoid the risk of electrocution. Gas should also be turned off and should not be turned back on until you make sure there are no gas leaks. If gas is smelled authorities should be called immediately. After flooding, it’s important to listen for boil water advisories to make sure the water is safe to use. Finally, it’s important to be up to date on vaccinations because floodwaters are contaminated with bacteria.

3. Cleaning Up: Cleaning up after flooding is quite a chore. In order to avoid additional damage to the foundation, remaining water should be pumped out slowly. The remaining mud must then be shoveled out. All food and toiletry items that have come in contact with the floodwater should be thrown out. Next, it’s time to decide what is salvageable and what needs to be thrown away. As a final measure, the home and all salvageable items need to disinfected with a bleach solution and dried out. For extensive instructions on how to clean up after flooding see this article: Flood Damage Clean Up

4. Fixing Up: Once the home has been disinfected and has dried out, it’s time to make repairs and refurnish it. The number of repairs needed depends on the amount of damage. Carpet and sheetrock always have to be replaced. Oftentimes floors buckle and must be redone. Furniture that could not be salvaged will have to be repurchased. For extensive instructions on how to restore water damaged furniture see this article: Flood Damage Repair

If you have any questions or if you have a water source you need tested, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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