Posts Tagged ‘Health risks’

Sewage Seeping In Your Basement Requires A Professional

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

After a long day at work, the last thing you want to come home to is a flooded basement. But it could be worse; that flood could be caused by a backed up sewer pipe, meaning raw sewage is seeping into your basement. If this is the case, the last thing you have to worry about is water damage. Sewage contains bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause serious health issues for you and your family. Even if the water doesn’t appear to be dirty, it can contain up to three million bacteria per teaspoon!

So if you are ever the unfortunate victim of a home flood caused by a damaged, clogged, or broken sewer pipe, call a professional water and sewage cleanup company – like Atlantic Environmental Solutions – as soon as possible. They will not only be able to clean up the mess, but they will also sanitize and deodorize your home, restoring it to its former glory.

A professional sewage remediation company will do the follow:

Remove the sewage and standing water.

  1. Dry carpets and furniture and remove anything beyond repair.
  2. Steam clean and disinfect the affected area.
  3. Dry ceilings and walls with specialized equipment.
  4. Remove all excess moisture from the damaged area.
  5. Deodorize. This is especially essential in sewage restoration.
  6. Inspect for mold.
  7. Remove mold (if needed).

Before you know it, your home will be as good as new. This is as long as you trust your home restoration to a company with years of experience, like Atlantic Environmental Solutions.

Sewage damage is hazardous. If left untreated, it is possible for the bacteria to be transmitted throughout your home or business by simple contact with clothing or shoes. A fast, complete response to reduce health risks is essential. Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) can take action immediately, leaving a clean, sanitary environment for your family.

For the last five years, Atlantic Environmental Solutions 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.

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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Sewage Seeping In Your Basement Requires A Professional


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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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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 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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