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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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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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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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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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Mold and Asthma

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Mold can very negatively affect any asthmatic person.  From inflaming a person’s symptoms to triggering a full on Asthma attack, mold is dangerous for any person with respiratory issues.  This is alarming because mold can thrive on almost any moist surface.  It is for these health reasons that it is important to rid your environments of mold, especially if you are afflicted with asthma.

The EPA mentions some easy ways to rid your home of this threat to your respiratory system:

  • Wash mold off hard surfaces and dry completely. Absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be replaced if they are contaminated with mold.
  • Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water.
  • Keep drip pans in your air conditioner, refrigerator and dehumidifier clean and dry.
  • Use exhaust fans or open windows in kitchens and bathrooms when showering, cooking or using the dishwasher.
  • Vent clothes dryers to the outside.

Humidity level is also an important factor is keeping mold away. The EPA recommends that your mold levels be between 30 and 50% for ideal conditions.  These levels are measured with hygrometers which can be purchased at most hardware stores.

For more information about getting rid of mold in your home, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions here or by calling 410-296-6653.

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Mold prevention basics

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Though there are many hints and tips when it comes to mold prevention, there are some pretty basic principles that make it pretty simple. Mold needs air, moisture and a food source to grow. You can’t eliminate air from a home nor can you get rid of all food sources because almost any surface is food for mold. You’re left with controlling moisture to prevent mold, and this article provides the basics for reducing moisture in your home.

Proper ventilation is essential for all areas of the home including attics and crawlspaces. Ventilation keeps moisture moving so mold can’t use it to grow. Preventing condensation is another major factor because condensation means water sitting on surfaces. Eliminating clutter is third consideration for preventing mold. Clutter inhibits proper air flow and provides more surfaces for mold growth.

We hope you’ll be able to prevent mold outbreaks by following these principles, but they can still happen. If they do, contact us. We can diagnose and correct your mold problem.

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