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Mold Remediation: It’s Serious Business

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

As a business owner or building manager, when you discover mold in your building, you have no choice but to call a professional mold remediation company. If not dealt with properly, mold can not only eat away at building materials, but mold can also adversely affect the health of your employees, clients, and/or customers.

Warning Signs of Mold

  • Black patches on walls, floors, ceilings, and other structures.
  • You may notice a strong musty, stale smell.
  • Inhabitants may exhibit health symptoms, such as allergic reactions, congestion, cough, sore throat, and much more.
  • Excess humidity and moisture. While not directly warnings signs of mold, they can be contributing factors of mold.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact your local mold remediation experts to come and access your unique situation.

The Mold Remediation Process

If it is determined that you have mold, the mold remediation professional will do the following:

  • Locate: Before mold remediation can begin, the full extent of the problem must be determined. If all instances of mold are not dealt with, the infestation will just worsen again.
  • Isolate: When agitated, mold spores travel through the air, spreading the infestation throughout the building. This is what makes mold so hard to deal with. And this is why the problem must be isolated and sealed off before remediation efforts can begin.
  • Remove: Remediation professionals will remove any affected materials, such as carpets, furniture, etc.
  • Clean: Once the mold infestation is located and isolated and all affected materials have been removed, the actual mold remediation can begin.

Atlantic Environmental Solutions: Mold Remediation in and around Baltimore, Maryland

Atlantic Environmental Solutions 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!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) is a certified inspection, remediation and consulting company with the expertise to help clients quickly and affordably correct indoor air quality issues resulting from mold, water intrusion, fire, sewage, and more.

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Mold Remediation for Buildings

 

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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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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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Mold: What is it, How Do You Get Rid of it, and How Can You Prevent it From Growing Again?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Darkness, moisture, and a lack of ventilation all lead to one thing – mold. Mold is an unwelcome houseguest, but often shows up more than your favorite aunt or uncle. Mold is persistent and does not easily take the hint that you don’t want it around. Sometimes the only way to truly get rid of mold is with the help of a professional remediation service, like Atlantic Environmental Solutions.

But before you go calling in the big boys, it is nice to know what you are dealing with, how to cleanup small outbreaks yourself, and how to prevent future mold growth. This article from PlanetGreen.com can help. It outlines several interesting and useful facts about mold.

  1. Molds are microscopic life forms that can be found outdoors or indoors. Not all molds are bad; for instance, those used to make cheese and antibiotics are good. Toxic or allergenic molds that grow indoors, however, are bad news.
  2. Beyond being gross and smelly, mold can be seriously dangerous to your health. There are a variety of molds, and many have been linked to a number of symptoms, including allergic reactions, headaches, dizziness, decreased concentration, agitation, and severe asthma. Some people are especially vulnerable to mold exposure: infants and children, the elderly, pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems and people with existing respiratory conditions.
  3. Trust your nose: if you smell mildew, there is a problem somewhere. Don’t delay in eradicating it at its source. If you can’t find where the odor is originating, hire professionals to do it for you.
  4. In addition to harming people, an untreated mold problem can cause tremendous property damage. The cleanup of which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Again, get to the source early.
  5. If your mold problem is small (a few square feet), you can probably do the cleanup yourself. Always wear rubber gloves and a quality mask. While bleach may remove mold from the surface, a proper mildewcide needs to be used to kill mold and mold spores.
  6. If the problem is greater than a few square feet, it’s recommended that you hire a professional to remove the mold for you.
  7. To prevent mold, make sure rooms are well-ventilated. Invest in the right sized air conditioner or humidifier for rooms during humid months. In the colder months, proper insulation of exterior walls helps prevent condensation on inner walls.

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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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Dealing With Mold In Your Home

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Mold. You have seen it around your home; it shows up in your bathtubs and showers and can be easily taken care of with a store-bought cleaner. Other than that, do you really ever think about mold? Probably not.

This, however, is a mistake.

As this article from ArticlesBase.com explains, mold can be present and affecting your health long before you even know it is in your home. We are not talking about a little mold around your tub, but the kind of mold infestation that you find in basements, attics, crawlspaces, and piping; the kind of mold that clings to walls and gives of a noxious, musty smell.

Most homes have warm and moist areas in which mold can easily grow. Eliminating these areas is the only way to truly make sure your home stays mold free.

-          Look for leaks or other water related problems and repair them.

-          Maintain proper ventilation in all rooms of your home.

-          Don’t leave standing water.  Make sure it is dried up.

-          Be aware of mold odors and see if mold is undiscovered behind walls or flooring.

-          Make sure your dryers and other appliances are vented outdoors.

-          Use a dehumidifier in the home if moisture is a persistent or recurring problem.

-          Keep the home as cool as possible.  This will help cut down on humidity levels.

Mold spores are found everywhere in nature. We inhale them everyday without any negative effects. It is when we encounter heavily concentrated mold infestations (indoors), that mold becomes a serious health hazard. The health threats posed by mold are various, from mild reactions such as coughing, sore throat, or asthma problems, to more serious issues such as respiratory problems, neurological disorders, and lung disease.

While you can deal with smaller patches of mold on your own, larger infestations should be handled by a professional. 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

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Flooding: When is a Mold Clean up Job Complete?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

If you have ever had a mold infestation, you know just how time consuming and costly it can be to deal with. But how do you know when the job is done correctly and you no longer need to re-check for mold? The last thing any homeowner wants is another mold outbreak.

This article helps to answer those tough questions and identifies when you should order your post mold remediation clearance inspection and test.

There are a few things you should do after a mold cleanup.

  • Mold Clearance Inspections: After you have any large area of mold removed, you should hire an independent expert to inspect and test the building for mold before you pay the cleaning contractor. Be sure that the post mold-remediation clearance inspection includes a thorough visual inspection. Simple screening tests for the presence or absence of mold are not reliable. The last thing you want is to pay for an unsuccessful mold cleanup.
  • There should be no visible mold in the building: If you can see it, it is still there, meaning the something went wrong during the mold removal process.
  • All demolition and cleaning should have been completed before the mold clearance inspection is begun: Why test for mold if you are not finished the job? There is obviously still mold.
  • No moldy building contents should have been left in or stored in the building, and nothing that was removed from the building should have been returned unless it has been cleaned: So not be foolish. Clean everything thoroughly. You do not want to risk another mold outbreak.
  • There should be no wet areas in the building, including no hidden wet areas in building cavities or behind floor baseboard or trim: Mold likes moisture. So eliminate the moisture and you will hopefully keep the mold from coming back.
  • The building should not smell moldy: If you smell mold, there probably is mold.
  • Occupants returning to the building should not have an allergic or respiratory-distress or respiratory illness response that appears related to being inside the building. If this occurs, consult your doctor. People exposed to mold, allergens, and stress can become hyper sensitized to mold and other respiratory irritants.
  • Mold work area containment systems such as plastic barriers should be left in place until after a successful mold clearance inspection, including the lab work.

If you have any questions concerning mold, its removal or detection, please contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

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