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What to Expect when Hiring Someone for Mold Remediation Services

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Do-it-yourself mold cleanup is perfectly acceptable for small mold outbreaks. But if scrubbing and bleaching don’t solve your mold problem, it is probably time to call a professional. Don’t take too long, because a small mold problem can become a big mold problem in a very little amount of time.

A professional will be able to uncover and remove harmful mold spores, getting to the source of the outbreak.

This article from HouseLogic.com explains what to expect from a qualified mold remediation specialist.

When you need professional mold remediation, look for an independent consultant with credentials in mold remediation and investigation. Such professionals should:

•      Demonstrate completion of industry-approved coursework in mold investigation given by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene or the American Council for Accredited Certification (formerly the American Indoor Air Quality Council).

•      Provide a written report that includes lab results of air and surface samples.

•     Work independently from a mold remediation outfit.

•     Refrain from selling you products.

The process:

Mold remediation begins with a visual inspection, lasting anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours. Next, the specialist may suggest taking air and surface samples. This will help to identify the particular mold, for health reasons. Some molds are, after all, toxic.

Now it is time to come up with a mold removal plan. If cleanup is a simple DIY project, the consultant will advise you about procedures, protective equipment, and tools. He should also tell you where/what moisture problem gave birth to the spores.

If the cleanup is beyond anything the do-it-yourselfer can handle, it is time to let the professional mold remediator go to work. Cleanup can be as simple as spraying and disinfecting drywall, or as complex as:

•      HVAC disinfection

•      Drywall, stud, and insulation removal

•      Cleaning personal belongings

•      HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filtration

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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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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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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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What Causes Mold in AC Units?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Mold can grow almost anywhere. You can find it in your walls, in your basement and on your pipes. But did you also know that mold can even make its way into your air conditioner, circulating its dangerous spores throughout your home? Well, it can.

This article from eHow.com explains the causes, signs, and solutions you need to be aware of if you think you may have a mold outbreak in your air conditioning unit.

If your AC unit’s condenser pan does not properly drain, you could be at risk for a mold outbreak. The increased moisture levels and humidity inside the unit promote mold growth. So it is important to properly maintain your AC unit, cleaning it from time to time and checking it for issues.

If you think you may already have a mold problem, there are a few signs you can look for. The number one indicator of a mold outbreak is the musty smell. If this is the case, examine your unit for mold. Look around the condenser coil, inside of the unit, for green, wet mold.

Not only will the mold smell be circulated throughout your home, but the mold spores will also be blown about from room to room, increasing the chances you and your family may experience adverse health issues. These problems include nausea, headaches and respiratory issues.

Additionally, mold spores that are traveling through your air ducts may take hold there, growing a new patch of harmful mold.

If you do find mold on your AC unit, you can try cleaning the infestation yourself with a mixture of one-half cup bleach and one gallon of water. Or if you would rather leave this up to the professionals, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

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Mold Allergies and Springtime

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Mold can be a problem 365 days a year, but that problem increases in the spring.

Often mistaken for pollen allergies, mold allergies increase around the same time of the year. Mold begins to grow more rapidly as the temperature heats up.

To make things worse, you may even be suffering from both mold and pollen allergies, so it is best to consult a doctor and have some allergy testing done before you go jumping to conclusions.

If you do have mold allergies, there are some steps you can take to lessen the pain.

1.   You can take allergy shots to help combat your mold allergy.

2.   You should open some windows in the evening to help let in some fresh air. This is the opposite of what you should do in the summer months.

3.   Turn off the fresh air intake damper for forced air heating during the spring, but open it during the summer and winter.

4.   Reduce your humidifier setting to maintain a drier atmosphere inside.  Mold likes a moist home.

5.   Keep your house warmer in the spring.

If none of this works, it may be time to call a mold specialist.

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. For nearly a decade, our consultative approach and proven methodologies have helped residential and commercial customers throughout Maryland and Washington, DC to resolve even the most difficult environmental problems.

Contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions for all of your mold removal needs by calling 410-296-6653 or clicking here today!

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