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Eliminating Basement Odor with Mold Remediation

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Has your basement developed a smelly, musty odor? Well, the smell could be the result of mold or mildew. Because of this, it is important to call your local mold remediation specialists to further examine your situation.

Mold can be detrimental in several ways, including:

  • Mold has been linked to a variety of health issues, including asthma, allergies, rashes and sinus infections to pneumonia, skin infections, and much more!
  • Mold can damage to your home, slowly eating away at building materials like wood, cement, and drywall.

Mold remediation is important to not only eliminate the overbearing, musty smell from your basement, but also to keep your family safe and healthy.

The Mold Remediation Process

  1. Locating the Problem: What is causing the mold outbreak? Is there a leaky pipe? Is there a leaky window? How is excess moisture making its way into your basement?
  2. Isolating the Contaminated Area: Mold spores easily travel through the air when agitated. This is why it is crucial to seal off the contaminated area to prevent the spread of mold to other areas of the home.
  3. Removing affected Materials: If materials, such as carpets and furniture, have been affected by mold, there items must be removed and professionally cleaned.
  4. Cleaning the affected Area: This is the part of mold remediation that deals with actually removing the mold from the home.

The trick to dealing with mold is to quickly eliminate mold before it grows out of control. This is where Atlantic Environmental Solutions 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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Enzyme Treatments and Mold Remediation

Friday, June 15th, 2012

With countless enzyme-based mold removal products on the market – offering an easy, cost-effective alternative to professional mold remediation – it begs the question: are there any disadvantages to these products? And the simple answer is YES!

Disadvantages to Enzyme Treatments for Mold

  • Biocides are not the best way to address mold removal.
  • Enzymes have been documented to cause IgE and cell-mediated hypersensitivity.
  • The instructions for enzyme-based products call for the spraying of surfaces. This means enzymes will be inhaled, increasing the potential risk for sensitization.
  • Spraying enzyme detergents in a home will likely result in the distribution of these chemical throughout the home.

The Advantages of Professional Mold Remediation Services from Atlantic Environmental Solutions

  • 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 mold remediation professionals, ensuring the proper diagnosis and remedy for your specific mold infestation.
  • AES uses state-of-the-art equipment and follows protocols established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • AES employs the most effective techniques to ensure safe indoor air quality during and after the abatement process.

Don’t live with unsafe indoor air quality. It can seriously affect the health of everyone in your household or workplace. For all of your indoor environmental issues, contact the professionals at Atlantic Environmental Solutions.

If you have any questions about our Baltimore 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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Do Enzyme Treatments work for Mold Remediation?

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The Professional Mold Removal Process Explained

Friday, January 20th, 2012

When left unattended, stachybotrys chartarum – better known as toxic black mold – can wreak havoc on your home and your loved ones. This unwanted infestation not only damages the structures of your home, slowly eating away at building materials, but it is has also been linked to several health issues. These include:

• Asthma and other breathing problems

• Allergies

•Rashes

• Sinus infections

•Cold and flu

• Pneumonia

• Skin infections

These conditions are not overly serious, but like the mold, if they are left untreated they will only get worse. Some of the above mentioned medical issues can escalate into major respiratory issues or even require hospitalization.

So as you can see, toxic mold is nothing to mess around with!

If you suspect your home may have a mold problem, call a professional mold remediation service right away. Here are the five basic steps to any professional mold cleanup:

  1. Assessment: Before a professional clean up service can get to work, they need to know what they are dealing with. What type of mold has infected your home and what is the extent of that infestation?
  2. Containment: Once mold has been found, the mold removal contractor will seal off the affected area of the home. This will ensure that the remediation process does not stir up any mold spores and spread them to other parts of your home.
  3. Filtration: In order to fully remove mold from your home, a mold remediation specialist will also need to remove any mold from the air. To do this, he/she will use a filtration machine with a HEPA filter.
  4. Removal: Now we get into the actual removal process. While certain non-porous materials are easy to clean, porous materials – like wood and concrete – may need to be removed from the home completely. So be prepared: if the mold infestation is bad enough, you may lose some possessions.
  5. Chemicals: Restoration requires the use of EPA approved chemicals. Only a trained mold remediation specialist will know how to use these chemicals effectively.
  6. Disposal: Mold spores can easily spread through the air. This is why proper disposal techniques are so very important. Only Mold contractors have the trained personnel and necessary equipment to do this properly.
  7. Repair: Your mold remediation contractor will either be able to repair any damage to your home or recommend someone who can.

So if you ever become the unfortunate victim of toxic black mold, entrust your mold removal project to a professional restoration company, like Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES).

AES offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and Washington 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.

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!

While everyone is affected differently by mold, people with existing respiratory concerns, such as asthma, are likely to be extremely sensitive to it. To address this common problem safely and effectively, Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and DC. Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) hires a third-party industrial hygienist for certified clearance testing.

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5 Steps of Professional Mold Removal

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Why Do It Yourself Mold Cleanup Is Not Recommended

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Mold in your home is nothing to take lightly. It can be a serious problem that not only damages your home – eating away at construction materials – but also the health of your family. Mold can cause respiratory diseases, skin infections, rashes and asthma attacks.

Because of this, proper mold damage removal is extremely important; so leave the remediation to the professionals. There are several reasons you should avoid attempting any mold cleanup on your own, including:

Protective Equipment: Proper clothing, rubber gloves, boots and goggles are just a few of the items you will need before carrying out any mold cleanup. Without these safety measures, you are at an increased risk of infection or allergic reaction.

Knowledge: Proper mold remediation requires a working knowledge of mold. Only a professional mold contractor will know how to completely eliminate the mold from your home, while also locating the source of the outbreak and correcting it.

Chemicals: Restoration requires the use of EPA approved chemicals. Only a trained mold remediation specialist will know how to use these chemicals effectively.

Disposal: Mold spores can easily spread through the air. This is why proper disposal techniques are so very important. Only Mold contractors have the trained personnel and necessary equipment to do this properly.

So next time you find mold in your home, don’t even think about trying to attack the problem on your own, call a well qualified, professional mold remediation service – like Atlantic Environmental Solutions!

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.

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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Why Do It Yourself Mold Cleanup is Not Recommended

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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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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.

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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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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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