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Act Early if You Suspect A Mold Infestation

Friday, January 6th, 2012

If you detect any sign of mold in your home, now is the time to act. Mold has been linked to several health related disorders, including asthma/breathing problems, allergies, rashes, sinus infections, cold, flu, pneumonia, and skin infections. While many of these problems are minor, they can escalate into major respiratory issues or even require hospitalization. So you can see why quickly eliminating mold from your home should be a top priority.

And with over 100,000 different types of mold, it is important to trust your mold cleanup to a professional mold remediation company. An expert mold removal service provides several benefits over a do-it-yourself mold cleanup, including:

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 do the right thing and entrust your next 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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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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Mold in Residential Buildings: How to Limit Mold Growth

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Mold is everywhere. Sorry. That is just a fact. It is an essential part of the ecosystem; it is necessary for recycling organic materials, which is required to sustain plant and animal life.

As important as mold is to the environment, no one wants mold to start growing in their home or place of business. But, at some time or another, you will probably encounter indoor mold. When this happens, it is important to deal with the outbreak as quickly as possible, because, when inhaled, mold spores are unhealthy. Mold has been linked to asthma problems, allergies and other reparatory diseases.

This article from NAHB Research Center explains how mold grows in residential buildings and how you can deal with mold when you find it.

Mold spores are airborne and, no matter what you do, they will find their way into your building. The key to keeping this mold from settling in and growing is to eliminate any mold-friendly environments in your home or office.

Listed below are strategies that can help minimize mold growth:

•     Take notice of musty odors in the home because they indicate the presence of mold. Look for visible signs of mold and abate the moisture source.

•     Watch for condensation and wet spots and eliminate sources of moisture.

•     Prevent moisture resulting from condensation by increasing surface temperatures or reducing moisture levels in the air. To increase the surface temperature, insulate or increase the circulation of heated air. To reduce moisture levels in the air, repair leaks, increase ventilation (if outside air is cold and dry), or dehumidify.

•     Perform building and HVAC inspections and maintenance. Repair the condensate drain if the air conditioning system’s drip pan overflows with water.

•     Vent clothes dryers to the outdoors.

•     Run the air conditioner and/or a dehumidifier during the humid months of the year. Controlling indoor air moisture to below 65 percent relative humidity will limit the probability of supporting mold growth.

•     Keep the relative humidity as low as is comfortable during the winter season for houses in cold climates. Mold growth on interior surfaces of exterior walls can occur during the heating season. The combination of cool surfaces and excessive humidity can cause a high near-surface relative humidity and condensation. Experience has shown that an air moisture level below 40 percent relative humidity during the heating season will prevent condensation on surfaces. This level of humidity may not be appropriate for houses in severe cold climates. A sign of excessive humidity is condensation on the inside of windows. If condensation is present for prolonged periods take steps to reduce the moisture source or increase ventilation.

•     Clean and dry any wet or damp areas within 48 hours.

•     Provide drainage for roof rainwater and maintain the ground with a slope that drains water away from the foundation.

•     Repair water leaks in the building envelope as soon as possible.

•     Do not store organic materials such as paper, books, clothes, etc., in humid locations (such as in unconditioned basements).

•     Exercise extra care when cleaning up after water damage from flood and sewer water.

Consider the use of dehumidifiers in areas such as unconditioned basements.

So now you know how to combat your mold infestation. But if the problem persists, or the mold growth is too much for you handle on your own, it may be time to call a professional mold remediation company. If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here

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How To Get Rid Of Basement Mold

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

As you have learned throughout our several blogs, there are many different types of mold. Some are harmless, but others can cause serious health problems. One of these harmful molds is stachybotrys, which throws off spores that, once inhaled, can lead to symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome: burning eyes, headaches, fatigue and more.

This article from HowToGetRidOfStuff.com explains everything you need to know about Stachybotrys mold detection, removal and prevention.

If you think you have mold, follow these simple steps:

  1. Reduce your exposure. Avoid potentially mold-infested areas until you are sure they are mold free.
  2. Find the mold. In particular, check for leaks; you’ll generally find mold.
  3. Clean up the mold. If the job is too big for you, call a professional.
  4. Check areas that hold the potential for forming mold. Have a professional point out potential “trouble spots” in your home. Correct them.

Most homeowners can easily treat small patches of mold on their own with a diluted bleach solution. Larger infestations, on the other hand, MUST be treated by a professional. The problem is that it is often hard for the do-it-yourselfer to tell when he/she has a large mold problem since mold likes to hide in dark, often hard to examine, place. If you think you may have a larger mold outbreak than you can deal with, call a professional mold inspector to assess your situation.

If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-665 or click here today!

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Mold in Your Home

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Mold is not something to play around with. Though some molds are harmless, others can cause allergies and even illness if left to grow in your home. So do not wait, get your home tested for mold before you and your loved ones are affected.

This article from Allergy-Details.com explains how mold can invade your home and compromise your health.

Most houses have some mold growing in them somewhere. The amount of mold growing in your home is what really matters.  The key is to eliminate the conditions mold needs to fully grow. If you eliminate these conditions, you can minimize the threat of an outbreak in your home. Mold needs a damp dark place with little airflow in order to grow.

If you do find mold in your home, consider contacting a professional right away. Even if you only find a little mold, who knows if there is a huge outbreak somewhere out of sight. Mold can be very harmful, so do not waste any time. If you see mold, act fast.

Mold can release mycotoxin into the air – probably the main cause of mold-related health issues. And on a lesser, but still serious note, mold can trigger allergic reactions and even asthma attacks. So mold is not just an annoying blob of fungus. It can have some serious adverse affects to your health.

If you have any questions, contact Atlantic Environmental Solutions by calling 877-296-6653 or click here today!

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