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How to Find Quality Mold and Water Damage Specialists – Going for Expertise and Competency

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Water damage in your home can cause a number of problems, including mold growth. Because of this, properly addressing water damage in a timely manner is crucial. Mold and water damage can wreak havoc on your home, eating away at building materials and compromising your indoor air quality.

While you may be tempted to try and clean up your home yourself, the only way to truly ensure that your home is restored to its pre-water damaged state is to enlist the help of a certified mold and water damage specialist. To find a qualified remediation expert, follow these guidelines:

Certification: The first thing you need to do when looking for a mold and water damage specialist is to see if they are certified in the fields of inspection and restoration.

•           For damage specialists, check with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification.

•           For mold remediation, it is best to choose a contractor related to various organizations, like the National Association of Mold Remediators and Inspectors.

Experience: Make sure your mold remediator or water damage expert has plenty of experience in their field. These tasks both require a ton of training and experience.

Quotes: After an inspection of your home, be sure to ask for a quote. Not all mold outbreaks and water damage problems are created equal. Some require a day to clean, others several days. Because of this, the price of water damage restoration and mold remediation will vary depending on the severity of your specific problem.

You should try to get quotes from at least 3 different specialists.

Ask Questions: Do they guarantee their work? Do they offer any type of warranty? Do they isolate rooms? Do they take air samples? If so, where do they send them? Is the laboratory reputable?

Water damage and mold outbreaks are both serious problems that require special attention. So be sure you are employing a company that is up to the task, a company like Atlantic Environmental Solutions!

Atlantic Environmental Solutions (AES) offers certified mold inspection and removal services to homes and businesses in Maryland and DC. And for the last five years, AES has also been providing efficient and 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.

AES employs a team of highly-trained, experienced professionals ensuring the proper diagnosis and remedy for your specific needs. Using state-of-the-art equipment and following protocols established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we employ the most effective techniques to ensure everything is done right the first time. 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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