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Mar
21

Empty Shelves? No Problem With These Easy DIY Cleaning Solutions!

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Here at Purely Green Environmental, we love our customers.  Whether we’re at your residence for mold testing or providing expert advice through industry knowledge, your best interest is always the priority. Giving the unprecedented worldwide events that are unfolding, we’ve found ourselves running short on everyday items.  Items that are important in keeping away harmful molds and bacteria.  However, before the days of commercialized cleaning wipes and sprays, people still managed to successfully clean their homes.  So, we’re taking a step back for a moment to provide you with a few at-home solutions to keep your home sanitized while our shelves are bare.

Homemade disinfecting wipes

A recent article by My Heavenly Recipes provides folk with a great way to make at-home disinfecting wipes. Although this recipe calls for a few hard to find items, many homes may find they already have what’s needed.

  • Roll of paper tolls cut in half (or a roll of toilet paper if you have extra to spare)
  • 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol (at least 70% concentration)
  • 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap
  • 2 cups of distilled water
  • 3 drops of tea tree oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place your cut paper towels into a glass jar or empty container of Clorox/Lysol wipes
  2. Mix the water, rubbing alcohol, and dish soap
  3. Slowly pour your liquid mixture around the edges of the paper towels allowing the liquid to absorb for approximately two minutes
  4. Store covered in a dry area

DIY floor cleaner

Your floors are potentially some of the dirtiest areas of your home.  While routine cleaning is not only protecting your investment, it’s keeping your home clean. With as little as one ingredient, vinegar, you can make a simple, natural cleaning solution that works well on most surfaces – not just floors!

  • 1 gallon of distilled water mixed with ½ cup of vinegar.  Yes, it’s that’s easy! However, this solution is NOT recommended for stone floors as it can cause staining.

All-Purpose cleaner

From bathrooms to kitchens, windows to counters, this natural cleaning recipes from Better Homes & Gardens is the perfect solution. Not only will you reduce the germs in your home, but you’ll also be left with a fresh smelling room!

  • ¾ cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • ½ cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of unscented liquid Castile soap
  • 2 cups of water
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil

Combine all of the ingredients in a 24 ounce spray bottle and shake before each use. For an extra boost to remove mildew, sprinkle baking soda onto the surface before scrubbing.

During this time of uncertainty, it’s crucial to take a step back and remember there’s almost always a solution! This too shall pass! Here at Purely Green Environmental, we’ll continue to be here to support you with mold testing information as well as other at-home solutions.  As always, we thank you for continued support and look forward to what the future hold!

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Mar
17

COVID-19 Update

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Due to the possible impact COVID-19 might have on our staff, families, clients and vendors, we ask you to stay patient as we work to continue to provide the highest quality indoor air quality/mold inspections that you have come to expect from Purely Green Environmental, LLC.

At this time we are staying open but we ask you to be patient as we navigate through these uncharted waters. In the unlikely event we have to close, we will work hard to reschedule at our earliest opportunity but please understand it is our highest priority to keep our staff and clients safe. We will do everything we can to communicate any closures to our clients.

We understand that everyone is now likely feeling the concern on the effects of this pandemic. Our goal is to minimize the disturbance it has on your testing needs, and our priority will always be to keep our staff and clients safe. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any issues that might come up or if changes to your testing and inspection requirements have changed.

We appreciate your attention to this detail and hope everyone remains healthy and safe through these ever-changing times.

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Feb
21

Have You Heard of Aroma Marketing?

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A common marketing strategy known in retail stores is called aroma marketing or scent marketing.  This branding exploit has been around for decades but has recently increased in popularity.  Although this tactic may be useful for retailers, hotels, casinos, and themed parks, it’s not so great for those sensitive to chemicals.  Air quality testing in Massachusetts can those who suffer from sensitives.  By unveiling the factors in the air you breathe, you’re enabled to make the changes required to better your environment.

However, if you’re out and about, aroma marketing is unfortunately inevitable.  In this article, we’re taking a look at some of the most common places you can expect to encounter this marketing technique.

The why

Explained by Caroline Fabrigas, the CEO of Scent Marketing, Inc., aroma marketing “basically uses the power of scent to tell brand stories and to enhance experiences.” If you think of it this way, if something smells good, we want more of it – then the idea of aroma marketing makes sense.  For example, the company Cinnabon schedules fresh cinnamon rolls to come out of the oven every 30 minutes.  By doing so, the company guarantees the sweet, warm scent of freshly made cinnamon rolls in the air – thus continuously enticing potential customers walking by the store.

The concerns

Although the theory makes sense, let’s spin it back to those who are sensitive to chemicals in the air.  With the potential to quickly trigger headaches or migraines, initiate breathing difficulties, rashes, and even cause confusion, some are left wondering how aroma marketing is allowed.

Synthetic fragrances often contain carcinogens.  In particular, styrene, phthalates, octoxynols, and nonoxynols are all common ingredients hiding behind the word “fragrance.” Here’s a closer look:

Styrene

This organic compound is a derivative of benzene, a colorless liquid that evaporates easily while emitting a sweet odor.  This known carcinogen is considered toxic and mutagenic. Possible outcomes of prolonged exposure to styrene include cancer, toxicity in the GI tract, respiratory disease, disruptive vision, and hearing functions, and kidney failure.

Phthalates

Phthalates are an endocrine disruptor that interferes with normal hormonal mechanisms.  More specifically, this chemical has been linked to reproductive system birth defects in baby boys.

Octoxynols and Nonoxynols

Recognized by the FDA as effective spermicides, these two compounds also break down into persistent hormone disruptors in the human body.

The biggest offenders

One of the biggest offenders of aroma marketing in a concerningly tight environment is indoor malls.  When shopping at these establishments, you’re not exposed to one retailer, but several that are all using this branding method.  Without naming names, if you stop and think for a moment, we’re sure at least one store pops into mind.  And, unfortunately, this means their tactics are working.

Candle shops, bath and beauty products, even trendy clothing stores are offenders of this marketing technique.  However, avoiding these stores may not be enough when you’re in an enclosed environment. 

When in doubt, it’s always best to undergo air quality testing in Massachusetts with the team from Purely Green Environmental.  Call today for more information about the potentially toxic elements within your home or business (888) 291-3773.

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Nov
21

Home Inspections: Mold Testing for NH Homebuyers

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If you’ve ever gone through the process of purchasing a home, you know that mold testing in NH is part of the initial inspection.  Here at Purely Green Environmental, we were recently contacted by a local realtor in regards to our mold testing services.  The conversation led to an interesting eye-opener. 

 

When asked how long our inspection would take, the realtor was dumbfounded at our response of approximately two hours for a small to mid-sized home.  Because of this reaction, the team at Purely Green came to realize that many potential homeowners are entrusting their inspections to companies that are not taking the time to inspect the home thoroughly.  Thus, we decided that this month’s article would highlight the importance of these inspections and what you should look for when hiring a company for mold inspection.

 

 

Air and surface testing

 

There are certain elements that every inspection should touch upon when testing for mold.  However, we found that several companies are sampling the air and not taking surface samples.  It’s imperative to examine both elements to determine effective mold remediation protocols.  At Purely Green Environmental, our team will perform an in-depth inspection using testing equiptment.  This process can be time-consuming, depending on the size of the home and initial findings.  Any elevated mold or moisture levels that may be found will slow the process down as our team will take the time to focus on areas that raise a red flag.

 

 

Unbiased reporting

 

Another critical feature to obtaining accurate results is to choose a company that provides you with an unbiased reporting.  By this, we mean a company that tests and sends out their samples for further evaluation.  Sample analysis conducted by a reputable and experienced third-party will ensure you results that are honest and put your best interests at the forefront.

 

Furthermore, you’ll want to choose a company that offers testing, not remediation.  Although at first it will seem time-efficient to hire a one-stop company; you could be faced with a conflict of interest.  At Purely Green Environmental, our team will provide you with an inspection report that details your air quality and the specific details for how to solve the uncovered problems.  However, we are not a mold remediation or sanitizing company. 

 

 

Follow-up inspection

 

When hiring a company that provides assessments and not remediation services, you’ll be hiring a company that cares about the final result. As an additional service to our customers, the team at Purely Green Environmental will schedule a follow-up inspection. This will provide an honest response to the accuracy of the remediation process.  In at least 70% of cases, hired remediation companies will need to return as testing fails.

 

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If you’re in the process of purchasing a home, consider contacting Purely Green Environmental for your NH mold testing.  Our team will provide you with the inspection and unbiased information you need to ensure the best air quality.  Call us today to schedule your appointment (888) 291-3773.

 

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Oct
21

Do You Have Mast Cell Activation? Mold Testing May Help

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Mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) is an immunological condition in which mast cells excessively release chemical mediators.  The result is a range of chronic symptoms, which can sometimes include anaphylaxis attacks.  Unfortunately, most people go a lifetime without a diagnosis.  However, if you believe you or a loved one may have this condition, mold testing in Boston, along with specific lifestyle changes, can prove to be significant beneficial factors to your overall health. 

 

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Symptoms

 

Although MCAS symptoms come and go, there are a few prevalent signs that tend to hang around.  For the sake of this article, we’re going to focus upon the aspects directly related to the services that Purely Green Environmental can assist with.

 

Because MCAS typically affects systems with inflammation, respiratory concerns are common.  Often mistaken for the common cold, MCAS can appear with signs of congestion and coughing.  However, more severe symptoms can include:

 

o   Wheezing

o   Sleep apnea

o   Hives

o   Itchy or burning skin

o   Difficulty swallowing

o   Nausea or vomiting

o   Headaches or migraines

o   Anaphylaxis

 

Although there are several other ways mast cell activation affects the body, the above mentioned are also common symptoms of prolonged exposure to mold. 

 

 

Mold Testing in Boston

 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it may be time to consider calling the professionals at Purely Green Environmental.  Committed to your well-being, we provide mold testing in Boston and surrounding areas.  By eliminating triggers of MCAS, such as mold, you can have peace of mind that you and your family are breathing the safest air possible.

 

With mold testing procedures, our team can help you to identify any possible containments in your home.  Further, we’ll perform a sample analysis that will provide you with an inspection report.  This report will outline various protocols for sanitization or remediation as needed.

 

 

 

Gut Health

 

Although we’re not medical experts, we find it necessary to mention another significant factor of reducing inflammation in the body.  And that is to focus on your gut health.  From probiotics to clean eating, we truly are what we eat.  For more helpful tips on living with mast cell activation syndrome and changes you can make, click here.

 

 

If you’re ready to take your health back into your own hands, give our team a call today.  Experts in mold testing in Boston, Purely Green Environmental will provide you with unbiased quality testing.  For more information, give us a call at (888) 291-3773.

 

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Sep
21

Got Mold? Understanding the Basics of Mold Remediation

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If you’re not familiar with mold remediation, this article is for you, especially if you have mold in your home.  Often ignored, or unnoticed, mold can cause several adverse reactions in your home, causing structural damage and illness.  Here at Purely Green Environmental, our team of experts can assist with mold remediation in NH and MA.  This article will provide you with a better understanding of causes and solutions when it concerns mold.

 

 

nh mold remediationWhat causes mold?

 

Although there are many different reasons for mold to grow, the main ingredient is moisture or water within the home.  Often found in basements, mold can grow in visible as well as hidden locations.  For example, if you’ve had a flood in the basement and water was left behind, you may start smelling a musty odor.  Cracks in the foundation are another common way that water will make its way into your home. 

 

However, older homes with uneven windows are also a prime target for mold growth.  Without adequate sealing, rain and melting ice and snow can easily enter the home.  Furthermore, if your walls are adorned with wallpaper, you most likely have a double issue.  Often water will lie behind the wallpaper allowing mold to grow in disguise.

 

 

 

What does mold remediation mean?

Simply stated, mold remediation is the professional way of saying mold removal.  However, there is more to the process then many people realize. 

 

 

 

What is the process behind remediation?

The first step to NH mold remediation is the assessment.  Not only will a team of professionals perform a visual evaluation, but samples will also be taken.  These samples will help to determine the type of mold and the levels of its presence. 

 

Once the type of mold has been identified, experts can then create a plan of action to remove problem areas effectively.  However, depending on the kind of mold, different measures of isolation may be required to safely disrupt the laying mold spores.

 

Following mold removal, within 48 hours, your mold remediation company should return to provide another assessment.  This last assessment will let you know if the treatment was effective.  Once the mold has been safely removed from the home, clean up and repair of damaged areas can take place.

 

 

 

If you think there may be a presence of mold in your home, it’s time to consider contacting our team at Purely Green Environmental.  We provide mold remediation to NH and MA homes, ensuring the safety of your home and your family.  Visit us online or call us toll-free at (888) 291-3773 for more information.

 

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Aug
21

How Can I Tell if There’s Mold in My Home?

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This question is one of the most frequently asked questions here at Purely Green Environmental. Because different types of mold are more hazardous than others, it’s imperative to know the answer. This article covers a few ways that homeowners, or renters, can determine if there is mold in the home. However, for an accurate determination, mold testing in Manchester, NH, and other towns, by a professional company is always the safest, and most precise solution.

 

Eyes Wide Open

One of the easiest ways to determine if you have a mold issue is to look around. Even if there isn’t evident mold growth, there are other signs to be cautious of. For example, excess moisture is the beginning of an ugly path if left untreated. Looking for water leaks, standing water, condensation, or staining on the ceiling is an indication that your home may need professional evaluation.
Any sort of water indoors can lead to potentially problematic health concerns for both you, your family, and pets. Immediate attention and resolution should be taken to remove molds and their source promptly.

 

Noses Clear

Another obvious sign that there is mold growth within your residence can be a musty smell. Although common in basement areas, it’s crucial to remember that every area of the home can be a source of mold growth. For instance, under the kitchen sink and bathrooms are extremely popular areas for water issues.
If you smell an earthy or musty odor in your home, assume there is mold growing somewhere. Inspect areas that are exposed to water and have carpet, lifting floor tiles, and wallpaper. Often, water can penetrate through a surface area and harbor mold out of eyes sight.

 

 

Making unhealthy buildings enviro-healthy and mold-free is our specialty. If you think there is mold in your home or business, contact the team at Purely Green Environmental. Providing mold testing in Manchester, NH, and other surrounding towns, our team of experts can assess and mediate any mold issues that may be posing danger to you and your family. Contact us today at (888) 291-3773 and schedule your in-home evaluation.

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Jul
21

Preventing Summer Mold Growth with Mold Testing

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Summer in New England is the time to open windows and let in the much needed fresh air.  However, you’re also opening the window to a variety of other potential concerns.  Air quality tends to be unspoken, and sometimes unthought of concern for many people.  However, during the summer, there are several things simple things you can do at home to ensure your family is breathing the safest air.  From mold testing to temperature control, here at Purely Green Environmental, we are here to provide you with helpful tips and solutions for the best quality of air.

 

Mold Testing

If you believe there may be mold in your home, one of the first things you should do is call Purely Green Environmental to schedule a mold testing appointment.  Quick and practical, the team of experts will come to your home and assess any potential dangers.  Because mold can grow where we least expect it, having an expert set of eyes take a look around can eliminate issues,  big or small.

 

Temperature Control

Mold thrives in moist areas. Thus, humidity in the home can be the perfect element mold needs to grow.  Whether the moisture is due to summertime rain storms, steamy showers, or improper venting, controlling the temperature in your home will help to keep mold at bay.  The ideal temperature is below 77 Fahrenheit as anything higher encourages mold growth.  This is important even during the day when you may be at work, or longer when vacationing.

 

Clean Your Air Ducts

A home’s air ducts are one of the most commonly ignored areas of many homes is one of the most important areas to attend to.  Your air duct system is the ideal location for allergens and moisture to set up shop.  Harboring a host full of potentially harmful bacteria, air duct cleaning should not be overlooked.  Although some prefer to clean their air ducts in the Spring, others find it more sensible to clean them in the Fall.  Whichever you prefer, with a quick phone call to a trusted professional in your area; you can be sure your air is not only at optimal levels but circulated without blockages.

 

With some simple mindfulness and a little help from Purely Green Environmental, you can ensure the best air quality for your family this summer.  From mold testing to remediation, we are here for you.  Visit us online for more information on how we can help your home function at optimal levels, or contact us directly at (888) 291-3773.

 

  

 

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May
21

Residential Air Purifiers: Selecting the Right Product

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Living in a health-conscious society, we often overlook one of the most crucial elements of living in a healthy state; the air we breathe. If air quality testing in Massachusetts is not attainable at this time, one of the best ways to optimize the air in your home is with the use of air purifiers.  Although the choices can be overwhelming, the experts at Purely Green Environmental understand the importance of these units.  That is why we have created this helpful article to assist in your purchase of a residential air purification system. 

 

pureAir 3000

A whole-home air purifier with four different technologies, the pureAir 3000 ensures quality air for you and your family.  Bringing the stale indoor air to a fresh, healthy state without the use of harmful fragrances and chemicals by cleaning both the air and your home surfaces. 

Part of maintaining healthy air is ensuring harmful bacteria is eliminated.  This unit has been proven to significantly reduce all types of mold, mildew, and viruses within the home.  Thus, if there are allergy suffers in the house, you can quickly provide a significant amount of relief without having to take over the counter alternatives. 

pureAir 3000 is easy to use, easy to set up solution making a healthy environment more attainable than ever before.  Covering up to 3000 square feet of living space with enhanced air flow, filtration, and ionization GreenTech Environmental provides the latest in pure air technologies.

 

pureAir Fridge

An often overlooked space in our home is our refrigerator.  Many times we will grab a chemically filled spray and give the fridge a quick wipe down, but this should not be the solution.  Innovative products like pureAir Fridge, not only purifies but sanitizes the air and surfaces inside of your refrigerator.  With the innovative features that help to destroy bacteria such as e-coli and Staphylococcus, you can be sure your family is receiving the freshest food possible.  Further, the unique compact design makes storing this unit anywhere in your fridge an easy task.

 

If your home needs purification, consider visiting Purely Green Environmental online to view their full line of residential solutions.  Because our world is filled with unwanted toxins, making sure your home is at its healthiest state is imperative for you and your family.  Air purifiers make this an easy task for any home. For more information on air quality testing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, call today at (888) 291-3773.

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Apr
21

NH Mold Inspection for Your New Home

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Often the time of year that real estate comes alive, spring has many New Englanders on the move.  If you are relocating there are many considerations you need to account for.  Mold inspection in NH and MA is one step that should never be overlooked.  Due to the variety of weather received, and the moisture levels that come with it, New England is a prime location for mold growth in the home. Purely Green Environmental is a full-service indoor air quality environmental testing firm.  Protecting the air that you and your family breathe daily is not something to be taken lightly.  NH mold inspection offers a variety of benefits to ensure the safest air in your home.

Avoid Health Risks

Mold can bring many unwanted affects to you and your family.  Conditions from severe to mild allergies all the way to poisonous and cancerous ailments have been caused by different species of mold.  Thus, NH mold inspection is imperative for your new home.  Making clean, healthy air a priority is key to a safe home.

Identify Hidden Issues

Although mold testing can reveal species of obvious mold in the home, often times hidden problems are unveiled.  The professionals of Purely Green Environmental take their time when conducting a visual inspection.  This allows for signs of water damage and possible mold growth that may not have otherwise been noticed to be discovered. The typical time for a complete assessment can range anywhere from one to four hours.  When relocating, one can never be certain of previous water damage that may have occurred.  More importantly, if there were water damage in the home, the treatment and follow-up is imperative. 

Create an Effective Plan

Knowing the exact conditions about the air quality, and specific details on the species of mold present in the home, allows for accurate remediation. Thus, customers are enabled to make education choices will leave them with a time and money saving solution.  If previous owners did not follow up with the proper treatment, chances are there could be lingering mold spores.  Typically found in basements or crawl spaces that harbor moisture, Purely Green Environmental will be sure properly inspect and unveil all dangers.

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If moving into a new home is in your near future, or even if you simply want to test your current residence, contact Purely Green Environmental.  As a private testing company, customers can rely on an honest assessment.  Utilizing proven and effective survey/sample/solve methodology Purely Green Environmental is able to target the exact problem and type of mold in the home.  Contact them today and be sure you and your family are living in the healthiest home possible (888) 291-3773.