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Oct
25

Where Can Mold Hide?

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When you first think of mold in your home, your mind probably drifts to dark, damp spaces. Basements and crawlspaces are susceptible to mold, sure, but it can also appear in many other places in your home. Make sure you perform regular mold testing to assure your home is free and clear of harmful mold.

Kitchens

The kitchen is probably the third or fourth room to come to mind when you think of places for mold to hide. After all, it gets a lot of use, right? How can mold possibly accumulate in an area with so much activity? But consider the appliances in this room. Leaking sinks, garbage disposals  and older refrigerators are a hotspot for mold growth, so make sure to clean them regularly and fix any leaks to prevent it.

Bedrooms

Bedrooms are probably the least likely place people are going to suspect there is mold. But it is possible! It may seem gross, but your mattress collects sweat. Over time and without proper cleaning, mold can start to grow. When you’re performing an air quality or mold test in your home, make sure not to skip this space. You can vacuum your mattress and spot clean stains to reduce your chances of mold problems.

Bathrooms & Basements

Ah, the number one (and two?) culprits of mold growth in your home. Both of these spaces are consistently damp and hard to dry out. In your bathroom, mold can hide around leaky pipes and shower curtains, while cracks in basement foundations can cause water to find its way into your home without any way to escape.

Mold testing can help you identify if there is mold in your home. The earlier you can determine a problem, the sooner you can call in professionals to act. If you think you may have a problem in your home, call us at (603) 345-1900 to schedule a mold testing appointment.

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Oct
12

The Importance of Choosing an Independent Testing Firm

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Here at Purely Green Environmental, we are committed to helping our clients’ lead a healthier lifestyle by identifying airborne problems in their homes. Our scientific air quality testing process helps us accurately identify what’s in the air. From there we can recommend ways to cleanse the air. From mold to bacteria to chemical pollutants, we can help you take steps to a cleaner home and healthier you.

What is an independent testing firm?

An independent testing firm will test your home and make suggestions about how to remedy the situation without actually doing it for you. The benefit here is that you don’t have to worry about any conflict of interest or making any exaggerations.

Why should I choose an independent firm over a “jack of all trades” company?

Like we said above, our air quality testing process allows us to identify problematic contaminants in the air in your home scientifically. These include bacteria, mold and chemicals. Once we recognize these problems, we can help guide you to find a solution.

How Do I Know It’s Gone?

We’ll come back! After you complete the remediation, we’ll return and perform a secondary assessment to ensure dangerous molds are gone. This ensures there is no bias. We want the air quality in your home to be the best it can be, regardless of the method necessary to get there.

Choosing an independent testing firm to complete your air quality testing will make you feel confident that any mold in your home is gone or is at normal levels. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (603) 345-1900.

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Sep
25

Benefits of Air Purifiers

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No matter how often or thoroughly you clean the surfaces in your home, you can never be completely, 100% clean without using an air purifier. That’s not to say that cleaning the surfaces doesn’t help, it certainly does. But particles like dust, mold, and other contaminants remain in the air. Bringing an air purifier into your home allows you to feel truly clean.

How They Work

Air purifiers work by pushing air through different filters to remove dust and other hazardous particles from the air. Each filter is designed to remove particles of a certain size. Here at Purely Green, we offer the highest quality machines to ensure that the air being pushed out of the purifier is the cleanest it can be.

How They Help

When cleaning surfaces and vacuuming aren’t enough, air purifiers can remove particles like pollen and dust that sneak into your home. These particles can trigger allergic reactions and respiratory issues. If you regularly suffer from outdoor airborne allergies, purchasing an air purifier can help make your home a haven against these pollutants.

Additionally, they can help increase air circulation and flow in your home. Stale air can sometimes make rooms smell musty, and improper air flow prevents moisture from evaporating, which can cause mold problems. Air purifiers can help keep the air moving without having to open a window and let contaminants into your home.

How They Are Sized

The size of your machine depends on many factors. How big your room is, how many pollutants there are, and furniture placement can all impact how efficient your device is. The numbers advertised are based on an ideal lab environment, so it likely won’t work as well in your home. Factors like coming in and out of the room and where it is placed can also impact how well they perform.

Whether you’re looking for a small model for a bedroom or a system powerful enough to clean your home, the experts here at Purely Green Environmental can help you choose the machine for you. Call us at (603) 886-0345 to speak with a professional.

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Sep
12

Signs of Toxic Mold

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Mold is everywhere in the outdoor environment. There are over 100,000 identified species of mold out there, and not all of them are toxic. Some are even used in medicine! So how do you know which ones are dangerous and which are okay? Generally speaking, you don’t want any form of mold growing in your home. Here at Purely Green Environmental, we’re dedicated to providing quality toxic mold testing for your home.

Keep it Outside

As stated above, mold is bountiful in outdoor environments. The fungi are necessary for a balanced ecosystem but can wreak havoc once inside. They thrive on cellulose-based objects, like wooden furniture or a wet carpet. Not only can the spores take over your space, but they can also become a health hazard when airborne. Inhaling mold spores can cause respiratory issues like coughing and trouble breathing.

Moisture Problems

Mold is a result of excessive moisture in your home and can be present in any area where water isn’t given a chance to dry. Studies show that up to 50% of households have unknown moisture problems – each of which has the potential to explode into a mold epidemic. Performing routine air quality tests for toxic mold is important to keeping your home healthy.

Importance of Air Quality Testing

The good news is that early identification can drastically reduce the cost of remediation. Additionally, once the source of moisture is resolved, there is less of a chance for the mold to come back. This means that you only need to address the problem once if you do it right. The experts here at Purely Green will perform both an initial assessment and post-remediation assessment to ensure all the toxic mold is removed from your home. We can even provide quotes and recommendations for remediation specialists so you can choose the one that’s right for you.

Toxic mold removal is extremely time sensitive. Identifying mold growth in its early stages means that it’s concentrated in a smaller area, so there is a smaller remediation cost. Additionally, you can probably avoid drastic and costly measures if the problem is caught early. Call (603) 886-0345 to speak with a mold testing expert here at Purely Green.

Aug
25

Best Time for MA Mold Testing

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Mold can be present any time of the year – especially in New England. Our unpredictable weather means that there is no “perfect” time for mold to appear. But understanding the conditions that can allow mold to flourish in your home can help you be prepared 365 days a year. Additionally, performing regular MA mold testing will minimize the effect possible mold has on your health and home.

What Conditions Cause Mold?

Mold spores thrive in a dark, damp environment. Areas like basements, attics, and crawl spaces make the perfect environment for growth. With that in mind, wet seasons like spring and summer have the highest rates of problems. Mold season is considered to be from spring to late fall and peaks in July. In colder temperatures mold can go dormant, but it doesn’t “die” like other living organisms left out in the cold. It will quickly become active again once the weather warms up.

When Should I Test?

Although mold can cause problems in every season, your mold problem is likely to be at its worst in the summertime. This means you should schedule MA mold testing for your home during the warmer months. We can help you identify and remedy problems that have already occurred as well as prevent them from getting worse. Calling earlier in the season allows you time to “mold proof” your home before the humidity and high temperatures hit.

What Should I Do If I See Mold?

If you identify mold in your home, it’s best to contact a remediation specialist as soon as possible. Ignoring the problem and allowing it to flourish will only make it more difficult to eradicate. Additionally, you will be exposing yourself and your family to potential harm. Once the remediation is complete, the experts here at Purely Green will perform a post-remediation test to ensure the mold is eliminated.

No matter the season, it’s important to address mold issues sooner rather than later. Our staff is dedicated to educating our customers and providing them with the tools necessary to know exactly what’s going on in their home and to feel safe. For more information, call (603) 886-0345 to speak with one of our MA mold testing experts.

Aug
12

The Six Steps of Our MA Air Quality Testing

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Here at Purely Green Environmental, we take a somewhat different approach to air quality testing. Backed by degrees in both chemistry and biology, we use our scientific backgrounds to do more than identify the problem. We will also provide solutions to resolve and prevent it from recurring. Our education instilled a comprehensive and systematic way to solve problems, and our MA air quality testing is no different. We use a step by step process to make sure we find the source of the contamination and use the correct procedures to fix it.

Gathering Information

The first step to solving any puzzle is to gather as much information as you can. We listen to our customers and understand that you know your home better than anyone. Our expert staff wants to know it all – your home’s history, any potential ventilation problems or water damage, and even any symptoms a family member is experiencing. This data will help in your overall assessment and developing the best course of action.

Visit the Scene & Test the Evidence

Every good detective knows you have to visit the scene to gather information firsthand. You can think of our MA air quality testing experts like mold detectives – they try to find the suspect before it causes any additional damage. This usually takes 1-4 hours, depending on the size of your space. They keep their eyes open for signs of water damage and mold growth. Our staff will also perform lab tests on air samples taken from your home to determine the presence of airborne contaminants.

Solve the Problem

Once the results are in, we’ll convey them to you in the easiest way possible. This allows you to understand what caused the mold growth and how to fix it. Our team also provides you with quotes for remediation specialists in your area so that you can find the best service for your home. After remediation is complete, our team returns to your home and completes a post-remediation assessment.

It’s important to feel safe and comfortable in your home. Let us help you get that peace of mind. For more information, call (603) 886-0345 to speak with a member of our team.

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Jul
29

Dangers of Black Mold in Boston MA

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Here at Purely Green Environmental, we’re trained to identify the signs of black mold in Boston, MA, allowing you to remediate the problem and feel safe in your home. If you suspect your home may have a mold problem, call someone sooner rather than later. Delaying remediation can cause the damage to be exponentially worse.

What Does Mold Look Like?

Mold is abundant and grows easily outdoors, but finding mold indoors can be cause for concern. If you can visually see the mold  or you smell something musty, it’s possible you have growth in your home. There are various types of mold, characterized by a fuzzy, leathery, or cottony texture, and can be white, gray, green, pink or black.

What Are the Dangers of Black Mold?

Black mold in Boston, MA is especially dangerous because of its toxicity to human health, as well as the potential for structural damage. Black mold releases spores as it feeds on organic material. This food can be a range of building materials, including insulation, drywall, or carpet. Damage to drywall and insulation can cause your home to become less insulated, raising heating and cooling costs year round. Your home is susceptible to this type of damage if its exposed to too much moisture and is unable to dry correctly.

Black mold can also be expensive to have removed, so the sooner you identify the problem, the less opportunity that it has spread.

Concerning your health, black mold inhalation traditionally causes respiratory problems, such as coughing and sneezing, as well as eye irritation. Headaches and fatigue can also be symptoms of black mold exposure. As in building damage, more prolonged exposure can cause more severe health problems.

If you suspect your home may have a mold problem, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Consider an air quality assessment from the professionals here at Purely Green Environmental to diagnose your black mold in Boston, MA properly.

Jul
15

Importance of Formaldehyde Testing  

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Air quality testing in Massachusetts from Purely Green EnvironmentalMore and more people and organizations alike are being more conscious of what kinds of chemicals they come into contact with and in what form. Formaldehyde is a chemical commonly found in embalming fluid and cigarettes, but it can be present in other products as well. At Purely Green Environmental, we perform a variety of air quality assessments, including MA formaldehyde testing, to ensure our clients that they are living in a safe and healthy environment.

What Is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde at room temperature is a colorless, gaseous substance that is flammable and odorless. It is commonly used as an adhesive in pressed wood and as a bonding agent in some glues. It can also be found in a variety of shampoos, nail polishes, different types of ink, deodorant, and even paper towels. But most people’s exposure to the chemical comes from polymers that are used in materials used to build and furnish homes.

What Are the Effects of Exposure?

Prolonged exposure can cause serious health issues, and that is why MA formaldehyde testing is so essential for your home. It can cause respiratory problems such as coughing and sneezing, as well as nausea and headaches. It can also be a skin and eye irritant and a carcinogen.

Where Is It Found?

Formaldehyde presence is more substantial with the use of new furniture and in newly built homes but will diminish over time. To speed up this process, consider opening your windows for a few minutes, allowing fresh air to circulate your home. You can also minimize your exposure by not allowing people to smoke in your house, use exhaust fans as much as possible, and choose products with low or no formaldehyde levels.If you’ve purchased textiles like curtains, wash them before use. You can also place your furniture in a non-living space, like a patio or garage until it no longer has a chemical smell. 

The professionals here at Purely Green Environmental are dedicated to providing you with highest quality MA formaldehyde testing. Call us at (603) 886-0345 to learn more or to set up an appointment.

May
29

Four of the Pollutants Houseplants Absorb To Improve Air Quality

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air quality testing in MassachusettsToo often when we provide air quality testing in Massachusetts, we discover numerous pollutants that are dangerous and compromise the health of those living in each affected space. Since particles are impossible to see, it’s not easy to maintain air quality without the help of an expert. However, there is one small thing you can do to make an impact: buy house plants. Surprisingly, some houseplants can absorb pollutants that would be harmful if spread. There are plenty of low-maintenance options, from spider plants to bamboo palms. If you haven’t invested in plants yet, you may want to after realizing which pollutants can get managed better with them.

Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is very common in homes. It’s one of the most common pollutants found indoors and often causes nasal or eye irritation, it impacts allergies and asthma and also has neurological effects in some cases. Its popularity in building materials and furniture makes it a threat to indoor air quality that cannot go unaddressed.

Benzene

This pollutant is often part of vehicle exhaust systems, cigarette smoke, detergents, and more. Even small levels of exposure can lead to unconsciousness, headaches, dizziness, and other unfortunate side effects that compromise health. Along with formaldehyde, it is considered a human carcinogen.

Xylene

Rather than a carcinogen, xylene is a toxic solvent. Xylene is present in paints, thinners, gasoline, and more. Whether you expose yourself to xylene for a short or long period, the effects are enough to warrant air quality testing in Massachusetts. Short-term exposure can cause dizziness, headaches, and other irritations. Long-term exposure ushers in dangerous side effects like liver damage or respiratory failure in some cases.

Trichloroethylene

Much like xylene, trichloroethylene can appear in household items. Some of the most common are wood stains, finishes, paint removers, cleaners, and more. It is a carcinogen as well with substantial impact. Minimal exposure to trichloroethylene leads to throat irritation, nausea, and other adverse effects that are similar to those of formaldehyde or benzene.

It may be a bit frightening to consider how many chemicals can affect air quality, but it’s excellent that houseplants like peace lilies, Boston ferns, or other plants can absorb them. While only thorough air quality testing can diagnose and repair any indoor air quality issues, plants can sometimes lessen the impact of dangerous pollutants. For expert air quality testing in Massachusetts that will provide the answers you need, call Purely Green Environmental at (888)-291-3773.

May
14

Why A Visual Inspection Matters During Mold Testing

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mold testingThough it is multi-faceted and should get handled by experts, mold seems relatively straightforward. It’s visible, you know where it is, and most people know how mold looks. So, why does a professional visual inspection or mold testing matter? Well to start, experts like Purely Green Environmental know what to do when dealing with mold. Also, we have enough experience to make a visual inspection so much more than a simple glance at surroundings.

 

Knowledge

To the uninitiated, all mold probably looks similar. However, that is not true. There are a variety of species and sizes that experts know and study. Our expertise and attention to details serve us well during a visual inspection so if we see something suspicious, and we know that is an important place to sample. We’ll be able to identify what you’re dealing with and understand what growth patterns could occur.

Insight

As you hire an expert for mold testing, they will guide you through the process and share information with you that helps you become more aware of your surroundings. As such, you’ll learn more about mold and how to spot it. No one can become an expert overnight, but a bit of insight can help you determine how severe a mold problem is when you need to get help.

Growth patterns

Since people like Purely Green Environmental know all about mold, they understand how it grows and behavioral patterns of each type of mold. While it may seem like the mold is designated to one area, the growth pattern may go beyond what you see. A thorough visual inspection can lead to the reduction of mold in all areas of a space, not just what you see in front of you.

Solutions

It’s easy enough to guess that cleaning up mold and moving on with your day is a concrete solution. However, that may not be the proper solution for the problem at hand. Visual inspection provides a complete picture of the mold in your home that enables an expert to present a plan that addresses every facet of growth and gets rid of the mold for good.

While visual inspections seem pretty straightforward, only an expert can provide clarity and insight into the condition of your home. For quality testing and solutions, call Purely Green Environmental at (888)-291-3773 and see what we can do for you today.