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Mar
21

The Dangers of Black Mold

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In today’s world, there are dangers everywhere.  One place that should always be safe is your home.  Unfortunately, there can be hidden dangers there as well! Black mold, or Stachybotrys Chartarum, is a toxic mold commonly found in homes that are not adequately ventilated or have water leakage.  Symptoms of black mold poisoning can range depending on the severity and length of exposure. How confident are you that your home is safe? Purely Green Environmental can test for black mold in Groton, MA as well as surrounding areas.  Focusing on creating a greener, healthier environment for people, Purely Green Environmental can assist in eliminating pollutants in your home. 

The Environment

The number one causing element of mold growth is moisture.  Therefore, any space in the home that is exposed to water is a candidate for potential mold growth.  The most susceptible areas include basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, and kitchens. Once black mold begins, spores are released into the air then attaching themselves to drywall, carpets, insulation, and sub-flooring.   

Most Common Ailments

Although symptoms of black mold highly depend on the length of exposure, the following are a few of the most common.  In general, ailments from black mold are involved with the respiratory systems.  Chronic coughing or sneezing, irritated eyes, nose and throats, rashes, headaches, and even chronic fatigue can all be signs of mold in the home.  Prolonged exposure to black mold is more dangerous.  Symptoms can increase in severity and expand to hearing loss, blurry vision, and in some cases, the development of cancer.

Be Proactive

Black mold tends to have a distinct odor.  If you notice a strong, musty smell in your home along with unusual symptoms, be sure to contact a professional immediately.  Having your home tested right away will not only keep your family safe but save a potentially costly removal process from occurring.  In addition, having proper ventilation throughout the home is essential.  Vents should all be linked to the exterior of the house.  Professional waterproofing services are also available for areas such as the basement. 

 

Founded in 2002, Purely Green Environmental has successfully been keeping families safe.  If you believe your home has mold growth, contact them today to schedule testing.  Purely Green Environmental will take samples of the air and mold growth, identifying the exact type of mold in your home.  They will help create a plan for the removal of black mold in your Groton MA home and post-remediation clearing.  Also servicing New Hampshire, contact them today at (888) 291-3773!

 

Feb
21

Four Things To Do After Water Damage

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mold testingWhen you and your family face the aftermath of excess water damage, it can be overwhelming. It’s essential, however, that in the midst of all of the chaos you take the steps you need to bring your home back to a manageable state. Purely Green Environmental understands that this is also a prime time for mold growth. Prompt action is prudent. From mold testing and beyond, here are some tips you can use to make your home more safe.


Take Photos

If the damage is beyond a simple remedy or low-cost fix, you will need to file a claim with your homeowners insurance. They will need proper and thorough documentation to be able to assist you in the best way possible. Take the time to photograph the water damage before you file your claim. Be sure to capture as many details as possible.


Get Tested

When excess water leaks into your home substantial mold growth can occur. It is challenging to manage mold, but professional mold testing can determine the proper treatment plan. Most of the time, you will need to hire a certified mold remediation company, but occasionally the mold growth is minor and can be tackled by the homeowner. The test will help determine what types of mold you are dealing with and the best plan to remedy the problem.

 
Wear Protective Clothing

Mold can have adverse effects on health.  You can safely navigate your home with protective clothing after a professional deems the space habitable. Emptying the contents of the water damaged area is the beginning step.  Be sure to cover any exposed skin and wear proper breathing materials to protect yourself.  If you have mold illness, there is no safe way to work in the environment and you will need to hire a certified mold remediator for that task.


Waterproof

It is a good idea to be proactive before your basement succumbs to water damage. Many companies offer waterproofing products as a preventative.  Professional services can also be utilized and typically offer free up-front estimates.


Excess moisture is never ideal and restoring your home is imperative.  For mold testing that you can trust, call Purely Green Environmental at (888)-291-3773.

Nov
28

Bacteria in Schools

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Bacteria and other germs thrive where there are lots of people. As an adult, you probably know healthy general practices on how to stop spreading germs. Cover your mouth when you sneeze, don’t put your mouth on the water fountain, all that fun stuff. The problem is that there are lots of organisms out there that can make you sick. Mold growth from damp surfaces can also wreak havoc. Read on to see how you can make your school a healthier place with mold testing.

Check for Leaks and Cracks

Mold likes to live in places that are dark and damp – like basements! Before the snow hits, make sure to check for cracks or leaks in the building’s foundation that could let in moisture. If the moisture doesn’t dry properly, mold could start to grow. Leaky faucets or toilets can also create a viable environment for mold to thrive.

Mold Testing

If you’re not sure where mold could be hiding in your school, consider contacting a mold testing firm like the professionals here at Purely Green. Although we also check the obvious spots, we can also take a sample of the air and test it for the presence of mold and other hazardous substances. If we find some, we’ll let you know the best way to take care of the problem and make sure it doesn’t return. We even come back once you think the mold is gone to test again!

Remind Your Students

Although we check for mold and other airborne organisms here at Purely Green, you can also stop the spread of other germs by reminding students – and teachers – the proper practices to stay healthy! Testing shows that some water fountain spigots have even more bacteria than a toilet seat! Reminding students to wash their hands and keep their mouths off the water fountain can help keep your student body healthy throughout flu season.

Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to try and rid a heavily trafficked building of all germs. But taking preemptive steps like checking for potential leaks and getting mold testing can help keep things running all year smoothly. For more information, visit our site here.

Nov
12

How to Live with Good Germs

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People want to be clean. They want their bodies, homes, workplaces, and cars to be free of germs and bacteria. And for a good reason! We’ve been taught that these things make us sick and cause problems. But you’ve probably heard the terms “good bacteria” and “bad bacteria” right? Probably in a yogurt commercial or something. But this applies to our atmosphere as well! Here at Purely Green, we want you to live in a healthy home – not one devoid of all helpful organisms. Our mold testing system is designed to locate and help you resolve any mold growth issues while maintaining a healthy balance of other microbes.

It Lives in the Walls

One study, conducted by scientist Brigette Anderson, found that drywall comes prepacked with fungi! She saw various types of fungus, including toxic black mold, that waits in your wall until they get wet. Once they get wet, then they can grow and prosper. Although toxic black mold is dangerous, it’s possible some of the other fungi might be beneficial for human health.

American Showerheads

Shower heads are another example of bacteria living peacefully in your home. According to this NPR report, shower heads are lined with a biofilm of bacteria, of which a little falls through the shower – and subsequently on our heads – whenever we bathe.

What’s Good?

Eliminating all bacteria in your home might seem like a reliable solution to reduce the risk of disease. But just like any other plant, animal, and organism in our ecosystem, we have to co-exist. Some bacteria are harmful, and that needs to be addressed. In these cases, it’s best to have a firm like the professionals here at Purely Green conduct mold testing. In other cases, the microbes around you help you live your best life. Think about it: fungi, cheese, yogurt, and antibiotics are all organisms we’ve learned to live with.

Don’t be scared of bacteria in your home. Arm yourself with the knowledge of knowing what’s present, and what’s harmful. Choosing a testing firm with accurate mold testing can help you eliminate harmful bacteria while maintaining a healthy balance. For more information visit our site here.

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.

Aug
23

Mold Exposure and its Hidden Dangers

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Though many people think their homes and workspaces are safe from mold, it is hard to avoid, unless you invest in mold testing. Not to mention it is hazardous and can leave a lasting impact on you or your loved ones’ health. Dr. Gary Kaplan explained just how critical it is to ensure you are safe within your home and limit exposure.

In September 2014, Dr. Kaplan spoke about this issue on NBC Washington’s News 4 and highlighted the dangers of mold exposure. The side effects can be impactful or minimal, but damaging all the same if you avoid taking care of it or don’t get mold testing.

Last night Dr. Gary Kaplan made an appearance on NBC Washington's News 4 discussing the dangers of mold exposure. The symptoms of mold exposure can range from mild – such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, and dizziness – to severe, similar to a variety of disease conditions, including fibromyalgia, migraine or chronic headaches, & depression to name a few. For more information on diagnosing & treating biotoxicity/neurotoxicity please visit www.kaplanclinic.com.

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The symptoms of mold exposure can range from mild – such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, and dizziness – to more dangerous. Mold exposure symptoms can be similar to typical disease conditions, including fibromyalgia, migraine or chronic headaches, and depression.

For more information on diagnosing and treating biotoxicity/neurotoxicity, you can visit Dr. Kaplan’s practice’s website here.

Purely Green Environmental is happy to bring professional and thorough mold testing procedures to ensure the optimal health and wellness of those dealing with mold. For more information about our business and what we do, give us a call at (888) 291-3773 and see what we can do for you today.

 

**Information and video courtesy of The Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and NBC Washington’s News 4.** 

Aug
17

A Cautionary Tale of Avoiding Mold Testing: Yoko Ono’s Former $8.3M Penthouse Affected by Toxic Mold

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Yoko Ono’s former West Village penthouse is an $8.3 million wreck, with warped beams, toxic mold, and a rotted roof deck. 

Ono sold the fourth-floor pad at 49-51 Downing St. to developer David Blumenfeld in 2014. Now Blumenfeld is suing the co-op board for refusing to make “structural repairs’ that have allegedly made the unit “dangerous,” even though his adult son lives there.

He believes the problems stem from a poor conversion job including the use of undersized beams that have caused “chronic and significant leaks and mold” making the unit “dangerous, hazardous or detrimental to the life” of the occupants, the suit says.

He wants the board to fix the problems or give him the money to do the repairs. Blumenfeld already had to spend $15,000 of his funds to repair the elevator after his son was trapped in it last year.

Ono settled a lawsuit she filed against the board in 2014 after claiming members had thwarted her attempts to sell the penthouse. Attorneys for the board did not immediately return messages for comment.

A thorough mold testing, a service Purely Green Environmental provides, may have saved Ono’s home. If you are facing structural damage from mold or just want to have extra peace of mind, call us today at  (888)-291-3773 and see what we can do for you today!

 

**All words and information courtesy of Julia Marsh and The New York Post.**

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