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Jun
21

Wallpaper Can Be a Source of Toxic Mold

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toxic mold in MassachusettsDid you know an estimated 40 percent of American buildings, including at least 25 percent or more of all homes, are believed to be affected by toxic mold in Massachusetts?1 Some of the mycotoxins produced by molds can be more problematic than pesticides and heavy metals even, in part because their concentration can be far larger, but also because they tend to affect more biological systems than pesticides and heavy metals do.2

 

 

 

Is Your Wallpaper Making You Sick?

Researchers are warning that wallpaper can be a significant source of fungi that contribute to air pollution and sick building syndrome. The study3 in question discovered three types of fungi common in household wallpaper: Penicillium brevicompactum, aspergillus versicolor, and stachybotrys chartarum.

These three fungi are also common food contaminants. When these fungi grow in wallpaper (or elsewhere), their mycotoxins can quickly spread into the air and dust.

 

 

 

The Toxic Roots of Many Illnesses

One of the difficulties with molds is that they can affect many types of surfaces. They can also aggravate just about any health problem you already have.

Any area with over 60 percent humidity will lead to the growth of mold and bacteria. This explains why wallpaper and its glue backing is a suitable host for these deadly microbes.

Gram-negative bacteria, which grow with mold, are particularly dangerous. They die and release their cell walls, referred to as lipopolysaccharides or endotoxins. Endotoxins can severely exacerbate asthma and other inflammatory conditions.

 

 

 

Common Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Common health problems attributed to poor and potentially toxic indoor air quality courtesy of mold growth include but are not limited to the chart below. If you have any of these issues, it may be worthwhile to consider the indoor air quality of your home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to ID a Mold Problem

How do you know whether hidden mold might be posing a health risk? The first step would be to conduct a visual inspection. If you can’t see any visible traces of mold, take surfaces samples anyway and use a moisture meter to determine the moisture level in the area.

Wood flooring should have a maximum moisture content of 10 to 12 percent. Anything above that is a breeding ground for mold. Exterior walls should not have a moisture content above 10 percent. You need to identify the mold itself, and not just look for spores in the air.

One of the best options is to hire Purely Green Environmental for a complete and thorough mold inspection. They pay attention to details and that is required for the best outcomes.

 

 

 

Is It Safe to Clean Mold on Your Own?

If all you have is a small area of surface mold, you probably don’t have to call in an expert. However, only attempt to clean it if it’s limited to the surface of a small area. Any deep-rooted mold will require professional assistance. An often cited recommendation is to kill off mold with bleach or ammonia. Do NOT do this.

Instead, for minor visible surface mold, first wipe the area with straight white vinegar. Mix a couple of tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) into a quart of water, and scrub off any surface residue of the mold. You could also use an ozone generator to help rid the air of any mold spores.

**All words and information courtesy of mercola.com and Dr. Mercola**

 

 

 

Footnotes

1. news-medical.net June 25, 2017
2. Mercola.com, Mold: Hidden Pandemic Sweeping Across America July 30, 2013.   3. Mercola.com, Mold: Hidden Pandemic Sweeping Across America July 30, 2011

Mar
21

The Dangers of Black Mold

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black mold groton ma

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!

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Apr
30

Four Things To Do When Air Quality Is Poor

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Air quality testing in MassachusettsThe air in your home is ingested every day by all of those who inhabit the space. It’s crucial then that you take the time to assess air quality every so often to ensure that what you breathe in is healthy and safe for everyone. If you notice yourself getting sick, struggling to breathe, or something of the like, you probably know it’s time to think of a solution to make the air around you healthier. Purely Green Environmental is happy to provide air quality testing in Massachusetts, so bear that in mind and follow these suggestions.

Assess Your Habits

Have you ever thought about what you may be doing to contribute to air quality? We all have habits and routines that we get used to, but some can be damaging. Smoking, not cleaning often, and using low-grade equipment (ineffective humidifiers, for example) are just a few of the habits people pick up that can leave a lasting mark.

Call An Expert

Thanks to the rise of DIY culture many people call themselves experts. However, there is no substitute for honest and knowledgeable professionals like Purely Green Environmental who can provide proper air quality testing in Massachusetts to fill in the blanks and offer solutions. We’ll be happy to help you and provide suggestions, so you don’t see this issue return.

Make the “Green” Switch

There’s no doubt that when we shop for cleaning supplies or similar items, we don’t aim to buy things that are dangerous on purpose. Still, we encounter plenty of hazardous chemicals on a daily basis without even realizing it. As you use cleaning products that have toxic chemicals, you pollute the air with them. Take the time to research green alternatives so you can have confidence that the products you use are environmentally-friendly. We suggest Purely Green Home Products.

Check Ventilation

As air travels in and out of your home, it should get appropriately ventilated. If your ventilation systems are faulty, the air can quickly become much more stagnant and unhealthy. That’s why a visual inspection from a professional is critical.

If the air quality in your home is fair or poor, you do need to make some changes, but you don’t have to panic. Call Purely Green Environmental at (888)-291-3773 for unbiased and detailed air quality testing in Massachusetts.

Apr
23

Professional Mold Testing vs. DIY

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mold testingIt seems that in almost every corner of the internet there is a tutorial aimed at the average person to help them accomplish everyday tasks. It’s not hard to see why going DIY is appealing: you get to save money, have complete control over the process, and gain some experience throughout the project. That’s well and good for something like altering clothing or learning how to play an instrument, but is a bad idea for something as serious as mold testing. It is far better to invest in professional testing from Purely Green Environmental than to try and figure it out yourself.

GOING DIY: Lack of subject knowledge

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL: Valuable education and experience 

While it’s not too hard to scour the internet for essential mold facts, it doesn’t compare to the years of dedication and study professionals gather over the years. A professional company will have every bit of knowledge you need to eradicate excess mold and improve air quality – not just bits and pieces.

GOING DIY: Errors can be detrimental

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL: A trusted, well-executed process

Unless you’re an expert in the field, there’s no way you could have the same knowledge about mold testing as a professional. So, when you attempt to get rid of mold yourself, it’s almost a certainty that you’ll make mistakes along the way. Using incorrect solutions can have serious health consequences.

GOING DIY: Household or easily found supplies

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL: Quality, effective equipment

There are indeed some well-made products on the market for consumers, but they are not nearly as effective as the equipment and solutions that professionals have at their disposal. When we come to test mold and assess your home, we have all of the necessities and access to the best tools to access the problem.

GOING DIY: More time, effort, and money spent

HIRING A PROFESSIONAL: A finite cost that eliminates the problem

Spending more and more on DIY mold removal goes hand in hand with errors. If you continue to make the same mistakes, you’ll have to keep spending money to try and solve the problem. However, when you hire Purely Green Environmental, you’ll only pay for the service you need that provides a sustainable solution. Isn’t that better than wasting time, money, and effort?

People have become enamored with the simplicity and effectiveness of doing things yourself, but there are some cases where it simply does not work. For mold testing guaranteed to provide the correct results, call Purely Green Environmental at (888)-291-3773.