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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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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

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.

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.

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.