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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.

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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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
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.

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.