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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

May
21

Residential Air Purifiers: Selecting the Right Product

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Living in a health-conscious society, we often overlook one of the most crucial elements of living in a healthy state; the air we breathe. If air quality testing in Massachusetts is not attainable at this time, one of the best ways to optimize the air in your home is with the use of air purifiers.  Although the choices can be overwhelming, the experts at Purely Green Environmental understand the importance of these units.  That is why we have created this helpful article to assist in your purchase of a residential air purification system. 

 

pureAir 3000

A whole-home air purifier with four different technologies, the pureAir 3000 ensures quality air for you and your family.  Bringing the stale indoor air to a fresh, healthy state without the use of harmful fragrances and chemicals by cleaning both the air and your home surfaces. 

Part of maintaining healthy air is ensuring harmful bacteria is eliminated.  This unit has been proven to significantly reduce all types of mold, mildew, and viruses within the home.  Thus, if there are allergy suffers in the house, you can quickly provide a significant amount of relief without having to take over the counter alternatives. 

pureAir 3000 is easy to use, easy to set up solution making a healthy environment more attainable than ever before.  Covering up to 3000 square feet of living space with enhanced air flow, filtration, and ionization GreenTech Environmental provides the latest in pure air technologies.

 

pureAir Fridge

An often overlooked space in our home is our refrigerator.  Many times we will grab a chemically filled spray and give the fridge a quick wipe down, but this should not be the solution.  Innovative products like pureAir Fridge, not only purifies but sanitizes the air and surfaces inside of your refrigerator.  With the innovative features that help to destroy bacteria such as e-coli and Staphylococcus, you can be sure your family is receiving the freshest food possible.  Further, the unique compact design makes storing this unit anywhere in your fridge an easy task.

 

If your home needs purification, consider visiting Purely Green Environmental online to view their full line of residential solutions.  Because our world is filled with unwanted toxins, making sure your home is at its healthiest state is imperative for you and your family.  Air purifiers make this an easy task for any home. For more information on air quality testing in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, call today at (888) 291-3773.

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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.

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.

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
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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