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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.

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.

Aug
23

Mold Exposure and its Hidden Dangers

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

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

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

Posted by Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine on Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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

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

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

 

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

Aug
17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Jul
19

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 study (3) 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