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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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May
16

A Moldy Home, a Flu-Like Illness and the Deaths of Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack

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On December 9, 2009, actress Brittany Murphy died of a lung infection, which turned out to be Staphylococcus aureus, a very common bacteria that a healthy system should be able to keep in check.

The cause of death was stated by the coroner to have been pneumonia, with secondary factors of anemia and multiple drug intoxication (involving hydrocodone and other drugs prescribed to treat her respiratory infection).

Five months later, the late actress’s husband, Simon Monjack, died while still living in the same house. His death was stated by the coroner to have been a result of the same thing – pneumonia and severe anemia.

Brittany Murphy had starred in many motion pictures, including “Clueless,” “Girl, Interrupted” and “8 Mile.” She was 32 at the time of her death.

At first, the idea that toxic mold was involved in the deaths appeared to be dismissed by all concerned. The coroner stated that the involvement of bacteria was thought of and ruled out – whether that was through mold testing or other means is unknown. Brittany Murphy’s mother, Sharon Murphy, called the idea “absurd.”

A few years later, after consulting with professionals while working on selling the house, Sharon Murphy stated that she had changed her mind and that she had come to believe that toxic mold may have been a factor in the deaths.

Brittany Murphy purchased the home in 2003 from singer Britney Spears. It was at the bottom of a steep hill in Hollywood Hills.

Murphy had frequently stated that she disliked the house and wished she didn’t have to spend time in it, and Monjack had investigated whether mold might have been a problem in the home before Murphy’s death.

Monjack had suffered from frequent seizures, asthma, and sleep apnea while living in the home, and Sharon Murphy acquired breast cancer and debilitating neuropathy while living there.

Brittany Murphy had been taking migraine medication, Klonopin (a benzodiazepine) and Prozac (an antidepressant), in addition to the medication for the respiratory infection, while living there.

In August 2014, the UK television program Autopsy ran an hour-long program looking at Brittany Murphy’s death, called “Autopsy: The Final Hours of Brittany Murphy.” The program features assessments about celebrity deaths by Dr. Richard Shepherd, a forensic pathologist.

A streaming version of the program (Season 2, Episode 3 of the “Autopsy” series) is currently available for purchase through Amazon in the UK.

An article in The Daily Mail summarized the program content.

 

In the documentary, Simon Monjack’s mother, Linda Monjack, stated about the home:

When I walked through the door, there was no air ventilation whatsoever. The windows were breaking down from the mold. The home was a place of unhealthiness. It didn’t feel right. The actual bedroom itself where they both spent so much time – the actual windows were taped up, so there was no air ventilation whatsoever. The mold that was growing up by the windows was quite horrific, and it just felt very oppressive, as if this was a place of unhealthiness.

 

Dr. Shepherd stated:

The autopsy report shows that they didn’t find any fungi, either in her bloodstream or the sections of a lung that they examined under the microscope. So mold and fungi haven’t played a direct role in the death of Brittany. But living in dangerous housing conditions like that, it’s likely to have had a debilitating effect and contributed to her infection and death. She apparently was living in appalling conditions.

 

In June 2016, Sharon Murphy put the home on the real estate market for $18.4 million. It was stated as having been wholly renovated from the “ground up” and looked very different from the outside from the previous residence.

 

The home of Brittany Murphy and Simon Monjack prior to the renovation.

 

Brittany Murphy in the movie ‘Clueless.’

 

 

Mold testing from a service like Purely Green Environmental helps prevent cases like these. Call us at (888)-291-3773 and see what mold testing or other services can help improve your home’s air quality.

 

**All words and information courtesy of Dr. Lisa Petrison, Ph.D. and Paradigm Change.**

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Apr
27

Top 3 Reasons Your Crawl Space Has Mold

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black mold MassachusettsWHY DOES MY CRAWLSPACE HAVE MOLD?

Crawl spaces are the ideal environment for toxic mold in NH to thrive.

Most crawl spaces are dark, dirty, and humid. Bugs like to live in these areas since the outside air in the summer (and in the winter if you neglect to close your vents) enters, which can get very humid.

Mold is a fungus that requires moisture, air, and a food source to grow and thrive.

Like plants, mold has cells. However, unlike a plant that has chlorophyll that can make its food through photosynthesis, mold can not feed without moisture.

Mold reproduces by releasing its spores, as it is mold’s survival mechanism.

In addition to moisture, mold also requires the right temperature of 41 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive and can do so up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The final ingredient mold needs to thrive is food: high cellulose materials such as paper and wood, drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt.

Now that you understand why mold grows in your crawl space read on to explain the top three reasons you have moisture in your crawl space and what you can do to fix it.

 

HOW TO MEASURE THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY OF YOUR CRAWLSPACE?

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The easiest way to determine the relative humidity of your crawlspace is to use a hygrometer or a digital thermo-hygrometer with a remote sensor to track it.

If the relative humidity is greater than 50%, this could cause moisture issues that lead to mold.

Mold will begin to grow at 50% moisture and will thrive when it is greater than 70%.

The key to ensuring that your crawlspace does not become a source of mold is to figure out how to control the humidity.

These are some of the common causes of moisture.

 

#1 WATER ACCUMULATION

If your crawlspace has standing water, you probably have a drainage problem or a plumbing leak. It needs to get fixed immediately.

You do not want water to accumulate in your crawlspace because this will compound your potential mold problems. Also, as mold grows, it will impact the indoor air quality of your home and health.

 

#2 MOISTURE EVAPORATING FROM THE GROUND

When homes contain crawl spaces, most builders neglect to cover the field, so space gets covered with dirt.

Dirt has moisture, and as the moisture evaporates, it will increase the humidity in your crawl space.

Unfortunately, this is a common problem. The easiest solution to prevent moisture from evaporating is to cover it up with a vapor barrier during crawlspace encapsulation.

 

#3 OUTDOOR AIR COMING IN THROUGH CRAWLSPACE VENTS

The third reason your crawlspace could have moisture issues is through vents.

When you bring outdoor air into the crawlspace, the relative humidity can increase.

Cold air cannot hold as much moisture as warm air, so the air that enters is now closer to its saturation point (referred to as the dew point).

There might be 60% relative humidity outside when there is a temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but when that air enters the crawlspace and cools down to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, the relative humidity jumps up to 95%.

In the past, we thought that crawlspaces needed ventilation. Now, however, we are learning that crawlspaces need to get treated almost as if they were living spaces. In other words, areas that are in contact with your living space affect your living space.

 

 

FIXING YOUR CRAWLSPACE HUMIDITY AND MOLD PROBLEMS

If your crawlspace has vents and the relative humidity is high, you need to fix the issues at hand. It is not as simple as installing a dehumidifier either.

If you have water accumulation, the source of the water must get located. If it is a plumbing issue, fix the leak. If drainage causes the problem, this must be adjusted as well.

If the problem relates to moisture evaporating from the ground or outdoor air coming into vents, crawl space encapsulation can be a solution.

  

 

If you are concerned about humidity in your crawl space or toxic mold in NH, call Purely Green Environmental at (888) 291-3773! 

**All words, photos, and information courtesy of Indoor Environmental Professionals.**

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Apr
13

Documentary Sheds Light on Toxic Household Products

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Air quality testing in Massachusetts from Purely GreenA family-oriented documentary called ‘Stink!’ (available for streaming here) shines a bright light on the unregulated use of toxic chemicals in U.S. consumer products, from baby wipes and shampoo to floor cleaners and laundry detergents.

The idea for the film originated from director Jon Whelan’s experience in tracking down the source of a strong chemical odor that wafted off new pajamas he’d purchased for his two young daughters.

After discovering the toxic stench was a trade secret held by the parent company of current American tween store Justice, Whelan began investigating the fragrance industry, which he suggests has a value of $100 billion.

What Whelan found is that manufacturers, with the aggressive backing of the chemical industry, routinely conceal thousands of potentially toxic ingredients in the baby care, household and personal care products you and your family use every day.

They do so by using the term “fragrance,” which is entirely free of government oversight and safety regulations.

Lack of control means that when you see the word fragrance on product labels, it does not refer to a single ingredient, but likely dozens of toxic chemicals in combination.

For example, S.C. Johnson’s fresh citrus blossom-scented Glade PlugIns oil refill contains 60 chemical components, encompassed under a single word on the product label: fragrance.

According to the Geneva-based International Fragrance Association (IFRA), the self-regulating body of the global fragrance industry, about 3,000 specific chemicals fall under the term fragrance.

When you purchase a product that lists fragrance as one of the ingredients, you have no way of knowing how many chemicals reside within, or how those chemicals might interact with each other. Many of the chemicals are synthetic — often petroleum based — and increasingly linked to chronic health conditions.

 

Safety and Regulation of US Consumer Goods Is Weak

You may be surprised to know that legislation put in place in the U.S. in 1976 — a measure called the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) — has perhaps done more harm than good regarding regulating the chemicals used in products that you use daily.

Notably, TSCA grandfathered in some 80,000 chemical substances that are readily available and easily incorporated into all kinds of consumer goods manufactured and sold in the U.S.

As such, these chemicals bypass safety testing and remain free of federal government regulation and oversight. Stacy Malkan, co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics comments:

“The chemical industry has gotten away with producing billions of tons of chemicals without doing safety studies, putting them out into the environment … and into products that are … in our homes. Basically, we are living in a ‘toxic soup,’ and it’s a giant experiment on human health.”

It may surprise you to learn that U.S. regulatory agencies such as the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration have limited authority to regulate manufacturers who add toxic ingredients to their products.

“I think that most people’s perception is that somewhere, someone is testing all the products,” says Whelan. However, they’re not.

This lack of oversight allows manufacturers of baby care, household and personal-care products — with the support of powerful and well-funded trade associations — to add thousands of toxic chemicals to products you use every day. Whelan states:

“The American Chemistry Council is the most powerful trade association anywhere, and it spends hundreds of millions of dollars to influence public opinion, fund political campaigns and underwrite aggressive lobbying efforts.

Their goal is to avoid regulation that would impact profits of the largest chemical companies in the world, such as BASF, ConAgra Foods, Dow, DuPont, General Mills, Monsanto, Nestle, Pepsico, and Unilever.”

Due to the tremendous amount of chemicals coming at you from multiple sources, some of the fragrances that you get exposed to daily may be damaging your health and putting you at risk for serious illness. It is always best to invest in air purifiers for this reason. 

 

The ‘Fragrance Loophole’ and Why Should It Concern You

Jane Houlihan, vice president of research for the Environmental Working Group (EWG), notes that the lack of U.S. government oversight on added chemicals in consumer products is referred to as the “fragrance loophole:”

“One big loophole in the labeling law is “fragrance.” Manufacturers don’t have to list their ingredients. So whether you hold a perfume, cologne, shampoo or shaving cream — whatever the product is — normally the fragrance components aren’t disclosed.

There can literally be a mixture of hundreds of different chemicals hidden in that one ingredient.”

Adds Green Living Expert Alexandra Zissu, “You’re eating fragrance, wearing fragrance, washing your hands with fragrance and even blowing your nose with fragrance.”

Among the undisclosed ingredients are several known or suspected allergens, carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, environmental pollutants, neurotoxic chemicals and respiratory irritants.

Because these toxins are responsible for the spike in chronic diseases from asthma and congenital disabilities to infertility and cancer, “The sooner you get this stuff out of your life, the better,” says Zissu.

Worse, due to the lack of product testing, air purifiers, and safety measures, the interaction of fragrance chemicals across multiple products cannot be known. No one stops to ask what kind of interaction might take place when chemicals from your body spray interact with your acne cream.

By the way, did you know the average American female uses up to 20 products, and the average male up to 10 products, per day that have hidden ingredients linked to a variety of adverse health issues?

Tests conducted by the EWG revealed the average fragrance product contains at least 14 secret chemicals not listed on the label.10 This secrecy and lack of transparency make it impossible for you to make an informed choice about the products you buy.

 

Transparency in Labeling Is Necessary to Rein in Use of Toxic Chemicals

Whelan provides common-sense advice for addressing the U.S. system on your everyday goods and the handling of fragrance:

“First, we need to get the chemicals of greatest concern off the market. This is no small task, because powerful industry lobbyists oppose regulating chemicals, even substances that cause cancer, birth defects or disrupt hormones. Updating TSCA, so federal agencies have power to regulate toxic chemicals is key.

Next, we need full chemical disclosure on labels. If companies had to disclose all chemicals in their products, they’d make better choices about the chemicals they sold, and consumers would be empowered to make informed choices about what they bought. Transparency works.”

Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder of Seventh Generation, suggests manufacturers are purposely withholding ingredient lists to protect their interests:

“The reason most cleaning and personal care products don’t list all of the ingredients is because the manufacturer doesn’t want you to know what’s in there. They’re scared of consumers learning that they’re purchasing a product that has a toxic or carcinogenic ingredient. They’re trying to avoid the consumer backlash that would come if they were transparent.”

 

U.S. Versus European Chemical Regulations

The U.S. system for handling chemicals on consumer products is broken Hollender, added:

“The question is how many people have to die? How many people have to get sick before the proof becomes overwhelming and inescapable? What we need is a precautionary approach. You must prove the product’s safe. You must prove the chemical’s safe. And until that’s proven, the product should not be allowed in the store, and the chemical should not be allowed in the product.”

Whelan agrees and suggests America could learn something from Europe, where tougher standards are in place to protect human health:

“The big philosophical difference between how products and chemicals are regulated in Europe versus the U.S. is interesting. In Europe, chemicals are guilty until proven innocent. The precautionary principle says that if we suspect something may be harmful, well then let’s not use it. They use common sense. In the U.S., it’s the exact opposite. Chemicals are innocent until proven guilty, yet it’s virtually impossible to prove guilt.”

According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics,15 the European Union Cosmetics Directive, which was adopted in January 2003 and revised in 2013, bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause birth defects, cancer, genetic mutation or reproductive harm. To date, the FDA has banned only 11 chemicals from cosmetics in the U.S.

 

Why Is the Fragrance Industry Against Safety Regulations?

Like the secret formula for Coca-Cola and Colonel Sander’s secret recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken, the fragrance industry has been guarding its carefully kept secrets for decades. As such, a certain air of mystery has resulted. Says fragrance consultant Steve Herman:

“The perfume industry has been trying to maintain a certain mystique, because fragrance has an allure of mystery, romance, and creativity about it. If we transform it into a chemical company with ingredient disclosure — all of that mystique would be gone.”

Whelan suggests the huge number of chemicals needing to be tested is very likely the most discouraging factor related to safeguarding consumer products:

“There are over 80,000 chemicals in use today. While most of them are probably safe, it takes time and money to test them. The industry doesn’t want to know which are harmful because it would mean reformulating many of their products, which would require additional money.

Furthermore, by disclosing chemicals on the label, particularly if one is a potential carcinogen, companies could be liable, which they also do not want. Industry wants it both ways. They don’t want chemicals proven safe, and they don’t want consumers to have full disclosure.”

Because the U.S. federal government has traditionally taken a passive role regarding regulating the addition of chemicals in consumer products, individual states, such as California, have taken action on their own. California’s well known Proposition 65, or Prop 65,18 originated in 1986. Eleanne van Vliet, director of toxic chemical research for As You Sow, sees value in state-enacted regulations:

“Prop 65 prohibits businesses from knowingly exposing consumers to chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects. Companies have to either reformulate the product to use less toxic ingredients or remove the product from the market completely.”

 

EWG Helps You Identify Toxic Ingredients You Should Avoid

Judi Shils, executive director of Teens Turning Green, underscores the importance of taking an active role in evaluating the personal-care products you use every day:

 “Shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothpaste, moisturizer, hand sanitizer — each one of those products has about 15 synthetic chemicals in it, so your body’s burden is enormous. You’re just dumping all this toxic stuff into your bloodstream!”

To help you identify harmful ingredients and make buying choices that support your health and well-being, the EWG provided the following list of toxins to AVOID in personal-care products manufactured for the U.S. market:

For your body:

        Fragrance

        Retinyl palmitate or other retinoids in daytime skin products

        Triclocarban in bar soap

        Triclosan in liquid soap (banned in 2016 by the FDA)

For your hair:

        DMDM hydantoin

        Fragrance

        Parabens: propyl, isopropyl, butyl and isobutyl

        PEG, ceteareth and polyethylene

For your nails:

        Dibutyl phthalate (DBP)

        Formaldehyde or Formalin

        Toluene

If you want to go further in your exploration of potentially harmful ingredients, check out EWG’s Skin Deep® database, where you can research the personal care products you use and identify less toxic options. EWG also maintains a Guide to Healthy Cleaning, which informs you about safe alternatives for household cleaning products.

 

Non-Toxic Fragrances Are Available

Avoiding toxic fragrance does not mean that you must forgo all pleasant scents in your home or personal-care products, because truly natural options are available. Organic essential oils are one option, and you can even add them to your non-fragranced products, such as facial moisturizers or hand lotion. Organic essential oils and isolates come from botanical ingredients such as bark, flowers, fruits, leaves, seeds, wood and other 100 percent natural raw materials.

Though they may cost more, and the scent may last only a couple of hours after each application, organic essential oils won’t pose the health risks of synthetic fragrances. (It’s still possible to have sensitivities to natural scents so take care with them when around individuals who may not be able to tolerate them.)

Of course, you have the option of avoiding fragrance entirely. In fact, a woman’s natural scent has been found to be more seductive than perfume, scoring another point for the power of nature!

 

LCSA Law Implemented, EPA Finally Empowered to Review Chemicals

In June 2016, U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA) to reform TSCA. Although the changes will likely be slow, LCSA introduces improvements such as:

        Mandating the EPA to evaluate existing chemicals under enforceable deadlines

        Requiring all chemicals used in commerce to undergo risk-based reviews

        Providing increased public transparency about chemicals

        Funding the EPA consistently so it can carry out its responsibilities under the new law

On the downside, the LCSA makes it more difficult for states to regulate chemicals once the EPA has evaluated them, and prohibits states from taking action against any chemical the EPA has declared “high priority” for EPA investigation. Once the EPA reports a chemical safe for a particular use or condition, states stay permanently preempted from taking any action against it.

In December 2016, the EPA announced the first ten chemicals it would review under LCSA. They are highlighted by the EWG and include  1,4-dioxane, 1-bromopropane, asbestos, carbon tetrachloride, HBCD (cyclic aliphatic bromide cluster), methylene chloride, NMP (n-methyl pyrrolidone), PERC (tetrachloroethylene), pigment violet and TCE (trichloroethylene). Several of the ten are suspected to be possible human carcinogens.

While you may think asbestos was banned many years ago, the U.S. still imports, uses and sells asbestos and asbestos products for use in automotive, flooring and roofing products, even though inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibers is known to cause lung cancer. Clearly, the EPA has a lot more work to do to safeguard your health and mine.

 

What You Can Do to Help Close the ‘Fragrance Loophole?’

Based on feedback from consumers like you, and the diligence of consumer-advocacy organizations like EWG, manufacturers and retailers are beginning to realize the need for change. U.S.-based companies such as Procter & Gamble (P&G), S.C. Johnson, and Unilever, as well as retailers like Target have taken steps to become more transparent with ingredient lists.

Some steps are small, such as P&G’s move to provide two lists on its website of fragrance chemicals the company is currently using, and those no longer in use in any of its brands. While that sounds positive, P&G still has access to more than 2,800 other fragrance chemicals that would not have to be disclosed on product labels.

Other steps are bigger, such as Target’s decision to require full ingredient disclosure by 2020 for all baby care, household and personal care products, as well as a ban on formaldehyde, parabens and phthalates in those products. Furthermore, by 2022, Target wants to remove flame retardants and perfluorinated chemicals from all its textiles.

If you want to go to the next level with respect to taking a stand against the continued use and abuse of fragrance in consumer products, below are some tips on how you can get started:

  • Choose products that disclose a complete list of ingredients
  • Select “fragrance free” products instead of “unscented” ones because unscented products may use fragrance to mask odors
  • Be wary of “greenwashing” related to the use of terms such as “natural” or “organic” for personal care products because they are unregulated and can be used regardless of product contents
  • Research the product’s ingredients prior to purchase by perusing the EWG’s Skin Deep database and/or other sources
  • Opt for products using organic essential oils instead of synthetic scents
  • Educate your children and make them aware of safer choices for the products they use daily
  • Ask the company for specific details about the products you like and find out if they are safe
  • Vote with your dollars and stop buying products that you know are unsafe
  • Demand action by telling manufacturers and retailers, as well as your state and federal legislators, that you support the full disclosure of ingredients for household and personal-care products and want safer alternatives

 

 

*All words and information courtesy of Mercola and Dr. Mercola. Original article is viewable here

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Sep
23

Schools and Indoor Air Quality

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Air quality testing in Massachusetts from Purely GreenIt is that time of year again, new notebooks, fresh pencils, the sound of the first bell back to school! Here at Purely Green Environmental, we care about your child’s safety and well-being. You should ask yourself, “How do I know what is in the air my child is breathing?” The only way to be sure about air quality in your child care facility is to have indoor air quality testing in Massachusetts done by a professional! However, there are some steps you can take to improve your child’s or student’s educational facility.

The most common cause of poor indoor air quality is lack of poor ventilation! Without enough ventilation, pollution stays inside the building and builds up to create poor indoor air quality. Ask yourself, “is the thermostat set properly?” or “Is the air flowing into the rooms?” If the room is not receiving enough fresh air then the old air could become stagnant. This could lead to decreased oxygen levels and can make you very tired. Also, a strong smell could trigger a respiratory problem or an asthma to flare up, which might indicate that there is an air movement problem.

What is in the air?

Common items such as permanent markers, glue, air fresheners, aerosol can sprays, and strong perfumes can create fumes that may be environmental health risks for students. Finding all natural substitutes will be a safe path to take! It is important for a parent and an educator to read all labels carefully before purchase in order to choose the product with the least amount of pollutants.

Major Indoor Pollutants

  • Asbestos
  • Biological Contaminants
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  • Lead
  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Cleaning Chemicals

The best way to purify indoor air is to figure out what is causing the issue first. Purely Green Environmental is best for indoor air quality testing in Massachusetts. By testing the quality of your child’s school, the problem can be eliminated before any health problems occur. For more information call Purely Green Environmental at (888) 291-3773.

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Sep
18

Indoor Air Pollution Solutions

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Air quality testing in Massachusetts from Purely GreenIn a world that is filled with different cleaners, perfumes, and scents, the quality of indoor air is now a greater health hazard than outdoor air pollution. These hazards run the spectrum from allergies, toxins and contagions, leading to many health risks! Purely Green Environmental can help your home, or business, with indoor air quality testing in Massachusetts to give you the peace of mind. However, there are some steps you can take that will set you on the right path to a healthy indoor environment.

Ventilation

As energy-efficient modern homes can be, they have been known to trap too much air inside your home and reduce the air circulation you need. Better ventilation is key! Bathrooms, basements and attics are usually the big problem areas, but anywhere can present considerable indoor air pollution without some aspect of ventilation.

Know Your Air

You have to test your air. When it comes to indoor air pollution, there are many things you can’t see or smell. A professional air quality testing in Massachusetts will give you a more comprehensive assessment of your indoor air quality. You can not prevent indoor air pollution, if you do not know what is in the air!

Reduce and Alter Indoor Chemical Use

Common household cleaners and pesticides are full of chemicals. Pay close attention to the labels on household products. If possible, switch to natural products that contain fewer toxic chemicals. When you do need a stronger cleaner, use sparingly and follow all of the precautions explained on the label.

Install Electronic Air Cleaner

Electronic air cleaners can extract thirty times as much dust as ordinary filters. If it offers significant breathing relief to one or more people in your home or business, then an electronic air cleaner is worth every penny!

Reduce Indoor Air Pollution Naturally with Houseplants

Plants are a great help when it comes to removing toxins from your home. The best part about plants is that, while they reduce indoor air pollution, they don’t look out of place or create noise. A few that have been shown to work well are: Boston fern, Spider plant, English ivy, Areca Palm, and Peace Lily. A good rule of thumb is two plants per hundred square feet!

Use these steps to solve your indoor air pollution! For more information referring to indoor air quality testing, call Purely Green Environmental at (888) 291-3773.

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Jul
30

Air Quality Testing: When and Why

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Air quality testing in Massachusetts from Purely Green EnvironmentalThe concern of air quality is not something we think of during our everyday lives. While there is not much we can do on a daily basis about air pollution, we can exercise some control over indoor air pollution in our homes and office. Air quality testing in Massachusetts is a safe and successful way to determine the condition of your living space. Purely Green Environmental, LLC is here to answer the questions of when and why air quality testing in Massachusetts is important.

The Why

Did you know that over the past few years, there has been an increasing amount of evidence that shows the asperity of pollution in our homes is much higher than previously thought? We spend a lot of time indoors; therefore, the health risks due to poor indoor air quality can be great.

The When

The sources of indoor pollutants are quite varied. Foreign substances can back up and compile to levels which can pose health risks, especially in a home that is not accurately ventilated.

Here are some common sources of air contamination:

  • Tobacco smoke; even when the action of smoking is not going on. The particles from smoke can accumulate in carpets, curtains and the general air in the home.
  • Radon gas; which can enter from well water, uranium in the soil, or rock on which the home was constructed.
  • Biological contaminants, such as mold or bacteria, can build up in poorly ventilated or damp areas.
  • Colorless and odorless gasses, such as Greenhouse Gasses, can be deadly in high concentrations.
  • Household chemicals, like chlorine, ammonia and other cleaning products, can create toxic fumes which can linger after the product is used.
  • Asbestos and lead are commonly found in older homes in the insulation and paint. These materials can cause poisoning if inhaled.

You will be amazed at how much your quality of life improves when you clean up the air in your home! The first step is indoor air quality testing in Massachusetts. This way Purely Green Environmental, LLC can determine the nature of any indoor structure! For more information contact Purely Green at (888) 291-3773.

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Jul
29

The Weather is Hot, but your Indoor Air Quality is Not

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Air quality testing in Massachusetts from Purely Green EnvironmentalSummer is for sunny days, relaxation and warm temperatures, but did you know that it is also the worst time of the season for indoor air quality? Ozone, mold, and moisture are more of an issue during summer months than they are during cooler seasons! Hot temperatures, sunny days, and light breezes do not allow for pollutants to be cleared from the outdoors. Unlike common home and office filth, your indoor air quality is far from visible! Indoor air quality testing in Massachusetts will inform you of exactly what you are inhaling.

Even the healthiest of individuals can begin noticing breathing difficulties. There are certain precautions when it comes to keeping your indoor air quality healthy in the summer!

• Outdoor humidity and summer storms can carry damp air indoors. This damp air can bring on asthma symptoms and encourages dust, mold and mildew growth, so be prepared and keep your doors and windows closed on those wet days!
• Keep windows shut during high ozone days, and open them during windy days to bring clean, fresh air indoors.
• Ventilation is key! A thorough air duct cleaning right before you kick your air conditioning unit is never a bad idea.
• Weatherizing your home is a good idea as well, both to prevent unwanted moisture from coming in, and to keep utility bills low.

Remember, the summer’s outdoor air pollution can cause the air-quality indoors to decline, as well. It is difficult to tell when, or if, your indoor air is of best quality. A firm providing indoor air quality testing in Massachusetts is able to ease your mind and create a safe environment for you and your family.

For more information about indoor air quality testing in Massachusetts, contact Purely Green Environmental, LLC at (888) 291-3773.

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Jun
30

The Signs of Mold

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Mold testing in NH from Purely GreenMold is the last word any homeowner wants to hear. With the weather heating up, it is mold’s favorite time to grow, putting you and your loved ones in possible danger of health risks. Here at Purely Green Environmental, it is safe to say we understand mold well and conduct comprehensive mold testing in NH. The question is, do you? Here are some signs that your home may be growing mold.

Pollen has been quite the issue this year. However if you have noticed your allergies escalating once you have stepped inside, then there is a good chance of mold growing somewhere in your house. Common allergic reactions to mold include, sneezing, sore eyes and a runny nose or nasal congestion.

Do not ignore your nose! When you have hidden mold in your house, often that mold smell might be your only clue. Never ignore those moldy odors, even if you cannot see the actual issue. This is a crucial time to call for mold testing in NH! When the smell is ignored, the problem can become much worse, making the remediation costs on the higher side.

There are certain areas in your home that you can expect mold growth. Any signs of moisture including water stains or discoloration on walls, floors or ceilings are your best clue for mold prone spots. Another sign of a moisture problem is surface abnormalities like peeling, bubbling or cracking of the paint or wallpaper. Seeing these could be a clue that there is mold growing within or behind the material.

Visible mold growth seems like a very obvious sign. However, you would be surprised by the number of people that ignore small amounts of mold growth because of its resemblance to dirt or soot. If you can see mold growth, even small amounts, you should take action immediately. The smallest of patches can spread to potentially dangerous levels. Purely Green Environmental will conduct mold testing in NH and provide you with a written report that will highlight the necessary action steps for its safe removal.

If you notice any of these signs, contact Purely Green Environmental at (888) 291-3373 for all of your mold testing in NH.

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Jun
29

What You Should Know About Black Mold

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Black mold in Amherst NH from Purely GreenThe name “black mold” alone sends a shiver down any home or business owner’s spine. However by having the ability to identify and understand black mold in Amherst, NH, you can help keep your interior environment free of its mold toxins.

Did you know that nearly 37 million Americans suffer from sinusitis or infection of the sinuses? According to the Mayo Clinic, the majority of these sinus conditions are caused by mold and more specifically, black mold. Though less common than other species of mold, black mold is the one breed that can cause life threatening health problems especially in young children and your pets. This is why it is so essential to determine the mold as early as possible.

The signs of black mold are most frequently observed in water damaged areas as it needs moisture in order to grow. Some areas include: interior walls with leaky pipes, a leaky roof, a dishwasher or refrigerator leak or ice dams that can cause moisture to seep into walls, creating a welcoming environment for toxic molds.

You could have a problem if…

  • You notice discoloration or warping of walls, ceilings or floors
  • Cracked, peeling paint
  • Mildew or musty odors
  • Loosening of drywall tape
  • Visible mold growth

To prevent your interior space and health from reaching this detrimental state, Purely Green Environmental, LLC is here to help you with our full-service air quality testing. As an independent firm whose ultimate duty is to provide a healthy environment, we offer testing for black mold in Amherst, NH and the greater Boston area.

For more information about mold and air quality testing, contact Purely Green Environmental at 888-291-3773 or 603-886-0345.

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