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by Susana · November 25, 2014

Mold Growth During Winter Months

Mold can grow at any time of the year. Although, it you might think it can grow more during summer days mold can still grow in the winter. In AirTek's blog, we talked about how you can winterize your home during the winter to avoid water damage. Today we wanted to talk about how to prepare your home for the winter and avoid any mold to grow. Wet season is also winter season and mold can grow and expand. Mold is usually contained near areas where water is present. When there are sources for mold to grow, it can grow easily and reproduce.

Mold spores can also naturally found indoors and outdoors. Our indoor environments can also create conditions that can foster these spores to increase. Since we tend to close up our homes when it becomes cold, moisture can be trapped and raise humidity levels. That is the time where you might see signs of mold growing. Condensation that is warm and trapped moisture from the humidity can dramatically increase the likelihood of mold growing in our environments.

Where can mold be found in the home during winter months?

  • Exterior of drywall
  • sheet rocks
  • Corner rooms
  • Ducts

You can prep your home by eliminating humidity in your home and keep your thermostat programmed. Set ceiling fans in reverse. Keep the ductwork in your home clean and also keep the filters clean. Many people do not think about mold growing during the winter, but mold can definitely grow and can become a big issue. If you begin to spot signs of mold during this time, contact a mold remediation service and they will help clean and disinfect your home. Alliance Environmental has been helping many achieve cleaner and healthier environments for 25 years. If you have any questions regarding any mold services, contact us and we can be of assistance.

You can Request a Free Estimate, or download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

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by Susana · November 20, 2014

Asbestos Found In Different Industries

People can be exposed to asbestos at home and at work. Several ways that many could have been exposed to is to old and new sources such as doing home renovations and activities and hobbies that result in asbestos being present. In addition, during history there has been also occupations that can expose someone to asbestos. Several occupations include auto mechanics, carpenters, electricians, pipe fitters, welders, and navy personnel. Secondary exposure occurs when people who do not work directly with asbestos but may have family who do work in different occupations and share work space where asbestos is handled.

Past occupational exposures also happened because of in proper industrial hygiene. This happen when many asbestos workers went home covered in asbestos dust. Many of the family members were exposed via inhalation of asbestos dust through the skin, hair and clothes. In addition, during laundering of contaminated work clothes. Also, many individuals have been exposed when they live near areas that might also have asbestos.

Since asbestos is still not ban in the United States many are still exposed to the dangerous asbestos fibers. Construction workers are the one's who are heavily exposed to asbestos. Asbestos can also be found in schools and public concern has spread throughout the country to recommend techniques and do regular inspections for asbestos. Even though we all can be exposed to asbestos knowing the risks and following strict procedures is important to expose others.

It is important to seek professional assistance if there is asbestos in your environment. Alliance Environmental is a licensed asbestos removal company with extensive experience in properly containing the asbestos, complete decontamination of the site, and lawful disposal of the contaminated materials.

You can Request a Free Estimate, or download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

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by Susana · November 18, 2014

Part III: Mold Inside Walls

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by Susana · November 13, 2014

Asbestos Removal and Safe Handling

Asbestos is a mineral fiber that is used in many buildings and can also be found commonly in building construction materials. When materials that contain asbestos are damaged or disturbed the fibers become airborne and become dangerous. When the microscopic fibers are inhaled they become a serious health problem and can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Asbestos must be removed in a safe and legal way.

It should be removed by a certified abatement contractor who follows safety and health rules to protect all those who are working with the material and from the public. In addition, the contractor should also ensure proper removal and disposal of the asbestos materials are done correctly. Once areas have been tested positive for asbestos, below are general examples of asbestos removal and safe handling:

  • Create an asbestos removal control plan- Ensure all removal process is carried out safely.
  • Working environments must be sealed.
  • Workers must wear all correct equipment and clothing when working with asbestos.
  • Prep the Work Area Put up warning signs, cover all vents, build your containment areas, and an air lock where workers can remove and leave their protective clothing when leaving the containment area.
  • Removal of asbestos -Very tedious and dangerous process if proper procedures are not met because you can expose many to asbestos).
  • Getting rid of asbestos - Asbestos waste must be disposed in a designated landfill.

It is important to seek professional assistance if there is asbestos in your environment. Alliance Environmental is a licensed asbestos removal company with extensive experience in properly containing the asbestos, complete decontamination of the site, and lawful disposal of the contaminated materials.

Download a free copy of our Don’t Get Sued! eBook to learn about mitigating liability risks associated with asbestos, lead paint, and mold.

 

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by Susana · November 11, 2014

Mold: Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Thousands are exposed to air pollution every day and the increase of urbanization pose a risk for lung cancer development.In addition, for researchers air pollution is hard to study because it is a mixture of many components. The main sources of air pollution include nitrogen dioxide, ozone gas and carbon monoxide. However, our indoor environment can also be a cloud of pollution. According to pollutionissues.com, "Mold pollution is the growth of molds in a building resulting in damage to or the destruction of the structure itself and adverse health effects on the buildings occupants." Ten percent of the nation's buildings suffer from mold pollution and those who are more sensitive can suffer from respiratory complications.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and we wanted to share some facts on how mold can affect your indoor air quality:

MOLD IS A GROWING PROBLEM

  • Building dampness and mold raised the risk of a variety of respiratory and asthma related health outcomes by 30-50 percent.
  • Approximately 4.6 million cases are estimated to be attributed to dampness and mold exposure in the home.
  • Mold is a growing problem in many schools and more and more schools are suffering with mold problems.
  • Mold needs moisture and will likely grow in ceiling tiles, wall paneling and in fabric.
  • Failure to clean mold, can become an indoor environmental hazard and can cause multi million dollar lawsuits.

Keeping the air indoors clean is also important because we can control it.Replenishing your environment with clean air is our top priority when we partner with our clients. Take action to fight for healthier air outdoors and indoors. Visit our website for more information on the services we provide to clean mold.

Download a free copy of our Don’t Get Sued! eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with asbestos, lead paint, and mold.

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by Susana · November 04, 2014

Bed Bug Action Plan for Hotels

The season of traveling for the holidays will begin soon and if you are staying in hotels and motels,bed bugs are on a rise and love traveling around luggage and around your room. These pesky critters can cause an uncomfortable night and disturb your sleep and cause severe itchiness through out your entire trip. Worst case scenario, they can travel in your luggage and travel to your home without you even knowing. The solution, having a bed bug action plan. Many businesses in the hospitality industry are doing a great job in taking action to protect their guests when dealing with bed bugs. Hotels also are working with pest management companies to quickly get rid of any pests and solve their bed bug problems quickly. However, there have also been many cases where hotel management do not know that their hotels have bed bugs and their staff do not as well.

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by Susana · October 30, 2014

How to Detect Mold Inside Walls

Mold can be found through out different spaces around a non ventilated space. Sometimes mold can be seen through out walls, ceilings, in bathrooms, and in HVAC systems. However, mold can be hiding behind walls and that is a big problem because mold might have been growing inside the walls without you even noticing. Mold grows inside walls when spaces in the wall contain pockets of humid and moisture air. Condensation and water leaks are two most commonly known causes of mold growth. Cracked or peeling paint can be one indication that moisture might exist in the wall.

WHAT DEVICES ARE USED TO DETECT MOLD INSIDE WALLS

Different signs that mold exist in walls will help you indicate that there might be mold in a home, but an inspection should be done to know if there really is mold hiding in the walls. The Indoor Air Quality Association produced a video talking about two mold detecting tools to investigate where mold is inside walls. He talks about using a borescope which is a visual inspection device and different moisture detecting tools.

 

If there is mold in your home, hire a professional that will safely get rid of the mold. Mold can be a negative health trigger and affect all those who live in the home.For professional and expert mold removal contact Alliance Environmental who provides safe, efficient, clean and high quality services for our customers and partners.

Alliance Environmental is a licensed mold removal and remediation contractor and our services include proper containment and removal as well as thorough site decontamination.To schedule an appointment with us or if you have any questions regarding our services please contact us and we can be of assistance.
Download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

 

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by Susana · October 28, 2014

Lead Poisoning Becoming A Major Problem In Shooting Ranges

No level of lead has been identified as safe. Lead is found in outdoors, in products and in old paint. Lead is a public threat but becoming educated in preventing lead poisoning is important. A recent article done by The Seattle Times has brought attention to many because lead poisoning has become a major issue in several shooting ranges across the country. An investigation was done and found that many shooting ranges were not clean or safe for workers and for customers. They found that owners had repeatedly violated work place safety laws and other owners were not aware of the dangers of lead poisoning.

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by Susana · October 23, 2014

National Lead Prevention Week 2014

As we end the last week of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, we wanted to share information on childhood lead poisoning provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lead-based paint was vastly used in the past therefore the older a home, the stronger the risk of lead-based paint being present in a home. Many individuals may not know they have lead in their home and it becomes a bigger risk when lead paint is disturbed causing fine dust to form. Those who are at greater risk are children.

EXPOSURE TO LEAD CAN SERIOUSLY HARM A CHILD'S HEALTH

Since lead can be found throughout a child's environment, children are at risk at consuming lead paint chips or breathe lead dust. Around 535,000 U.S children ages 1 to 5 years have blood lead levels high enough to damage their health. The health impacts that lead can do to a child are lower levels of IQ, slowed growth and development, hearing and speech problems, and damage to the brain and nervous system.

The good news is that lead poisoning is preventable. The CDC shares 4 steps to make your home lead safe and are as followed:

  • Talk with your child's doctor about a simple blood test.
  • Talk with a local health department about testing paint and dust in your home (especially if built before 1978).
  • Renovate Safely! Common renovating activities can create hazardous lead dust. Hire contractors certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and reassure they use the EPA's Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule).
  • Stay up to date with current recalls from toys and toy jewelry.

These are all simple steps that parents can take to prevent lead poisoning. Even though Lead Prevention Week ends soon, these are steps that you can use at any time to prevent lead poisoning. Most importantly if you are not sure if your home may have lead based paint, test your home for lead and have your child screened for lead in their blood. If your home tested for positive, lead based paint removal should be handled by a professional. We can help!

Alliance Environmental is a certified lead-removal contractor. We follow strict procedures to minimize, control and contain the lead dust created by the removal process. If you need assistance contact us and we can set up an appointment. We invite you to share this blog post to everyone to spread awareness and to prevent lead exposure.

Download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.


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by Susana · October 20, 2014

Mold Hiding in the New Home Your Purchased

Purchasing a home can be a very exciting opportunity but it can also be a long process. After your purchase a home the least thing you want to be thinking of is any problems that may happen. One of those problems is water damage or a leak in the house causing major problems.Mold can be hiding in the new home you purchase. At the time of purchase mold might be growing in unseen places. While house hunting, know that any musty odor can be a sign of mold growing. Whether you want to buy a home that needs some TLC, the seller should disclose of any mold or water related problems.

THESE THREE KEY COMPONENTS CAN HELP YOU MAKE YOUR DECISION WHILE HOUSE HUNTING

  • Be on a look out for mold: Use your senses. If it smells musty there might be mold hiding in the home
  • Ask your realtor/agent/seller to disclose of any water damage that might have existed before. Also ask if mold has existed in the past.
  • Get a home inspection: A home inspection will let you know if there is water damage in the home. The home inspector will look around areas that you can't inspect and advice you to hire a technician to get rid of the mold.
The Indoor Air Quality Network in Youtube, recently posted a video about this subject. If there is mold in your home, hire a professional that will safely get rid of the mold. Mold can be a negative health trigger and affect all those who live in the home.For professional and expert mold removal contact Alliance Environmental who provides safe, efficient, clean and high quality services for our customers and partners.
Alliance Environmental is a licensed mold removal and remediation contractor and our services include proper containment and removal as well as thorough site decontamination.To schedule an appointment with us or if you have any questions regarding our services please contact us and we can be of assistance.
Download a free copy of our Asbestos, Lead Paint & Mold eBook to learn how to mitigate the liability risks associated with common environmental threats found in residential properties.

 

 

 

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