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Date: 5/7/2018 10:00 AM EDT

If in Doubt, TEST!
 
There are many times during mold inspections that there can be a difference of opinion, especially during real estate transactions. The seller does not think it's mold and the buyer does or more commonly different inspectors have different opinions. 
 
What do you do? The answer is easy, you test. Taking lab samples to determine if it mold or not puts science in the drivers seat and takes all opinions out the equation. It is worth the minimal cost of a few lab samples to make sure of the conditions present if there is a dispute over what may or may not be there. Don't be afraid to ask for lab sampling. 
  

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Date: 5/4/2018 6:38 AM EDT

Before & After May 2018


A little before and after from the work performed last week in Norwell. Post Test came out great and the buyer was extremely happy with the results. Great job guys!



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Date: 2/27/2018 11:47 AM EST

Replace the Insulation?
 
A common question during mold remediation is "Do we have to replace the insulation?". The answer is maybe. 
 
If you are using a traditional mold remediation technique utilizing Chemical or Biocide base products then YES you must remove the insulation. This includes products like ShockWave, Sporocidin, Microban and others. The IICRC mold remediation standard, if followed properly, requires the removal of insulation to successfully remediate the area.
 
If you are using an Enzyme mold remediation product then most likely you do not have to remove the insulation which is a major cost savings. 
 
Why the difference?  Chemical products do not treat all surfaces and can not penetrate the insulation to successfully treat all of the infected materials. They are surfacants and only treat the physical surface the touch. They do not remove the root structure of mold spores therefore only have minimal success when treating insulation. Enzyme products are living micro organisms that, if applied properly, can penetrate through the insulation and treat all surfaces. Additionally, the enzyme catalyzes (breaks down) the mold spores including the root structure.
 
It is important to note that insulation can also be compromised by pest infiltration and require removal for air quality reasons. It does not matter what process you use in these cases as it just has to go. 
 
Note - Lab testing is a must to determine that the remediation was successful. 
 
 A little insulation for tomorrows job!

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Date: 2/25/2018 5:10 PM EST

WE ARE HIRING!

Indoor Environmental is hiring! We are looking for new team members to join our crew.

We currently have openings for 2 Field Service Techs to join our existing crews. The positions are regular part time work (average 20 hours per week) with great pay. Ideal job for college student or part time student.

Applicant must be open and willing to hard work in challenging work environments. This is a highly physical position that requires attention to detail and safety. We will provide all the necessary training. 

Contact Jon Mitton at jmitton@indoor-environmental.com for more information!

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Date: 2/22/2018 1:20 PM EST

A Little Before & After

Carver - Feb 18


 


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Date: 1/11/2018 11:45 AM EST

Rain on top of Snow - WARNING

So for the last few weeks New England has been hit with EXTREME cold temperatures on top of one good sized snow storm. This is being followed by a very quick thaw and then a large amount of rain. This combination creates a huge potential flooding hazard to home owners!

The extreme cold has caused the ground to be come very hard with little to no place for water drainage. The recent snow has piled up against the homes and around basement window wells. Now the melting has begun which is compacting the snow down even further. With the rain coming in tomorrow, expected to be more than 2"+ inches of water in some places, this water has no place to go but into the homes. 

The biggest danger is around basement window wells that have already piled up with snow. The water will overflow the already full window well and enter potentially causing serious water damage or lead to eventual mold growth. 


It is important to take a few minutes and shovel an area out around the entry points to allow for the coming rains to drain away from the home. A minimum of 3 feet all around is recommended. Also check you sump pumps to make sure they are working in case water does enter the home. 


We really want to avoid this.......
 

 

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Date: 12/18/2017 9:49 AM EST

Holiday Schedule

Indoor Environmental will be closed for Inspections from Tuesday December 19th through Tuesday January 2nd.

Post Tests, Remediations and Services will continue as scheduled during this time.

If you have a question about work in progress, need to schedule work or need an estimate during this time please email info@indoor-environmental.com

Thank you,

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

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Date: 11/29/2017 10:50 AM EST

Is this a Mold Problem?





Not an easy question but this picture actually tells us a lot about the conditions present in this attic cavity. 

- The newer piece of roof sheathing was installed 10 years ago during a roof repair. The other sheathing in the area is 20+ years old. 
- This attic had a previous venting problem that resulted in substantial moisture staining and mold growth on the roof sheathing.
- The attic ventilation has been corrected/repaired when the roof was repaired 10 years ago.
- The current attic ventilation is functioning properly.
- There is no evidence of ongoing or viable mold growth.
- There is no evidence of excessive moisture or condensation present in the attic.
- There is evidence of previous mold growth on the old sheathing. Note - mold can go dormant for many years awaiting conditions to be right to continue growing.

So what needs to be done? Again, not an easy question, there is evidence of previous mold growth and if the right conditions become available it can continue to grow but as of the time of inspection this is more of a cosmetic condition (and has been for almost 10 years). 

Generally with this much moisture staining and previous mold growth on the older surfaces it is much safer to have it removed and reduce the potential for future mold growth. It really comes down to a personal and emotional decision.


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Date: 11/26/2017 9:33 AM EST

Frost on the Roof

Well, the cold weather is here whether we like it or not. Now is the time were we can really see the amount of moisture entering our attics with condensation being very visible. Many attics with moisture issues will begin should signs of frost on the roof or ice on the nails. This is a "Red Flag" that the ventilation is either not functioning or there is moisture entering the attic somewhere. This does not mean you have a mold problem but if left unchecked can lead to mold or other damage in the attic. 


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Date: 10/16/2017 8:03 PM EDT

Proper Remediation vs Improper Remediation
 
This attic was supposedly treated or remediated by another contractor for mold with no cleaning performed and no testing to confirm the area was successfully cleaned. 
 

 


The area was never cleaned and lab testing during the post test came back with very high levels of actionable mold remaining in the area.
 
 It is very important that when performing a mold remediation that the work is performed properly. This includes containment, cleaning of surfaces and treatment of the area. The client for this home asked us to come and correctly remediate the area. 
 
 
Laboratory testing came back very clean with no measurable or actionable mold spores remaining in the area. Additionally the wood surface has been cleaned properly. 
 
There are many various techniques involved in mold remediation. There is not necessarily one right way to remediate an area but there are many wrong ways to do it. Laboratory testing and visual inspection can help provide definitive proof that the area was remediated properly. 
 


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Eliot: We had mold that had been caused by a bathroom fan being vented in the attic. We needed to treat the attic mold ASAP due to a pending real-estate transaction. Indoor Environmental quickly came and assessed the situation, treated the mold, and confirmed the mold was treated (air test) with very fast turn-around.

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