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Date: 8/9/2017 11:09 AM EDT

Paneling

If you have paneling in a basement area then controlling the humidity is paramount. Paneling is very telling with moisture or water damage but it is also a very good source for mold growth.

 Simple "waffling" of the paneling (above) can lead to...

Very heavy mold growth.

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Date: 8/2/2017 11:08 PM EDT

Recent Angie's List Review

– Marjorie Kearney
We called for an evaluation of an air conditioner mold problem and received an appointment for the next day. John was excellent in explaining the whole situation and very reassuring. He also responded to two follow-up phone questions. He did not recommend any needed professional services and just instructed us on steps we could take ourselves to clean up any mold contamination. He was very helpful, friendly and professional. We felt we could trust him and would not hesitate to contact him again.
Marjorie Kearney
17 Griffin Terrace
S Weymouth, MA 02190

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Date: 7/10/2017 11:45 PM EDT

Vapor Barrier Beneath Carpet?
 
Let's just get right to the point, this is a VERY BAD idea. Though there are some very unique situations or circumstances that this type of material can be useful, the vast majority of the time it is going to cause major issues. 
 
So what is the big deal? Most of the time these materials are used over concrete floors to try and "control" moisture. The problem is that concrete is porous and moisture will still come in beneath these vapor barrier. Now you have trapped this moisture with no way to dissipate and dry out. Over time this will lead to mold growth. Usually the mold that grows is highly toxic and can create serious potential health concerns for anyone exposed. 
 
When used over wood flooring the problem can be even worse. As concrete is not the ideal food source for mold growth wood is an awesome food source. The same issues can occur as ambient moisture get trapped beneath the vapor barrier, condenses and has no where to go. 
 
Lastly, most of these vapor barriers are part of the carpet padding. The carpet pad is primarily glued together fibers and these materials are an even better mold food source than the wood sub-floor. In general, glue is like a mold super food. So with a vapor barrier on top of a glued together fibrous mat there is a very high potential for mold growth. 
 
So to keep this short, DO NOT use vapor barrier carpet pads on any surface.
 
  

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Date: 6/23/2017 12:20 AM EDT

Improper Remediation

There are many different mold remediation techniques being used today in the market place. Just because there are different approaches does not mean that they will not be successful but each process must be performed properly. 

A big concern today as a mold remediator is that clients are not receiving proper services from the contractors they hire. Mold remediation is an art, there is a correct way to do things and a wrong way to do things. Competition in this industry is not bad and there are many companies we view as colleagues even though we compete in the market place. 

With that said, there is no place for the "Splash & Dash" or fly by the seat of your pants remediators. Recently (today), we performed a post test on an attic that was "Remediated" 6 months ago. The company hired did not do any of the necessary work to correct the issue or even clean the attic they were hired to take care of. The client spent almost $2000 CASH and nothing was done right. They went in a sprayed their "Magic Elixir" and said things were fine. Fast forward 6 months and the clients go to sell the home and there is still major mold present in the attic. The home inspector (thankfully a calm and intelligent person) pointed out this issue without making it a deal breaker but what heart break for the client (seller). 

The previous mold remediator left the attic looking like this - 


If this area had been treated properly the client would have received the services they paid for and the area should have look something like this - 


Make sure you are working with a true professional when dealing with mold. Cutting corners or cost can end up costing a lot more down the road.
 

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Date: 6/6/2017 12:18 AM EDT

Rubber Floor Tiles
 
Rubber floor tiles can be a great tool when used properly but.... you must be careful where you use them in your home. 
 
The primary concern is that these tiles when used in a large pattern or throughout an entire room is that they can trap moisture beneath them. Overall they act not only as a cushion but can also be a vapor barrier trapping condensation beneath the tiles resulting in water condensation and potential mold growth. This condition is especially a concern when used in basements directly over a concrete floor.
 
Concrete, by nature, is porous and water travels through it via capillary action. In basements, there is always some moisture or condensation in the area, most of which comes through the concrete. If this moisture is trapped then mold growth can occur. 
 
You can absolutely use these tiles but they have to be done in small areas where airflow can still pass beneath them. Most of these tiles are raised up slightly and as long as they do not go up against the walls all the way around then air will flow beneath them. If in doubt, don't do it. 
 
  

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Date: 5/25/2017 10:13 PM EDT

Before & After
 
A little before and after in Duxbury. Great example as to why the bathroom exhaust fan should not be vented out through the soffit. Good news was the mold was minor and contained so a pretty simple remediation.


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Date: 5/21/2017 9:38 AM EDT

Angie's List Review

– Sheryl L.

Attic looks brand new. The crew was professional. They came in and did the job. When they left, you would never know they were in the house. Easy to talk with and work with.

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Date: 5/1/2017 9:40 PM EDT

Air Quality Concern?

Sometimes indoor air quality is a direct result of how we live and not an environmental concern. Today we were at an inspection with complaints about potential mold and how it is making everyone in the home sick. Naturally we take these calls very seriously because what we breathe can affect our health, BUT........

When you enter a room and look at the living room ceiling fan (above) or dining room fan (below) there may be some other issues going on. Not everyone can or even has the time to maintain a spotless home but the first step in make sure the home is safe is a good general cleaning. Sometime the contaminants that are causing discomfort are right in front of you (or above you). With a good thorough cleaning of your conditioned living area you can take the first step towards improving the air quality in your home!
 

 

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Date: 4/25/2017 10:27 PM EDT

Franklin Mass April 17
 
A quick before and after photo from a recent job. 
 
 

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Date: 4/24/2017 10:07 AM EDT

Improper Application of Encapsulation

Encapsulation is a mold deterrent coating applied to the wood surface after remediation (if desired). This coating is basically designed to seal the pores of the wood and deter future mold growth.

It is very important that encapsulants, if being used, are applied to wood properly. Otherwise they will not perform as designed. 

Here are a couple of examples of encapsulation done wrong. 


 

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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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