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Need Mold Remediation? Only Trust a Pro

Monday, August 28th, 2017

mold spots developing on white wallOne of the most irritating problems you may deal with in your Florida home is the presence of mold. Mold is a lot more harmful than many people realize, and—unfortunately—a lot harder to get rid of than many homeowners realize. That’s why you need an experienced Wellington, FL mold removal company on your side. Fortunately, you have that with Envirotech.

But first, it’s helpful for you to know a bit more about mold—what it is, why it’s harmful, and why you should only trust a pro. Keep reading to learn more.

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Mold Development: How to Prevent and Find It

Monday, June 19th, 2017

mold-development-prevent-findIs your home healthy? What we mean is, how’s your indoor air quality? According to WebMD, the indoor air quality in anyone’s home throughout the country is typically worse than that of the outdoor air in terms of pollution.

There are many causes for this, but one particular issue we’re all too familiar with in Florida, due to the high humidity, is the development of mold. Mold can appear in a number of areas throughout your home—your shower, within your ductwork, and even in closets or other cool and dark spaces throughout your living space.

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Preventing Mold Growth in Your Home

Monday, October 17th, 2016

High humidity is a well-known problem here in Florida. It makes us feel hotter than we already are on almost a daily basis as it doesn’t allow sweat to evaporate from the skin, and it can impact our indoor comfort as well. Humidity forces your air conditioner to work harder to cool you off, which is not good for energy efficiency.

Most importantly, the excess moisture brought on by high humidity levels creates a rather nasty problem in homes: mold. Mold spores spread easily and create health hazards for even the healthiest of homeowners. It can grow on carpet, clothing, the backside of drywall, areas inside walls, and more. While our staff includes licensed mold remediators, we’d like to share with you how you can potentially reduce the risk of mold growth in the first place.

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Avoid These Mold Problems All Year Long

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Have you ever noticed the presence of mold in your home? Hopefully, you’ve never had to deal with an infestation, particularly if it’s black mold. Not only does mold of this kind threaten your property, it can also be detrimental to your health and the health of your family. Fortunately, there is a solution: the mold assessing and remediation services that our experts perform. Keep reading to learn more about the problems you can avoid by having mold thoroughly removed.

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What Causes Mold Development in Your AC?

Monday, May 16th, 2016

In a previous post, we discussed duct cleaning and some signs that it’s time for you to have this service done. One reason to invest in duct cleaning is due to the development of mold in your system. But how does it get there to begin with? Keep reading to discover some of the most common reasons for mold growth in your air conditioning unit.

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Why Is Professional Mold Remediation a Necessity?

Monday, June 29th, 2015

At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we fully understand that many homeowners like to take care of projects around the house on their own. That is all well and good, but it is of vital importance to understand and accept the fact that certain jobs really do require the skill and expertise that only a trained professional can offer. Mold remediation is one such service, and it happens to be one that we excel at. There are quite a few ways in which you can reduce the risk of encountering problems with mold in your home. When mold does take root, though, you must take action fast. Contact us if you believe that you require mold remediation services in West Palm Beach, FL.

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Do You Have Hidden Mold in Your Home?

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Mold is a sneaky little organism. Most of the time, you don’t know it’s there until you smell it, and if you are smelling it, you already have some mold growth somewhere in your home. One of the many problems with mold is that it doesn’t like sunlight; in fact, the UV rays in sunlight can kill mold, so it prefers to grow in the cool, dark places of your home. While your sense of smell may be able to guide you to the general area of an outbreak, pinpointing the exact area of mold growth(s) can be a challenge. And unless you know where the mold is, you can’t remove it. Hiring professionals for mold removal service in Wellington, like the ones at Envirotech Air Quality Services, means that you’ll get the benefit of professional expertise, knowledge and equipment for any mold problems you may have, so call us today!

Where Mold Likes to Hide

Mold can grow in a variety of places – all it needs is moisture and food. Food for mold can be anything from paper products to plastic, and once it starts it has to be totally removed for the growth to stop. Here are some of the places where mold can be found:

  • Behind wallpaper
  • On the backs of ceiling tiles
  • On drywall
  • Paneling
  • Underneath carpets
  • Around pipes
  • In ductwork
  • On roofing materials
  • In and around furniture

Tools Used to Find Mold

There are a few key tools experts use to help them pinpoint mold locations:

  • Infrared scanning – infrared scanners map areas by thermal heat; since mold grows in moist, cool places, infrared can easily detect and map these places out, pinpointing the areas of moisture where mold is likely to grow.
  • Moisture meters – once an area of moisture appears on the infrared, technicians can use moisture meters to get a firm reading on an area’s moisture level. A moisture meter has a probe that can be pressed into a spot or against a spot to measure the moisture.
  • Borescope – a borescope is a fiber optic probe that can “see” on the other side of a wall. A small hole is drilled into the wall or surface to allow the borescope access. This technique allows the technician to see if there is any mold growth on the inside of a wall without causing damage.

If you suspect mold may have made its way into your home, call Envirotech Air Quality Services and schedule an appointment with one of our mold removal experts today!

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Why Is Mold Potentially Dangerous?

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Mold develops in a home when mold spores, which can travel through the air doing little harm for the most part, meet an area with a lot of moisture. This allows it to grow rapidly until it poses a threat to your health. With too many mold spores in the air, some people may begin to feel ill and it could even lead to some major renovations in the future. Mold is a dangerous occurrence in homes, so you should seek the services of trained contractors for remediation at the first sign of trouble.

First, mold can affect people with specific sensitivities. Asthma sufferers and those with allergies will be the most obviously afflicted, with frequent wheezing, irritation, itchiness, soreness, coughing and sneezing. People prone to lung infections or chronic lung illnesses may have a severe reaction or an additional infection. Additionally, those with immune disorders can have serious health issues with mold exposure.

But mold can cause health issues in people who were previously healthy. It may lead to a respiratory tract infection or persistent coughing and wheezing and can develop into something much worse. You see, your body cannot function correctly when the air in unclean, which is why some researchers have linked the spread of mold to depression.

There are a few things you can do to try and prevent mold from growing indoors. Be sure there is no carpeting in moist areas like the bathroom or basement and replace carpeting in the home after a flood. Do what you can to keep the home properly ventilated. Run the air conditioner on humid days and be sure to have it regularly maintained for proper dehumidification.

But most importantly, you should call a contractor for mold removal in Wellington for the safest remediation techniques. Mold usually hides away from view, but professionals have the right tools to detect mold behind walls, in corners, underneath carpet, and atop of air conditioning equipment. At Envirotech Air Quality Services, we use infrared diagnostic imaging to find mold and water leaks or wet spots that may lead to mold growth. We’ll make sure not only to help you get rid of the mold but also to keep it from returning again. Give us a call immediately when you spot the signs of excess moisture.

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How Mold Can Start to Develop in Your Homes

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Mold is not a word any homeowner wants to hear in connection with their living space. It’s gross, it’s tenacious, and in some cases it’s a threat to your health. The best way to combat mold is to understand how it thrives in a home environment. With that in mind, here are things you should know about domestic mold growth.

Moisture

There are two things that mold needs to grow more than anything else: moisture and darkness. Moisture is by far the more important of the two, which means that you should immediately deal with any leaks or other water problems you have around the house. Some strains of mold can grow incredibly fast, within a day or two of moisture being present. If you see any sort of water leak, call a professional to fix it as soon as possible.

Darkness

As mentioned above, darkness is also a large factor in getting mold to really thrive. Without moisture, mold can’t really spread in darkness alone. Darkness tends to serve as an accelerating factor, however, especially since some mold strains are sterilized or killed by prolonged exposure to UV light. What does this mean for you? Check dark places in your home for mold on a regular basis, especially in places close to water (such as under the sink.) Homeowners tend to avoid the perpetually dark areas of their home, which gives mold the perfect opportunity to spread unnoticed.

Lack of Air Flow

Mold spores are microscopic airborne contaminants, and are pretty much impossible to completely eradicate from your indoor air supply. Though these spores are circulated through your house by air flow, such as from your heating or air conditioning unit, they cannot take root unless they are a little more sheltered. For this reason, areas like bathrooms can be host to particularly tenacious mold colonies. If you are having a mold problem in a particular area, and it keeps coming back, try increasing the air flow by turning on a fan or opening a window.

If you’re having a mold problem, call Envirotech Air Quality Services to schedule an appointment today. We provide professional mold removal services in the Lake Worth area.

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Infrared Diagnostic Imaging and Mold Removal

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

As many people know, having mold growth in your home can be a serious issue. However, finding the mold can be akin to a scavenger hunt as you try to find the areas of your home in which the mold is growing. Mold thrives in moist, cool, dark places, so it can be hard to detect exactly where it may be, and the places may be difficult to reach, like the inside of your ductwork. A great tool that can help detect potential mold growth is infrared diagnostic imaging. But not just anyone can use infrared light; it takes trained personnel to calibrate and read the results of the imaging. Envirotech Air Quality Services has the trained experts who can help you with mold problems using infrared technology.

How Does Infrared Imaging Help?

Infrared imaging, also known as thermal imaging, creates a picture or pictures from the infrared radiation of things, objects and living beings. This radiation is created by the heat energy of the object; the higher the temperature of the object, the brighter the color of its imaging. The image collects the infrared radiation from objects in front of it and creates an electronic image based on information about the temperature differences. The colors range from dark purples and blues, which indicate low temperatures, to bright reds and yellows, which indicate higher ones.

Trained technicians use infrared imaging to detect air leaks and pockets of moisture that aren’t readily visible to the naked eye. Infrared allows this detection without opening walls or ceiling, or pulling up carpets and floorboards. The technology is very precise and can map hard-to-reach places.

Once specific areas are noted to have excess moisture, they can be tested for mold growth. The infrared helps pinpoint locations that may have gone unnoticed without the help of the imaging.

Infrared diagnostic imaging can be an important tool to help with the removal of mold in your home. Mold side effects can range from uncomfortable to dangerous, so it’s imperative to completely rid your home of all mold growth. If mold growth has become an issue in your home, schedule an infrared diagnostic imaging appointment to help with your mold removal in West Palm Beach, FL. Envirotech Air Quality Services has the trained experts you need – call us today!

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