How to Tell if Your Insulation is Installed Incorrectly

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Now that the winter is almost here, all homeowners should check the insulation in their home. Whether there’s not enough or it’s installed incorrectly, any problems with the insulation should be corrected before the cold weather kicks in. Otherwise, you’ll be enjoying a cold house, high energy bills, and possible damage to your crawlspace and attic.

Insufficient Insulation
First things first, every home should be equipped with the proper amount of insulation. If there isn’t enough or it is covered in mold and water damage, it will need to be replaced immediately. Have a professional come in to inspect the current insulation to see if it is installed correctly, if it’s in good condition, and if there’s enough of it.

Upside Down
When insulation is installed by non-professionals or the homeowner, it can sometimes be put into place upside down. The paper side of the insulation should always face the inside of the home. The paper side contains an asphalt adhesive that will prevent any moisture from passing through the insulation. If the paper barrier is installed backwards, the humid air from the attic can cause rot and mold to form.

Not Secured
A lot of the times when there is too much moisture in the attic or crawl space, condensation will begin to form on the insulation. This will cause the insulation to separate from its supports because it is now too heavy. A professional will have to inspect to see if the insulation can be reused or if it has to be replaced.

Insulation is the key to having a secure, dry, and warm home in the wintertime. When you need a professional to inspect your current insulation and recommend a plan of action, contact EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a cal at (844) 775-7700.

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Why Your Dirty Attic Needs to Be Cleaned

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Within the next few days, you’ll be headed into the attic to bring down all of the holiday decorations for the coming month. When you make your journey into the attic, take the time to give it a quick inspection. If you and your family are easily affected by asthma or allergies, it will most likely need a good cleaning.

Dirty Dust
It will come to no surprise to find that your attic is filled with dust — and a lot of it. These dust particles are made up of dust mites, dirt, dead skin, pollen, insect parts, and a mix of dander from pets and vermin. Too much of this dust will not only lower your home’s indoor air quality, but it can also trigger allergic reactions.

DIY Cleaning
When you make the decision to clean your attic of dust, make sure you wear a face mask that has been approved by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Begin by dusting the attic from top to bottom, including rafters, eaves, walls, light fixtures, fans, doors, etc. Make sure you use an electrostatically charged cloth when dusting, as dust will cling to this material better. Afterward, vacuum the entire attic using a HEPA filter inside of your vacuum cleaner.

Meddling Mold
Having an attic filled with dust is bad, but having one filled with mold is even worse! Roof leaks, poor insulation, and spotty caulking can lead to increased moisture problems within the attic. Since it only takes 48 hours for mold to begin growing, any mold that is currently present in your attic has most likely been there for a while (unless you take weekly trips into your attic). When mold is found, contact a professional to remove and treat the mold problem immediately.

An attic should be used as additional living or storage space for you and your belongings, not for dust and mold. When you need your attic professionally cleaned of dust and mold, contact EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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5 Tips to Keep Mold Out of Your Home

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If there’s one thing you don’t want to have in your home — it’s mold. Not only does it smell and ruin everything it touches, but it can also lower your indoor air quality and have negative effects on your health. That’s why you need to do everything in your power to keep mold from growing in your home.

  1. Keep Things Dry – Mold needs moisture and a time span of 48 hours in order to begin growing. If you can control the moisture level in your home, then you can prevent mold from ever even developing in the first place. Be sure that your home has no leaky pipes or fixtures and to clean any standing water throughout the house.
  2. Ventilate – Simple household tasks such as doing laundry, cooking, and taking a shower can lead to eventual mold growth. Whether you’re cooking on the stovetop or taking a shower, make sure the proper exhaust fan is turned on to remove any steam and moisture from the room. Also make sure that your exhaust fans and dryer are properly vented to the outside.
  3. Humidity Level – The average home’s humidity level should be anywhere from 30 to 50 percent. Anything higher than 50 percent will result in condensation on your home’s surfaces which can promote mold growth. Make sure all of your windows and doors are sealed and utilize a dehumidifier.
  4. Gutter System – Having a damaged gutter system can lead to water pooling around the foundation of your home, resulting in flooding of your basement or crawl space. If your gutter system isn’t damaged, then make sure it is cleaned with no blockages. Clogged gutters can become filled with water, causing roof leaks that lead to water damage, rot, and mold growth.
  5. Clean Air Ducts – A home with a consistently high humidity level will result in mold growing in your HVAC system’s ductwork. Mold on the surface of your air ducts will affect all of the air that passes through, thus lowering the indoor air quality greatly. Lower the humidity level and have your air ducts professionally cleaned of any mold and dust.

If you were to make a list of all of the things you shouldn’t have in your home, mold would be at the top. When you need mold and dust removed from your home’s air ducts, contact EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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Easy Ways to Prevent Mold Growth

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Mold is an air quality killer that can expose the entire family to respiratory illnesses. To prevent mold from growing within your home, you need to know where to find it and the proper prevention methods.

Common Locations

  • Basements and crawl spaces
  • Throughout the ductwork of an HVAC system
  • Bathrooms & Kitchens
  • Near plumbing pipes and fixtures
  • Surrounding the washer and dryer

Prevention Methods

  1. Roof Leaks – Missing shingles, damaged flashing, and holes in the roof can all contribute to roof leaks. Repairing and maintaining your roof will prevent any leaks from occurring and mold from growing.
  2. Leaky Pipes – Not only do leaky pipes waste water and raise your monthly bills, they also fill a room with moisture and sometimes standing water. Have a plumber inspect your plumbing system to repair any leaky pipes you may have. It only takes 48 hours for standing water to begin producing mold.
  3. Clogged Gutters – When your gutter system is filled with leaves, sticks, and other debris, rainfall can not properly drain away from your property. Water will pool up in the gutters and on the roof, contributing to roof leaks and property flooding.
  4. Bathroom Fans – Taking a hot shower can be relaxing, but always make sure you turn on a working bathroom exhaust fan. This will remove the excess steam and moisture from the bathroom. Otherwise, mold will begin to grow on the walls, in corners of the room , and around the plumbing fixtures.
  5. Air Duct Cleaning – When your home’s humidity level gets too high the ductwork can hold onto moisture. Eventually, mold can begin to grow on the metal surfaces within the ductwork and will come into contact with the air you breathe. A professional air duct cleaning with anti-microbial cleaners can remove the mold.

Preventing mold from growing in your home will increase your home’s indoor air quality and allow you to breathe clean air. When you need professionals to clean your ductwork of mold and dust, contact the experts at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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5 Common Symptoms of Mold Sickness

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When mold exists in your home, your indoor air quality is significantly lowered and your health is at risk. There are multiple species of mold that can cause sickness and inflammation within the body. Knowing the symptoms of this sickness can help you identify if you do have hidden mold in your home.

  1. Fatigue – Feeling tired and in a constant state of lethargy for no apparent reason can mean that your body has been exposed to mold. As mold affects your immune system, it will weaken and expose you to other illnesses that might not have been a threat before.
  2. Headaches – Mold sickness can give you a headache even if you’re not normally affected by them. Your sinuses will become inflamed causing constant headaches and migraines, which is you having an allergic reaction.
  3. Coughing – Not only will mold cause your sinuses to become inflamed, but it will also affect your lungs. This can lead to constant coughing and shortness of breath. Don’t confuse your mold sickness with a common cold, otherwise, serious respiratory issues can develop.
  4. Joint Pain – Mold is comprised of many different things that can harm you, with mycotoxins being the most toxic of all. Breathing in this toxic fungus can cause stiffness in your joints and constant discomfort, especially in the mornings after waking up.
  5. Eye Irritation – If you’ve ever had an allergic reaction, then you’ll know that your eyes can become irritated, red, itchy, and filled with tears. You will experience the same side effects when you’re exposed to mold for long enough. The mycotoxins in some species of mold cause severe allergic reactions that should not be ignored.

If you are experiencing some of these side effects, consult a doctor and call a professional to remove the mold from your home. Mold in your air ducts can fill your breathing air with toxic spores that will affect you faster and more efficiently, so call EnviroGreen Boston to have it removed ASAP! To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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You Most Likely DO Have Mold In Your Home

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When was the last time you inspected your home for mold? I’m sure you’ve kept an eye out for any clusters of green, blue, yellow, or black mold, but there a lot more there than what meets the eye. More than likely there is mold that exists in your home and we’re here to tell you about it.

Here, There & Everywhere
Mold only needs two conditions in order for it to exist; wet and warm. As long as there is a slight increase in the moisture level in a semi-warm environment, mold can be present. There are thousand of species of mold that can grow from these simple undesirable living conditions, but luckily only a few types can actually make you sick. To play it safe, it’s always a good idea to check for mold and remove any type that does exist.

Simple Inspection
If you want to play Sherlock Holmes then grab your magnifying glass and start searching the usual locations for mold. Look in crawl spaces, basements, showers, around faucets, near toilets, in the corners of rooms, etc. If mold exists, you’ll most likely smell a musty odor, spot a cluster of mold, or see a few small specks of mold beginning to develop. Sometimes you might not find mold on your own, but you can always hire a professional to find it for you AND test your indoor air quality.

What to Do
Let’s say mold does exist in your home, what do you do? The recommended method is to hire a professional to clean up the mold. Disturbing mold spores can send them flying into the air, spreading them out, and lowering your indoor air quality. The room should be well ventilated and cut off from the rest of the house so the spores can’t travel elsewhere in the house. The best professionals will use anti-microbial solutions that are effective at removing mold and are also green for the environment.

There are many hiding spots in your home where mold can grow, so it’s best to find them before it becomes a problem. A popular hiding spot for mold is within your HVAC system’s air ducts. Remove this air quality killer by contacting the experts at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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Are You Breathing in Mold?

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Summer is here which means the air conditioner will be cranking out the cool air. Unfortunately, HVAC systems are susceptible to mold growth within the ductwork. Breathing in air that passes through this mold is not only bad for your home, but it’s also bad for your health.

The Cause of Mold
Humidity is one of the main causes for mold growth in your air ducts. When the air is too moist, the moisture will mix with any dust or dirt to form a layer of mold on the metal surfaces of the ductwork. Another common cause of mold is a lack of insulation around the ductwork. If uninsulated ducts run through the attic or crawl space they can become covered with condensation which is a breeding ground for mold.

Stopping the Mold
The presence of moisture within the air ducts is hard to stop while trying to cool the house. However, you can lower your chances by preventing the buildup of dust and debris. This can be done by changing your air filters monthly. You should also check your ducts for air leaks that can allow the infiltration of dust particles. The combination of giving your A/C unit periods of rest, insulating the ductwork, and preventing particles from entering the ducts can stop the growth of mold.

Cleaning the Mold
You now know how to prevent mold from entering your ductwork, but you might already have an ongoing problem. Removing mold from your air ducts should be done without the use of harsh chemicals because they can not only further lower your home’s air quality, but they can be toxic to breathe in. Non-toxic antimicrobial cleaning solutions are the best option for removing mold from your home’s HVAC system.

Why spend all of your money on an advanced HVAC system if it’s only going to make you sick in the long run? Protect your investment and your health by having your HVAC system professionally cleaned by the experts at EnviroGreen Boston. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (844) 775-7700.

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