HOW DO I STOP MOLD GROWTH?
As a home owner, the most effective action you can take is to reduce moisture levels in your home and maintain adequate ventilation. Always be attentive to water penetrating the structure of your home. If you discover faulty plumbing or water leaks from outside call a licensed professional to assess the severity of the problem. Rex Environmental licensed and certified technicians.. We perform visual, surface and air quality assessments, determine possible contamination, provide you with a comprehensive expedited report and recommend an appropriate action plan to eliminate the issue and keep your family healthy.
WHAT IS MOLD?
Molds are a large and diverse number of fungal species which occur naturally in our environment. Spores enter our homes with general air flow or by hitching a ride on clothing or shoes. “Black mold” is a term that is frequently used to refer to toxic mold; however, toxic mold can come in many colors, and mold that is black is not always toxic. Mold spores thrive and reproduce in damp, warm, dark or steamy places such as bathrooms, kitchens, cluttered storage rooms, basements or any recently flooded areas .
Mold growth in buildings can lead to a variety of health problems such as watery, itchy eyes, a chronic cough, headaches or migraines, difficulty breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, nasal blockage and frequent sneezing. People with an existing lung infection or compromised immune system are particularly vulnerable. According to the CDC, some studies are also indicating a potential link of early mold exposure to the development of asthma in some children.
We have been advising families, schools, health care facilities and government agencies for over 10 years and are ready to recommend the services that best suit your situation:
Asbestos Sample Analysis (PCM, PLM and TEM analysis)
Third Party Air Monitoring
Air Quality Testing
As experienced industrial hygienists and asbestos-accredited professionals, we will perform a thorough inspection of your home, assess the conditions, collect samples, analyze suspected materials and advise whether remediation or abatement is needed. When asbestos abatement is warranted, we can ensure that your contractor follows proper procedure for removal by monitoring air throughout all phases of the project.
WHAT IS ASBESTOS?
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring fibrous mineral that has been has been found to cause asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos fibers are strong and highly heat resistant, which proved useful for many industrial and residential purposes, but they are very dangerous when released into the air and inhaled. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that there is “no safe exposure limit” for asbestos.
WHERE IS ASBESTOS IN MY HOME?
If your house/apartment was built before the 1980’s, there is a high probability that asbestos is in your home. The good news is that as long as you’re not planning to make changes to your home that require disturbing the asbestos, it might be best just to leave the material alone. However, if disturbed, virtually invisible asbestos fibers can be inhaled and cause cancer.
Asbestos is most frequently located in the following areas of a house:
- Floor and ceiling tiles
- Glue used to attach tiles to flooring substrate
- Thermal pipe insulation
- Window caulking and glazing
- Vermiculite insulation in attics and walls
- Roofing and siding
- Artificial ashes and embers in gas fireplaces
- Textured paint and patching compounds
- Boiler and duct insulation
WHAT YOU CAN’T SEE CAN HARM YOU
IF DISTURBED, INVISBLE ABRASIVE ASBESTOS FIBERS ARE EASILY INHALED, WHICH DAMAGES LUNG TISSUE AND CAN CAUSE CANCER
LEAD EXPOSURE IS HARMFUL
Rex Environmental’s fully-licensed and certified Lead inspectors offer:
- Paint Chip Testing
- Lead Wipe (Lead in Dust) Testing
- X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) Testing
- Lead Clearance Testing (for HPD or DOH Violation removal)
- Lead in Soil/Air/Water Testing
If you have young children at home or are planning a renovation it is critical that you schedule an assessment and get professional advice. Also, according to regulation, most real estate transactions require a lead disclosure report.
Your child’s development may be compromised if they ingest lead around the home, which often has lead in old paint, dust, tap water and surrounding soil. The CDC currently states that is “no safe blood lead level in children” and that nearly every system in the body can be effected by lead contamination.
Young children are the most vulnerable, but you should reduce the lead in your home to protect your whole family, as well as your pets.
Water leaks and inadequate ventilation can cause elevated mold levels in your home causing allergic reactions. We offer visual, surface and air quality testing
Using the latest tools and techniques we will test your paint, water and surrounding soil to determine if your family is at risk from lead contamination
Asbestos fibers are dangerous to your health. Our fully-certified laboratory will expertly assess the samples collected by our technicians to give you accurate results
We offer specialty testing to target less common contaminants in your environment. Indoor Air Quality testing provides an evaluation of the air you breathe