Advanced Mold Testing and Mold Remediation Services

Certified Indoor Air Quality Testing for Toxic Mold

Mold Testing and Analysis..Mold Inspections

Serving the Massachusetts & Southern NH Areas

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Certified Mold Remediators - Current Mass Mold Remediation Contractor Reg. Lic. # 167724


Services:  Mold Testing - Mold Remediation


 

        January 26th, 2017 Update:  

 

Ice Dams, Water Intrusion in Walls & Attic Ceiling Mold Growth

When there is an unusually cold winter and frequent heavy snow falls many homes will get severe ice build-up on their roofs. When the snow on our roof melts, or if it rains, water will dam-up above the ice build-up along the gutters. If the roof doesn't have a good quality ice-damming membrane material installed under the shingles this water will penetrate to the roofing sheathing below and also pool inside the soffits. The water will then run down inside your walls and ceilings. This water intrusion damages wall and ceiling materials and also leads to aspergillus, chaetomium, penicillium and stachybotrys mold growth inside our walls and on our ceilings. Also, wet attic ceiling sheathing commonly leads to attic ceiling mold. There are certain mold types that can grow on very cold wet attic ceiling sheathing and ceiling joists. These mold types can look white, gray or black.

If you have water intrusion into your ceilings or walls you should have a certified mold inspector check the wall and ceiling areas with a specialized moisture meter to see the extent of the moisture intrusion. These areas of water intrusion will usually need to be removed and mold remediation cleaning performed inside.

We have many years of experience in dealing with water damage & mold growth caused from ice-dams. We are certified in both mold testing and in mold remediation.

  

Specializing in Attics, Basements and Foreclosed Mold Problem Homes ::
 

BASEMENTS:

If you have noticed a musty, moldy odor from your basement or another area inside your home this smell could be from mold growth. This is especially of concern if the basement has a high humidity level during the spring or summer, has ever gotten wet from heavy rains, has had recurrent water leaks or got wet from a leaky or burst pipe. Most molds only need a humidity level around 55% to start mold growth on most cellulose materials. These include basement walls, drop ceilings, fixed wooden ceiling joists, sills, sub-flooring and stored items (especially cardboard and varnished furniture items). Once rugs or sheetrock walls have gotten wet, toxic molds start growing on them within 48 hours. * Exterior basement sheetrock walls with insulation behind them are very difficult to dry. Even if you had them professionally dried, its common for aspergillus and even stackybotrys molds to have already spread throughout the lower wall materials, insulation and into the wall studs.

  
        ATTICS:

Have you noticed dark discolorations on your attic ceiling joists or sheathing. There are multiple types of toxic molds that will grow on attic ceiling sheathing and ceiling joists. All it takes for the mold to start growing on the attic ceiling or sidewalls is for the ceiling to get damp or wet, either during the spring-summer seasons or during the winter. Some molds are a light gray to dark gray colored (especially on the ceiling joists). Others molds are dark colored or blackish and usually found growing on the attic ceiling sheathing. The most common cause for attic ceiling mold growth is from moisture in the rising warm household air condensing on the cold exterior attic ceilings and side-walls. This occurs during the winter. The most common source of this attic moisture is a bathroom ceiling fan venting into the attic instead of to the outside. Ice-dams are another common moisture source. There are also other less common problems that can cause high moisture levels in attics. When excessive attic moisture is combined with limited attic venting, mold growth is all but guaranteed. We'll check your attic ventilation during our inspection.

Mold Inspection - Detection ::

Finding The Mold: 

The first step, as part of our specialized on-site service, includes a visual inspection for black mold or any other type of mold growing on interior surfaces of your home. If during our visual mold inspection, we detect mold growing in an area, we can take a direct sample from the area or object and have it tested for toxic mold spores. If you suspect hidden mold in your home or a home you are buying, we can perform environmental air sampling. Note: Air testing for hidden mold is one of the best methods used for detection of hidden mold. Our air quality testing method is used to locate and identify the presence of toxic molds, fungi, and pathogenic bacteria. Mold testing samples will then be taken and are each encoded with a unique number  sequence for later test result confirmation. 


Mold Testing &
 Laboratory Analysis ::    

Is it toxic?   Air testing and direct sample cultures are sent out to a certified third party laboratory in MA qualified to process viable and non-viable fungi cultures. Mold testing air samples are analyzed for the presence of over 18 different types of molds. If a risk is identified, a mold abatement plan is then discussed with the client.


Mold Remediation ::
 

We contain the work area, remove and dispose of all contaminated materials. Then, our Mold Remediation Technology is performed by trained, professional technicians. (See Remediation Page)



Post - Mold Testing ::

Is it gone?   How do I know?   After a mold remediation job has been completed, our company can perform additional mold testing to the treated areas in the environment where the risks were identified and a mold removal procedure was performed. These can be either indoor air testing or direct sample re-testing. Data analysis from these new culture surveys is made available to the client on a confidential basis. At that point we can provide a scientific-based before and after evaluation of our work to demonstrate and to provide assurance that the building is safe.



Mold Prevention ::
 

How can I stop mold from returning after I have had a mold remediation treatment performed? 

Find the moisture or water intrusion source(s) and correct them.

          
            If the mold problem was in the basement:

Make sure gutters take roof water at least 10 ft. away from exterior foundation
Seal any foundation or basement floor cracks
Install vapor barriers in crawlspaces
After remediation, run a self-draining de-humidifier

 
If the mold problem was in the attic:
 
Prevent Winter ice dams on the roof - properly install an ice dam membrane
Make sure the upstairs bathroom fan is venting outside - not inside the attic
Check the attic soffit vents - make sure they are not covered with insulation
Homes should have ridge vents with functional soffit vents
If soffit venting isn't possible - powered side gable venting is an option

 

4/14/2015 Attic Ceiling Mold Update: This past winter's weather was very cold with deep snow and severe ice build-up. Rising air inside homes with poor attic ventilation caused widespread problems with mostly aspergillus and cladosporium mold growth on the attic ceilings. These molds commonly start growing along the lower soffits, or on the north side of homes. If left to grow, they can spread down your walls if you get a winter ice-dam.


7/1/2016 Attic Ceiling Mold Update: Even though the the winter of 2015 - 2016 was much warmer than usual many homes with limited attic ventilation still grew attic ceiling mold. We saw many cases of a light colored mold on rafters in attics and many more with black attic mold growth on the exterior attic sheathing. There are many types of black mold growth on attic ceiling sheathing.

Note: Out of the 20 types of mold growth we test for, the most commonly found mold types in attics are aspergillus, penicillium and cladosporium.


Notes for Attics:  The period between 12/1/2015 and 3/15/2016 had the worst ice-dams in recent history. If your attic didn't have proper ventilation and your attic ceiling got wet from ice-dams you probably got mold growth on your attic ceiling. The mold usually looks whitish grey on the ceiling rafters and dark grey to black on the exterior ceiling sheathing. The mold usually starts growing on the north side lower attic sheathing and spreads from there.  This mold growth and water damage is commonly covered by insurance, but not always. You'll need to call your insurance company and have them send out an adjuster to see if your covered.

Notes for Basements:  The floods we had in Massachusetts between 2/18/2010 and 3/15/2010 wet many basements. If the basement walls stayed wet, or damp, for even 3 days, black stachybotrys or aspergillus mold growth usually developed. Also, aspergillus mold could of started to grow on the basement ceilings. This mold usually looks like a gray film on the ceiling joists.

Much of this mold growth is usually hidden on the backsides of the basement walls. When the basements finally dried, this mold growth didn't die. The mold spores just became dorment. The spores still exist and are still viable. The spores can live for up to 10 years without moisture. If the walls get damp from high spring or summer humidity, or wet again from any of the heavy summer and fall downpours we had in 2011, the dormant mold spores will quickly start growing new mold.  A mold smell is often detected when the moisture rises high enough again for dorment mold spores to reproduce.  The smell often fades away again when the wall, and or, ceiling materials dries out again. Dorment mold spores still cause health problems (mycotoxin production), but the health problems are much worse when the humidity rises above 60%. This is when new mold growth occurs producing more mold spores and much more mycotoxins.

          

 

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Massachusetts Towns We Service


Essex County Massachusetts
 

Andover MA N. Andover MA Bradford MA
Haverhill MA Lawrence MA Methuen MA
Lynnfield MA Saugus MA Lynn MA
Middleton MA Danvers MA Boxford MA
Ipswich MA Topsfield MA Hamilton MA
Newburyport MA Newbury MA W. Newbury MA
Georgetown MA Rowley MA Groveland MA
Beverly MA Gloucester MA Rockport MA
Manchester MA Essex MA Magnolia MA
Marblehead MA Salem MA Swampscott MA
Peabody MA Lynn MA Nahant MA

 



Middlesex County Massachusetts
 
Acton MA Carlisle MA Concord MA
Westford MA Boxborough MA Littleton MA
Groton MA Marlborough MA Stow MA
Hopkinton MA Framingham MA Natick MA
Holliston MA Ashland Ma Sherborn MA
Arlington Ma Lexington MA Belmont MA
Cambridge MA Somerville MA Medford MA
Burlington MA Woburn MA Winchester MA
Wilmington MA Stoneham MA Reading MA
Lowell MA Tewksbury MA Methuen Ma
Tyngsboro MA Bedford MA Pepperell MA
Waltham MA Watertown MA Weston MA
Wayland MA Lincoln MA Sudbury MA
Wakefield MA Melrose MA Saugus Ma
Everett MA Malden MA Revere MA
Chelmsford MA Hudson MA Maynard MA
Ayer MA Townsend MA Shirley MA
Brighton MA Brookline MA Newton MA
Newton Highlands Chestnut Hill W. Newton MA
Billerica MA North Reading Tewksbury MA




Norfolk County Massachusetts

Dover MA Stoughton MA Sharon MA
Quincy MA Milton MA Brookline Ma
Randolph MA Millis MA Dedham MA
Walpole MA Foxboro MA Norwood MA
Dorchester MA Canton MA Hyde Park Ma
Needham MA Wellesley MA Franklin MA
Braintree MA Holbrook MA Cohasset MA
Medfield MA Medway MA Norfolk MA

 




Suffolk County Massachusetts

Boston MA Roslindale MA E. Boston MA
Revere Ma Winthrop MA Allston MA
S. Boston MA South End Boston Jamaica Plain MA

 

 

Plymouth County Massachusetts


Hingham MA Norwell MA Kingston MA
Hanover MA Pembroke MA Carver MA
Marshfield MA Duxbury MA Hull MA
Plymouth MA Halifax MA Plympton MA
Brockton MA Abington MA Bridgewater MA
Scituate MA Hanson MA E. Bridgewater
Weymouth MA Rockland MA W. Bridgewater

 

 

Worcester County Massachusetts 

 

Clinton Ma Bolton MA W. Boylston MA
Uxbridge MA Sterling MA Northborough MA
Berlin Ma Milford MA Southboro MA
Mendon MA Hopedale MA Northboro MA
Grafton MA Boylston MA Westboro MA
Upton MA Harvard MA Southborough MA
Worcester MA Auburn MA Westborough MA
Shrewsbury MA Marlboro MA Lunenburg MA
Princeton MA Northbridge MA Westminster MA
Fitchburg MA Leominster MA Lancaster MA

                                                                                           



Southern New Hampshire Towns We Service

Salem NH Pelham NH Plaistow NH
Hollis NH Brookline NH Merrimack NH
Nashua NH Windham NH Hudson NH
Milford NH Litchfield NH Amherst NH
Exeter NH Newton NH Epping NH
Atkinson NH Auburn NH Chester NH
Raymond NH Sandown NH Manchester NH
Kingston NH Rye NH Stratham NH
Hampstead NH Bedford NH Seabrook NH
Derry NH Exeter NH Hampton Falls
Hampstead NH Hampton NH Londonderry NH


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