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Mold Research Study: HEAL

Currently, a research study is underway in regards to the health related effects of mold and other indoor allergens as they relate to children in post-Katrina New Orleans. The project is called Head-off Environmental Asthma in Louisiana (HEAL). HEAL is also using this project to look at different responses in children to mold and other indoor allergens.

As the prevalence of childhood asthma keeps rising in the United states it has become a growing concern, especially when some of the highest numbers are related to areas that have flooded such as New Orleans. The study suggests that the increasing rates of asthma are related to increases in allergens, mold and moisture in the air following the water events. The goal of this study is to figure out a better way to manage these children medically and to provide a safe environment that will improve the health of the children affected. HEAL is currently in its second phase of research.

Why is this study so important? This study is a macro way to show the direct correlation between moisture, in this case flooding, as it relates to increased mold growth, allergens and moisture in the air. As the climate changes and these catastrophic events continue to happen, year after year, more spotlight is being shown on this topic. We hope that this research helps us to determine how we can reduce exposure to these elements and protect our children from its harmful effects.

Although this study is being done on the post-Katrina area of New Orleans, it pertains to everyone. Hoboken, NJ was ravaged by hurricane sandy just a few years ago. Just recently hurricane Joaquin led to historic rainfall and flooding in the Carolinas. It is important for the future that we keep doing studies like this HEAL study so that we are better prepared when disasters like this strike, and that we are better equipped after the event to deal with the increased health effects that it causes as well as provide safe and healthy spaces for our children to grow up in.

For more information on the HEAL study, visit http://heal.niehs.nih.gov/.

Home inspection

Four things to know about mold inspection!

With the prevalence of natural disasters, from Hurricane Sandy to our multiple winter storms, New Jersey home and business owners are worried about the possibility of the presence of mold. Since mold doesn’t always give us a glaring sign that it’s around, often it is the best course of action after any water event, to get a mold inspection.

There are a lot of people out there doing mold inspections, charging unreasonable prices and eluding people on their expertise. Since we have years of experience with this process and are proud to say our customers are happy with our work, we want to share four tips for preparing for a mold inspection.

  1. Know your Inspector: ALWAYS do your own investigation of the company you will be using. Check their website and their testimonials or reviews. Ask if they have any credentials or certificates that you can see in order to ensure you are getting quality work.
  2. Timing is important: Don’t trust the guy who comes in and gives you a report in 30 minutes. An inspection can take hours. The amount of time it takes for a thorough investigation will save you in the long run as you will know without a doubt what the conclusion is at the end.
  3. Sample Testing: Sampling is not always required, so if your inspector is tacking on extra fees for a sample, question their reasoning.
  4. The Process: Your home and business are a very important investment. That is why it’s important to do an in depth investigation. Be certain that your inspector is not just scratching the surface.

Our mold inspections are always thorough and our inspectors leave no stone unturned. Starting with a visual inspection, we then create a moisture map of your home or business using up to date equipment. We also check for ongoing leaks as well as areas with moisture. We always start with the least invasive measures that we can and work from there. It is important that we rule out any contamination and dangers in order to keep you out of danger.

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