Duct Cleaning Hazards

Duct Cleaning: So you’ve moved into your new home or brand new luxury apartment. Of course, some places take time to break in. Especially when they’re new. Whether the leasing agent may tell you that the circuit breakers are brand new and might glitch, etc. A brand new space can be challenging in various aspects.

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For example, there are many different factors as to why a room may not be cooling properly. Inspecting an air duct is a great way to figure out if something (or someone) is blocking the vents. Let’s hope it’s not a dog or an outdoor animal. There are horror stories that can lead one to believe that there’s a family of mice living in the air ducts. Or worse, if it’s an old house.

As mentioned before, duct cleaning professionals could write a whole book on their interesting finds. Duct cleaning dayton ohio is here to help!

Attention Homeowners and Management Companies

Have you ever performed an air quality test in your home? What about in the office? This is an important factor in making sure the air in your home stays fresh and at a healthy level. Especially if you’re the building owner or manage various housing properties. An air quality test can create that peace of mind when dealing with the welfare of others. Creating a clean air environment can lessen allergy symptoms, sinus infections, coughing and more. You can read more about IAQ here.

In the instance that you definitely need duct cleaning dayton ohio, you’ve come to the right place. If you manage old properties, it is best not to try and clean the air ducts alone. We take pride in DIY projects, but it’s best to leave hazardous material to the professionals. You really don’t know what can be found in an air duct.

Keep the Summer Shades On and Carbon Monoxide Out

Summer time is our favorite time of the year here at Environmental Doctor in Dayton, Ohio. From swimming, to fishing and riding motorcycles on Ohio’s Windy 9; these are just some Ohio summer activities that top our list. Although, for others, summer is the annoying season. Summer lovers may ask, “but why?” Well, for starters, it’s super hot out! The heat also brings up the electric bill since AC usage goes up. Besides that, being pleasantly cool indoors can come with another price, your health. Keeping the air conditioner on and the windows shut creates poor air circulation. This may also lead to poor ventilation which can trap lots of dust and unfiltered air in your home. Including harmful and odorless gasses like carbon monoxide.

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We are not writing this for you to fear, we are here to inform you. Did you know that there are many easy ways to check your home or office for this hazardous gas? You can test for carbon monoxide by using a handheld detector or by installing a small wall detector in your home. Testing for carbon monoxide is pretty affordable as well.

Carbon Monoxide Testing Avoids Poisoning

If you are worried that you or a loved one has been poisoned by carbon monoxide exposure, call 911 for emergency help. To help you detect carbon monoxide poisoning, symptoms can include chest pain, confusion, headaches and vomiting. Although symptoms can differ from person to person, lethal exposure can also take time. This invisible gas claims up to 500 lives each year. It is always a great idea to test for carbon monoxide in your home if you haven’t done so already. Have more questions in relation to air quality or possibele gas leaks in your home? Call the Environmental Doctor today and view our indoor air services here.

The Ghost Gas Haunting Your Home or Business: Radon

Okay, I know we are not writing a script for a scary movie here. Although, let’s be honest, the title above is not too far fetched. For those who actively read our blog at Environmental Doctor, you are probably well aware of the dangers of radon. As for our new readers, welcome… and let’s start with a recap. Radon is a dangerous, odorless and radioactive gas that is active in soil wherever uranium is decaying. Although radon is a normal process in our environment, it is definitely harmful for humans. The main problem is when radon gas gets trapped inside a dwelling. Are you an new Ohio homeowner or a building owner? Getting a radon test should be top priority for the health of you and your loved ones. And if applicable: for your employees, tenants, and pets.

Plan Ahead of Time with Radon Testing

Have you recently considered moving into a new home or apartment in Ohio? Plan ahead and call the Environmental Doctor to check the air quality in your home. From radon remediation, mitigation and detection, we have the best in midwest. Our services will have you sleeping at ease every night in your new home or property purchase. But maybe you’re not a building owner, nor a homeowner. Perhaps you rent your office or living space. You should definitely ask the owner or building manager for radon testing in apartments. Did you know that radon is behind 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year? Check more radon statistics and radon facts here, which we compiled with our extensive research and knowledge.

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Environmental Doctor is a trusted service in the local community as we have serviced this area for 25 years and counting. Don’t hesitate and call us today, because your health depends on it. We look forward to hearing from you concerning radon remediation.

Ways Springtime Weather can hurt your Basement

Finally, the air is fresh outside and the sun rays feel nice and warm. Spring 2019 is here and that means less time indoors and more fun in the sun. Although we’re happy for the seasonal change, keep in mind that spring weather can damage our home. All that beautiful-fluffy-snow from winter has now turned into nasty brown ice. That brown ice will melt, or has already started to melt. From the meltdown, comes water. Lots and lots of water. This can cause floods, leaks and more unwanted water damage to your home or property.

Homeowners in Ohio, did you know that your home has a sump pump?

Dayton sump pump systems are fairly common and play a very important role. Like this video explains, a sump pump keeps your water system running smoothly. Have you considered adding a dayton sump pump battery backup?

Installation, Services and Sump Pump Battery

With an easy google search, you can find hundreds of videos on how to self install a sump pump. But we must warn you, this may be easier said than done. There are many potential dangers when installing a sump pump. First of all, there is electricity and water involved. Secondly, there can be hazardous matter and unknown bacteria in the water. These types of home installations should be left to the professionals. At Environmental Doctor in Ohio, we will assure you a proper installation done by trained and certified professionals. Dayton sump pump installation is just one of the many services we offer.

As we have mentioned in a previous post, the sump pump is located in your basement. Throughout the years, many homes accumulate dust, mold and “weird basement smells.” Mold could be the culprit to your sudden indoor allergies this Spring. Make sure you give us a call, we can always help with air quality testing and indoor mold removal as well.

As Spring Approaches, Allergies Arise.

Allergies: As springtime approaches, what’s the air quality in your home?

Air filtration, odor reducers and air cleaning systems… the list can go on and on! But rest assured that the Environmental Doctor in Dayton, Ohio is here to help in regards to personal home air quality. We have qualified technicians who offer the best service for home air testing in Dayton, Ohio. As winter finally comes to a close, many will begin to spring clean and many will experience spring allergies. Although most allergies and sinus problems go away after sometime; for others, they tend to stick around.

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Could this be due to your indoor air quality? It could be. There are various factors as to why your sinuses keep flaring up weeks after the initial springtime allergy season. These factors can also be found in your own home.

Dust is the top reason why so many suffer from poor air quality indoors.

Perhaps you’ve used an air purifier or an indoor air filter for months during the winter… well guess what, that dust and those air particles related to animal dander, dust mites and pollen don’t necessarily leave the house. Instead, these particles settle in your furniture, in your carpets and inside other areas of your home. Maybe it’s time to get a home air tester? Other causes for sinus problems and indoor air allergies can be related to your furry friends (dander), cleaning products, houseplants and undetected mold.

If you suffer from nasal dryness, this could lead to thickened mucus, congestion and worsen sinus problems all together. We have to remember that indoor air pollution is usually invisible and rarely thought to be the culprit to our allergies, fatigue, headaches, and sinus problems. After successfully getting an air quality test from our experienced and reliable technicians at Environmental Doctor, we can pinpoint the problem and you can take better care of your health with a peace of mind.

Mold Under Mattress, & Areas Prone to Mold Growth

According to the CDC, the most common indoor molds are: alternaria, aspergillus, cladosporium, and penicillium. These types of mold usually float in from the outside but can also grow within damp and moist environments.

Sometimes black mold exposure, also known as stachybotrys chartarum, can also come from inside your home or at work (inside commercial buildings). Did you know that various health problems can be caused by mold? Mold is found in the cleanest of homes and it’s pretty impossible to avoid it.

There are many ways to spot mold in your home.

For starters, pay attention to the smell of your home environment. Is there a particularly musty smell coming from the bathroom or kitchen sink or dishwasher? Mold in your home tends to grow in damp areas. Mold is a natural process outdoors but sometimes poor air ventilation and/or a recent flood to your home could generate more than usual indoor mold growth and that means harmful mold exposure.

So where to look for mold in your home or business besides the bathroom or kitchen?

Basements are notorious to growing mold during different seasons of the year, depending on where you live. Once I found mold under my foam mattress! Wow, talk about poor ventilation. Mold removal Dayton Ohio can help you test for mold at a reasonable cost. Once we detect mold indoors, we can quickly start the mold remediation process.

You may ask yourselves, what is mold remediation?

It’s a step by step process in which we remove the mold prior to performing more treatments. Afterwards, the Environmental Doctor uses high efficiency filters (HEPA) to ensure that your home mold removal stays clean and dry.

Ohio snow showers in the winter can mean more time spent indoors. Make sure that the air you breathe everyday is safe and suitable. Call the Environmental Doctor in Dayton Ohio today!

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Mold Remediation – Before

January 2019: Ohio Recognizes Radon Action Month

Here at Environmental Doctor in Dayton Ohio, we’re starting off the year with National Radon Action Month! Did you know that radon gas is dangerous and causes approximately 20,000 deaths in the US each year? In order to increase awareness on the risks of radon gas, undetectable to the naked eye and nose, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has declared January to be National Radon Action Month.

Why increase radon levels awareness? The best way to prevent a health risk from radon is to be educated on the subject and inform others. Most classify this type of gas as “the silent killer: radon,” which was actually a famous slogan years ago; in order to market radon testing in homes. Furthermore, radon is a leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and unfortunately it’s a harmful odorless gas. We can’t see radon gas, we can’t smell radon gas and we can’t taste radon. Although we have made vast improvements on radon testing locally and across the nation, the public tends to forget that it’s still very much alive. Think about the places you and your loved ones spend the most time in. Whether it’s at home, a friend’s garage or relative’s home, school or work, radon is formed from the ground up. Naturally.

Radon Action Month

So may ask yourselves… What is radon?

Radon is a radioactive gas which is formed from the natural breakdown in uranium from rock, soil, and water. This odorless gas (radon) then travels up through cracks and spaces in your home’s foundation. The EPA advises that for National Radon Action Month, we test our homes, spread the word and encourage others to test their homes or commercial buildings and to learn more about radon gas risks. And as always, the Environmental Doctor is here to help you with indoor air testing in Ohio and to answer any questions.

New Year, New Indoor Air Quality

New Year’s Resolution 2019! What’s on your list? Indoor Air Quality?

Here at Environmental Doctor, we have plenty on our new years checklist for 2019. And it has nothing to do with personal fitness. We like to think of it as personal endeavor to keep our indoor air quality at its best.

Our personal New Year’s checklist for home air quality includes the inspection of air filters, air ducts, smoke detectors, fans, pollutants, humidity levels and mold. Just to name a few.

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Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) specifically refers to air quality within and around a structure (whether in a home or commercial space) and how it relates to common pollutants and your overall health. According to the EPA, we spend 90% of our time indoors and studies have shown that indoor air pollution is 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor air pollution. There are many sources for indoor air pollution and some of the most common ones include: airborne particles, indoor formaldehyde, household odors and gases, ozone, and carbon dioxide.

Other types of indoor pollutants include tobacco products, household cleaning products, central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices, building material and furnishings. Although this information is a lot to take in, we don’t want it to scare you. For this new year’s resolution, we want to educate our readers on the types of indoor air pollutants.

Plus here are some tips to help alleviate your indoor air quality immediately: open windows periodically as HVAC systems only recirculate air, use exhaust fans, use doormats and vacuum and sweep regularly no matter which season it is. Although some of our readers battle with dry heat during the winter months, others may have excess moisture in their home. Opt on buying a dehumidifier to remove moisture and which helps prevent mold growth in certain areas or specific rooms in your home.

Happy New Years!

‘Tis the season to get Dayton HVAC Services…

The holiday spirit is definitely here… we can feel it! Dayton HVAC Services shouldn’t be put on hold during such a busy time of the year. Why? It’s even more important nowadays to keep your home clean and safe from potential holiday hazards. Moldy or dried out Christmas trees to clogged air ducts and poorly serviced filters, your home may be at risk this holiday season. It’s very important to keep the home safety checklist up to date in order to avoid these kinds of mishaps that could ruin a crafty holiday party. When was your heater last serviced? Is your tree placement too close to the fireplace? Are you chronically congested in your own home?

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Dirty air ducts and the cold and flu season can unfortunately go hand in hand. Extremely dirty air ducts could be the culprit behind that common cold which just won’t go away. Allergies or sinus problems bothering you a bit extra this winter? Check your home air ducts! Another thing to keep an eye on is your home’s energy consumption… is it higher than usual for winter? If so, our professional team at Environmental Doctor are here to help you solve the problem. This could be due to a clogged air filter or air ducts. When your home filter is clogged, your heating system may take longer to properly heat your home and thus raise your energy costs. (This goes both ways for your AC as well.)

Watch out Dayton, heaters can also be the reason for your sinus congestion. Heating a home in the winter is lovely but it creates an extra dry environment. This can be especially hazardous for Christmas trees, so make sure they’re a few feet away from the fireplace or furnace. Consider getting a glass enclosure for the fireplace if your space is tight. Dayton heaters are great but safety first!

Contact Environmental Doctor for the finest Dayton HVAC Services. 

Saving a “Wet Basement” with Dayton Basement Waterproofing

Maybe one day you entered your home and noticed a new musty smell coming from the basement. Or maybe you’ve always noticed that musty basement smell over time but recently, it got worse. The fear of “wet basement” is very real for all homeowners and the first indication can be a persistent musty home smell. The second indication of a wet basement can be seen as random wet spots begin to appear around the floors and the walls. Condensation may be the culprit as moist, warm air hits your home’s foundation. What are the other factors that lead to a wet basement? What if you already have a small leak?

We cannot stress how important time is when noticing even the smallest leak in a basement. When you call Environmental Doctor for Dayton basement waterproofing, you’re calling for quality assurance at a timely manner. Your home’s foundation will have a better chance of survival with a fast and reliant waterproofing service.

There may be several reasons as to why you basement is wet and/or leaky. From water intrusion to condensation, even change in weather (l.e. rainy season), it can be a pain to deal with basement renovations. Although, in the long run, waterproofing your basement can save your home from rotting, sinking, warping and future decay. Every home is unique within its own architecture and location. Which is why we recommend calling us to send over a specialist to inspect your home and discuss the options your home has for basement waterproofing. Some of the most popular ways to waterproof a basement includes: a drain main, a flat track, a 4” round drain tile, and a dehumidifier. Depending on the needs of your home, installing a sump pump may be a great addition.

Should you be thinking about waterproofing the basement this winter? You should be!

Whether you’re a homeowner or have a rental in Ohio, indoor water damage can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. Like your parents always said, “It’s better to be safe than sorry.” Avoid the costs and call us today!

Dayton Basement Waterproofing has the most qualified and capable professionals in the area. We can inspect your basement no matter what season it is. Winter is also a crucial time to get your basement inspected since you know, all that Ohio winter snow is going to melt soon enough…

Feel free to give us a call today to book an appointment or to learn more about Dayton Basement Waterproofing.