The P2000 Air Purifier – Scientifically Proven to Maintain Healthy Air

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Have you already had mold remediation and looking for preventative maintenance?

Or would you like to just clean up your indoor air?

 

The P2000 air purifiers by Airfree was tested by EMSL Analytical (one of the leading testing laboratories in the U.S.) for its effectiveness at killing bacteria and mold in an office room.

 

The Study

Samples were collected twice a week at the same time for the first two weeks to determine baseline fungi and bacteria counts. After two weeks, the Airfree P2000 air purifier was turned on and ran continually for four weeks. During this time, samples were similarly collected. Once the last sample was collected, the air purifier was turned off and air samples were continued to be collected for two more weeks.

 

The Results

After this eight-week scientific analysis, their conclusion was that the P2000 air purifier reduced bacteria by 85% and fungi by 69.64% for the four weeks it was turned on.

With exclusive Thermodynamic TSS Technology, Airfree applies the same concept as boiling water by using heat to destroy microorganisms and attains 100% efficiency at the Airfree air outlet, destroying mold, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, pollens, pet dander, tobacco, other organic allergens, and reduces indoor harmful ozone levels. The device is completely silent and does not require any filters or maintenance.

Product Information:

  • Recommended room size: 550 ft²
  • Filterless technology: No extra costs with replacement filters
  • Adjustable night light
  • Low energy consumption: 48 W
  • Independently tested in ISO laboratories around the world
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Small and portable with awarded design
  • Dimensions: height: 10.4 in | diameter: 8.4 in

The P2000 Air Purifier

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Drinking Water Quality

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This is called a CCR – Consumer Confidence Report.

The federal government requires specific information to be included in the reports.

The EPA lists:

  • The lake, river, aquifer, or other source of the drinking water.
  • A brief summary of the risk of contamination of the local drinking water source.
  • The regulated contaminant found in local drinking water.
  • The potential health effects of any contaminant detected in violation of an EPA health standard.
  • An accounting of the system’s actions to restore safe drinking water.
  • An educational statement for vulnerable populations about avoiding Cryptosporidium (a microscopic parasite).
  • Educational information on nitrate, arsenic, or lead in areas where these contaminants may be a concern.
  • EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline number.
  • Phone numbers of additional sources of information, including the water system.
Click Here to Find Your Local CCR

For information about testing your drinking water, please contact the Indoor Environmental Quality Division of Baxter Group, Inc.

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Keep Your Children’s Toys Mold-Free

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Mold can form on children’s toys when they aren’t taken care of appropriately. Mold can develop on toys that are kept in the basement, or left in a damp area outside. Bath toys that aren’t properly dried out can develop mold. The mold can easily damage children’s growing immune systems and cause respiratory problems and allergies.

Here are a few ways to prevent and clean mold:

  • Boil the toys in hot water to remove mold. Squeeze them out then lay them out where they can dry quickly.
  • Clean them with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

White Vinegar: Mix one gallon of water with half of a cup of white vinegar. Let the toys soak for one hour, squeeze them out and scrub them down.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Mix two parts water and one part hydrogen peroxide in a bucket. Soak the toys, scrub them, rinse them with water then let them dry.

  • Plug up the holes that allow bath toys to squeak. Water can seep in and start mold growth. It can easily be done with a drop of hot glue.
  • Run the toys through the dishwasher or washing machine.

If you think you may have mold in your home or building, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us for a Free Estimate.

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Secondhand Exposure of Asbestos

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Those who work in shipyards, power plants, construction, firefighting, schools, oil refineries, paper mills, and the metal works industry run the risk of being exposed to Asbestos. Asbestos can cause mild to life-threatening illnesses such as several types of cancer. You may think the people who work with hazardous materials are the only ones that risk exposure.

But that’s false.

Just like secondhand smoke, people are susceptible to secondhand exposure of asbestos. While asbestos materials are disturbed by being cut, sawed, sanded, ground etc.…toxic fibers are released. Inhalation of these microscopic fibers would be firsthand exposure.

Secondhand exposure comes from the worker bringing those fibers back on clothing, skin, and in their hair. The fibers can then contaminate the home, putting anyone who resides there at risk. The fibers can settle in bedding, carpets, couches, and other furniture.

Change out of the contaminated clothing before returning home. Avoid dusting it off or shaking the clothing as that will disperse the fibers. Do not wash the Asbestos exposed clothing at home. Fibers can contaminate other clothing during a laundry cycle.

Asbestos removal is highly regulated because the dangers to individuals. Asbestos should not be removed or handled without seeking advice from a professional.

For more information about asbestos, or to schedule asbestos removal, please contact the Asbestos Division of Baxter Group, Inc.
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Lead on Superfund Sites

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The Superfund Redevelopment Initiative works with communities to provide site-specific support to help them reclaim thousands of acres of formerly contaminated land. This allows vacant land to be cleaned up and reused for other purposes such as parks, business districts, renewable energy facilities, neighborhoods, wildlife habitats, and farms. In turn, it provides job opportunities, strengthening the community’s economy. The local Superfund site is Hagerstown’s Central Chemical Superfund Redevelopment Initiative Pilot Project.

However, lead has become a common environmental contaminant at Superfund sites across the country because it is a naturally occurring element. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducts site-by-site lead risk assessments to determine potential health risks for workers and the surrounding community. Superfund’s risk managers use the risk assessment information to select the best cleanup strategies.

Superfund sites use a risk assessment paradigm. This diagram (below) represents the components of ecological and human health risk assessments.

Legal Implications of a Sick Building

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Fines and Lawsuits.

In 1988, the Wall Street Journal reported that “sick buildings leave builders and others facing a wave of lawsuits. More office workers are filing lawsuits, claiming they were made ill by indoor air pollution from such things as insect sprays, cigarette smoke, industrial cleaners, and fumes from new carpeting, furniture, draperies and copiers.”

Litigation is a serious risk for building owners and managers. Some causes of action can be negligence, constructive eviction, workers’ compensation, and more.

The 1979 trial of Prudential Property Insurance Company vs William H. Cole determined that the building owner was responsible for and liable for negative health effects experienced by a tenant.

In 2003, Ed McMahon received over $7 million from a lawsuit alleging that toxic mold throughout his house killed his dog, and caused him and his wife to become ill.

Another case awarded a family $32 million against their insurance carrier for mold issues in their residence.

Attorneys urge professionals to reduce their indoor air quality (IAQ) liabilities by advising contractors to incorporate beneficial IAQ designs into new building construction so that IAQ isn’t an afterthought. Something as simple as proper placement of ventilation could ward off any IAQ problems.

For the building owners, a routine preventative maintenance plan can save money over time, keep building occupants healthy, and avoid issues with lawsuits and OSHA complaints.

For more information on preventative maintenance plans, please contact the Indoor Environmental Quality Division of Baxter Group, Inc.

National Pet Fire Safety Day

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The American Kennel Club in association with ADT Security Services declared National Pet Fire Safety Day in 2009, and it is observed annually on July 15th. Just like fire drills, pets need consideration when preparing for unexpected fire emergencies.

PET FIRE SAFETY TIPS

  • Extinguish open flames. Pets can be curious and not cautious. Wagging tails can accidentally knock over candles. Curious cats will paw at sizzling grease, quickly sending a kitchen up in flames.
  • If possible, remove knobs from the stove when not in use. They can accidentally get turned on.
  • Replace glass water bowls with metal or plastic bowls outside on wooden decks. They can heat up and start a fire.
  • Store leashes and collars near the entrance of your home. When away, keep your pets in the main living area for easy rescue.
  • Fire alert window clings help firefighters identifying the room your pets are located and identify the number of pets in the home. Add one to the window of the room you keep your pets when you are away. Keep it updated with the number of pets who reside with you and your current phone number.
  • Have a plan. Decide which family members will be responsible for each pet.

Health Effects of Lead in Drinking Water

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The Safe Drinking Water Act requires EPA to determine the level of contaminants in drinking water at which no adverse health effects are likely to occur. These are called maximum contaminant level goals (MCLGs). The maximum contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water is zero because lead is a toxic metal that can be harmful to human health even at low exposure levels.

Young children are particularly at risk to lead because a dose of lead that would have little effect on an adult can have a significant effect on a child. In children, low levels of exposure have been linked to damage to the nervous system, learning disabilities, and impaired formation and function of blood cells.

EPA estimates that 20% or more of a person’s total exposure to lead comes from drinking water. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40% to 60% of their exposure to lead from drinking water. Below are possible warning signs of lead exposure:

Children

  • Behavior and learning problems.
  • Lower IQ and hyperactivity.
  • Slowed growth.
  • Hearing problems.
  • Ingestion of lead can cause seizures, coma and even death.

Adults

  • Cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension.
  • Decreased kidney function.
  • Reproductive problems (in both men and women)

Pregnant Women

Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stored in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is mistaken as calcium and released from bones. Lead can also cross the placental barrier exposing the fetus to lead. This can result in serious effects such as:

  • Reduced growth of the fetus
  • Premature birth

A Few Ways to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water at Home

  1. Flush your pipes: Flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.
  2. Only use cold water for eating and drinking: Hot water can contain higher levels of lead.

Note that boiling water will NOT get rid of lead contamination.

Use water filters or treatment devices:  Many water filters and water treatment devices are certified by independent organizations for effective lead reduction. Devices that are not designed to remove lead will not work. Verify the claims of manufacturers by checking with independent certifying organizations that provide lists of treatment devices they have certified.

A question on your mind after reading through this may be: Can I shower in lead-contaminated water??

Yes, you can. Bathing should be safe for you and your children, even if the water contains lead over EPA’s action level because human skin does not absorb the lead in water.

 

To learn more, visit EPA’s webpage about Lead in Drinking Water

Indoor Environmental Assessments

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Strange Odor? Building Occupants Fatigued in the Afternoon?

Proper building operations and routine maintenance are critical to ensuring healthy indoor air quality (IAQ). Building managers are often the first person building occupants turn to with a problem. The top three sources of IAQ problems are inadequate ventilation, contamination from inside the building, and contamination from outside the building.

Improve the balance between facility energy efficiency and occupant health, comfort and productivity. With an Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment, potential IAQ issues can be identified before they become problems.

An Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment includes comprehensive testing for elevated levels of mold spores, radon gas, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ozone, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), as well as much more!

Our Assessment also includes readings of your facility’s relative humidity which is one of the largest contributing factors to poor health!

This testing is simultaneous measurement of IAQ indicators meaning it can be done in one day.

Have You Considered a Basement De-Watering System?

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Does your basement flood?

Does water constantly seep in?

 

Our system includes a vinyl baseboard which is bonded to the floor and sits next to the wall. In a finished home, it takes the place of the baseboard trim that surrounds the foundation walls. Our bonding agent uses an exclusive epoxy that is extremely strong.


Advantages of Our Basement De-Watering System!

  • Can be installed year-round in retail stores, law offices, dental offices, hospitals, municipal buildings, clinics and more.
  • Affordable – 1 to 2-day installation means less cost for you.
  • Non-invasive – There is almost no dust and mess since we don’t tear up any concrete floor.
  • Doesn’t disturb any landscaping.
  • Repair work is also non-invasive and the system can be visually inspected.
  • Can be installed in finished and non-finished homes.
  • No waiting until the basement is dry to install. It can be set up underwater.
  • Partial systems are available.
  • Systems can be painted.
  • Epoxy will not break down over time, and only deals with seepage that enters the structure so humidity levels are not increased.
  • Can be drained to either a sump pit or floor drain (if allowed by your local municipality).
  • The system can be easily sealed if radon gas is a concern.

Benefits of Having Our System:

  • A dry basement increase your home’s value.
  • A dry basement can be remodeled.
  • A dry basement allows for more storage without the worry of items getting wet and destroyed.