PLAN for SAFE RENOVATIONS
Just a short, but true story: The early 20th century house sat just off the sidewalk of a side street of the little Pennsylvania town. The missing steps and deserted tools evidenced the porch under construction. There were no curtains in the front window, and a 2×4 could be seen leaning over the inside of […]
What is Indoor Air Pollution?
Breathing clean, fresh, healthy indoor air each and every day has a positive impact on the health of our building occupants. Did you know that a single person breathes 9.5 TONS of air each year? So many factors can play a part in contributing to a building’s indoor air pollution: the site where the building […]
Baxter on 103.7fm about Dangers in the Home
A while back, Jocelyn Melton, of Baxter Environmental Group, Inc. sat down with News Talk 103.7 FM to talk about a few quick things that families should be aware of and should be doing. Melton Explains that families need to be educated on dangers in the home, not to instill fear, but to be aware […]
Improving the Air Quality in Your Home
Have you ever taken a minute to think about everything that happens in your home? All of the meals, the movie nights, the sleepovers, the get togethers’, the barbeques, the arguments, the birthday parties, and the list goes on. Your home is the central hub of the whirlwind of activity that is your life. With […]
Considerations When Doing HVAC Ductwork
A space quite often forgotten and left unprotected during renovations is the HVAC ductwork or mechanical equipment. Sawdust is biodegradable but if it gets into the ductwork, it can become moist making it the perfect nutrient for mold growth. When the HVAC unit kicks on, it spreads the mold spores throughout the building. If replacing […]
What should I do when I find mold when I am renovating?
Many D-I-Yers that take on home renovation projects like interior painting, kitchen remodeling, bathroom renovation, floor replacement, and window replacement, rarely understand the risks of mold. Even if they do, they may not know how to ensure that the mold contamination is prevented from spreading throughout the home. The biggest risk you encounter by doing […]
Mrs. H isn’t feeling too well… Here is another story on the importance of safe renovations
The early 21st century home was in immaculate shape, nothing seemed wrong from the looks of it as I walked up to the front door and knocked on it. I was greeted by Mr. H and he explained to me that Mrs. H hasn’t been feeling the best. I asked if she was doing anything […]
Know these simple principles for maintaining a healthy home or building:
Know these simple principles for maintaining a healthy home or building: Keep it dry: Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in roofing systems, prevent rainwater from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your interior plumbing for any leaking. Keep it clean: Control the source of dust and contaminants, creating smooth […]
PROTECT YOUR BUILDING OCCUPANTS and FAMILY
“A healthy home is a home that is maintained to avoid illness and injury. Health hazards in the home can affect anyone, but children are particularly vulnerable. Concerns include air quality, mold and moisture, lead hazard control, pest management, and injury prevention.” – US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Which hazards are at the […]
Don’t let your Home and Building Maintenance catch you off guard! Don’t let it get off-track!
It’s Spring! What are some of the items a building owner should be checking? Deck/patio for mold and mildew. Deck/patio slant so that water drains away from the house. Hoses and outdoor facets to confirm they are working properly. Gutters and downspouts for repairs or clogs. Sprinklers for leaks or necessary adjustments. All air filters. […]