RTS has performed thousands of inspections and remediation projects since 1990. We began business by providing Radon gas testing services and early on added expertise in Lead Paint Testing, Asbestos Inspections, and Mold Inspections.
At present, RTS offers inspections and remediation services for Asbestos, Mold, and other related environmental concerns. We are proud to continually provide a service to the region and for our ongoing loyal customer base.
Ethics Statement: RTS Environmental understands that mold and air quality issues are important and serious health concerns. Our methods, practices, and statements will be objective and honest. We do not and will not employ scare tactics or use modifiers in describing mold types or circumstances as being "Toxic" unless there is real evidence or factual data and circumstances which cause it to be defined as such. Our test services are performed by certified third party laboratories. We are here to help educate our clients and provide meaningful, practical, and cost effective solutions to an age old problem.
RTS personnel attend and pursue relevant continued education and always endeavor to uphold recognized industry standards for obtaining accreditation, certification, and licensing. To view a relevant license document, click each link listed below.
The State of Maryland is currently developing their licensing division. RTS Environmental Services, Inc. holds all prerequisites for licensing in the State of Maryland and will uphold all current licensing based on the State of Maryland's ability to grant licensing.
Initially, a mold inspection is visual. We look closely at areas of a home where mold may be prone to grow such as in basements, attics, crawl spaces, bathrooms, kitchens, or areas where known water infiltration has occurred. We look in utility rooms, under accessible stair wells, and in some areas you wouldn't consider.
We use special source lighting so we can see what surfaces look like in full detail. We also look at certain elements of suspect HVAC systems to identify if mold may be within ductwork or fan/coil housing units. We utilize tools such as moisture meters, hygrometers (relative humidity), fiber optic scopes (to look within wall cavities), and an Infra-Red camera which can detect moisture in walls and in ceiling systems.
RTS Environmental Services only utilizes a third-party, nationally recognized, and accredited laboratory. A surface sample taken by a swab, tape slide, or by bulk sampling can be microscopically analyzed (called microanalysis) to determine the mold type.
Air tests are performed by collecting a known volume of airborne particulate through a special cartridge which contains a pre-treated slide. The air is pumped at a known rate which passes over this slide depositing mold spores resident in the rooms being tested. Samples are taken inside the subject areas and outside as well in order to gain a reference to compare types of molds (Qualitative) and concentration (Quantitative) mold levels. The indoor and outdoor results are compared to indicate if there is an abnormal difference between indoor vs. outdoor.
Our inspectors will guide you through your home and suggest methods for you to limit the spread of moisture or mold in areas commonly affected. These methods are often very simple and cost effective, saving you time and money.
Thermal Imaging is performed using an infrared camera. This camera is designed to detect small changes in temperature relative to the spectrum of light in the range of infrared energy. This technology helps discover building problems otherwise not visible with the human eye.
According to the U.S. EPA, "The purpose of mold remediation is to remove the mold and prevent human exposure and further contamination to building materials and furnishings." (see http://www.epa.gov/mold/)
When a mold growth scenario is substantial enough or circumstances require remediation methods and practices, the following are considerations in performing mold remediation:
Asbestos materials were used in hundreds of common household building components (pre 1975) such as thermal insulation as often seen on heating pipes wrapped with insulation, flooring, siding, mastics, fireproofing, and HVAC duct connectors.
We provide building inspections which identify asbestos materials or suspect materials and perform sampling as requested. Samples of suspect materials are sent to licensed laboratories and reported to you. We can help you to understand and assess any asbestos issue and help you to make an educated decision regarding your scenario.
Friable and Non-friable asbestos materials are identified and evaluated. Typical inspection concerns are:
Asbestos removal is performed according to regulated standards of practice required by jurisdictions of your State Government or the Federal Government (U.S. EPA) depending on the size or quantity of asbestos needing removal.
RTS will inspect your home or building and advise as to the removal scenario. In many cases asbestos that is intact and in good condition may not necessarily need removal. On the other hand, asbestos materials subject to disturbance especially due to remodeling should be candidate for removal (sometimes called "abatement").
Engineering controls and containment are employed to create a safe and environmentally correct removal scenario. Methods and practices such as "Glove bag" systems are used to remove asbestos pipe wrap. Critical barriers are also installed to contain air volumes.