RTS Environmental Services, Inc.

Email Inquiry

Licensed, Insured, and Accredited · Residential and Commercial

Family Owned and Operated

What is Mold? (30 Sec. Read)

What is Mold and what does it have to do with The Built Environment? Mold is a type of fungus. It is classified as its own biological kingdom. Fungi produce spores.  They are classified as Phyla, Classes, Orders, Families, Genera, and lastly Species. But that’s not important in the built environment. (More on that later) […]

Does my home really need a Dehumidifier? What should I buy?

Dehumidifiers are critical for the health of your home, particularly if you have a basement that is sub grade. Humidity is what contributes to mold growth! It only takes 60% relative humidity to grow a very common mold called Penicillium/Aspergillus. Combined with dusts, humidity can wreak havoc on building materials like floor joists, subfloor plywood, […]

A Home Inspection May Not Be Enough for your DC, MD, or VA home!

Consider the cost/benefit of a home inspection. A home inspection is supposed to prepare you for taking on a home as a safe and livable environment for you and your family. A home inspection is a great tool for discovering hidden and potentially expensive problems before you buy. But what a lot of people do […]

Mold in Flex Ducting

Mold in Flex Ducting and HVAC Airhandlers More often we are finding ducting materials known as “Flex Ducting” to indicate for mold growth colonizing on the inner walls of this modern duct material. Flex ducts are constructed of a plastic or mylar tube reinforced with a wire (much like a slinky toy) and are insulated with a fiberglass […]

Top 10 things you can do to Prevent Water Incursion and Mold Damage in your Home

1. Assure gutters, downspouts are functional, especially the buried types. If the buried lines are clogged, disconnect them to spill at the surface extended away from the foundation. Extend spouts away from the foundation by at least 3 feet. Check for gutter overflow during heavy rainfall. Check for ponding  water at the foundation and look […]

What is Duct Cleaning, what does it entail, and how is it performed properly?

Duct cleaning (aka HVAC cleaning or HVAC remediation) can help you improve and maintain healthy air quality in your home or at your business. Many companies advertise low cost introductory offers for duct cleaning services. But how effective is their service? Does it provide the level of cleanliness and quality of service that you need? […]

Real Estate Agents: You Need Answers, We Have Them!

If your buyer or seller needs to know exactly what needs to be done to remediate for mold, asbestos, or other environmental concerns, we can provide answers for you with our consultation services. When a home inspection finds mold, how do you qualify what needs to be done and how much it will cost? We […]

An “Inspection” vs. The “Free Estimate”

The Inspection we perform is meant to be objective. It should be thorough and has no sales pitch, just facts. This means we are straight forward in advising you to the mold conditions you really have. Many times people have minor issues which require no special handling, so in many cases simple cleaning, treatments, and maintenance actions […]

Lead Paint and Lead Safety Advice

Renovation, Repair, and Painting RRP EPA / HUD Lead Paint has been a concern for decades after it was discovered to be a significant potential Toxin for children in public housing and now when renovations and maintenance to paint causes disturbance to target housing (those with young children) The general rule of thumb is to know that […]

Crawl Space Conditioning

Crawl Spaces are often subject to humidity and damp or wet conditions which will grow mold and cause strong odors. These conditions can also cause wood rot and structural changes over time.  The following are treatments which are important to consider to improve a crawl space: Vapor Barrier-  Earthen floor crawl spaces must be covered […]