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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 […]

Types of Testing for Asbestos

An Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) inspection is meant to identify Asbestos Building Materials and classify them. The following are how materials are identified and if need be analyzed by a certified lab to confirm content: Visual Recognition– Many common materials can be Visually Identified. The appearance of texture, color, age, and application make some materials easy to […]

Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Home This Winter

Clean your gutters and redirect downspouts away from your house Shovel snow away from doors and entries Caulk/re-caulk your windows and doors Seal windows to improve efficiency Turn off water main valve if leaving for long trips During a cold snap, turn off hose bib, consider installing an indoor valve Check your sump pit and […]

How to Control Moisture in Your Basement This Summer

RTS Environmental Services wants to help by providing you with the facts about moisture in the home so you can take the steps necessary to prevent a small problem from becoming a major crisis. Keeping Humidity in Check Whether you use your basement for storage or as a living area, the lower level of your […]

Prevent Mold Before A Problem Occurs

“A Mold /Moisture inspection is also an education in Moisture Prevention.” A great mold inspection begins with honesty, integrity, and an education. At RTS, we endeavor to help you understand those elements of your home which are significant to preventing mold growth, as well as outlining possible areas of improvement for overall indoor air quality […]

Mold in Your Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. Home Attic

In order to prevent mold from growing, well ventilated attic spaces are critical. Without proper venting (air movement and exchange) many bad things can occur, especially involving mold growth on wooden structures such as roof sheathing or truss members. The following are some of the reasons why mold may begin to grow in an attic: […]

Forms of Asbestos Commonly Found in Homes

Asbestos materials were used in many building materials starting at the turn of the 20th century (1900’s) when industry became available to mine it as a mineral and refine it as a fiber to be used in hundreds of applications. An asbestos inspection is meant to identify those materials in a household and determine if […]

Is Mold Dangerous?

We get that question a lot, as well as… “Is that the toxic black mold?” or “is that the dangerous mold”. Here is a common sense response to this often asked question. After much research and literally thousands of mold inspections, ultimately the answer depends on your own personal susceptibility: Generally when mold of any […]