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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 […]

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 […]