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What You Should Know About Spray Foam Insulation

What You Should Know About Spray Foam Insulation Spray foam insulation has gained popularity in recent years because of its ability to reduce energy costs and to help seal the cracks and crevices in your home that let air, bugs, and moisture in. But the reality is spray foam insulation is comprised of a mix of toxic chemicals, which can release VOCs and create poor indoor air quality into your home, especially if the chemicals are not combined properly, if

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Indoor Air Quality and Your HVAC System: Steps to Take Now

Indoor Air Quality and Your HVAC System: Steps to Take Now In the northeast, it’s almost time to turn on the heat. But before you do, check the condition of your HVAC system. If it is not clean, you may wind up with poor indoor air quality, and that can open a can of worms. Over time, dust and debris collect in HVAC and heating units, which means when you turn on the heat, you may get a dirty surprise but

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Mold That Cross Contaminates: A Growing Problem

Mold That Cross Contaminates: A Growing Problem Unhealthy indoor mold spores are microscopic, and when disturbed, travel quickly and easily through the air, landing wherever the current takes them. That’s the problem with indoor mold. First, mold spores form colonies and grow quickly. Second, they spread easily and can cross contaminate “clean” spaces if not properly handled. Once mold spores spread, your problems grow – literally. How Does Cross Contamination Occur? Cross contamination occurs in a variety of ways: HVAC Units Mold spores are microscopic,

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Lead in Newark’s Water – How to Protect Yourself

Lead in Newark’s Water – How to Protect Yourself   The next lead-in-water crisis has hit, and this time it’s close to home. Newark, New Jersey is following in the Flint, Michigan footsteps, and tragedies like these will continue due to the country’s aging water infrastructure. This is leaving us all to wonder, who’s next? The fact is, anyone can have lead in their water, among other contaminants. Where buildings contain older plumbing and fixtures, where there’s a faulty public water supply, and

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Asbestos – What You Need To Know

Asbestos – What You Need To Know The presence of asbestos in any home or premises can become a serious matter that requires professional attention. Our goal is to assist you in understanding and correcting any asbestos issue – from start to finish. No job is too big or too small when the health of your family or employees is at stake. RTK expertly locates any asbestos in your home or workplace. Once the material is completely removed, we’ll verify that your

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Mold vs. Mildew

Mold vs. Mildew Do you know the difference between mold and mildew? For many, that mildew smell may actually be an unhealthy mold problem. What do mold and mildew look and smell like? Molds tend to be green or black, and usually grow underneath the surface of anything that has gotten wet. Its’ texture can be fuzzy or slimy. Mold has a strong, musty odor. Mildew is typically white, gray or yellow and grows on the surface of moist, warm areas. Mildew smells similar