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Toxic mold video - mold in brand new homes

Think your property has to be old to have mold? Think again! 
Watch one family's story about mold in their brand new home in this video shown on FOX News.


If your mold inspection is not conducted with infrared thermal imaging, your mold inspection may be inconclusive.

AMI uses Infrared Cameras on every mold inspection and testing job.

Moisture detected in a first floor bathroom ceiling caused by a leaking shower on the second floor.

Got roof leaks? Find them with infrared before they become mold problems

Moisture detected in a first floor ceiling caused by an improperly sealed shower door gasket above.

Picture of water detected with infrared camera use in every AMI mold inspection

Moisture detected in a bedroom ceiling caused by a roof leak.

Infrared finds water intrusion on mold inspection

Moisture detected in a first floor kitchen ceiling caused by a leak under a second floor kitchen sink.

Water intrusion causes mold to grow indoors. Spot is fast with infrared

Moisture detected in a bedroom closet ceiling caused by a roof leak.

Infrared thermal imaging cameras used on all AMI mold inspections

Moisture detected in a bedroom ceiling caused by an improperly installed drain in a second floor deck.


Environmental contamination in cars
Can Mold In Your Vehicle
Cause Fungal Infections?

Yes. Have you ever turned your vehicle's air conditioner or heater and smelled mold? Or jumped in your boat or motor home after its been closed up for a while and noticed a repugnant odor? Our cars, trucks, SUVs, RV's, motor homes, boats, and airplanes can all be a source for exposure to high levels of airborne mold spores.

If you live or work in a moldy building, mold spores that cling to your clothing often end up in your car's air conditioner or heater. Water-damaged vehicles and even vehicles that have been cleaned but the upholstery or carpets have not been dried properly can all be infested with mold.


Environmental contamination in HAVC ducts

Can air ducts become contaminated with mold?

Yes. Dusty HVAC ductwork provides an ideal environment for mold and other allergens to grow in. Air duct systems may be constructed of bare sheet metal, sheet metal with fibrous glass insulation on the exterior, or sheet metal with an internal fibrous glass insulation. Bare sheet metal systems and sheet metal systems wrapped in fibrous glass insulation can be cleaned and disinfected. If ductwork made of sheet metal with internal fibrous glass liner or ductwork made entirely of fibrous glass becomes water damage or mold growth occurs, replacement may be necessary.

Call AMI today for a quote on testing your recycled indoor air



Every day families and communities are affected by toxic substances that
have been leaked, spilled, buried and dumped across the United States.


Carcinogenic benzene contamination covers 16-acre area within California neighborhood

February 29, 2008 - Soil contaminated with toxic substances covers a 16-acre swath centered in the 2100 block of Del Amo Boulevard, with the highest concentrations found in a 4.5-acre tract, authorities said.

That smaller area is where an investigation has detected levels of carcinogenic benzene vapors at levels of up to 20,000 parts per billion, say officials from the ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery.

The state mandates remedial action - in this case testing and monitoring - when benzene levels in residential areas exceed 10 parts per billion.

Read the full article here.


EPA to spend $21 million on cleanup of Superfund site that spans entire Indiana neighborhood

February 26, 2008 - A federal Superfund site spanning an entire neighborhood with lead-tainted soils will be cleaned up as part of $21 million project that could take up to five years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday.

Under the plan, the EPA will remove tainted soil from several hundred residential yards and commercial properties in the 141-acre Jacobsville Neighborhood Superfund site and replace it with clean soil. The tainted soil will be disposed of at a regulated landfill.

The EPA placed the site on its Superfund priority list in July 2004. Since then, the agency has conducted six rounds of soil testing.

It's not known how many people may have been affected by the contaminated soil, but EPA officials have said the risk of exposure is high.

Read the full article here.


Connecticut Legislature Introduces Bill Requiring Disclosure of Environmental Hazards in all Residential Real Estate Transactions

March 07, 2008 - HB 5874, was recently introduced in CT. The purpose of the bill is:

To require a written disclosure of proximity to an environmentally hazardous site prior to the sale of residential property and to give the potential purchaser of such property the right to terminate his or her obligation to purchase the property based upon such disclosure.

This is an important Bill that should be supported by anybody who believes that homebuyers have a right to know about environmental contamination on or near properties they are considering purchasing. Just spend a little time reading the stories on this blog and think about how many families could have been spared hardship and health risks if such a law existed in all states.

If you would like to support HB 5874, send a letter indicating your support to:

The Honorable Richard Roy
Chair, Environment Committee
Connecticut House of Representatives
Legislative Office Building, Room 3201Hartford, CT 06106-1591

The Honorable Edward Meyer
Deputy Majority Whip
Chair, Environmental Committee
Connecticut State Senate
Legislative Office Building Room 3200Hartford, CT 06106-1591

Read the full text of the bill here.


Refinery neighbors have toxic legacy in Muskegon, Michigan

March 1, 2008 - George and Sandy Carroll love the Muskegon Township homestead they bought in 1994. They expected to live there the rest of their lives.

They knew the neighborhood's groundwater was contaminated by petroleum products from Marathon's long-closed oil refinery site a short distance to the northeast. Marathon had test wells all over the place, including several on the Carrolls' land. They knew Marathon had bought other nearby homes and torn them down.

Read the full article here.


South Dakotans have no clear legal protection against the unwitting purchase of homes once used as methamphetamine labs

March 2, 2008 - As a result, state homebuyers and renters have relied for years on real estate agents, sellers and property managers to disclose previous meth lab contamination in a home.

An Argus Leader investigation shows that people in Sioux Falls have unknowingly bought homes that once were meth labs. And with no standards for cleanup, those people might not know whether they have been exposed to meth residue or toxic chemicals used to make the drug.

Read the full article here.


Residents of Liberty Hill, New Hampshire are outraged

March 1, 2008 - With the N.H. Department of Environmental Services' decision just hours old, many who live on the Hill are left wide-eyed, shaking their heads about the state's decision to leave the vast majority of the estimated 121,000 tons of coal tar-contaminated material under the Gilford neighborhood forever.

"I don't even care about my property value any more. I have a five-year-old that I want to be able to grow up safely," said Richard Cote.

Read the full article here.


Cleaning up the biggest US oil spill you never heard of (it's under a Brooklyn neighborhood)

Brooklyn residents are pushing Big Oil and the government to remove millions of gallons of petroleum from their neighborhood.

Read the full article here.


Nobody told the people who bought those homes about the contamination . . .

February 28, 2008 - The barns are long gone, replaced about nine years ago by manufactured homes, some positioned directly where the barns once stood.

Only nobody told the people who bought those homes about the poultry farm or tested the wells for contamination before the lots were sold.

The residents didn’t find out until 2001, when the state tested their wells and found potentially dangerous levels of nitrates in five of them.

High levels of nitrates can lead to a potentially fatal blood disorder in infants and the unborn called methemoglobinemia, or “blue-baby” syndrome. Chicken manure is a common source of nitrate contamination in groundwater.

Read the full article here.


Contaminated water supplies in Cumberland County, North Carolina

February 27, 2008 - Suppliers of public drinking water in Cumberland County have been bombarded with contamination problems — from the giant Fayetteville Public Works Commission to the tiny country stores and churches that dot the roadsides.

Potentially unsafe levels of radium, nitrates and coliform bacteria commonly find their way into public systems.

Schools, churches, subdivisions, convenience stores, day-care centers and other businesses are considered to have public supply systems if they serve more than 25 people. All of them draw their water from wells or buy it from the PWC, which gets most of its water from the Cape Fear River.

Like most public water supplies, the PWC has not been immune to contamination. In 2003, the Environmental Protection Agency cited the PWC for unsafe levels of trihalomethanes, a byproduct of chlorination that is known to cause cancer.

Read the full article here.


Water contamination in McBee, South Carolina

February 28, 2008 - More than 100 residents of the McBee area came together Thursday to learn more about the possible contamination of the groundwater in the region.

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control officials presented the facts of the situation and ways for the residents of the area to avoid the contaminated water.

The chemicals contaminating the groundwater is Ethylene Dibromide (EDB) and the other is Dibromochloropropane (DBCP). Both chemicals were used as farming pesticides. DBCP was discontinued in 1979 and, according to DHEC, most use of EDB was discontinued in 1984.Prolonged ingestion of the contaminated water might lead to problems with the liver, the stomach, the kidneys and reproductive systems. The chemicals also might increase the risk of developing cancer in some people.

Read the full article here.

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The EDR Los Angeles Neighborhood Environmental Report is the most comprehensive environmental report available to the residential real estate industry. Many residential properties and neighborhoods are clean, but even the most pristine and affluent areas can have environmental issues that affect health and home values. The EDR report is the only Neighborhood Environmental Report under $1000 that helps ensure there are no surprises during or after the transaction by searching records of contamination from common occurrences such as:

  • Leaking underground fuel or gas tanks that can contaminate soil and groundwater;
  • Homes formerly used as "meth" labs, where residual chemicals can cause illness;
  • Contamination from nearby industrial sites, accidental toxic spills or leaks;
  • EPA and State top priority clean-up properties.

If a problem is discovered, the EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report provides key information to help home buyers resolve the issue quickly and move forward with confidence.

See a Sample EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report

Each report contains a section that serves as a guide as to how the report is broken down.

Section A is information on records of known and potential environmental issues within 300 feet.

Section B covers records of known any potential environmental issues beyond 300 feet and out to standard search distances most commonly used by environmental professionals.

Section C provides information about records that lack enough data to be mapped. This results from incomplete government records, making it impossible to precisely locate these “orphan” sites.

Section D contains detailed descriptions of the various databases used and the differences between them. Also, it includes contact information for the relevant government or private organization that maintains the database.

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Developed exclusively for home buyers and sellers, the EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report™ identifies potential environmental risks such as leaking underground tanks, landfills and toxic waste sites on or near a property that may threaten a family’s health or the value of their investment. It is generated from the largest collection of local, state and federal hazard records in the U.S. by the country’s most trusted source of environmental risk information.

The EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report™ is delivered in an accurate, comprehensive, easy to understand summary and is available to home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners.

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