Envirotech Clean Air Employees Receive Continuous Training

Duct CleaningContinuously training our employees is important to our management team at Envirotech, so we stay up to date with the latest education, methods, and equipment. This helps us maintain our position as industry leaders and experts in the many diverse disciplines encompassed by the Indoor Environmental Quality industry.

In the past three months, we have had one of the leaders on our experienced team become certified as a Certified Mold Remediation Supervisor (CMRS). We ensure your mold removal, remediation, and air duct cleaning project will be handled by a trained professional and done correctly the first time.

Listed among the first members in Massachusetts to join the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) in 1990, we maintain the most trained and NADCA certified air duct cleaners (ASCS) in New England. We recently sent three team members to attend the latest NADCA Fall Seminar in St. Louis to complete the hands on technical and educational training provided by the standard bearer of the air duct cleaning industry (NADCA).

In addition, we attended The Healthy Building Summit in Seven Springs, PA., one of the top Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) conference in the country. Here, the nation’s top indoor environmental quality leaders and experts spent three days presenting the latest information and research. Our team leaders are kept up to date and learn where the focus of our everchanging industry is headed. We are thrilled to put this new knowledge to good use and help improve your air duct cleaning and mold remediation experience.

For all of your air duct cleaning and mold remediation needs, call our experienced team at (800) 698-1300.

What is the Difference Between Mold Removal & Mold Remediation?

Knowing the difference between mold removal and mold remediation is essential to ensure you are hiring the right professional to correct your mold problem. Although both terms are sometimes used interchangeably when discussing a mold problem, the terms are in fact different processes.

There are mold spores everywhere – both in indoor and outdoor environments. When dormant, mold spores may not cause any issues, but humidity, moisture, flooding or other conditions may activate spores and make them viable. Some individuals are sensitive to any mold and those reactions may necessitate attention. In reality, 100% of mold cannot be removed except in a very high level “clean room”. The usual goal is to remove the active mold growth during remediation process, and return the space to a normal environment.  There are specific standards to follow for the remediation of mold, such as the IICRC S520 Standard Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation.

The mold remediation process:

Containment. The first step is to contain the work area by erecting a physical barrier so the mold spores cannot spread to other areas of your home, business or other occupied spaces (cross contamination) during the cleaning process. This is generally accomplished by using plastic sheets, duct or painters tape to cover doorways, contain spaces and close all air pressure and pathways. The work area is placed under a “negative pressure”.

Removal. Porous water damaged and/or contaminated materials are dismantled within the containment and removed from the site in a manner that prevents cross contamination.

Clean-Up. After all damaged or contaminated materials are removed and the area re-inspected, the work area will be vacuumed with a HEPA filtered vacuum, wiped with a prescribed solution and HEPA vacuumed again.

Technicians must wear personal protective Equipment and unauthorized persons must stay out of the “Contained Work Area” until the containment is disassembled.

For your mold remediation needs, please call Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. at (800) 698-1300.

What to Do for Mold in Your House

Mold can grow in your home if you have high humidity, moisture/dampness, or a flood.  Mold may cause damage to your home and some people are sensitive and have adverse health reactions when mold is present.  Because the spores are microscopic, mold may be difficult to detect. Education about detection, symptoms, removal and what to do if you have mold you can make a huge difference when it comes to removing mold from your home. Our mold removal experts can help.

Mold Spore

Here are some things to be aware of:

Allergy Symptoms. Mold may stimulate allergy-like symptoms or other unhealthy reactions to sensitized individuals in a home that has been effected by mold. If you notice you have allergy-like or other symptoms in your home but not when you leave, considering having a mold investigation company do an assessment in your home may be worthwhile.

Physical Qualities. Some mold can be mistaken for dirt or soot and depending on the type of mold, it can be different colors and textures. If you see or suspect physical signs of mold, Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. may recommend a testing company do a mold assessment or we may perform mold remediation to remove the contamination. Depending on the situation, testing may or may not be necessary.

Musty Odors. Some mold is odorless and sometimes mold in your home will have a musty odor. If you don’t see any physical qualities, but you smell a musty smell, it’s time to call a mold removal specialist!

Where to Look for Mold

The most important areas to check are areas that are known for having a lot of humidity or moisture – basements, attics, near sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and leaky windows. You should especially check areas that have been flooded or have high humidity.

What to Do if You Have Mold

If you suspect or know that you have mold in your home, it’s important to have it removed, and sometimes it may need to be tested first. Mold remediation is a specialized type of cleaning and should be performed by experts who follow industry standards.

Call Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. today at (781) 279-2900 for your mold removal needs.

Dan Greenblatt becomes Vice President of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA).

On March 15, 2015, at IAQA’s annual convention in Grapevine, TX, Envirotech’s president, Daniel Greenblatt, was elected Vice President of the Indoor Air Quality Association.  Dan is serving his sixth year on IAQA’s Board of Directors and is also the Chair of the membership committee.  Dan expressed great excitement, about “the consolidation with ASHRAE” , the world’s largest and most influential association of ventilation, heating and refrigeration engineers, and their reach to 54,000 members and 170 chapters in over 100 countries. Also, Dan will work with opportunities to increase IAQA’s efforts and reach in investigating and solving indoor air quality issues.   “Education, chapters, IAQ Standards and membership promotion are the areas that I will work with IAQA on over the coming year of my term as Vice President”.

Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. was established in 1988 from a desire to provide clean, safe indoor air for all people. Envirotech began as an HVAC Cleaning and Restoration company, better known as air duct cleaning, and was among the first members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA).

Today, Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. is one of the largest mold removal, specialty cleaning and HVAC Cleaning and restoration services in the Northeast. Envirotech Clean Air provides an array of clean air services.



ENVIROTECH Specializes in Sensitive Homeowners Mold Remediation



Envirotech specializes in cleaning home owner’s contents and family living areas for clients who are sensitive to chemicals or cannot tolerate moldy items or surfaces.

We work with indoor environmental consultants and developed a strategy for every project. “Every client is different”, saidVice President Steven Goselin, “we employ customized strategies that work for the individual homeowner or client.”

Residential Mold Remediation for living areas and contents


The Typical Problem: Homeowners that are very sensitive to mold and chemicals have an Indoor Environmental Consultant find elevated levels of mold or contamination. They work with the consultant to diagnose and repair the source, and then write a very specific plan for remediation that takes all of their sensitivities, circumstances and needs into account.

The Remediation: Envirotech Clean Air’s project consultants and supervisors work with the homeowner and Indoor Air Professional to plan and execute the site specific remediation. Trained professional technicians and supervisors contain contaminated areas with engineering controls and contaminated porous building materials are removed. All surfaces in the work are cleaned of mold using HEPA filtered vacuums and any designated products. Contents are handled and cleaned according to the scope of work written by the consultant and agreed to by the homeowner and Envirotech. If any new areas of concern are discovered, the homeowner and consultant are contacted. When the project is complete, a post remediation verification should be performed by the environmental consultant. Envirotech pays special attention to sensitive homeowners needs.

The Coordination: Consultants, homeowners and Envirotech work together with any other trades involved to have the stressfulness of work being completed successfully go as smoothly as possible for everyone involved, especially the homeowner.

For information about Envirotech Clean Air’s individual and specialized remediation team, call Steven Goselin or Ron Fallon and the Envirotech team at 781-279-2900.  


hospitalEnvirotech Clean Air recently cleaned and restored the HVAC mechanical system and ductwork at an area hospital, after heavy mold growth was found in several areas. The project took the Envirotech team into the emergency room, ICU and several other critical care areas. Work was performed on an emergency basis over long weekends and extended several weeks, with the Envirotech team working nights and weekends.

Problem: Severe mold growth on the interior supply ductwork serving hospital surgical and ICU suites.

Remediation: The internal fiberglass lining in the ductwork removed and the sheet metal ducts were scraped, cleaned and scrubbed with a fungistat. The interior ductwork and the air were tested by an independent industrial hygiene consultant, and the exterior of the ductwork was wrapped.

Coordination: The project was performed over one weekend on an emergency basis with 24 technicians and supervisors. The project was coordinated with the HVAC Mechanical contractor, hospital facility personnel, and the independent industrial hygiene consultant.

Hospital Operating Room Supply Duct Work

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ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed to join forces, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. ASHRAE was formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers.

IAQA will become a part of the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. IAQA will operate independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure. IAQA headquarters has relocated from Rockville, Md., to Atlanta, Ga., home of ASHRAE’s international headquarters. The agreement was reached between the leadership of both associations and confirmed at ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference that concluded earlier this month in Seattle, Wash, and the move was completed on August 15. 2014.

“This merger is beneficial to both ASHRAE and IAQA in that it strengthens the programs and services of both organizations,” Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE president, said. “The work of IAQA complements the work of ASHRAE in its standards, research, publications and educational offerings. We now combine our resources to ensure the industry receives the best indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs possible, which means improved indoor air quality for the world around us.”

Dan Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. and treasurer of IAQA, was a part of the management oversight and search team which fielded proposals from Association Management and related Indoor environmental associations, to be IAQA’s new management team. “ASHRAE formed in 1894 and has over 170 chapters and 54,000 members” says Dan. “We are proud to be a part of such a world class association both nationally and at the Boston Chapter”.

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Healthy Schools Provide Clean Indoor Air Quality for Students & Faculty

Last week, National Healthy Schools Day was recognized and brought national attention to the indoor environment of the nation’s schools. The day of recognition began in 2002 and is coordinated by the Healthy Schools Network in partnership with other groups and organizations.

A crucial component to a healthy school is the indoor air quality (IAQ) that students, teachers and the rest of the faculty breathe. In recognition of this fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a wide range of resources to help schools improve their IAQ with their Tools for Schools Action Kit. In it, EPA states, “Most people are aware that outdoor air pollution can impact their health, but indoor air pollution can also have significant, harmful effects. EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times—and occasionally more than 100 times—higher than outdoor levels. EPA and its Science Advisory Board consistently rank indoor air pollution among the top five environmental health risks to the public.”

There are many environmental pollutants that can cause issues in a school and a common one is mold. Problems can even be caused by mechanical issues such as poor ventilation, contaminated HVAC ducts or improper building operations. All of these can directly impact a student’s ability to learn and even cause an increase in absenteeism.

“In Massachusetts and across New England, Envirotech Clean Air provides schools with services to ensure their students can focus on learning,” said Daniel Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. “Our specialists have extensive experience in providing schools with mold remediation services, mechanical hygiene inspections and duct cleaning services. We understand the unique needs of school settings and how the HVAC system and sources of IAQ pollutants, such as mold, can impact the learning environment.”

Envirotech Clean Air Continues Commitment to the IAQ Industry

Last month, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) concluded their 17th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. The meeting and exposition brings together professionals dedicated to preventing and solving indoor air quality (IAQ) issues around the globe.

During the event, IAQA held elections for a number of important leadership positions within the organization. These positions provide critical direction for IAQA’s continued growth and mission. Daniel Greenblatt, from Envirotech Clean Air, Inc., was elected to serve a one year term as the association’s Treasurer.

Mr. Greenblatt is the President of Envirotech and has a long history of involvement with IAQA. He has served as the association’s Vice President in the past and is currently the Chair of the Membership Committee and is on the Board of Directors. In addition, Mr. Greenblatt is a member of IAQA’s Ad-Hoc NAM Committee that is currently writing a white paper on the use on negative air machines.

IAQA is not the only organization that has benefited from Mr. Greenblatt’s expertise. He was the past Vice Chair of the Restoration Industry Association’s (RIA) Environmental Council which drafted and produced the ANSI/IESO/RIA Standard 6001: Evaluation of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Interior Surfaces to Determine the Presence of Fire-Related Particulate as a Result of a Fire in a Structure. Mr. Greenblatt and the team at Envirotech are also active members of NADCA and the company maintains the largest number of NADCA certified Air Systems Cleaning Specialists (ASCS) in New England.

“With over a quarter of a century of investigating, cleaning, remediating and resolving IAQ issues, the role of Treasurer for IAQA is a great opportunity to utilize my experiences to further the efforts of the association,” said Mr. Greenblatt. “I look forward to continuing IAQA’s goal of bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of all people.”

Clean Air in Homes Does Not Include High Levels of Mold

Mold is a natural part of the environment and can be found all around us. However, its presence in elevated levels in people’s homes can lead to problems and concerns for family members and may indicate a moisture problem within the home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions.” The agency goes on to state, “Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.”

Homes with mold problems may also develop high levels of microbial contaminants in their HVAC system. In some circumstances, the problem may even be the result of a moisture problem directly in the HVAC system or ducts. For these reasons, it is important that a home’s mechanical system be inspected for potential issues.

“Envirotech Clean Air is known across New England as one of the leading mold remediation and decontamination companies,” said Daniel Greenblatt, President of Envirotech Clean Air, Inc. “We have specialists who perform sensitive mold remediation projects, mechanical hygiene inspections and duct cleaning services. Our reputation has been built upon our successful treatment of everything from minor to severe mold problems. The end result is the problem is resolved and the air people breathe in their homes is clean.”