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Mass Water Resources Authority (MWRA) annual water quality report

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has begun mailing its Annual Water Quality Report to every household in its service area. The report is required by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and updates consumers on last year’s water quality test results. In the latest round of testing, the MWRA system was again below the Lead […]

Mold Testing, Remediation, and Prevention – Why You Need an Expert

We’ve all heard about the health dangers of mold in residential and commercial buildings. Having measures in place to prevent or control the growth of mold is of course prudent, and mold remediation is a necessary and often difficult task. For mold testing, control, and remediation, it is best to rely upon an expert in the […]

“Chinese Drywall” Issues in the Home – What you can do about It?

Although extreme, and not quite the norm, some individuals are experiencing that Chinese drywall, sometimes referred to as “contaminated drywall” or “tainted drywall,” has negative impacts on health and on metal products in a home. This issue is being studied by a few organizations including the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the U.S. […]

10 Common Myths about Mold and your health

Media reports have linked indoor mold exposure to everything from asthma to headaches. So what’s the real scientific evidence that exposure to mold in your home actually can cause physical symptoms? A recent review of scientific literature about mold-related diseases found that many common claims just don’t hold up under scrutiny. #1: The term “Toxic mold” […]

New Massachusetts Oil Tank Law extended to 9/30/2010

On June 24, a House and Senate Conference Committee passed an amendment that extends the deadline for compliance from July 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. It is important to note that the extension applies only to the homeowner oil line compliance deadline and not the deadline for homeowner insurance offerings. Why not call Bonsai Inspection […]

Information on Bed Bugs

Identifying Bed Bug Infestations Much of the time, a bed bug infestation is only suspected when bites appear on a person. Oftentimes, the bites are misidentified, thus allowing infestations to go unnoticed, which gives the bed bugs time to spread to other areas of the house. When cleaning, changing bedding, or staying away from home, […]

Massachusetts Home Inspections: Preventing Asbestos Exposure

A building substance that was used throughout the 20th century in thousands of products around the world, asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was the most highly sought out method of insulation in homes. Its flame resistant, inexpensive and highly durable qualities made it an ideal choice for manufacturers. Asbestos normally appeared as insulation for […]

10 Easy Ways to Save Energy in Your Home

Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy, and here at BONSAI, we want to change that. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be accomplished through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Of course, for homeowners who want their homes […]

Invisible Toxins: Catching New Buyers Off Guard

Buying or renting a house or apartment for the first time is often supposed to be one of the most exciting times in your life. Unfortunately, many first time buyers and renters may not be aware of one of the biggest hurdles in the way of a good home and that’s toxins. Potential hazards continue […]

Mold and Bleach – The Real Truth

One of the questions I hear most in regards to cleaning up mold in the household is: “Should I just use some bleach on it?”. Here’s an emphatic answer for you: No! Household bleach is generally a solution containing 4-6% sodium hypochlorite and 0.01-0.05% sodium hydroxide. It is most frequently used as a disinfectant or a bleaching […]