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Mold

Indoor Science performs mold inspections in homes, offices, schools, hospitals, and more. What makes us different? #1 We go beyond just collecting a few samples so we can understand WHY the property has a mold problem. We want to make sure the problem is solved and doesn’t come back. #2 We do not perform mold remediation and have no conflicts of interest. We do not scare you into thinking you need a large remediation project when one is not needed.

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Air Quality

Indoor Science uses advanced instruments to accurately measure your indoor air quality. We can perform a general indoor air quality assessment or target any specific concerns. No other Chicago-area company matches our expertise and credentials. The indoor air quality can impact your health and productivity– so it is important to have it evaluated.

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Asbestos

Asbestos can be found in building materials, especially in older structures. Indoor Science performs asbestos inspections and asbestos air sampling to identify any problems in your property. As a cancer-causing fiber, it is important to evaluate any questionable materials. Indoor Science only performs inspections, not abatement, so you don’t need to worry about conflicts of interest.

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Radon

Because radon is a colorless and odorless gas, the only way to know if you have an elevated level is to do a radon test. Indoor Science is licensed to test in homes, schools, childcare facilities, and commercial buildings. Radon is a naturally occurring gas that seeps out of the ground into your property. You should have your home and workplace tested because it is common in Illinois and it is a leading cause of lung cancer.

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Odors

If you have a strange odor and you gave up trying to figure it out yourself, we are here to help. Our odor testing and odor investigation services use our knowledge of building science, chemistry, and microbiology to hunt down offending odors. We incorporate the use of instrumentation to help us pin-point the source.

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VOCs

There are over 10,000 chemicals that are classified as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If you suspect a problem, hire Indoor Science to quantify and indentify the VOCs present. We use handheld instruments and laboratory-based tests to provide you with a professional evaluation. We help you interpret the results, identify key sources, and solve any problems found.

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Coronavirus

Indoor Science can establish a cleaning and disinfection protocol or review an existing plan in place. We can also evaluate your building’s ventilation and filtration systems as strategies to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. If your building does have a confirmed case, Indoor Science can swab surfaces following disinfection procedures to confirm cleanliness standards have been met.

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Industrial Hygiene

Our industrial hygiene services include both personal monitoring and area sampling for chemicals, particles, noise, thermal stress, and more. We specialize in projects related to welding fumes, paint booths, asbestos & lead, hexavalent chromium, silica, and respirable dust. We have Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs) on staff, which is the most prestigious certification for the occupational health and safety profession.

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Lead Paint

Lead was often used in paint prior to 1978, when it was banned in the US. Homes and buildings built before that time may have lead paint, which can cause a long list of health effects, especially in children. Indoor Science can collect paint chip and dust samples to evaluate your property. Knowing if you have lead paint is critically important if you are planning any renovations.

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Flooding and Sewage Damage

Flooding and sewage damage can contaminate your home, school, or office. A sewage backup or a flooded basement can create concerns related to bacteria, viruses, and mold. Depending on the nature of the water damage, Indoor Science can performs specialized sampling to detect the presence of fecal bacteria and other relevant contaminants.

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Tobacco Secondhand Smoke

Because secondhand smoke is a mixture of many different chemicals and particles, there is no single test to quantify environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). Therefore, we measure various indicators and surrogates for cigarette smoke including fine particulate matter and chemicals including nicotine. Lab-based measurements may include wiping surfaces for residues or collecting air samples.

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Allergens

Do you have allergy symptoms when spending time at home or work? Indoor Science can do allergen testing for dust mite, cockroach, cat, dog, mold, and more. We try to identify the underlying causes of these allergens so that they won’t return.

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Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen that can be present in many building products, especially those with processed wood. Without performing formaldehyde testing, it is impossible to know if you have elevated levels.

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Drugs

If you suspect a previous homeowner or tenant manufactured or used drugs in your property, Indoor Science can test surfaces to detect the remaining presence of these chemicals.  Drug contamination from the use or manufacture of methamphetamine, fentanyl, and other substances can make some environments hazardous or uninhabitable. Other drugs such as marijuana may not have health effects that are as severe, but the odors can be a large nuisance.

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Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that can be produced during combustion. It is important to measure carbon monoxide where there are combustion appliances such as furnaces, water heaters, or boilers. A carbon monoxide alarm is helpful at detecting deadly levels of CO, but our high-sensitivity equipment and testing procedures can find low-level problems.

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Chemical sensitivities

Multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) can be totally debilitating. What makes matters worse, these chemical intolerances are poorly understood by the medical community. Your symptoms may be occurring at very low concentrations that are tolerated by most other people. Indoor Science can help you identify key chemical exposures and establish avoidance strategies.

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Endocrine Disruptors

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can be found in flame retardants, pesticides, and plasticizers such as phthalates. In today’s world, it is difficult to escape exposure to endocrine disruptors.  There are over 100 different endocrine disrupting chemicals and they can be found throughout your home. 

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Pesticides

Although pesticides can keep insects at bay, they can also have a deleterious effect on human health. There is no single test for all pesticides, but Indoor Science can collect samples for individual pesticide types or active ingredients. This testing is especially important if someone pregnant or an infant will be spending time in the space.

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Legionella Bacteria

Legionella bacteria grow where there is warm, stagnant water and can lead to Legionnaires’ Disease when the water becomes aerosolized. Commercial buildings should establish a water safety plan which should include testing water for Legionella on a regular basis. Have Indoor Science help establish a sampling plan that will help insure your water safety plan is actually working.

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LEED Air Testing

Are you looking to get your commercial, educational, or institutional building LEED Certified? Indoor Science can perform LEED air testing to demonstrate that your building has exceptional indoor air quality. What good is a LEED building if you cannot document that the air inside is healthy?

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ENERGY STAR Evaluations

Commercial buildings that use less energy than their peers can qualify for an ENERGY STAR building label. This is a free program operated by the Department of Energy, but it requires an outside engineer to verify the annual application. Indoor Science can perform the required evaluation to ensure low energy usage was not achieved by reducing outdoor air ventilation, occupant comfort, and lighting levels.

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Fire and Smoke Testing

We perform testing after a fire to determine which exact areas were impacted. Post-fire testing includes surface samples for fire-related particulate such as char, soot, or ash. Several different levels of fire and smoke testing are available including tests for odors and chemicals such as dioxins and PAHs.

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Other Services

Indoor Science specializes in evaluating indoor environments for uncommon problems that other air quality consultants may not understand. If you have a particular concern related to air quality, we can discuss possible strategies for evaluating your property. Our goal is to identify and solve all your indoor air quality concerns.

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