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Should I Remove Asbestos In My Home?

Usually, asbestos will come into a homeowner’s mind during a real estate transaction or a planned renovation. Many homeowners may not want to pay the fees of a licensed professional asbestos contractor to remove the material after receiving back lab results confirming that it is asbestos-containing. Since asbestos regulations do not typically cover single family

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Particle Identification

Is there a mysterious substance lingering on surfaces in your property that you would like to identify? Buildings can contain contaminants in settled dust due to numerous reasons. If contaminants are present in the dust, it is important to determine their presence and composition to give you peace of mind and prevent possible adverse health

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The Importance of Indoor Air Quality

How important is indoor air quality?  According to the EPA, we spend roughly 90% of our time indoors.  Studies from the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) have ranked indoor air pollution to be one of the top five environmental issues.  The importance of indoor air quality in your home, school, or place of work is

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Is It Safe To Have Asbestos In My Home?

Finding an asbestos-containing material in your property can lead to great concern. After having the material tested by a professional, many often worry about their safety after finding these types of materials and if they can even remain in your home. In this blog we will tackle the question of is it safe to have

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Secondhand smoke: Testing and quick facts

With everyone spending more time indoors over the last year due to the pandemic, our office has gotten more and more calls asking for secondhand smoke testing in Chicago. Like the name implies, secondhand smoke testing — sometimes called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) testing — is air quality testing to determine if indoor cigarette smoking

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A Mold Specialist’s Spring Suggestions

We wear many hats here at Indoor Science, but one of our most commonly worn is “mold specialist”. As we have discussed numerous times in previous blogs, the key to avoiding mold growth is to keep control of the moisture in your home. Moisture is the limiting factor for mold growth in most structures, so

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Was Asbestos Previously In My Home?

Asbestos-containing materials are unfortunately a common occurrence in homes built before the 1980s. However, many homes during that time period have undergone changes such as renovation. One may ask, how do I know if there were no asbestos materials previously removed? And were they removed property? In this blog we discuss the process of determining

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Indoor Air Quality & Vaping

Vaping or electronic cigarettes have grown in popularity recently.  Many believe that using “smokeless” tobacco can help an individual curb their addiction to regular cigarettes. In addition, vaping does not generate heavy smoke. But how safe is the vapor that is emitted from “smokeless” tobacco? This blog post will discuss vaping products and their impact

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Radon Health Effects

The effects of radon on your health can be serious; deathly serious.  In conducting radon tests in various homes and businesses throughout the years, I have noticed a great deal of confusion on this topic.  How can radon be harmful to my health? First things first – What is radon? Radon is part of the

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How to reduce VOC levels in your home

If you’re familiar with indoor air quality or have already perused our blog, you likely already understand what VOCs are. VOC stands for ‘volatile organic compound’, which is an organic chemical that can be released (or “off-gassed”) from certain solids or liquids. In terms of residential indoor air quality, VOCs are most commonly associated with

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COVID Air Quality: Air Cleaners

Over the past 11 months, there has been a constant flow of new developments regarding COVID-19 seemingly every day. It can be overwhelming trying to keep up with the latest news as new research is published every week. In today’s blog, I am going to discuss if air cleaners can be an effective way to

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Asbestos in Ductwork

Asbestos is unfortunately very common in homes built before the 1970s. Common asbestos-containing materials are floor tiles, pipe insulation, wall materials, ceiling tiles, and thermal insulation. Many of these materials, if they are in good condition, can remain in place if not disturbed. A problematic place where asbestos can be found is on or inside

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Roses are Red, Mold is Green

With a pandemic unfolding, a near-blizzard happening outside in Chicago, and February 14th quickly approaching, it’s the perfect time to cuddle up indoors with your special someone. When I hear “Valentine’s Day”, I think of flowers and candies swapped with friends and loved ones, hand-written letters full of sweet nothings, and… mold! That’s right, it’s

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Pesticides and Air Quality

Pesticides can have a great effect on air quality without occupants even realizing it.  It starts out with finding unwanted guests in our home.  I use the term “guests” in jest because I am referring to pests and rodents.  With these unwanted creatures, one is led to wonder about what pesticides to use and how

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Legionella in Empty Office Buildings

working from home due to the global pandemic. This means that many large and small buildings have been mostly vacant for months. It may seem that a less occupied building does not need as much support from maintenance or building engineers because there are less people. The truth is that buildings still require regular maintenance. One particular environmental hazard to look out for in vacant buildings is Legionella bacteria.

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Air Sampling For Mold – A Cutting Edge Approach

For decades inspectors across the world have depended on using cassettes and laboratory analysis to perform indoor air quality sampling for mold. Our company collects over 2,000 of these spore trap samples every year! However, there are some drawbacks to sampling like this, such as deciding on how many samples to take and where to

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The Basics About Ghosting

Walking into your home after a long day to see black streaks across the walls can be a horrifying scene. You may wonder if it is mold but haven’t noticed any moisture issues. These streaks may be a sign of ghosting. The term ghosting in this context doesn’t refer to supernatural hauntings or cutting off

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Renovating Your Home and Indoor Air Quality

With everyone spending more time at home these days, it makes for a great opportunity to start crossing off “to-do” list items you haven’t gotten around to. Renovations, remodels, and household projects can help make a space feel more updated, personalized, and better suited for the occupants’ needs. When undertaking these home improvement projects, it’s

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Carpet and Indoor Air Quality

Carpets can be great for those who enjoy the look and feel of carpeting.  However, carpet can also be the source of a number of indoor air quality problems for those with hypersensitivities.  In this blog, I want to address some of the issues that can occur with this material and some of the ways

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Ventilation & Miasma Theory

Because of Covid-19, there has been a newfound interest in ventilation amongst the general public because we know proper ventilation can reduce disease transmission. In previous blog posts, we have also discussed the specifics on what the ventilation targets should be for a building… but how did this come to be? We have novel information

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Should I Have My Air Ducts Cleaned?

I frequently answer calls from clients asking for a professional opinion on air duct cleaning. “Does your company recommend air duct cleaning?”, “Is it a scam?”, “Will it cause more harm?”, and “Will it improve my indoor air quality?” are all common questions that I receive. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to any of

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Radon and Winter

With the colder weather slowly starting to seep its way into a Chicago winter, our thoughts start to turn towards… radon!  I know, not exactly in keeping with the holidays, but still it’s something that we need to consider.  While spending more and more time in our homes due to the pandemic, the importance of

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Are My Radon Levels Dangerously High?

During the pandemic, people have been spending more time in their homes. This has prompted many of us to have a newfound appreciation for our living spaces, but with this appreciation comes curiosity about indoor air quality concerns.  I’ve noticed that requests for radon testing in particular have increased in the past few months.  Some

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Found Lead Paint? Now What?

Receiving results that your property contains lead-based paint can be difficult news to hear. However, you’re likely not alone because lead-based paint is actually not uncommon in properties built before the late 1970s. Depending on the condition of the painted surface and renovation plans, managing lead in a property can range from easy and inexpensive

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