Can Indoor Air Quality Affect Productivity?

Does indoor air quality increase productivity in the workplace and reduce absenteeism in schools?  Employers and administrators are constantly looking to improve productivity and test scores. We often get calls from office managers about IAQ issues, but there is often pushback from upper management because there is uncertainty regarding the financial benefit of improved indoor

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Fireplaces and Indoor Air Quality

It’s wintertime!  I don’t know about you, but in my family, a big part of the season usually involves gathering around the old fireplace and enjoying a crackling fire.  That’s why today I want to talk about fireplaces and some of their potential hazards to indoor air quality. Wood or Gas Fireplaces? First off, we

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Where Can I Find Mold Growth?

Mold is an essential part of the natural world. It plays a crucial role in the decomposition process of organic materials. Mold spores can be found floating around in the air both outdoors and indoors. For most property owners, mold growth becomes a concern when it is visibly growing on a surface inside of their home. However, there seems to be a lot of confusion about where mold can grow. This blog post will talk about the different areas and materials where mold is commonly found indoors.

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Air Quality Impacted by Holiday Cooking

The holiday season is upon us, which means we spend more time indoors to stay out of the cold and to spend more time with family and loved ones. This also means more shared meals and enjoying Grandma’s cooking. The delicious odors that come from cooking are pleasant and enjoyed by all. However, this blog post will discuss the impacts that cooking has on indoor air quality and some recommendations to minimize its negative effects.

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Sick Building Syndrome – Questions To Answer!

On many projects that I have worked on throughout the years, I have been asked to evaluate a building for “Sick Building Syndrome”.  Now, what is this syndrome? Is the building somehow sick? Not exactly. According to the EPA, sick building syndrome (or SBS) describes “situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort

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Featured Asbestos – Other Amphiboles

I’m sure you are familiar with asbestos, but did you know that there are different types of asbestos?  In previous blogs, we discussed the basics of both chrysotile and crocidolite. Chrysotile is a serpentine based mineral which was the most common asbestos used. Crocidolite is a blue amphibole mineral more rarely used than chrysotile. These

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Can My Home Make Me Sick?

Are you feeling sick when you’re indoors? Do your symptoms vary depending on your location? Being in the indoor air quality industry we receive many calls from potential clients who fear that their indoor environment is making them ill. This blog post will discuss “sick building syndrome” and “building-related illness symptoms”.

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It came from the crawl space…

Recently I have been getting a number of assignments that involve issues with a crawl space.  These projects are interesting because they’re not always easy to figure out; add to that the fact that you just never know what you are going to find in this dark and creepy area!  Let’s take a look at

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What is the cost of air quality testing?

Cost is oftentimes a top concern for potential clients. We understand that while you may have a pressing indoor air quality problem that you would like to resolve, your budget may not allow you to consider indoor air quality testing. We like to work with our clients to provide a quote based on the type

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Asbestos Testing Methods Post 9/11

Last week, Americans across the country remembered the 18th anniversary of the attacks that occurred during 9/11. These attacks not only killed thousands of Americans in the initial strike but also created environmental conditions that continue to affect citizens exposed to the toxic dust of the World Trade Center collapse

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Why is my basement musty?

The team at Indoor Science performs hundreds of indoor air quality assessments per year, from commercial and residential to industrial. After doing a number of assessments, we begin to notice patterns and common questions. One common question being “why is my basement musty?”. This may seem like a simple question but there are many factors

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Fungi: Benefits & A Crucial Role

Previously, I posted a blog about the benefits of mold and fungi in the environment, in food production, and its potential as a future energy source. In this post, I would like to focus on mold in a more specific context: how mold impacts the brewing industry – my personal favorite.

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How Many Mold Samples Do I Need?

If you have done some basic research into mold testing, you have probably come across information on air sampling. For this blog, I will focus on the most common type of mold air samples, spore traps. Each specific mold problem is unique, so there is no one-size solution for the number of air samples. The

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Is Mold Testing a Scam?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could spot an obvious scam by seeing a company name like “Scams R Us”!  Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to spot these companies that can take advantage of you. To answer the question “Is mold testing a scam?”, I would answer  “yes” and “no”. It depends. Let’s look at

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Asbestos Floor Tile & Mastic

Buying or remodeling an older property can be exciting. However, one item that can be uncovered is vinyl floor tile installed before the late 1970s. Vinyl floor tiles made before this time period could potentially contain asbestos and derail a major housing project. In this blog, we will discuss vinyl floor tile and how to

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“Air samples only & skip the inspection?”

We often receive calls for general inquiries about mold inspections. We understand that a mold problem is not a common occurrence so we are ready and willing to answer multiple questions from potential clients. One question that comes up often is “can you take air samples for mold only and not perform a full mold inspection?”. This blog post will answer this question and also provide some information on our typical mold inspections.

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