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Coronavirus Concerns: Is it Safe to Go Back?

There is much we don’t know about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19. With much uncertainty, comes much fear. Eventually, Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Executive Order will end and nervous employees will be heading back to their places of employment. The fear will be amplified in those buildings where there was a confirmed case of COVID-19. I

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How does a radon mitigation system work?

Let’s say you find out that you have elevated radon levels in your home.  What’s the next step? You will need to get a licensed mitigation specialist to install a system for your home.  That’s great, but how does a mitigation system work? How do you know if it is properly working? Let us examine

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How can I prevent IAQ problems before they happen?

Every week we perform indoor air quality assessments for all different types of properties – residential, commercial, governmental, and industrial. By the time we are on-site, the occupant typically has some concerns that they believe are related to indoor air quality. Sometimes the occupant has a general sense of what the issue could be and other times the cause is less apparent. This blog post will cover common IAQ problems that may be occurring in your property and how you can prevent them from happening in the first place.

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The Basics of Methamphetamine Testing

Methamphetamine use may be perceived as a rural issue for many Chicagoans. However,  Indoor Science has recently seen an uptick in calls about methamphetamine testing. In this blog, we will discuss the basics of Methamphetamine, the methodology for testing, and remediation solutions. Basics of Methamphetamine Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant also known as meth, ice,

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“When Can You Have the Results By?”

One of the first things clients ask when they book an appointment is, “when will I have the results?” Whether the project is a real estate transaction that is up against a looming inspection period deadline or a post-remediation project with eager homeowners who want to get back to their home, turnaround time is important

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Illinois Daycare Centers and Radon

Radon testing in a daycare center is important for knowing how safe the indoor environment is for the children.  When you drop off your kids, the natural assumption is that the facility is safe. We presume that the workers are properly trained. We assume that all measures are in place to ensure the protection of

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Three Reasons You Should Start with a Consultant

As consumers, one major factor to consider when deciding which product or service to use is convenience. Often times, bundled services seem appealing because they eliminate the hassle of finding multiple companies. In the environmental field, that means the hassle of hiring a consultant to identify a problem and a contractor to fix the problem. Can’t I just hire one company that does both? It may seem as if you are saving money by having one company perform multiple functions because they may offer a free estimate and free inspection. While bundling services may seem like a no-brainer, one major problem is a conflict of interest. This blog post will highlight several reasons why it is important to hire an independent consultant to perform testing and a separate contractor to do remediation.

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Wildfires & Air Quality

In recent weeks, headlines have been dominated with news of wildfires, specifically in Australia. Wildfires can create a range of air quality contaminants such as particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), carbon monoxide, etc. In this blog, we will discuss these air quality contaminants generated by wildfires and some of the

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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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