Ventilation Helps Reduce Flu Transmission

The days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping.  As an added bonus, we have flu season to contend with. Every year we are encouraged by medical professionals to get a flu shot and take basic precautions like basic hand hygiene and avoiding close contact with sick individuals.  Let’s add another weapon in your arsenal to protect yourself against the flu by improving the ventilation of your home.

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Can Asbestos Be In New Homes?

Most people assume a property built after the late 1970s won’t have any asbestos present. While this is the most likely scenario, it is still possible to have asbestos in a home built after that time period. Many will be stunned by this revelation because they assume that asbestos was fully “banned” in the United

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Radon – What are acceptable levels?

For many real estate professionals and the public at large, the answer to what constitutes an acceptable level of radon seems easy.  Anything at 4.0 pCi/L or above warrants mitigation.  Any number under 4.0 is considered safe. Or is it? EPA’s Action Level for Radon One of the first things that we need to straighten

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Essential Oils are NOT Essential

Essential oils are used in many fragrances, cleaners, cosmetics, and aromatherapy. They are often sold as a natural alternative to industrial chemicals. Although they are “natural”, are they safe? How do they impact indoor air quality? A recent study published in the Journal of Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health found significant volatile organic compounds (VOCs)

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IAQ Testing – What Does It Mean?

IAQ Testing We often get calls from clients asking for indoor air quality (IAQ) testing, and when asking if they have specific concerns they will often reply with “I want to test for everything”. The problem is, air quality is a huge field! Similar to the phrase “medical testing”, it would be impossible for your

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The Importance of Having a Written Mold Remediation Plan

When you discover a large mold problem, your top priority is getting it remediated ASAP. In that haste, you may neglect to write out mold remediation plan.  This blog post is intended to shed some light on the importance of having a written mold remediation plan when fixing a mold issue. This article will show how a remediation plan is both beneficial to the owner and the remediation contractor.

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Asbestos Testing During Mold Remediation

After mold has been discovered, the primary concern of the property owner is to have remediation. One potential hazard that is often overlooked is the presence of asbestos in the materials that are being remediated. While the EPA has created the RRP Rule (Renovation, Repair, and Painting) to educate contractors about accidentally disturbing lead paint, there is no such rule in regards to asbestos.

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How often should I test for radon?

In conversations that I have with clients, I find that there is some surprise when I advise them that they should consider testing again in the future, regardless of whether the property fails the radon guideline or not.    Why do we need to retest our property again for radon if the property was below

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Testing Buildings after a Fire

If there is a fire in a kitchen, to what degree will the adjacent room be impacted by fire-related particles? What about a room on an entirely different floor? Testing for contaminants after a structural fire can be a key step in determining the scope of cleanup and restoration. Due to the length of time

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What Does Asbestos Testing Cost?

Many of our clients are daunted by the potential presence of asbestos in their home. What makes the process more stressful is the fear of the cost to test and abate asbestos. In this blog post, we will give you a summary of our pricing for asbestos testing services.

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Air Quality Affecting Pets – Canary in a Coal Mine

We occasionally receive a phone from clients with concerns about indoor air quality affecting pets, especially cats and dogs.  I have heard reports that some pets have developed blindness, neurological diseases, lethargy, etc… One client recently found out that his small dog died of lung cancer, and neither the dog nor the owner were smokers!  These animals could have developed these diseases naturally, or there could have been a contributing indoor environmental cause.

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Can a Home be Mold Free?

As trained professionals in the mold industry, we often get clients who want to know if they can live in a mold free home.  The answer to that question is “It depends on your definition of mold-free.” A home can have no significant mold growth but it will always have a background amount of mold spores.

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Lead Paint Testing 101

Are you concerned about lead paint in your home? Perhaps you are in the process of purchasing an older home or are contemplating a renovation.  It is imperative to assess if a home has lead paint prior to disturbing it during renovation projects or if the paint is peeling and in poor condition. There are two types of lead paint methods that may be used to uncover lead paint problems: X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Paint Chip Testing. In this blog post, we will discuss both methods and their advantages and disadvantages.

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Exposure at Work vs Home

Our company tackles air quality projects in a wide range of properties. Think of a random type of building and we have probably conducted an air quality survey or industrial hygiene monitoring in a building like it. We work in small studio apartments all the way up to an airport. As you can imagine, the

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Sewage Testing After Clean Up

A unique service that we offer is sewage testing after clean-up.  This type of testing can be helpful when there was a sewage backup and it is unclear if the clean-up was successful.  In this blog post, I will provide some background information on sewage testing.

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