Can PM2.5 Impact Depression and Dementia

May is mental health awareness month. The link between mental health and indoor air quality is often overlooked. This week’s blog will discuss how elevated particulate matter might impact our mental state. What is PM2.5 According to the Environmental Protection Agency...

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Can Climate Change Contribute to IAQ Problems?

Climate change can be an unsettling topic to discuss for some. Many tend to think of the consequences of rising temperatures and the increasing severity of weather patterns. One topic that is not usually discussed is how climate change will impact Indoor Air Quality,...

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Black Lung Disease Linked to Silica Exposure?

A recent study published by the American Thoracic Society (ATC) revealed that the driving force for black lung disease is respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust exposure. Until recently there was limited direct evidence of linking RCS to black lung disease, fibrosis...

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The Issues of Testing for Secondhand Smoke.

Having a neighbor who smokes can be irritating when you live in a multi-unit building. This secondhand smoke can cause short term effects such as triggering asthma, eye and respiratory irritation, and hoarseness. Long term exposure has been documented to cause the...

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Testing Heavy Metals in Drinking Water

In major cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Milwaukee and others, lead contamination in drinking water has been a lingering issue. In Chicago specifically, the city formed a tentative plan to remove all lead water lines. However, as of...

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Should I Conduct ERMI Sampling?

There is a growing concern of mold affecting indoor air quality in properties. Many clients ask about the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index (ERMI) testing for their properties. Often, clients learn about ERMI through blogs or medical professionals which market it...

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Where does radon come from?

We often get the question ‘where does radon come from?’ after our testing uncovers elevated readings on a property. This is a very good question. After all, by knowing where it comes from, we have a better understanding of how to get rid of it. The EPA provides...

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The Hidden Dangers of Gas Ovens and Cook Tops

There has been lots of recent news about how natural gas ovens are impacting the climate. Studies have shown natural gas ovens can passively leak methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. While this may be alarming that a common household appliance can...

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