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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Fundamentals of Asbestos Air Clearance Testing

  Let’s say you found an asbestos-containing material and you had it professionally abated.  Now you’re left wondering if the contractors really removed the microscopic asbestos fibers or if these carcinogens are still floating in the air.  Asbestos air clearance testing refers to the process in which the work area is visually evaluated to ensure that

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Air Quality Concerns for Pregnant Women

I can remember like it was yesterday when we took our firstborn home from the hospital.  My wife and I spent countless hours getting our daughter’s bedroom ready with new paint, furniture, and decorations.  In looking back at those preparations, I think that there was something else that I should have done; I should have made a greater effort in improving the air quality of our home prior to our trip to the hospital.  

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PCM vs. TEM Asbestos Air Testing

For asbestos air testing, there are two primary sampling methods: PCM (Phase Contrast Microscopy) and TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy). Both methodologies analyze for fiber concentration through pumping the ambient air into filtered air cassettes. The process usually involves running a number of high volume air pumps depending on the size of the property to achieve a volume of 1,200 liters of air. In this blog post, I will discuss the benefits and drawbacks to each method of testing.

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What do mold inspections cost?

This might be the most common question we receive. Unfortunately, there are no “one size fits all” type answers to this question. Think to yourself “How much does it cost to go to the dentist”? Well if you are just going in for a routine cleaning your cost could be less than $100, but if you need major work done it could be $1000’s. Much like seeing the dentist, each mold situation is so unique pricing can vary. Our mold assessments can cost up to $1000 (and occasionally higher for special projects), but the average cost for a typical residential project is about $600.

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