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Can you inspect for mold behind a wall?

Superman has x-ray vision, mold inspectors do not. So unless your inspector gains superpowers, how can they inspect obscured areas like inside of wall cavities for mold growth? We have a number of different options on how we can check the inside of wall cavities during mold inspections, ranging from totally noninvasive measures up to destructive methods.

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Ventilation Helps Reduce Flu Transmission

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 a New Home?

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...

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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...

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Essential Oils are NOT Essential

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...

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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...

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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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Fire Testing After a Structural 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...

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How Can I Test my Home for Allergens?

The number of allergens inside a home can be a major concern for those who suffer from allergies.  If you have allergies, you want to be comfortable while indoors and not be bothered by a runny nose, watery eyes, or sneezing fits.

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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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