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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IAQ Concerns for Hospitals

Hospitals are places where people go to get healed. Unfortunately, ~ 1 in 31 hospital patients gets a healthcare-acquired infection. Just as a doctor starts with an overall check-up of the patient, an indoor air quality (IAQ) assessment provides a baseline to evaluate...

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IAQ Research of the Month – January 2022

Summaries of the latest indoor air quality (IAQ) and COVID research Research Summaries Mother’s occupational exposure to indoor cleaning agents starting before or around conception and pregnancy was associated with more childhood asthma and wheeze in...

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