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When should indoor air quality testing be done?

The average person may not know what indoor air quality (IAQ) entails or what it is. We get calls from potential clients who are unsure of what questions to ask regarding their IAQ concerns. Some people may even be hesitant to call because they feel as if their concerns are not related to IAQ. This blog post will provide some guidance on when indoor air quality testing may be needed most.

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Why Fogging For Mold is a Bad Idea

Fogging refers to the method of using an antimicrobial pesticide in an aerosolized form in order to kill mold present in a property. While mold remediation isn’t as regulated as other forms of environmental cleanup such as asbestos or lead abatement, there are organizations who set industry standards and guidelines.

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Legionella: Water Management Systems

In a previous blog post, Indoor Science covered The Basics of Legionella. Legionella is a bacterium that can be found naturally in various freshwater environments. This bacteria becomes a health hazard to people when it is inhaled. In this blog post, I will discuss where Legionella can be found in building water management systems, and how it is tested.

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OSHA Complaints about Air Quality

OSHA Complaints about Air Quality

One of the most dreaded things a facility manager or business owner can receive is a notice from OSHA about a workplace complaint. OSHA complaints can come in many forms, what we will be talking about today are specific complaints related to air quality and worker...

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Can a home’s HVAC hurt indoor air quality?

In a prior blog post, I discussed how a home’s heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can aid in controlling a host of indoor air quality issues.  Now let’s take a look at how the HVAC can hurt indoor air quality (and hopefully see how to avoid...

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When was lead used in homes?

As a prospective home buyer or a homeowner contemplating renovation activities, not only should asbestos-containing materials be a concern but also lead-based paint. In this blog, we will discuss when lead paint was used in homes.

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Am I Allergic to My House?

April showers bring May flowers and with them comes seasonal allergies. Those affected by allergies know that when the weather warms up and there is more rainfall, the outdoor environment changes. Plants begin to grow and generate pollen which is bad news for someone with pollen allergies. Allergy sufferers understand that the outdoor environment may cause symptoms to flare up, but what if you suffer from allergic symptoms inside of your house? This begs the question, am I allergic to my house? This blog post will discuss allergen sources inside of a home.

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Why Does Mold Form?

Inevitably, you have seen mold grow at some point in your life. Whether on a loaf of bread that you let sit around too long, on the fruit you let spoil in the fridge, or in the basement of your Grandma’s house that always flooded, mold grows routinely around us in our...

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When was asbestos used in homes?

During the purchase or renovation of a property built before the 1980s, many homeowners will question if asbestos-containing materials are present. When inspecting a property, many people ask what were the peak years for asbestos to be used in homes

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VOCs in New Construction – Buying New

New construction homes and commercial buildings are often viewed as a safer bet to avoid the headaches of older properties. The rationale is that newer properties have fewer problems. While this may be true for some aspects, it is worth considering the negative effects of VOCs in new construction.

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