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Basics of Vapor Intrusion

Many assume that indoor air quality problems originate from within a property, such as mold growth from a burst pipe or asbestos-containing materials getting disturbed. However, some problems can originate from outside a property. One such problem that arises from the exterior is vapor intrusion. In this blog post, I will cover what is vapor intrusion and some of the common sources.

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Mold – What is it good for?

Typically our blog posts focus on the dark side of mold. How mold is hazardous, problematic, and a general headache when it is found inside a home or building. While all of those posts are very informative, it is also worth mentioning the beneficial qualities of mold. This post will shed some light on mold’s critical role in the environment and its impact on the food industry.

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Cigarette Smoke Testing

How Can You Test For Cigarette Smoke? Cigarette smoke can be one of the most frustrating odor issues in a multi-family building. Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) secondhand smoke (smoke exhaled into the surrounding air from a smoker, or the smoke from the end of a...

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National Radon Action Month

Happy National Radon Action Month!!  Granted, this is not meet with the level of excitement that one might reserve for Christmas or New Years, but it does serve an important function: radon awareness!  Why do we feel its important to do radon testing and spread the...

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Should I be concerned about Fiberglass?

Unlike asbestos, which is a naturally occurring group of fibrous silicate minerals, fiberglass is a man-made material. While fiberglass wouldn’t be used commercially until the 20th century, there were artists who used glass

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Can Pesticides Linger After Application?

Pesticides are chemicals that are used to kill different types of organisms including fungi, bacteria, and insects.  These chemicals are typically sprayed onto fields or in homes where pests may be lurking. When using pesticides, we often only think about it’s intended effect which is to eliminate the pest.  However, we rarely consider the effects on air quality after pesticides are sprayed. In this blog post, I will provide some information on pesticides and testing for these chemicals.

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When is Formaldehyde Testing Recommended?

Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC) and a human carcinogen utilized in a variety of industrial, commercial, and scientific applications. It is also a common component of new building materials.  In this blog article,

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What can mold look like inside a house?

What can mold look like inside a house?

When people think of mold inside their house, they typically think of a big black splotch on the wall or ceiling.  More times than not, this would be correct. But mold has tens of thousands of species and can have a wide variety of colors and show up in different...

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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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