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Baby, it’s cold outside!!

During this time of year, I love to hear the old song “Baby, it’s cold outside!” play on the radio.  It sums up winter time in the Chicago area.  And with this frigid weather, we retreat to the comfort and warmth of our homes.   But the warmth that we feel inside our homes can

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Featured Mold – Aspergillus and Penicillium

Aspergillus and Penicillium are two of the most common mold genera that we see in air samples.  When dealing with spore trap lab results, you will often see these types listed together in groups such as Aspergillus/Penicillium, Asp/Pen, or Pen/Asp. Visually, spores of these genera are so similar that analysts can not differentiate them, so

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Da Vinci & Mold

This blog discusses the relationship between Leonardo Da Vinci and … that’s right, mold. Da Vinci died hundreds of years ago, but his creations during his 67 years on earth leave a legacy that stands the test of time.  Nature, however, always finds a way to leave it’s mark.  This article highlights how Aspergillus halophilicum

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D’oh! The Simpsons have Air Quality Problems

With each passing year, the general public becomes more and more aware of indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. I thought it was because of my educational outreach efforts.  Come to find out… people are more aware because of The Simpsons! I found over 20 indoor air quality related quotes from Simpsons episodes using the new website Frinkiac.com.  You

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Interpretation of Mold Tests

In Chicago and beyond, there are some mold inspectors that don’t really do an inspection at all.  They do basic mold testing, such as collecting a few air samples, and neglect to do a visual inspection of the home or evaluate the moisture problems leading to the growth. To make matters worse, these inspectors typically

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