Indoor Environmental Quality Testing, Post-Fire Testing, Mold Testing and Energy Optimization in Scranton

Indoor Science is your #1 resource for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) evaluations, Post-Fire Testing, energy optimization consulting, water quality testing and mold testing in Scranton and its surrounding areas. Get in touch today to find out how we can help.

How Mold Testing in Scranton Works

While many companies only spend 10-15 minutes at your home or facility, take limited samples (if any), and are often incentivised to upsell you on remediation you may not need, Indoor Science’s approach is different. We take time to:

  • Provide comprehensive services (when required) such as moisture mapping, cause and origin reports and protocol development
  • Inspect the impacted area and adjacent spaces to detect where and why mold is growing
  • Use state-of-the-art instruments combined with hundreds of hours of on the job and classroom training to find underlying moisture 
  • Look inside walls, under carpeting, inside ductwork and in the HVAC system
  • Conduct air quality and surface testing to see if mold is present
  • Use laboratory analysis to determine the mold type and threats accompanied with it
  • Issue a final report summarizing our methodology, findings and recommended next steps
  • We even have the ability to provide a turnkey service where we manage the remediation and subsequent clearance test to confirm the job was completed correctly

Our work tends to get highly technical and as a result, our mold experts take pride in simplifying our findings and recommendations for how to move forward. Our goal to provide peace of mind for what is needed to cost effectively ensure health and wellbeing.

When to Get a Mold Test

Visible mold growth is discovered

A musty odor is present
Building materials have been wet for several days

Water stains are found

An occupant has been diagnosed with mold allergies and
they experience symptoms within the space

Someone with a history of mold or moisture problems will occupy the space

There is a real estate transaction involving someone sensitive to mold
Condensation is regularly found on cold surfaces

A home inspector has flagged moisture and mold problems

The air inside a building is consistently damp or humid

A basement or below-grade floor has flooded or experienced seepage

Recent mold remediation was completed successfully

You are expecting a baby and want to ensure you are
returning to a healthy environment

You are elderly or a caregiver and want to ensure peace of mind

How Fire Testing in Scranton Works and When You Need It
When fires happen, the devastation caused by the fire itself and the extinguishing process are substantial. Even worse, there are few guidelines or regulations exist around proper fire restoration. In many instances, smoke odors linger or return in the months or even years following the restoration. This often results in a finger pointing game between owner, restoration company and insurance company.

Indoor Science has extensive experience testing for fire related damage – before or after remediation. We have worked for property owners / managers, restoration companies and insurance carriers. We have supported fire testing and remediation needs from single family homes all the way to large commercial fire losses. Regardless of your situation, we provide he
same tailored experience.

We take surface and air samples for fire indicators which are processed in an AIHA certified lab
to prove scientifically if there is or isn’t fire and smoke related damage that needs eliminated.
Our surface testing looks at:

  1. HVAC systems
  2. Hard goods
  3. Soft goods (contents)
  4. Textiles (contents)
  5. Building materials (wall cavities)
  6. Building materials (other materials)

Our air quality testing looks at Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) associated with combustion
byproducts and identifies 1. Presence of specific compounds 2. Concentrations of these
compounds

Using the lab information provided by the surface and air testing, we are able to properly
identify if there is further remediation required or if the remediation has been successfully
completed. If remediation is required, our team will prepare a detailed protocol by area and by
surface which provides the detail for 1. What can be cleaned 2. What should be discarded 3.
How something should be cleaned, treated, encapsulated or removed

Our field work and protocols are always overseen and reviewed by a Certified Industrial
Hygienist (CIH). If needed, Indoor Science can provide owners rep support for a turnkey fire
testing and remediation solution or can provide recommendations for a reputable fire
remediation and restoration contractor to provide support in your area.

How Indoor Air Quality Testing and Water Quality Testing in Scranton Works

Few companies are equipped to test indoor air quality and water quality with the breadth of Indoor Science. We are unique because we have:

  • Over 25 years’ experience working with 15K+ clients from residential and multifamily to government and corporate organizations.
  • Been retained by NASA, the US military, property management groups, manufacturing, hospitals and schools
  • Scientific expertise, a scientific advisory board and proprietary methodologies to understand latent and apparent factors to inform the presence of different risk factors when evaluating an indoor environment
  • A nationwide network of laboratories for expedited sample processing leaving clients with peace of mind knowing exactly what hazards are present and how to reduce or eliminate the risk
  • A breadth of indoor air quality testing services – VOCs, Particulate Matter, Allergens, Fire, Smoke, Heavy Metals, Formaldehyde, and others
  • A breadth of water quality testing services – Legionella, Bacteroides, Heavy Metals (lead, chromium, copper, arsenic, manganese, etc.), Residual Chlorine, Fecal Coliforms and others
  • Capability to serve industrial clients with exposure monitoring for regulatory and compliance requirements

Our Certified Industrial Hygienists (CIHs), Professional Engineers (PEs), Certified Safety Professionals (CSPs) and other credentialed subject matter experts take pride in simplifying complexity and ensuring clients understand what risks are present, how we test for them and what recommendations are needed to move forward.

When to Get an Indoor Air Quality or Water Quality Test

Recent construction or renovation

Brown water

Building or home seems stuffy

Strange smells or lingering odors

Employees conducting hazardous activities
Returning to an under-occupied building

Allergies are particularly bothersome

Recent event (fire, flood, sewage backup, etc.)

Sickness outbreak (Colds, Flu, Covid, etc.)

Why Indoor Science is the Most Trusted Indoor Air Quality, Post-fire testing, water quality testing and Mold Expert in Scranton

Indoor Science has been the leading indoor air quality experts in Birmingham for over 25 years. We use our scientific expertise to uniquely scope each project. We provide a layered approach to analysis starting with visual observation, then equipment analysis then laboratory testing as a way to ensure customers only pay for what they need. When we do find a need for corrective actions, typically in the form of remediation services, we have a nationwide network of restoration partners that can provide competitive bids for remediation. In many instances clients prefer a turnkey service which culminates with a post remediation verification which proves, to a scientific degree, that the risk factors have been eliminated and rebuild is ready to take place. Each and every one of our services is supervised by a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) that reviews all technical work to ensure the highest degree of accuracy. We are straight shooters that provide accurate information with your best interests in mind.

How Energy Optimization Engineering works in Scranton

Our team begins with prework which may include reviewing building floorplans and mechanical drawings, occupancy / utilization rates and 24 months of energy and water bills. We then plan a site visit at which time our team of engineers will give a thorough property evaluation including a review of: Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing systems, BAS/BMS/Controls, the building envelope and lighting system for optimization opportunities. We will next spend time researching rebates, incentive programs and greenhouse gas emissions credits available to help offset the cost of implementation. We will complete our assessment phase with a report summarizing proposed solutions, estimated implementation costs, timings and savings payback period. When we proceed to the implementation phase we act as an owner’s rep ensuring the right improvements are brought in for the best price. Our goal is to meet your investment desires and deliver on the savings goals we identified during our assessment. After implementation we can stay on to help verify and quantify savings as well as ensure improvements are delivering the desired benefits to the property.

Why Indoor Science is the Most Trusted Energy Optimization Consultant in Scranton

When it comes to energy optimization conversations often start around cost improvement, sustainability targets or improving property value. Clients such as building owners, building managers, REITs, and corporations are typically contacted by large ESCO’s. However, these providers often have a number of shortcomings that clients should be aware of… 

  1. They provide a standardized solution with known product / equipment vendors (often their own company) causing equipment to be replaced when it could be retrofitted or repaired with warranty to drive a higher ROI
  2. They provide a solution that drives savings at the expense of indoor environmental quality. For example, they might focus on recirculating air and using lower MERV rated filters which improves energy efficiency (thus cost savings) but increases the risk of airborne virus transmission
  3. Their pricing is not transparent – they force long term contracts (15+ year) where the implementation costs aren’t paid for by the building but, the ROI is less than half the contract term resulting in a substantial loss of value by the owner

With Indoor Science, we work with building owners and managers to provide comprehensive energy savings assessments, work on your behalf to find rebates and incentive programs then act as an owner’s rep to manage the install at the best value. We right size projects and provide transparent pricing for all of our services.