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  • 25+ years of scientific expertise, a nationwide presence, and a customer centric mindset to assess your IEQ concerns
  • Before you trust a service provider, our independent assessments ensure you invest in the right corrective actions
  • When we leave your property, you will have peace of mind for the wellbeing of your family and loved ones
  • Following an IEQ assessment, our consultative support and robust recommendations of corrective actions ensures handoff for solution implementation that optimizes value, safety and efficacy

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Case Studies From Our Clients

Asbestos / Multifamily Building

Problem

During renovation activities in a multifamily building, a tenant became concerned with indoor quality after materials infiltrated her unit from a work area below. The HVAC supply ductwork below the unit had been removed during the renovation, causing air from the work area to pass into the unit’s hallway. 

Actions

Indoor Science evaluated the indoor air quality and sampled for asbestos and lead. The test results of bulk, air, and dust samples showed elevated levels of an extremely rare asbestos type: Anthophyllite. Lead paint was also detected in the dust. Follow-up testing showed the presence of Anthophyllite in other units. 

Conclusion

The reporting from Indoor Science was forwarded to local health agencies which launched an investigation into the building’s work practices.

Water Damage / Multifamily

Problem

A water supply line for a swimming pool disconnected, leading to water flowing down several floors into residential condos below. 

Actions

Indoor Science was hired to assess mold risks after materials had been wet for over 48 hours. We found over 50 damp areas missed by the drying contractor and recommended specific porous materials to be removed. Surface samples were collected according to a sampling plan, and some areas of mold growth were identified. 

Conclusion

After all the areas were cleaned, Indoor Science performed a post-remediation evaluation and determined the affected areas were safe for re-occupancy.

Mold in Home

Problem

The owner of a large home complained about a musty odor although there were no obvious signs of mold and the air ducts were recently cleaned. 

Actions

Indoor Science thoroughly inspected the property and found a whole-house humidifier that was on a relatively high setting. A detailed inspection identified that the multiple chimney chases were uninsulated. The elevated moisture from the humidifier was condensing on cold, uninsulated surfaces and leading to mold growth in the walls. 

Conclusion

After spending thousands of dollars with other “experts” to identify the cause, Indoor Science was able to pinpoint the cause with their expensive knowledge of building science.

Dust mites in Home

Problem

A world-famous athlete was experiencing breathing difficulty at home and was concerned that these symptoms would affect his professional performance.  

Actions

Indoor Science conducted a comprehensive indoor air quality assessment of his home to identify any possible causes. One particular test conducted by Indoor Science evaluated the air for common allergens.  

Conclusions

When the lab results came back, we were all surprised to find extremely high levels of dust mite allergen in his bedroom. Indoor Science coached the client on how to reduce dust mites with humidity control, cleaning strategies, and encasements for the mattress and pillows.

Over-humidification in the winter

Problem: A new, multi-million dollar home installed custom woodwork that required precise humidity controls. A humidification system was installed to maintain a target relative humidity of 50% in the home. Despite the highest quality finishes, the builder cut corners and used insufficient insulation for the walls.  The combination of increased indoor humidity and decreased wall temperatures lead to condensation in the walls during freezing weather.  The condensation and subsequent mold growth happened within the walls, so the damage was happening unnoticed. 

Actions: Indoor Science was hired to investigate a musty odor in the home. Rather than just taking samples like other consultants, we used our knowledge of building science to not only identify the mold problem, but to understand the underlying causes.

Conclusion: Our findings were used by the owner to have the builder rectify the issues—at the builder’s expense.

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