Category: Indoor Air Quality

Indoor Noise – the Next Mold?

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Indoor Noise – the Next Mold? I thought I would give you all a break from my analysis of movies from the 70’s and 80’s and introduce what may seem to be an unusual series of topics. I’m talking about workplace environmental stressors – or in plain English, stuff that annoys us while we’re inside. The first topic is indoor noise. Usually we may focus on construction related noise or other…

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Preventing Mold & Moisture Problems From Recurring, Costing You Money, & Wasting Your Time

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Prevent Recurring Problems – don’t waste time and money dealing with the same problem over and over again. Recur is defined as “to occur again, periodically, or repeatedly.” In our mold and moisture work, we see many instances where mold and moisture problems recur. Why is that? As it turns out, there are many reasons. A lot of these reasons have to do with complicated physics – the Second Law…

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Stucco Repairs For New Buildings–Why?

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Why does stucco leak water into buildings? We get many calls about stucco and water intrusion. I have one friend (he develops buildings) who hates stucco.  Why  Stucco has been around for a long time. Think of the beautiful stucco structures that are over 100 years old. The stucco was used initially on full masonry walls. It helps shed water and in some cases provided a sacrificial protective service.  Really…

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Blog Roundup: Shady Mold Inspectors, Building Commissioning, and Helping Others

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Periodically we bring you a roundup of posts from our blog that we think you’ll find interesting, informative, and entertaining–even if they’re written by an engineer. Post Sandy Mold Inspectors and Remediators – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? (Free Download) “ABC News issued a Consumer report about mold inspectors who are ripping off building owners along the east coast. During the interviews, Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Ph.D. gave great tips on what to…

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Post Sandy Mold Inspectors and Remediators – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels? (Free Download)

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ABC News issued a Consumer report about mold inspectors who are ripping off building owners along the east coast. During the interviews, Dr. Richard Shaughnessy, Ph.D. gave great tips on what to do to protect yourself (and your building). Dr. Shaughnessy is who I looked  to in 2001 when I decided to enter the mold inspection/consulting field. Poor performance may not come to light until your building has been ruined. Here…

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Asbestos Awareness Week 2013–Free Download

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United States Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin is urging Americans to learn about the dangers of asbestos exposure during Asbestos Awareness Week 2013 (April 1-7). For us, every week is asbestos awareness week. Linda Reinstein, president of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), says  the United States continues to endanger public health by importing asbestos, a known carcinogen. Reinstein says, “I am especially concerned about workers exposed to asbestos during…

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Mold Problems after Sandy (Audio)

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A look at mold problems after Hurricane Sandy from WNYC: Michael Reilly, Director of the Division of Planning and Response at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Assistant Professor of Clinical Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public, talks about the threat of mold in buildings after Hurricane Sandy, and what it could mean for public health during the ongoing recovery. Listen below: Do you have questions about…

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10 Tips and 3 Tricks to Kill Mold

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Imagine you’re sitting in your office when you notice a drip-drip-drip. You get the trash can out and put it under the leak-problem solved! Or is it? Does that water touch anything that supports mold growth, like the gypsum board ceiling or your ceiling tile? Do you notice odors after it rains? Do you notice dark fuzzy stuff around the leak or on your air conditioning vents? Mold might not…

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Mold, Asbestos Disclosure not Required in La. Home Sales

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Buyer beware: The Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors Standards and Practice doesn’t require home inspectors to disclose hazardous materials in homes–including asbestos, mold, and even harmful toxic drywall. Check out the story below (link): Law shows home inspectors not required to tell buyers about mold, asbestos on.wdsu.com/WICKV9 — wdsu (@wdsu) February 18, 2013 The reason the for this? Home inspectors are not accredited inspectors for asbestos, mold, and toxic…

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Is the Quest for Energy Savings Killing your Indoor Air Quality?

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The importance of building green or implementing green initiatives in existing buildings is on everyone’s mind. The top three outcomes building owners want to achieve by going green are: 1) Lowering operating costs (energy savings). 2) Having a healthier indoor environment (indoor air quality). 3) Helping the environment. I’ve written about energy savings, but how does indoor air quality (IAQ) tie into the equation? Energy savings and its effect on…

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