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Indoor Air Quality

Odor Control

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Mold has many smells.

 

Step One: Find the Source!

Air freshers, disinfectant sprays, candles etc. only cover up the source of a mold issue. You may think your house is clean after smelling the Sea Breeze candle, but the cause of that mystery odor must be found and eliminated or the environment is unhealthy.

Mold is very good at hiding.

Mold can grow inside walls, under carpets, inside heating and ventilation ducts, and more.

Step Two: Remove the Source!

You just found mold under your carpet? Rip it out! Some areas contaminated with a mold colony can be cleaned to remove the mold, but some materials must be thrown away. These include porous materials such as:

  • Carpeting
  • Cardboard
  • Mattresses
  • Box Springs
  • Padding
  • Stuffed animals
  • Upholstered furnishings

Other materials:

  • Paper products such as books and albums
  • Food

Step Three: Clean the Air!

Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. A visible mold colony can be removed but the spores are still in the air. The spores can survive in harsher, drier conditions than a colony, and if moisture returns, the spores can regenerate a colony. A mold contamination is not remedied until the spores have been eliminated.

If you can’t find it, remove it, contact us for an investigation or mold removal:

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Trapped With Contaminants

By | HVAC, Indoor Air Quality, Indoor Environmental Quality, Radon | No Comments

Save on the Energy Bill or Save on Your Health Bill?

New homes, schools, office buildings, and more are being built as airtight as possible in an effort to save on energy, and to be able to better control the indoor environment.

But if the indoor environment isn’t properly controlled, contaminants such as formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide (CO), and radon can build up and circulate throughout the house.

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Aspergillosis in Dogs

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You may have just seen the Aspergillus info card we posted last Wednesday. So, you may know that Aspergillus is a common mold in the environment. While we know mold affects humans, you may not have known that it affects your dogs as well.

Aspergillosis is an opportunistic fungal infection.

The two types of Aspergillus infections are nasal and disseminated. The nasal version is most common in dogs with a more elongated snout such as a German Shepherd.

The nasal version occurs when a dog sniffs an area where the spores of Aspergillus is present.

Symptoms of the nasal version include:

  • Sneezing
  • Bleeding from the nose
  • Ulcers at the tip of the nose
  • Pawing at or rubbing the nose
  • Swollen nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Long-term nasal discharge from the nose
    • Can contain mucus, blood or pus

Fungal infections commonly go to the lungs.

Disseminated aspergillosis is when the infection spreads from the nasal cavity into the rest of the body.

These symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Spinal pain and lameness
    • This can cause inflammation of the dog’s bones and bone marrow.

Dogs with immunodeficiency are at higher risk.

An Invisible Cause of Lung Cancer

By | Baxter Group, Inc., Indoor Air Quality, Radon | No Comments

A cancer-causing radioactive gas that comes from the soil and can seep into any type of building- house, office, school, hospital, etc.…It can get in through cracks in solid floors and walls, construction joints, gaps in suspended floors and around service pipes, cavities inside walls and even in the water supply.

It is found all over the United States, but areas are broken into three zones measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L).

  • Zone 1 Highest Potential (greater than 4 pCi/L)
  • Zone 2 Moderate Potential (from 2 to 4 pCi/L)
  • Zone 3 Low Potential (less than 2 pCi/L)

No level of radon is safe, but anything above 4 pCi/L needs to be mitigated. Franklin County, PA and the immediate surrounding counties are all in Zone 1 meaning those counties have the highest radon exposure risk.

 

However, if your next-door neighbor’s house tests at 27 pCi/L, your home could test at 36 pCi/L or it could test 2 pCi/L. Many factors play a part in radon levels. The building structure, the wind, how much uranium is in the soil, rocks or water etc…

 

Just because the surrounding area tests high doesn’t mean your house will test high.

 

But the only way to know is to test.

The P2000 Air Purifier – Scientifically Proven to Maintain Healthy Air

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Have you already had mold remediation and looking for preventative maintenance?

Or would you like to just clean up your indoor air?

 

The P2000 air purifiers by Airfree was tested by EMSL Analytical (one of the leading testing laboratories in the U.S.) for its effectiveness at killing bacteria and mold in an office room.

 

The Study

Samples were collected twice a week at the same time for the first two weeks to determine baseline fungi and bacteria counts. After two weeks, the Airfree P2000 air purifier was turned on and ran continually for four weeks. During this time, samples were similarly collected. Once the last sample was collected, the air purifier was turned off and air samples were continued to be collected for two more weeks.

 

The Results

After this eight-week scientific analysis, their conclusion was that the P2000 air purifier reduced bacteria by 85% and fungi by 69.64% for the four weeks it was turned on.

With exclusive Thermodynamic TSS Technology, Airfree applies the same concept as boiling water by using heat to destroy microorganisms and attains 100% efficiency at the Airfree air outlet, destroying mold, dust mites, bacteria, viruses, pollens, pet dander, tobacco, other organic allergens, and reduces indoor harmful ozone levels. The device is completely silent and does not require any filters or maintenance.

Product Information:

  • Recommended room size: 550 ft²
  • Filterless technology: No extra costs with replacement filters
  • Adjustable night light
  • Low energy consumption: 48 W
  • Independently tested in ISO laboratories around the world
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Small and portable with awarded design
  • Dimensions: height: 10.4 in | diameter: 8.4 in

The P2000 Air Purifier

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Legal Implications of a Sick Building

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Fines and Lawsuits.

In 1988, the Wall Street Journal reported that “sick buildings leave builders and others facing a wave of lawsuits. More office workers are filing lawsuits, claiming they were made ill by indoor air pollution from such things as insect sprays, cigarette smoke, industrial cleaners, and fumes from new carpeting, furniture, draperies and copiers.”

Litigation is a serious risk for building owners and managers. Some causes of action can be negligence, constructive eviction, workers’ compensation, and more.

The 1979 trial of Prudential Property Insurance Company vs William H. Cole determined that the building owner was responsible for and liable for negative health effects experienced by a tenant.

In 2003, Ed McMahon received over $7 million from a lawsuit alleging that toxic mold throughout his house killed his dog, and caused him and his wife to become ill.

Another case awarded a family $32 million against their insurance carrier for mold issues in their residence.

Attorneys urge professionals to reduce their indoor air quality (IAQ) liabilities by advising contractors to incorporate beneficial IAQ designs into new building construction so that IAQ isn’t an afterthought. Something as simple as proper placement of ventilation could ward off any IAQ problems.

For the building owners, a routine preventative maintenance plan can save money over time, keep building occupants healthy, and avoid issues with lawsuits and OSHA complaints.

For more information on preventative maintenance plans, please contact the Indoor Environmental Quality Division of Baxter Group, Inc.