iaq: Residential Indoor Air Quality Assessments - 07/21/16 07:25 AM
What will be discussed in this white paper presentation is simply our approach to the assessment of a single family residential home in Florida. We will describe the how and the why of our residential IAQ assessments, the basis for our opinions and the equipment used during our assessments.
 
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iaq: Indoor Air Quality Assessment - 07/19/16 07:19 AM
Remember "It's Not Always Mold"
An Indoor Air Quality or Indoor Environmental assessment is much more than an inspection for mold and a lot more than the simple collection of a few air samples for mold spores.

An Indoor Air Quality assessment must be conducted using a comprehensive whole-house or whole office approach to identify and correct contributors that may be compromising the indoor air quality within homes and offices.

To help identify these contributors that may be compromising your Indoor Air Quality, IAQ Solutions measures the actual performance of your HVAC System both Active (HVAC Running) and Inactive (HVAC Off).
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iaq: The Art of Over Selling and Under Delivering - 07/19/16 04:10 AM
Air Sampling for Mold Spores is NOT a Mold Inspection and NOT an Air Quality Sample
Mold has become an issue for homeowners and home buyers across the country.  Mold inspections have become a part of most real estate transactions.   However, here in Florida, a mold inspection has become a bit cliché even passé.  Today it’s all about Air Quality.  Why call it a mold sample if you can charge more and call it an Air Quality Sample?  I’ve given my 2 cents about the value of mold sampling and the total lack of value in simply sampling for mold and calling … (0 comments)

iaq: Spray Foam Insulation Inspection Part IV, The Wrap Up. - 07/27/14 04:10 AM
Welcome to the final installment of our four part series on Spray Polyurethane Foam SPF Insulation.  So far we’ve discussed the what and how’s involved with the application of spray foam insulation.  The articles were written in an effort to raise awareness for both consultants interested in investigating complaints associated with spray foam and for the consumer who may be interested in the application of spray foam in their home or office.
This final article will address the actual inspection of the property that has the complaint.  That’s right “property” not the air or the spray foam but the property as … (2 comments)

iaq: 5 Reasons Why You Need a Home Mold Inspection: A FloridaState Homes Interview with John P. Lapotaire, CIEC of Indoor Air Quality Solutions - 07/15/14 07:36 AM
Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions IAQS is a Florida indoor air quality consulting company that provides indoor air quality inspections, mold inspections and testing by Florida licensed mold inspectors and Council Certified Indoor Air Quality Consultants (CIECs). Our inspections take a comprehensive whole-house approach to identifying and correcting indoor air quality and mold problems in homes and offices. We have been providing indoor air quality and mold inspections since 2001 for both commercial and residential properties.
 
In addition to our indoor air quality and mold inspections our services … (3 comments)

iaq: IT'S NOT THE HEAT, IT'S THE HUMIDITY - 12/09/13 12:59 AM

Humidity control was the problem that originally spurred the need for air conditioning. Lack of humidity control in hot, humid climates, in particular, can lead to mold growth and other moisture-related problems. High indoor humidities can lead to health and comfort problems.
Modern air conditioners dehumidify as they cool; you can see that by the water that drains away, but this dehumidification is incidental to their main job of controlling temperature. They cannot independently control both temperature and humidity.
In hot, humid climates the incidental dehumidification that occurs may not always be enough to keep the indoor humidity conditions acceptable. (ASHRAE recommends roughly … (0 comments)

iaq: Meth in Florida: A growing problem both statewide and locally - 04/07/13 12:26 AM
By SHELDON GARDNER
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Methamphetamine use is growing across Florida, and that trend is reflected in St. Johns County where the number of meth busts has increased for the past few years.
 
St. Johns County’s first meth bust came in the 1970s, and meth labs weren’t discovered regularly again until the early 2000s, according to previous stories.
 
Deputies started finding a few meth labs a year in 2008, said St. Johns County Sheriff’s Cpl. Mike Hartsell. In 2011 and 2012, the Sheriff’s Office found more than three dozen meth labs.
 
“It’s not gonna slow down,” Hartsell said.
 
Meth labs have been found across … (2 comments)

iaq: Indoor Air Quality and Asbestos Exposure - 11/13/11 03:45 AM
Toxic chemicals can be found everywhere we look.  Whether they are in your home, or the ground underneath, it is important to be aware of chemicals with which you and your family may come in contact.
What is asbestos?Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was incorporated into more than 5,000 products in the 1980’s.  This mineral has excellent insulating and fireproofing characteristics which is why it was commonly used for commercial purposes. This toxic mineral can be found in various deposits throughout the world;   the environmental hazard surrounding asbestos still exists today.
Where has it been used?As previously mentioned, asbestos … (0 comments)

iaq: FL HB 713 Summary for Mold Retated Services - 03/10/10 09:44 AM
FL Mold Related Services Summary 
John Lapotaire
  
Mold Services Requirements
   
652 Mold Related Services
656 (2) The Legislature finds it necessary in the interest of
657 the public safety and welfare, to prevent damage to real and
658 personal property, to avert economic injury to the residents of
659 this state, and to regulate persons and companies that hold
660 themselves out to the public as qualified to perform mold
661related services.
 
672 Examinations
 673 (1) A person desiring to be licensed as a mold assessor or
674 mold remediator must shall apply to the department after
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iaq: Status of the "Florida Mold Law" HB 713 - 03/05/10 12:44 AM
The Bill has made its way through committee and is well on its way to becoming a Law.  Below is the documented progress and committee vote.
 
HB 713 - Regulation of Professions
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iaq: Is a Free Mold Inspection really Free? - 03/04/10 07:42 AM
Is a "Free Mold Inspection" really Free?

Like any other industry, the mold remediation and inspection business has its share of scams, cons, and rip off artists who seek to profit from your lack of knowledge about mold.  
The worst perpetrators of mold scams are mold removal/remediation contractors who also offer mold inspections and mold testing services.  Their scam is creating non-existent mold problems and charging you thousands of dollars to fix them.
If you encounter a mold inspector who also does mold removal/remediation, (or visa-versa) Just Say NO! There are plenty of quality contractors available that don't do both.
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iaq: What to look for when hiring an IAQ Professional - 03/04/10 07:04 AM
Most of us spend 90% of our time in indoor environments. Indoor air quality (IAQ) issues impact the lives of people across the globe. Problems with poor air quality in buildings and homes can result in health concerns, liability issue, lost productivity, and decreased property values.
IAQ problems in non-industrial buildings such as homes, schools and offices are often caused by complex, inter-related issues. Diagnosing and fixing the sources of poor IAQ may require the professional expertise of one or more consultants or contractors. It is important that individuals be highly qualified to fully investigate, identify and/or mitigate the total problem according to recognized industry … (0 comments)

iaq: The Florida Mold Law; Senate Bill 2234 - 03/04/10 07:01 AM
Florida Senate Bill 2234 was. This law will prevent conflicts of interest; require education and licensing amongst other requirements for mold inspectors and removal companies alike.   This law was designed to protect the consumers.    The law will be effective in 2010; until then there are no requirements.  "Caveat Emptor"  "Let the Buyer Beware" when hiring a mold inspection company.
These few basic tips and information can help you avoid getting scammed and ensure that your mold issues are handled ethically, honestly and professionally. Take the time to read it. If you have any questions, please call us.
1.    Make sure your … (0 comments)

iaq: What is Indoor Air Quality IAQ? - 03/04/10 06:59 AM
Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term referring to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants.
IAQ can be affected by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), gases (including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds), particulates, or any mass or energy stressor that can induce adverse health conditions. Indoor air is becoming an increasingly more concerning health hazard than outdoor air. Using ventilation to dilute contaminants, filtration, and source control are the primary methods for improving indoor air quality in most buildings.
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iaq: What is a Professional and Informative Mold Report? - 03/04/10 06:54 AM
A professionally prepared Mold Report should clearly answer the following questions:
1.Is there a mold or IAQ problem?2.What was the cause?3.Where is the problem source?4.What containment and cleaning are needed?5.What building repairs are needed to prevent future problems?6.How will we assure that the field investigation work is properly done?7.How will we assure that the mold test lab work was actually collected by an expert?A mold test lab report can produce a lot of information but it does not answer any of those questions.
A true mold inspector should have the ability to do more than hit the on switch of the … (2 comments)

iaq: Do It Yourself Mold Test Kits, Use Them or Lose Them? - 03/04/10 04:43 AM
Do It Yourself Mold Test Kits Earn a Not Recommended Rating from Consumer Reports.
 
If you see or smell mold, you don't need a test kit to tell you it's there. Generally, it's not necessary to identify the species of mold growing in your home, according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If mold covers an area less than 10 square feet, you may be able to eliminate the problem yourself. Larger areas require a pro. When we tested the kits below for our report, we found significant shortcomings in all of them, flaws that were serious … (0 comments)

iaq: Should I have my home tested for mold? - 03/03/10 01:38 AM
This is a question I get asked alot and I find myself often posting about the subject.  To clairify its not that I dont feel that mold should be adressed, its just that I dont believe that the flavor of the mold will change anything that takes place regarding the removal of the mold and the necessary repairs to stop the mold from growing.
I believe you should have the mold in your home assessed to determine what steps should be taken to safley remove the mold to ensure thit it wont return.  When the mold inspector has completed his inspection … (0 comments)

iaq: Florida Mold Law Update - 02/28/10 06:46 AM
Florida House Bill HB713 is a proposal to accept any national association’s certifications with 3 years verifiable experience and 60 hours of verified training. The Florida Legislature goes into session next week and this bill should be voted on quickly.
 
This is a very good thing for the consumer.  I receive dozens of calls from consumers who have had a “Mold Inspection” only to have the inspector hand the consumer a lab report with no summary of findings.  You can read more about that in this article.  http://activerain.com/blogsview/1438130/the-home-inspector-mold-test-buyer-beware-   That is the reason we truly need the new law and … (0 comments)

iaq: Should You Test for Mold? - 02/28/10 06:41 AM
When we get calls for mold testing, we conduct a very thorough client interview to help get us acquainted with the client and to help determine the client’s individual needs.  In some cases the client simply needs to have air samples collected to find out if there is a presence of a known allergen in their home or office.  In other cases they need to know why there is mold in their home or office and how to stop it from growing and how to get rid of what has already grown.
 
And far too often we are asked to … (0 comments)

iaq: What is a Professional and Informative Mold Report? - 02/26/10 08:18 AM
A professionally prepared Mold Report should clearly answer the following questions:
Is there a mold or IAQ problem? What was the cause? Where is the problem source? What containment and cleaning are needed? What building repairs are needed to prevent future problems? How will we assure that the field investigation work is properly done? How will we assure that the mold test lab work was actually collected by an expert? A mold test lab report can produce a lot of information but it does not answer any of those questions.
A true mold inspector should have the ability to … (0 comments)