indoor air quality: What IS a Professional Mold Inspection? - 10/21/17 12:38 PM
A Professional Mold Assessment
To begin we should define a mold assessment and remind consumers that “All molds are created equal.  It is not necessary to determine what type of mold you may have.  All molds should be treated the same with respect to potential health risks and removal.”  This is according to Center for Disease Control, CDC.  Consumers should be aware that anyone using the terms “Black Mold” or “Toxic Mold” are preying on their fears.
The purpose of a mold assessment is to clearly establish the
Cause & origin, Location, and Extent of mold growth A mold assessment is not … (8 comments)

indoor air quality: 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)

indoor air quality: What’s in the air you breathe at home? - 07/14/09 07:21 AM
What’s in the air you breathe at home?  (part 2 of a 2 part blog)
By John P. Lapotaire, CIEC, MicroShield Environmental Services

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a hot topic in today's sluggish real estate market.  We find ourselves opening the door to a whole new set of challenges each time we view a home that may have been sitting for awhile.  Questions race through our minds as we turn the key: "Will this home have that healthy home smell? Will it have a musty stale smell? Did they have pets or smoke?" And finally: "What will I have … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: Is Canada ahead of us in IAQ Indoor Air Quality? YES! - 02/27/08 12:53 AM
Its time we caught up and took responsibility for our Indoor Environment.  Canada has already established guidlines for Indoor Air Quality that are making a huge differance.
In British Columbia, the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) adopted a landmark indoor air quality regulation in 1998. This provides the WCB with enforcement authority over the workplace, in addition to health issues. Recent changes to WCB enabling legislation in BC have extended the responsibility for compliance with the WCB regulation from employers to building owners and their agents, including building operators and property managers.
The WCB Regulation:
•·         Establishes ventilation rates, temperature and humidity requirements.
•·         Requires … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: Are you working in a good Indoor Air Quality Environment? - 02/27/08 12:47 AM
MicroShield IAQ For Buildings and Property Managers
MicroShield Environmental Services specializes in providing Indoor Air Qulity solutions that work. We take into consideration the whole picture, and then provide you as the property owner, options that greatly improve the air quality in your property.
According to the World Health Organization, 30% of buildings experience some form of sick building syndrome. Problems involving mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria, stale air, poor ventilation, odors, and microbes are commonplace.
For these problems, MicroShield has the solution: a proactive, IAQ and HVAC Management Program.
Many commercial and industrial facilities are faced with the problem of Poor Indoor Air Quality, Sick … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: Do you have good Indoor Air Quality? - 02/26/08 11:38 PM
Indoor Air Quality
Good indoor air quality enhances resident health and comfort and should be an essential goal for any home or building. A high quality indoor environment requires careful design, construction, and choice of materials.  Indoor air quality requires design that incorporates adequate air exchanges, well designed ventilation and avoidance of mold through moisture control, all of which complement a strategy that achieves energy efficiency and building durability.
The most effective way to reduce exposure to indoor air pollutants is to keep residents away from sources of pollution.  Ventilation design provides for adequate exchanges of fresh air. A well-designed building envelope … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: Can Humidity Affect Your Indoor Air Quality IAQ - 01/17/08 05:09 AM
Air conditioning is "The process of regulating the quality, temperature, humidity, and circulation of air in a space enclosure." These are the criteria for basic comfort management for the occupants within the modern office environment. The designer, building owner, or management company who disregards this is opening the doors to litigation which will be much more costly than any savings assumed to be created by not maintaining proper indoor comfort conditions.
The premise behind the concerns for IAQ are the comfort and well-being of the occupants within the workplace. The modern workforce has changed, with increased numbers of highly skilled and talented … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: Can Remodeling affect your IAQ? - 01/17/08 05:03 AM
You may not have realized that your remodeling project may be creating unhealthy household air.
Some of the remodeling hazards you should be concerned about are asbestos, formaldehyde and other organic solvents, and leaded paint dust are the main ones. These hazardous materials can be released into the air when you remove paint, hang cabinets or disturb other existing products that contain these materials. Paints, stripping and finishing products, and adhesives can also create indoor air pollution. 
Remodeling with products that don't include these hazardous materials, won't eliminate all of your exposure. Lead and asbestos were commonly used in home building until … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: MicroShield IAQ information from the EPA - 01/17/08 02:47 AM
Indoor Air Pollution and Health
Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
Immediate effects
Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person's exposure to the source of the pollution, if it can be identified. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and humidifier fever, may also show up soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants.
The likelihood of immediate reactions to … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: Are you leaving structural materials Naked? & Unprotected? - 01/17/08 01:51 AM
Although mold grows anywhere conditions are conducive, your home's structure is particularly vulnerable during the frame stage of construction.Stop mold growth before it spreads by applying the MicroShield 2 Step Anti-Microbial Pre-Treatment to your home's completed structure prior to drywall.
MicroShield ES uses a 2 Step System to Clean, Disinfect, and Protect the Home. Both steps are safe, approved, and non-corrosive.The 1st Step Destroys Microorganisms upon contact, Safely Cleaning and Disinfecting the Home. The 2nd Step Encapsulates the Structure and prevents airborne microorganisms from regenerating while providing the Builder and Homebuyer a "Lifetime Warranty." 
MicroShield ES has been laboratory tested and proven … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth the Cost for Today's Homebuilders? - 01/17/08 01:41 AM
The real question for homebuilders should be, "Is it worth it to know that I have done everything possible to prevent a future outbreak of mold in the homes that I build?""Is it worth it to potentially minimize my personal injury claims that might be brought against me because of an unforeseen water intrusion event?" Are you willing to make a nominal investment to enhance your current risk management strategy? Builders have successfully developed new building techniques and continually improved upon the design, function, and efficiency of the homes we live in. As these progressive builders improve upon the design and … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: Home Builder Mold Prevention - 01/17/08 01:13 AM
When choosing a builder make sure it's a builder that provides you with Mold Protection Program and Mold Pretreatment. A growing concern about frame stage mold among Florida's home builders and home buyers has spawned a new mold pretreatment industry.
The need for an affordable and effective answer to these concerns has become immediate and necessary for all builders. The homebuilding industry needs proactive mold pretreatment, mold prevention, and mold protection.
MicroShield Environmental Services provides a list of builders that use a pro-active mold prevention program to protect the himes they build from mold durring construction.
To view the list of pro-active bulders go to … (2 comments)

indoor air quality: Mold Prevention - 01/17/08 01:00 AM
In an industry choked with energy efficient, high capacity, low E, variable speed, high seer, energy saving, cost effective, options its easy to see why it quickly becomes overwhelming for the new home buyer to narrow their selection when it comes to builder options. Homes are most definitely built more efficient and structurally sound as was evident in last years hurricane season. And yes Builders have successfully developed new building techniques and continually improved upon their design, function, and efficiency of the homes they build. But still many of the things builders can and should include in their homes they just … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: Hire a Qualified Professional, IAQA Indoor Air Quality Assoc. - 12/24/07 06:41 AM
Hire Only the Best - Trained and Certified IAQA MembersWhen hiring a professional consultant or contractor it is important to hire a company with qualified and certified staff that will be following industry standards and guidelines to ensure a job done right.IAQA offers training course for various kinds of IAQ and mold specialists, including assessment and remediation programs available to IAQA members in the various indoor air disciplines.Indoor Environmental Quality Consulting Course
Hire a Qualified ProfessionalIndoor air quality problems can have a major impact on occupant health and comfort. When indoor air quality issues arise, it is important to make sure that … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: How to hire the right IAQ Professional - 12/24/07 06:39 AM
What to look for when Hiring an IAQ Consultant or ContractorStudies have shown that most people spend 90% of their 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 … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: MicroShield, Indoor Air Quality Questions & Concerns - 12/16/07 06:25 AM
Biological Pollutants (like molds and dust mites)
Q: What are some of the biological problems I should be concerned about? A: Molds, mildew, fungi, bacteria and dust mites are some of the main biological pollutants inside the house. Some, such as pollen, are generated outside the home. Mold and mildew are generated in the home and release spores into the air. Mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria are often found in areas of the home that have high humidity levels, such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms or basements. Dust mites and animal dander are problematic when they become airborne during vacuuming, making … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: MicroShield IAQ and Energy Star - 12/11/07 01:21 AM
MicroShield IAQ & Energy Star Indoor Air Package (edit/delete)
Energy Star Indoor Air Package 
Indoor Air Package
Homebuyers today are increasingly concerned about the indoor air quality of their homes. Issues like mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and toxic chemicals have received greater attention than ever as poor indoor air quality has been linked to a host of health problems. To address these concerns, builders can employ a variety of construction practices and technologies to decrease the risk of poor indoor air quality in their new homes.
EPA created the Indoor Air Package to help builders meet the growing consumer preference for homes with improved … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: MicroShield IAQ from the EPA - 12/11/07 01:13 AM
What Causes IAQ Indoor Air Quality Problems?
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.  In a nut shell we seem to be our own worst enemy when it comes to our IAQ Indoor Air Quality.
Pollutant Sources
There are many sources of indoor air pollution in any … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: MicroShield IAQ information from the EPA - 12/11/07 01:10 AM
Indoor Air Pollution and Health
Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.
Immediate effects
Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Such immediate effects are usually short-term and treatable. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person's exposure to the source of the pollution, if it can be identified. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and humidifier fever, may also show up soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants.
The likelihood … (0 comments)

indoor air quality: MicroShield IAQ from FloridasHealth.com - 12/10/07 01:51 AM
Indoor Air Quality in The Workplace
There are currently no services available from the State of Florida for indoor air quality in the workplace. The 2000 Florida Legislature did not pass legislation to reauthorize services provided by the Department of Labor and Employment Security's Division of Safety. As a result the Division of Safety stopped providing workplace indoor air quality services on July 1st, 2000. The Department of Health is currently unable to assume those services lost when the Division of Safety ceased operation.
There are three federally funded sources for workplace safety and health. The University of South Florida, … (0 comments)