john lapotaire: Nuisance Odor Investigation - 07/19/16 06:41 AM
Leading provider of nuisance odor investigations in Florida and the Orlando area.
 
If you've ever had a nuisance odor issue within your home or office you can appreciate the difficultly in identifying the odors, the sources and possibly even responding to questions from your family or employees.
 
Strange and/or nuisance odors can appear in everything from single family homes and multi-family structures to office buildings and industrial complexes.

Quite often when the source of these mysterious nuisance odors can’t be identified the services of an indoor air quality (IAQ) professional is required. 

The Nuisance Odor Investigator’s job is to determine 
    1.    Why the … (0 comments)

john lapotaire: Orlando’s Indoor Air Quality Expert Elected as IAQA President - 07/19/16 04:58 AM
John P. Lapotaire, CIEC, has been elected as President of the Indoor Air Quality Association, IAQA.
 
Orlando, FL, July 1st, 2016
 
At the end of their physical year, the Indoor Air Quality Association concluded their Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.  During the annual meeting, elections were held for a number of important leadership positions within IAQA.  They included positions for both Officers and Directors that provide critical direction for IAQA’s continued growth and mission.  John P. Lapotaire, one of Florida’s most recognized indoor air quality experts, was elected by the association as the President of the association.
 
Mr. Lapotaire is the Founder and … (0 comments)

john lapotaire: 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)

john lapotaire: What "IS" a Real Mold Inspection - 07/13/16 11:42 AM
What is a Mold Assessment?
I once again raise this question because I’ve been called in to provide yet another second opinion of a mold inspection that consisted of nothing more than the collection of a few air samples for mold spores.  I assure you that a correct mold assessment in accordance with the only industry standard of practice does not involve the random sampling of mold.  The only industry standard of practice is the ASTM D-7338 Assessment of Fungal Growth in Buildings.
The question of just what is a mold assessment is a frustrating and surprisingly hard question for many industry professionals … (1 comments)

john lapotaire: 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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john lapotaire: 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)

john lapotaire: Bioaerosol Laboratory Result Interpretation - 02/26/10 08:47 AM
There are no government-issued numerical standards for mold interpretation. However, use the following arbitrary numbers for guidance in interpreting microbial survey results. Bioaerosol
<250 CFU/m3 Low/Normal (CFU/m3 = colony forming units/meter cubed) 250-1,000 CFU/m3 Moderate/Borderline >1,000 CFU/m3 Active Growth/Sporulation >5,000 CFU/m3 Very Active Growth/Sporulation Our final mold interpretation is not based solely on the spore count numbers. Information gathered from the visual inspection of the areas sampled is very significant, including sources of moisture or high humidity, areas of elevated particulate matter, and signs of visible mold growth.
In air samples, it is important to consider the type and … (0 comments)

john lapotaire: Formaldehyde Council recommends testing homes for formaldehyde - 08/25/09 02:50 AM
The Formaldehyde Council, Inc. (FCI) engaged an industrial hygienist to explain formaldehyde testing methods. Larry Newton, CIH, CSP, has performed over 400 indoor air quality investigations. Newton expressed concern that some modern homes do not bring in adequate fresh air. He agreed with our statement, "lack of fresh air allows chemical contaminants to concentrate inside the home". Newton explained how he tested homes for formaldehyde in the 1980s. When I began indoor investigations, I used a CEA 555 continuous environmental analyzer (CEA) based on the wet chemistry of pararosaniline. This chemistry is highly specific and sensitive (< 100 ppb) to formaldehyde...The … (0 comments)

john lapotaire: 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)

john lapotaire: What to Look For in an IAQ Professional - 09/04/08 03:54 AM
What to look for when Hiring an IAQ ConsultantMost 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 … (0 comments)

john lapotaire: Having a Home Built? Make Sure It's Protected From Mold. - 01/17/08 06:06 AM
MicroShield Environmental Services a Central Florida based company has its own unique approach to providing homebuilders the mold protection they need.   They have established them selves as a complete mold prevention company.
MicroShield ES begins their program with written field inspection reports from trained technicians then pretreat the completed structure prior to insulation and 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 on contact, Safely Cleaning and Disinfecting the Home. The 2nd Step is a permeable Encapsulant that prevents airborne microorganisms from regenerating when … (0 comments)

john lapotaire: 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)

john lapotaire: 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)

john lapotaire: 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)