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The Inspectagator
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Although it sounds scary and expensive, simple testing is actually quite affordable. As licensed Mold Assessors and Mold Remediators, we offer clients options. Test 1 area or the whole house. We do investigations prior to making these decisions and let the client make a decision that fits their needs and budget. Since Priority Lab just came out with their own cassettes, it is even more affordable than ever for inspectors to break into this worthy and valuable business and do it with the very best equipment like the Breeze, the most affordable cassettes and the fastest lab results from Priority Lab available. Here's also a link to a quick video I did about the new cassettes, https://youtu.be/QMGnQTDXJrU

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I have a feeling after all the snow and freezing temperatures and frozen pipes in the San Antonio area, that we will be very busy with mold testing over the next month or two. Hopefully people are able to get their burst pipes fixed before they cause too much damage, but we are ready for the mold testing rush.

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Here's some thermal images from yesterday near San Antonio, TX showing some massive water intrusion in the ceiling of a home.
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Every home buyer deserves to live in a healthy home, not just for them, but their family. You never know what is inside the home that may be causing health issues. Testing for mold is affordable, fast and most importantly, accurate. We make sure all our samples go to Priority Lab. The best team of specialists and technicians in the business, headed by Dr. John Shane, one of the leading mold specialists in the country. Let us help you live in a healthy home.

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We frequently are being contacted and scheduled to visit a home or work space to test the air for the indoor air quality. IAQ is more than just mold issues. Part of IAQ is also VOC volatile organic compounds. formaldehyde, mold, CO, CO2, Radon and humidity levels to help create a healthy environment.

A possible result of new homes being built tighter and more energy efficient is lower indoor air quality. Especially with tight energy efficient buildings.

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The results of the tests we did for a owner of a new home 1.5 years old showed very high levels of VOC and Formaldehyde. This is a very energy efficient building that the owner lives in and has an office in, so he spends a lot of time there breathing in the chemicals floating about in his home. Indoor air quality is important and getting more know as a concern as people spend more time both living and working from home.
We were able to get the test results for the client to show the doctor during the next doctors visit.


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One never realizes what might be waiting noticeable all around. Testing and the subsequent lab report is the main means to know. We have seen exceptionally clean homes with no undeniable issues show a high spore count. We joyfully can come and test.

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Epicblue wrote:One never realizes what might be waiting noticeable all around. Testing and the subsequent lab report is the main means to know. We have seen exceptionally clean homes with no undeniable issues show a high spore count. We joyfully can come and test.



Which metro area do you serve?

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We offer a wide range of ancillary services so that we can be a one stop shop. It is a convenience for our clients and adds to our average inspection fee.

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http://eahi.biz.">Alabama and Georgia, the two areas we service have a high humidity and plenty of rain. In fact Alabama is considered a rain forest region. Microbial growth is abundant several months out of the year and can be encountered any time indoors, in basements, or crawlspaces. Most Clients with conventional foundation homes do not realize the relationship between microbial growth in the crawlspace and poor indoor air quality that can make family members and pets feel ill. We focus on indoor air quality because we want our clients to be healthy and happy in their home and enjoy their refuge from the rest of the world, work, and worries. To learn more about indoor air quality surveys, testing, and neighborhood environmental impact reports in Alabama and Georgia visit us on the web at http://eahi.biz.

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A QUICK EXPLANATION ....THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL POST ON THIS THREAD AND SOMEONE HACKED THIS AND ERASED THE POST

New Research Shows One in Four Americans Have Some Form of Chemical Sensitivity

Imagine you are in one of those science fiction or horror shows where the people are being killed by a mysterious noxious gas. The contaminating gas is slowly and invisibly seeping from unknown sources. Your eyes are burning. Your muscles ache. Your head throbs with pain. With each passing day you are becoming sicker and sicker. Even sleeping is a struggle as your body aches for fresh air.

For many people this is not a movie that will end in a couple of hours. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity patients are living that real-life nightmare. The University of Melbourne has just reported its research in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The study showed that one in four Americans report some form of chemical sensitivity. They concluded that “nearly half of that group could be medically diagnosed with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) suffering health problems from exposure to common chemical products and pollutants such as insect spray, pain, cleaning supplies, fragrances, and petrochemical fumes (VOC’s).”

The study noted that “people with MCS are like human canaries. They react earlier and more severely to chemical pollutants, even at low levels.”
We have learned that what we eat can affect our health. Too much fat? Too much sugar? Listeria on vegetables? E. Coli in meat? We know those can make us ill, very, very ill.

We eat a few times a day. We breathe ALL the time. Despite this we sometimes have trouble understanding that the chemical soup of fragrances and off-gassing products we create in the air can make some people ill. Yikes, holy odor Batman! How can all those fragrances in everything from household cleaners to new cars, furniture and carpeting and magazines delivered to our homes affect health?

We understand that some children can eat a single peanut and go into anaphylactic shock. Even though it is the same principle, some people do not understand or accept that individuals can react differently to certain shared chemical and biological exposures. It is often family members that do not understand that a spouse or child is reacting to environmental exposures.

Many MCS patients have spent years going to medical providers that fail to diagnose MCS as the cause of their health problems. The good new in this area is that many medical practitioners are now recognizing and treating this condition.
The next challenge for the MCS patient, their family and medical practitioners is identifying the type and location of the exposures that are making them ill. The objective is to avoid those contaminants, but you need to know what you are avoiding to avoid it.

We all know about Glade Air Fresheners. They are a great example of chemicals that can trigger a reaction in a patient. The description of the chemicals in the Material
Safety Data Sheet on the Glade website starts that some of the chemicals in them include: _1_alpha___e__2_beta___1__2_6_6_trimethylcyclohex_3_en_1_yl_but_2_en_1_one; 2,4-dimethyl-3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde*; 2,6,10-trimethylundec-9-enal; 2,6-dimethyl-7-octen-2-ol; 2-phenoxyethyl isobutyrate; 2-t-butylcyclohexyl acetate; 3.alpha.,4,5,6,7,7.alpha.-hexahydro-4,7-methano-1h-indenyl propionate; 3-hexenol; 3-methyl-2-butenyl acetate; 4,4.alpha.,5,9.beta.-tetrahydroindeno(1,2-d)-1,3-dioxin; 4-methylanisole; 5-methyl-2-(2-methylpropyl)-1,3-dioxane; amyl cinnamal*; The list of chemicals goes on from this partial list.

Reasons That Homes, Schools, and Public Buildings Now Have Increased Environmental Contaminants

• Products and materials of all kinds are packaged and sold with fragrances added.
• Building products, furnishings and equipment are made of materials that off-gas chemicals including everything for carpet to cabinets to the plastics used for flexible ductwork
• Buildings are built tighter. The old timers would say “the solution to pollution is dilution” HVAC systems and building energy saving systems reduces the introduction of outside air which reduces dilution of chemicals in a building
The bottom line is that there are now hundreds of thousands of exposures to chemicals in increasing tight buildings. Each of the exposures or combination of exposures can create a chemical overload which can be debilitating to sensitive individuals.

Identifying Environmental Triggers

One of the least used, but valuable techniques for identifying environmental triggers is doing a diary of where people spend time, what activities they do, what foods they eat and how they feel. That information can help narrow the source of exposures.

Functional Medicine or Holistic Medical Practitioners have new testing methods to diagnose MCS triggers. There are skin and blood tests that can help identify the patient’s biological reactions to exposures. There is also an evolution of the practices where correlations such as mold exposure and difficulty in recovering from Lyme Disease are being considered.

There are environmental inspectors that can identify sources of environmental hazards. This is far and beyond simply testing the air. The process is to review a property and based upon identified potential sources then test to determine the presence of contaminants. Specially trained professionals are familiar with conditions, products and materials that can be of risk to MCS patients.

New Methods and Equipment to Reduce MCS Patient Exposures
There are several methods and types of equipment to minimize health problems for MCS individuals once they are identified.

In some instances, careful selection of “green” and “fragrance free” products such as cleaning and personal care products will reduce chemical exposures. We need to be aware that imported products and building materials are often mislabeled and misleading as “green.”
Adding fresh air to a building using Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) or Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) will dilute indoor pollution buy adding exterior air while minimizing energy loss in the building.

Filtering the air utilizing a HEPA filter will help reduce allergens and other particles. This can be achieved with a portable unit for a small area such as a bedroom or a whole house unit for an entire home a still be helpful. This technique is not effective for chemical odors.

Large commercial activated charcoal air filtration units are ideal for removing chemicals and odors such as VOCs from the air.
There is Increasing Hope and Resources for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Patients

There are now medical practitioners skilled in helping these patients. The sad story is that many MCS patients have had frustrating years of testing and misdiagnosis before they find medical help that understands this problem. It is the changes in how we live and manufacture materials that has exacerbated the incidence of chemical exposures. It has taken time for us to begin to understand the problem and identify solutions.

The bottom line is that as increasing numbers of people suffer with the issue of chemical sensitivities, more experts, providers, products and solutions will emerge.
For links and additional information about disease control and disinfection, go to: www.Envirospect.Info/MCSPatientHope
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