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THE RISKS OF OVER-THE-COUNTER MOLD TEST KITS  

From Pinterest to the DIY Network, we live in the era of do-it-yourself projects. This can be great for wedding planning or retiling your bathroom, but when it comes to your health, some things should be left in the hands of experts. DIY mold test kits boast a


A Series of Questions

HOW TO DETERMINE IF A COMPANY IS WORTH YOUR TIME
  
“Is there a standard that must be met to verify we’ve successfully cleaned up everything after a fire?” This is the question I needed to answer after three separate management companies called me for help in the wake of a fire in their buildings. Thankfully, they


The 411 on CO₂

WHY YOU NEED TO MEASURE THE CARBON DIOXIDE IN YOUR BUILDING  

Each time you exhale, you’re releasing between 35,000 and 50,000 parts per million (ppm) of the asphyxiate gas carbon dioxide (CO2). While carbon dioxide is a trace gas, occurring naturally in our atmosphere, concentrations of 7 percent to 10 percent (70,000–100,000 ppm) can cause


What’s Exciting About Indoor Air Quality?

MY TRIP TO THE ASHRAE WINTER CONFERENCE IN LAS VEGAS  

I’m just now getting back from the Indoor Air Quality Association’s annual conference, one of my favorite events each year. I’m not sure how I got sucked into being a planning committee member for the event six years ago, but I’m glad it happened. Since


An Airborne Problem

TESTING FOR AND PREVENTING RESPIRABLE CRYSTALLINE SILICA  

There are all sorts of particles that present health risks to workers when inhaled. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is constantly on the lookout for ways to limit disease through monitoring and regulating the levels of contaminants in the air. One particular particle that poses


My Route to Working with Uncle Sam

MY WORK AS A CONSULTANT TO FOH  

Twelve years ago, I received a call from a building owner in the Dallas area. He was having some problems with mold in his building and called a friend for a referral. I was the person who was referred. It turned out that the building having the problem was occupied by the Social Security


Yule Log Woes

WOOD FIREPLACES AND INDOOR AIR QUALITY  

‘Tis the season for chestnuts roasting by the open fire, yule logs burning bright, and fireplaces of all sorts. When used properly, a wood-burning fireplace can reduce the cost of your heating bill and create a nice ambience during the holidays. However, burning wood can have a negative impact


Decisions Made

WHY I LOVE WORKING WITH PROFESSIONAL PROPERTY MANAGERS  

When I started working with indoor air quality — IAQ — in 1988, the field was surprisingly broad. IAQ was a relatively new topic, and I was willing to take any job that came up. However, by 1990, it became obvious I had a choice to make.


Trouble on the Horizon

BE AWARE OF DIY INDOOR AIR QUALITY PRODUCTS
  
In the last decade, the subject of indoor air quality — IAQ — has become a more common concern for the general population. More and more people are taking measures to improve their health by making sure the air quality of their environment


A Marksman or a Sharpshooter

THE COMFORT OF PROTECTION, CAMARADERIE, AND SAFETY  

Around seven or eight years ago, I found myself going through some pretty scary areas of Texas for work. I would be driving long distances across areas in South and West Texas, where you could go for an hour or more without having any cell service. Having car problems