Non-Culturable Air Sampling

Overview Non-culturable spore trap samplers draw measured volumes of air through the sampling device for a specified length of time. The collection surface is a coated glass slide. Particles in the air (spores, dust, etc.) impact onto the sticky surface and are “trapped” for later analysis. A general philosophy regarding the interpretation of biological air samples […]

Culturable Air Sampling

Overview Culturable air sampling is one of the most common methods of volumetric air sampling. The sampler works by drawing measured volumes of air through an instrument that contains a petri dish (or dishes) with culture media. Spores that impact onto the plate are then allowed to incubate and grow, after which the colonies may […]

Dangers of Ozone Machines – Part 2

Other Potential Residential Damage Environmental ozone causes more damage to plants than all other air pollutants combined. Similarly, ozone generators can damage plants in indoor environments. High levels of ozone will inhibit the ability of plants to open the microscopic pores on their foliage and breathe. Specifically, ozone can cause the following conditions in plants: […]

Dangers of Ozone Machines – Part 1

Ozone generators intentionally produce the toxic gas ozone and are sold as air cleaners for commercial and residential applications. Specifically, they are advertised to deodorize, disinfect, kill or remove dangerous or irritating airborne particles in indoor environments.  Ozone is the principal element of the ozone layer, which traps the sun’s heat and is essential to life […]

Using Ozone for Remediation

I know this is an ongoing question, and there are remediators who are recommending ozone for cleanup. However, although ozone can damage some fungi, there is not a single study in the peer-reviewed literature that documents sufficient deactivation of fungi to be useful in remediation efforts. Most of the studies of ozone are found in the […]

Surface Sampling Overview

There are other simple sampling methods that may be used to supplement volumetric air sampling. Surface samples are taken by tape lift imprint, by swabbing the suspect surface with a culturette swab, or by submitting a bulk sample of the suspect surface. We typically recommend that a direct microscopic examination be performed on surface samples. […]

Radon Health Effects

Radon is a radioactive gas that causes cancer. Radon is found in rock, soil, water, some building materials, and natural gas. You can’t see, taste, or smell it. Any home, school, office, or other building can have high levels of radon. Radon is found in new and old buildings. It can seep in through the […]

2014 Angie’s List Award Winner

For the fourth consecutive year, we’ve won the Angie’s List Award for all categories of services we provide.  We are the only 4 Time Consecutive Award Winner in our service area ever!!!  We won the award for Mold Testing, Mold Remediation, Water Damage Restoration, Fire & Smoke and Bio-Hazard Cleaning.  This makes us 4 for […]

Damaged Carpet

Here’s a picture of carpeting which was severely damaged due to a water loss.  The carpet backing/mesh has puled away from the carpet, and in this case had to be completely removed.  When water loss occurs, having the damage dealt with as soon as possible can eliminate these types of issues. For more, click here […]

Choosing the Right Size Dehumidifier

Choosing a dehumidifier is not as simple as just which brand or for how much.  The appropriate size is a vital key to getting exactly what you need for your space and condition.  Here’s a quick list which can help you decide the appropriate sized dehumidifier you may need for your home or business. Slightly […]