Sick Building Syndrome

Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is a term commonly used for non-specific symptoms that are temporally related to occupancy of a particular building. When building-related symptoms are characteristic of a specific clinical entity, they are called Building Related Illness (BRI). These illnesses are varied, and include Legionnaires’ disease, building related hypersensitivity pneumonitis, building-related asthma, and others. […]

How To Allergy-Proof Your Home

Allergy sufferers have immune systems that mean well, but are a little over-reactive, releasing chemicals like histamine to get rid of normally harmless substances called allergens. Histamine triggers the body to push the allergens out, using your nose, eyes, and mouth as exit routes, which creates inflammation and general allergy-related symptoms in the process. If […]

Are Carpet Repair Kits Reliable?

For simple patch up jobs, a carpet repair kit may seem like a good choice to a homeowner, but as with anything else, buyers beware. Over the counter or as-seen-on-TV products often lure people with exaggerated claims, failing to mention the problems with do-it-yourself techniques. Do-it-yourself carpet patching uses inferior materials and equipment to produce […]

Surface Sampling in Attics

We get quite a few calls per week with customers claiming to have mold in their attics.  While some do, other attics have nothing more than “Suspect Areas” of concern and we always recommend testing.  The proper testing for such a situation is surface sampling.  This is a direct lift of the suspect area which […]

Being Misguided by Home Inspectors

Over the last fifteen plus years that we’ve been in business, there is one particular item we hear from new home owners quite often. Why didn’t the home inspector notice the problem? Many new home buyers purchase a home and also walk into thousands of dollars in repairs they never anticipated. From water damage, to […]