The CDC is responding to an outbreak of a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus (SARS Cov-2). The virus known as ‘coronavirus disease 2019’ (COVID-19) is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person or through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, though this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What are the categories of a water loss? Under what circumstances should a water damage loss be classified as Category 3 (IICRC S500) and therefore treated as a “grossly contaminated environment?” The answer could greatly increase demolition and decontamination required.
Concern about mold exposure in buildings continues to be a significant issue. The bottom line is that mold has been around for eons and is not going away. It will grow whenever and wherever buildings get wet and materials suitable for microbial growth are present. So what is mold exactly? This article provides a general overview on this topic.
Something you will routinely see on lab results for mold air samples is the concentration of Penicillium/Aspergillus spores. This refers to a large group of molds consisting of the Penicillium genus (200+ species), the Aspergillus genus (200+) species and a number of other less common genera.
What Are Indoor VOCs?
VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds in general are chemicals emitted as gases from solids or liquids. They include a huge variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects. Outside they react with ozone and other chemicals to form smog. However, our concern is with indoor VOCs and their affect on air quality.
Depending on the age of the air conditioning system, mold in your ac ducts and air handling unit can at times be present. This should not be a surprise since an air conditioning system is a relatively wet environment.
Do you have questions regarding electromagnetic fields, cell phones, wireless technologies or smart meters? This article can assist you with an understanding of how your home, workplace or area of concern is affected by these invisible sources of environmental interest.
As part of determining whether an indoor environment is contaminated with excessive amounts of mold and requires remediation, Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) routinely performs both air and surface mold sampling. While there are many types of mold sampling methods, IET has found this approach effective for interpretation in a building.
Major flood damage cleanup after a hurricane disaster is certainly a daunting assignment to take on. The relief efforts can be overwhelming, both physically and emotionally.