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California Foreclosures and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Issues
California Foreclosures and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Issues
8/28/2015 12:13:44 PM
Foreclosure rates have been steadily decreasing in most parts of the country.  According to recent media reports, even with this trend, California still has one of the highest number of completed foreclosure rates in the country.  Approximately 29,000 properties completed the foreclosure process in California from the middle of 2014 through the middle of this year. For many …
Tenants Advised to Inspect for Mold and Water Damage before Renting a Home or Apartment
Tenants Advised to Inspect for Mold and Water Damage before Renting a Home or Apartment
8/27/2015 4:20:55 PM
In early August, KTVB broadcasted a story about an Idaho family who had to move out of the home they were renting due to mold.  After the family brought in a mold inspection professional to investigate their claims, long-term water and moisture damage was found that supported the growth of fungi in the residence.  Allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate …
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
Is Toxic Lead Lurking in Your Water Supply?
8/26/2015 5:23:00 PM
According to CBC News , in late July, Memorial University in St. Johns, Canada temporarily closed its campus after higher than acceptable levels of lead were found in the drinking water of several buildings. The campus reopened several days later as bottled water and special lead-removing filters were added to some of the drinking fountains as more tests were …
Radon and Other Natural Sources of Radiation Exposure
Radon and Other Natural Sources of Radiation Exposure
8/25/2015 5:09:02 PM
Even though many people may not be aware of it, radiation is all around them. In fact, this natural “background” radiation has been here since the birth of the universe. People are exposed to small amounts of radiation from natural sources every day. This radiation exposure can be measured. In the United States, the dose, which is the amount of radiation energy absorbed by …
Is Lead Contamination Around Vernon Recycling Plant More Widespread than Previously Thought?
Is Lead Contamination Around Vernon Recycling Plant More Widespread than Previously Thought?
8/24/2015 2:05:34 PM
In July, KCAL, the Los Angeles CBS affiliate, broadcasted a report about the ongoing contamination issues surrounding a recycling plant located in a heavily populated area in Vernon, California. According to the news report, environmental health experts have found additional lead contamination in a much larger area than previously known. The soil at 146 homes, out of …
Sulfur Dioxide Occupational Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
Sulfur Dioxide Occupational Exposure Risks Identified by EMSL Analytical, Inc.
8/24/2015 11:22:15 AM
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one of a group of highly reactive gases known as oxides of sulfur. It is a colorless gas with a pungent and suffocating odor.  It is also a common air pollutant found in many parts of the world.  Much of the sulfur dioxide in the air comes from the burning of coal and oil at electric power plants. Other sources of sulfur dioxide come from industrial …
Lita Dirks, CEO and Owner of Lita Dirks & Co., Chosen to Judge the SoCal Awards 2015
Lita Dirks, CEO and Owner of Lita Dirks & Co., Chosen to Judge the SoCal Awards 2015
8/24/2015 11:00:00 AM
Lita Dirks, owner of Lita Dirks & Co. , a nationally recognized interior design and merchandising company, has been selected to be a judge for the prestigious SoCal Awards 2015. These awards, held on Saturday, September 26th at the Grove of Anaheim, will recognize the best in professional achievement, sales, marketing and design throughout Southern California. “I am …
After the Fire – Steps a Property Owner Should Take Following Damage to a Commercial or Residential Property
After the Fire – Steps a Property Owner Should Take Following Damage to a Commercial or Residential Property
8/24/2015 10:34:57 AM
According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), as recently as 2013, fires caused an estimated $11.5 billion in direct property loss in the United States.   The NFPA also reports that year there were approximately 487,500 structure fires and every 85 seconds there was a fire reported in a home. While no one ever expects a fire to impact their home or business, these …
Summer Allergies in Puerto Rico due to Outdoor Pollen & Mold or Indoor Contaminants?
Summer Allergies in Puerto Rico due to Outdoor Pollen & Mold or Indoor Contaminants?
8/24/2015 10:27:29 AM
Many Puerto Ricans have allergies and although many associate the condition with the spring season, allergies can be a problem any month of the year.  Summer allergies can be caused by seasonal outdoor culprits or due to the presence of indoor allergens.  Two of the most common causes of summer allergies are due to the presence of pollen and mold.    Just last week, the …
IAQ a Key Component for a Successful School Year as Texas Students Return to Classrooms
IAQ a Key Component for a Successful School Year as Texas Students Return to Classrooms
8/24/2015 10:18:17 AM
Over 80,000 students begin classes today at the Austin Independent School District and similar situations are taking place at school districts across Texas.  In fact, close to 5 million students at over 1,000 school districts statewide are ready to begin the 2015-2016 school year.   School districts face many challenges when it comes to providing a healthy learning …
EMLab P&K Releases Zip Code-Based Mold Lab Report for Mold Testing in Nevada
EMLab P&K Releases Zip Code-Based Mold Lab Report for Mold Testing in Nevada
8/24/2015 6:00:00 AM
EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, announces the release of the MoldRANGE Local Climate report for clients in Nevada. Now EMLab P&K’s patent-pending, zip code-based MoldRANGE Local Climate report is available across the entire contiguous United States. The mold laboratory report provides …
Kentucky Middle School’s Equipment Failure Results in Mold Growth
8/21/2015 2:15:02 PM
Last month, WPSD broadcasted a report about the temporary closing of a middle school in McCracken County, Kentucky. The middle school was reportedly closed so remediation crews could begin removing mold recently found in the building to get the facility ready for students and faculty preparing for the new school year. According to the news report, a compressor failed which …
TWI Attends F-15 Sustainment Programs Industry Day
TWI Attends F-15 Sustainment Programs Industry Day
8/19/2015 2:08:40 PM
TWI recently attended the US Air Force (USAF) F-15 Sustainment Programs Industry Day. Held 4 August at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia, the event brought together key industry and government leaders to discuss multiple programs in support of the Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 fleet. The event provided an ideal opportunity for the USAF and industry to address …
Widespread Flooding in Tampa Causes Property Damage and Health Concerns
8/19/2015 10:24:13 AM
The first three days of August brought a month’s worth of rain to Tampa.  Parts of the metro area reportedly received up to 18 inches of rain and the region recorded measurable rain for 14 days straight. With the area soaked, the rain had nowhere to go. In many parts of the city, flooding and leaking homes and buildings resulted in extensive property damage.   Now that the …
Industry Experts Help Select Most Innovative Construction Companies
8/18/2015 10:15:12 AM
Dedicated. Experience. Discernment. These are just a few of the words that describe the judges of the Constructech Vision Awards. Each year Constructech honors construction companies that have leveraged technology in an innovative way to improve business practices. Today, Constructech announces the distinguished panel of judges that determined this year’s Vision …
California Wildfires Rage Causing Destruction & Property Damage
8/17/2015 4:21:45 PM
August started with approximately 20 wildfires raging across California.  The fires have been made exceptionally difficult to control this year due to the state’s historic ongoing drought and windy conditions in many areas. Tens of thousands of acres have been burnt as firemen from surrounding states make their way to California to help with efforts to contain the …
Could an Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Occur in Puerto Rico?
Could an Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Occur in Puerto Rico?
8/17/2015 12:14:14 PM
The nation’s attention has been riveted by daily media reports about additional deaths and infections due to the Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in New York City.  So far, 12 people have died and 113 have reportedly developed the life-threatening infection in the South Bronx area.   The outbreak in New York is believed to be associated with contaminated cooling towers that …
Inspect for Common Interior Sources of Water Leaks to Prevent Damage in Homes and Commercial Buildings
Inspect for Common Interior Sources of Water Leaks to Prevent Damage in Homes and Commercial Buildings
8/17/2015 12:05:20 PM
Water damage in all types of buildings is one of the most common causes for an insurance claim.  It can be caused by everything from a natural flooding event or indoor plumbing leak to a sewer backup, faulty hot water heater and numerous other reasons.   Water can destroy building materials, furnishing and belongings.  Its presence can even lead to costly structural damage.  …
Summer Allergens & Indoor Air Quality Issues in Texas the Cause of many Allergic Reactions
Summer Allergens & Indoor Air Quality Issues in Texas the Cause of many Allergic Reactions
8/17/2015 11:55:26 AM
Many Texans associate allergies with spring, but allergies can be a problem for people any month of the year and the summer season is no exception. Summer allergies can be caused by seasonal outdoor culprits or due to the presence of indoor allergens.    Two of the most common causes of summer allergies are due to the presence of pollen and mold. Depending on where a person …
To Celebrate Its 20th Year, Interior Design and Model Merchandising Company, Lita Dirks & Co., Introduces Fresh Branding and New Website
To Celebrate Its 20th Year, Interior Design and Model Merchandising Company, Lita Dirks & Co., Introduces Fresh Branding and New Website
8/12/2015 11:00:00 AM
Lita Dirks & Co., a nationally recognized interior design and merchandising firm , is excited to unveil a fresh, new brand identity that was driven by the positive advancement of both the firm, as well as the interior design and home building industries. For more than 20 years, Lita Dirks & Co. has won numerous awards for delivering exceptional designs that evoke …