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Increase Reported in Flint Area Deaths Associated with Legionnaires’ Disease
Increase Reported in Flint Area Deaths Associated with Legionnaires’ Disease
5/2/2016 11:47:50 AM
In April, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated the number of deaths that have been associated with people in Genesee County who have developed Legionnaires’ disease. According to the MDHHS, 12 deaths and 91 cases of Legionnaires’ disease have now been identified in the county from 2014 through 2015. The agency reports, “The public health …
Asthma Awareness Month in Puerto Rico and Recognizing Indoor Environmental Triggers
Asthma Awareness Month in Puerto Rico and Recognizing Indoor Environmental Triggers
5/2/2016 11:02:59 AM
Each year, May is recognized as Asthma Awareness Month. Asthma impacts up to 19% of Puerto Rico’s population and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that asthma is one of the most common lifelong chronic diseases.   According to an asthma fact sheet published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the prevalence of asthma attacks is …
Identifying Sewage Contamination to Protect Building Occupants from Exposure Risks
Identifying Sewage Contamination to Protect Building Occupants from Exposure Risks
5/2/2016 9:03:53 AM
Sewage contamination, two words that no property owner or tenant ever wants to hear. While any type of water damage to the interior of a home or business can cause expensive repairs and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues, when the damage is due to sewage these concerns and costs only increase.   In addition to the odors and unpleasant nature of sewage contamination, …
Arizona Property Owners Faced with Hail Damage Now Have Help
Arizona Property Owners Faced with Hail Damage Now Have Help
5/2/2016 8:56:23 AM
For people who do not live in the arid Southwest, the idea that powerful hailstorms can wreak havoc on people’s property may come as a surprise. However, residents from places such as the Phoenix metropolitan area know all too well that hailstorms are a real property threat that are not just associated with the monsoon season.   The National Oceanic and Atmospheric …
El Niño Rains Result in Leaking Roofs and Mold Concerns for Some California Apartment Tenants
El Niño Rains Result in Leaking Roofs and Mold Concerns for Some California Apartment Tenants
4/29/2016 9:47:22 AM
In March, California’s NBC4 I-Team broadcasted a report about residents living at a Studio City apartment complex. According to the report, each time there is a significant rainstorm, water leaks from the ceiling in some units. One resident has even been forced to sleep in her living room during rainstorms because the leaks in the bedroom are so extensive.  While the last …
Tragedy Highlights the Dangers of Exposure to Ammonia in the Workplace
Tragedy Highlights the Dangers of Exposure to Ammonia in the Workplace
4/28/2016 9:24:59 AM
Last month, WFXT-TV published a report about the death of a warehouse worker in Boston. The tragic incident occurred at a refrigerated seafood warehouse after the man was overcome by fumes caused by an ammonia leak. According to the news report, workers began to notice a strong odor and could actually see a leak occur. The warehouse is believed to store over 5,000 gallons …
Florida Lawsuit Filed after Employees Claim Exposure to Bat Guano, Mold and IAQ Issues
Florida Lawsuit Filed after Employees Claim Exposure to Bat Guano, Mold and IAQ Issues
4/26/2016 2:13:26 PM
Recently, it was reported that pounds of bat feces were discovered in the ceiling above an office in a Florida state government building in Tallahassee. The  Orlando Sentinel  has since reported that the state is moving 1,500 workers from multiple agencies out of the facility to new locations. The newspaper also reported that three state workers have filed a lawsuit …
GreenWood, Inc. Receives Prestigious BB&T Lighthouse Beam Safety Award for Sixth Consecutive Year
GreenWood, Inc. Receives Prestigious BB&T Lighthouse Beam Safety Award for Sixth Consecutive Year
4/26/2016 2:07:00 PM
GreenWood, Inc., an integrated maintenance, construction and workforce solutions provider, was recently presented with the Lighthouse Beam Safety Award by BB&T Insurance Services.  The award is designed to emphasize safety and health throughout a company’s organization and is reserved only for companies who achieve excellence in safety performance.  To qualify, a company …
Sewer Gas Testing and Consulting Services Allow Residents of Puerto Rico to Breathe Easier
Sewer Gas Testing and Consulting Services Allow Residents of Puerto Rico to Breathe Easier
4/26/2016 12:55:32 PM
Sewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and nontoxic gases that can be present in a home, school or building depending on various circumstances. It is formed during the decay of household and industrial waste.   There can be highly toxic components of sewer gas which include hydrogen sulfide and ammonia. Sewer gas also contains methane, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and …
Arundel Cooling, Heating and Electrical Recognized with Angie’s Super Service Award 7 Years in a Row
Arundel Cooling, Heating and Electrical Recognized with Angie’s Super Service Award 7 Years in a Row
4/25/2016 3:14:20 PM
Ever drive down the street and see a bumper sticker that says “Angie’s List Super Service Award” and ask yourself: “What the heck is a Super Service Award?” The Super Service Award is a leading national honor, it gives members confidence to invest in the services of top rated companies. Every year, Angie’s List gives the SSA to the top A-rated companies in their category, …
EMLab P&K Helps Mold Testing Specialists in New Jersey and Pennsylvania Through Patent-Pending Lab Report
4/25/2016 12:12:32 PM
– EMLab P&K, a TestAmerica company and the leading commercial indoor air quality (IAQ) laboratory in North America, helps mold testing clients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania through MoldRANGE Local Climate report. The enhanced versions of the patent-pending reports are now available for EMLab P&K’s clients who perform mold sampling in New Jersey and …
Ruptured Water Main in Antioch Causes Property Damage and Mold Concerns
Ruptured Water Main in Antioch Causes Property Damage and Mold Concerns
4/25/2016 9:51:44 AM
In March, the  East Bay Times  published a report about water damage to a shopping center in Antioch, California. The damage was caused by a 10” water main that was accidently broken by contractors digging nearby. According to the article, several businesses sustained damage as water and debris entered the shopping center.   Water incursions, whether due to a broken water …
Dallas Asbestos Testing Laboratory Receives TDSHS License
Dallas Asbestos Testing Laboratory Receives TDSHS License
4/22/2016 10:06:35 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Dallas, Texas laboratory has received the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) license for asbestos PLM analysis. EMSL Dallas is now ready to accept samples for asbestos analysis in materials and environmental samples to help prevent exposure. “EMSL is proud to receive this TDSHS license and extend asbestos …
Parents Concerned about Lead Contamination in Students’ Drinking Water
Parents Concerned about Lead Contamination in Students’ Drinking Water
4/21/2016 11:51:40 AM
Ever since elevated levels of lead were found in drinking water in Flint, water quality and lead contamination have garnered the media’s attention. Recent high profile cases involving schools have caused concern for many parents across the United States.  Just last month, New Jersey’s largest school district shut off water fountains in 30 buildings throughout the district …
Lita Dirks & Co. Selected as Interior Designer for the 2017 BUILDER Taylor Morrison NEXTadventure Home
Lita Dirks & Co. Selected as Interior Designer for the 2017 BUILDER Taylor Morrison NEXTadventure Home
4/21/2016 11:26:40 AM
Lita Dirks & Co., an award-winning interior design and model merchandising company, will be teaming up with BUILDER and Taylor Morrison to produce the BUILDER Taylor Morrison NEXTadventure Home. Architect, Deryl Patterson and her team at Jacksonville, FL – based Housing Design Matters have been selected as the architect for this exciting venture. The home will be …
AmCraft Manufacturing Releases New Custom Designed Industrial Curtain Track Hardware
AmCraft Manufacturing Releases New Custom Designed Industrial Curtain Track Hardware
4/20/2016 1:07:52 PM
AmCraft Manufacturing Inc., the manufacturer of industrial curtain walls, announced the release of the “Counter Sink Connector,” a new custom designed industrial curtain track hardware piece that is designed to lay flat against the ceiling. This newest piece to the curtain hardware family was created to help minimize the ceiling challenges that facilities may encounter during …
Identifying Sewer Gas Exposure Concerns in Homes and Buildings
Identifying Sewer Gas Exposure Concerns in Homes and Buildings
4/20/2016 10:52:50 AM
Exposure to sewer gas is a concern due to its unpleasant odor, health effects associated with breathing toxic gases and potential asphyxiation concerns. In high concentrations, it can create explosion hazards and even in low concentrations could lower property values. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that sewer gas is a complex mixture of toxic and …
California Residents Learn the Perils of Smoke Damage Following Building Fires
California Residents Learn the Perils of Smoke Damage Following Building Fires
4/19/2016 9:53:39 AM
In March,  The San Diego Union-Tribune  published a report about two residential property fires that occurred on the same street in Escondido over just a few days. The fires are believed to have resulted in approximately $125,000 in property damage to the two properties, but neighbors should also be on the lookout for potential smoke damage in their homes. Fires in homes …
Missouri Residents Learn of TCE Exposure Risks due to Vapor Intrusion
Missouri Residents Learn of TCE Exposure Risks due to Vapor Intrusion
4/18/2016 11:51:09 AM
In March, Missouri’s KOLR broadcasted a report about trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination and potential exposure concerns for some area residents resulting from vapor intrusion. The contamination concerns are the result of TCE having been used as a metal degreaser for decades at an industrial site in Camdenton, Missouri. Trichloroethylene is a type of volatile organic …
Lita Dirks to Speak at the 2016 Senior Housing and Care Conference
Lita Dirks to Speak at the 2016 Senior Housing and Care Conference
4/18/2016 10:00:00 AM
Lita Dirks, owner of the nationally- acclaimed interior design and model merchandising company, Lita Dirks and Co., will speak at the 2016 Senior Housing and Care Conference, located at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Englewood, CO on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Dirks will be joined by Ron Meier, Housing Industry Council Chair, Home Builders Association of Denver; …