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San Jose Apartment Fire Displaces Dozens of Residents and Raises IAQ Concerns
San Jose Apartment Fire Displaces Dozens of Residents and Raises IAQ Concerns
8/25/2016 8:44:42 AM
Last month, a fire in a 12-story apartment tower in San Jose displaced dozens of residents. The fire reportedly began in a faulty ceiling light in the ninth floor elevator lobby. Although the flames were quickly extinguished by the building’s sprinkler system and the efforts of firefighters, water damage has been reported from the ninth floor all the way down to the …
Baton Rouge Testing Lab Offers PCR Based Sewage Contamination for Recent Flooding
Baton Rouge Testing Lab Offers PCR Based Sewage Contamination for Recent Flooding
8/23/2016 9:46:52 AM
Earlier in August, large amounts of rainfall across Louisiana led to flooding across the state. In additional to property damage and mold growth, residents in the flooded areas should be aware of potential sewage contamination. Environmental sewage contamination can affect drinking water and food supplies. “Residents affected by the recent flooding should be aware of the …
New EPA Formaldehyde Rule and Mitigating Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico
New EPA Formaldehyde Rule and Mitigating Exposure Risks in Puerto Rico
8/22/2016 8:51:42 AM
In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde off-gassing from certain wood products. These products include hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.   Formaldehyde is a chemical widely used by industry to manufacture …
New York’s IEQ Experts Provide Advice for Coastal Property Managers and Owners
New York’s IEQ Experts Provide Advice for Coastal Property Managers and Owners
8/22/2016 8:43:58 AM
Some of the nation’s most expensive coastal real estate can be found from Cape May in New Jersey to Long Island’s Gold Coast and up to Newport, Rhode Island. Thousands of multimillion dollar coastal homes are situated on this exclusive stretch of beachfront property.   Having a full time or vacation home on the coast is a dream come true for many people. An oceanfront or …
EMSL’s Three Lab Locations Equipped and Staffed to Handle Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Samples
EMSL’s Three Lab Locations Equipped and Staffed to Handle Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Samples
8/22/2016 8:41:47 AM
Last year, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reported that over 5,000 drinking water systems in the United States violated the federal law for lead levels in water supplies. After 1,110 community water systems were analyzed, it was revealed that over 10% of the homes tested had lead levels of 15 parts per billion (ppb), which is over the action level established by …
Flood Damage Cleanup Begins in Baton Rouge, Testing Lab Provides Mold Testing
Flood Damage Cleanup Begins in Baton Rouge, Testing Lab Provides Mold Testing
8/19/2016 11:51:20 AM
In August, large rain storms across Louisiana caused flooding across the state. Record river levels forced thousands to evacuate from their homes. As residents are allowed to access their homes again, many are assessing damage caused by the flooding. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and mold. Property …
EPA Announces Finalized Rule to Reduce Exposure to Formaldehyde Off-Gassing from Wood Products
EPA Announces Finalized Rule to Reduce Exposure to Formaldehyde Off-Gassing from Wood Products
8/17/2016 10:16:59 AM
In July, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. In 2010, the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Act established emission standards for formaldehyde from composite wood products and directed the EPA to …
Local Company Helping Residents Prevent Injury And Save Money
Local Company Helping Residents Prevent Injury And Save Money
8/17/2016 8:56:57 AM
Most people these days don’t think about their garage doors on a regular basis and this can cause serious issues. As it turns out, failure to obtain regular maintenance can result in costly problems down the line, or even create a potentially dangerous situation. Thankfully, there are companies out there like King Door And Lock. This local business is helping residents in …
Historic Flooding Causes Widespread Property Damage and IAQ Concerns in Maryland
Historic Flooding Causes Widespread Property Damage and IAQ Concerns in Maryland
8/17/2016 8:15:51 AM
Late July brought devastating flooding to Ellicott, Maryland that took the lives of two people and severely damaged a number of buildings. The tragedy occurred after approximately six inches of rain fell in the area in just two hours.  The flood waters hit the historic downtown business area particularly hard. Basements and the first floors of a number of businesses and …
New School Year in Puerto Rico and the Importance of Healthy Indoor Air Quality
New School Year in Puerto Rico and the Importance of Healthy Indoor Air Quality
8/15/2016 12:09:34 PM
This month, students and teachers across Puerto Rico begin returning to classrooms for the start of the new school year. Unfortunately, too many school districts face challenges when it comes to providing a healthy environment for their students and teachers.    Tough economic times have resulted in numerous schools having their preventive maintenance and operating budgets …
Stucco Defects Leave Florida Homeowners Battling Water Damage and Mold
8/15/2016 9:05:42 AM
Recently, WBBH broadcasted a story about Florida homeowners dealing with stucco defects on their homes. The defects allowed moisture to seep into exterior walls causing rot and extensive mold growth in some circumstances. According to the news report, an inspector performed mold testing in two of the homes being checked for stucco problems. Both came back positive for …
Reducing Indoor Exposure to Formaldehyde in New York and the Tri-State Area
Reducing Indoor Exposure to Formaldehyde in New York and the Tri-State Area
8/15/2016 8:38:38 AM
Just last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde off-gassing from certain wood products produced domestically or imported. These products include hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, as well as household and other finished goods containing these products.   As far back as 1987, the …
NASA Selects Six Companies to Develop Prototypes, Concepts for Deep Space Habitats
NASA Selects Six Companies to Develop Prototypes, Concepts for Deep Space Habitats
8/12/2016 5:11:52 PM
NASA has selected six U.S. companies to help advance the Journey to Mars by developing ground prototypes and concepts for deep space habitats. Through the public-private partnerships enabled by the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement, Appendix A, NASA and industry partners will expand commercial development of …
CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence achieves Silver LEED certification
CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence achieves Silver LEED certification
8/12/2016 3:32:11 PM
The CenturyLink Technology Center of Excellence in Monroe, Louisiana, has achieved Silver LEED ( Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ) certification. LEED is a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage sustainable design. The 300,000-square-foot facility, which opened in …
Water Damage and Mold Growth Temporarily Close California Courthouse
Water Damage and Mold Growth Temporarily Close California Courthouse
8/11/2016 9:39:38 AM
A lack of building maintenance that resulted in water leaks at a local Northern California courthouse is being blamed for the temporary closure of the facility several months ago. To make matters worse, media reports have stated that mold was also discovered that could cause indoor air quality (IAQ) issues for the public and the court’s staff. In response, County officials …
MAXPRO Announces Partnership with Singapore-based Distributor FILMTACK
MAXPRO Announces Partnership with Singapore-based Distributor FILMTACK
8/10/2016 11:59:33 PM
MAXPRO Manufacturing, LLC (MAXPRO), a fast-growing US-based window films manufacturer, awards an exclusive Pan-Asian distributorship to Singapore-based FILMTACK PTE LTD (FILMTACK). The agreement involves the establishment of a regional logistics center in Singapore to expand MAXPRO’s footprints throughout the Asia-Pacific. As part of the plan, FILMTACK will invest US $1.7 …
Northeast Fresno Families Concerned Over Lead Levels in their Water
Northeast Fresno Families Concerned Over Lead Levels in their Water
8/10/2016 10:40:00 AM
Recently, KFSN broadcasted a report about water concerns for many residents of Northeast Fresno. Corrosive water has raised issues with lead leaching out of pipes and plumbing fixtures and into the water that residents use in their homes, schools and businesses.  KFSN reports that a quarter of the homes tested so far have shown lead levels above the federal standard. One …
EMSL Chicago Laboratory Receives AIHA Accreditation for ICP-AES Analysis
EMSL Chicago Laboratory Receives AIHA Accreditation for ICP-AES Analysis
8/9/2016 9:44:42 AM
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is proud to announce that its Chicago laboratory has been awarded accreditation through the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) Industrial Hygiene Laboratory Accreditation Program (IHLAP). EMSL Chicago is now approved for Inductively-Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES) testing technique by NIOSH 7300/7303 methods. …
Puerto Rico’s Property Damage and IEQ Experts Provide Advice to Protect Coastal Homes
Puerto Rico’s Property Damage and IEQ Experts Provide Advice to Protect Coastal Homes
8/8/2016 7:07:24 PM
The archipelago that makes up Puerto Rico provides for some of the most breathtaking locations for residents and visitors to purchase beach homes. For many people, having a full time or vacation home on the coast is a dream come true. An oceanfront or nearby home can also provide lucrative rental income for property owners and investors.   These properties do come with …
Protecting New York’s Workers and Families from Secondhand Asbestos Hazards
Protecting New York’s Workers and Families from Secondhand Asbestos Hazards
8/8/2016 10:16:55 AM
Throughout New York and the tri-state area there are still countless residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional properties with asbestos-containing materials. There are also a number of industries where workers may come into contact with asbestos during their daily activities.   Due to the unique properties found in asbestos, these minerals were used for decades …