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Hashing Out Flashings
IAQ IQ: Spring 2017

Air Matters
Newsletter: Spring 2017

Case Studies of Building Odors
IAQ IQ: Winter 2016-2017

Updating Your Home for the New Year?
Newsletter: Winter 2016-2017

Cracks
IAQ IQ: Fall 2016

Tips for Keeping a “Green House” Healthy
Newsletter: Fall 2016

Indoor Air Quality Problems: Who or What are the Real Culprits?
IAQ IQ: Spring 2016

The Hidden Wonders of Basements
Newsletter: Spring 2016

When to Call In a Specialist
IAQ IQ: Winter 2015-2016

Chores and Cautions after the Holiday Season
Newsletter: Winter 2015-2016

An Attached Garage: A Blessing or a Curse?
Newsletter: Summer 2015

Dust is the Devil
Newsletter: Spring 2015

Don’t Deck the Halls with Contaminants
Newsletter: Winter 2014 – 2015

The Risk of Below-Grade Fiberglass
As far as I’m concerned, fiberglass insulation should never be used below-grade. The material collects biodegradable dust, starting from the day it is installed.

Worries at the Top: The Attic
As far as homeowners go, the attic is a forgotten place. For most home inspectors, however, it is an essential part of an inspection, because it is precisely in such forlorn spaces that evidence of problems can be found.

Damned Ice
Newsletter: February 2015

Air In, Air, Out
Newsletter: Fall, 2014

Pests and Pets
Newsletter: Summer, 2014

Spring Cleaning in Your Kitchen
Newsletter: Spring, 2014

The Ups and Downs of Humidification
Newsletter: Winter, 2013-2014

Tips for Healthy, Energy Efficient Homes
There are some simple things home occupants can do to keep airborne allergens and contaminants at a minimum, even if they live in a “tight” house.

Ten Ways to Control Moisture and Mold in Your Home
Mold and mildew pose serious health hazards—especially for people with allergies and asthma. The key to controlling mold is controlling moisture.

What’s Bugging You?
Unlike cockroaches, which have been a persistent problem in urban apartments, bedbugs were virtually unseen for decades. They are currently making a comeback, which theorists attribute to reductions in pesticide use.

Dust Mites and Indoor Mold May Make Your Child Sick
Parents of kids with allergies or asthma face a special task in working to reduce their children’s exposures to mold spores and dust mite allergens.

Paint Failures
Most peeling of paint is due ultimately to the effects of moisture.

The Quality of Air in Healthcare
Indoor air can become very contaminated, like the murky water in a stagnant pond.

Taming Indoor Allergy and Asthma Triggers
Building occupants in “sick buildings” experience symptoms that include respiratory problems, sinus congestion, headaches, mucous membrane irritation, allergies, and asthma.

Wake Up Call
Few if any building owners or even HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) contractors for that matter are aware of the purpose of filtration in a mechanical system.

Thermal Telegraphing
We have received many telephone calls from very upset homeowners who feared that their houses were being devastated by a black mold that caused black streaks on walls and ceilings.