1,4-DICHLOROBENZENE

What is Dichlorobenzene? 1,4-Dichlorobenzene (p-DCB, para-dichlorobenzene) is an organic compound with the formula C6H4Cl2. This colorless solid has a strong odor. In terms of its structure, the molecule consists of two chlorine atoms substituted for hydrogen at opposing sites on a benzene ring. p-DCB is used a pesticide and a deodorant, most familiarly in mothballs in which it is a replacement for the more traditional naphthalene. p-DCB is also used as a precursor in the production of the polymer poly(p-phenylene sulfide).

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10 Mold Prevention Tips

MOLD!—It can seriously affect the quality of your indoor air quality. Mold can trigger allergies and asthma attacks, irritate, the eyes, the skin, the throat, nose and lungs of all occupants living in contaminated house, even pets! You can prevent mold from destroying your home and improve your air quality.

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About Relative Humidity

What is Relative Humidity (RH)? Relative humidity is defined as the ratio of the water vapor pressure or water vapor content to the saturation vapor pressure or the maximum vapor content at the temperature of the air or gas. The saturation vapor pressure in the air varies with air temperature: the higher the temperature, the more water vapor it can hold. When saturated the relative humidity in the air is 100% RH. Relative humidity recommended for houses is between 30% and 50%. This level of humidity is not always easy to maintain, especially in certain “problem” areas of the home or building. A dehumidifier is often used in basements and crawlspaces where humidity can be very high.

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Are you Sick with Mold Symtoms?

Your mold report will have threshold levels that will indicate mold issues within your building. Follow all recommendation based on your report findings and lab results. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have been exposed to mold. The top mold health symptoms are the following in alphabetical order. A mold victim may experience one or more symptoms, separately or simultaneously:

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Attic Mold What every Homeowner needs to know.

Attic mold and the causes. What to do and when to do it.

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Camphor and VOCs

Camphor is UNSAFE when taken by mouth by adults or children. Ingesting camphor can cause severe side effects, including death. The first symptoms of camphor toxicity occur quickly (within 5 to 90 minutes), and can include burning of the mouth and throat, Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking camphor by mouth is UNSAFE during pregnancy or breast-feeding. The safety of applying camphor to the skin during pregnancy or breast-feeding is unknown. Don’t risk your health or your baby’s. Avoid using camphor during pregnancy.ChildrenLIKELY UNSAFE in children when applied to the skin. Children tend to be more sensitive to the side effects. Camphor is definitely when taken by mouth. Seizures and death can occur if these products are eaten. Keep camphor-containing products away from children.

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CNN Reports Mold Coverup

Renters in Seattle neighborhood face health issues due to long term mold exposure. New RRIO inspections may help protect these renter in low maintenance housing.

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Commonly Used Formaldehyde Products

Indoor air testing involves collecting a sample from the area being tested and determining the formaldehyde levels by an acceptable analytical method. Ultimately, the level of formaldehyde determined using the indoor air testing method is an accurate assessment of “snapshot” exposure to formaldehyde from multiple sources under conditions typical for that location.

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Ethanol 64-17-5

Cleaners, especially antiseptic wipes; personal care; consumable alcohol; some solvents; renewable gasoline component; pharmaceuticals

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High Indoor VOCs linked to Garage

According to the EPA, older, traditional gas cans release about 8 pounds of VOCs through spills and evaporation each year. By using newer gas cans, which are made of materials that minimize permeation losses and include features such as spill-proof shut off valves and no secondary vent holes, harmful gasoline vapors can be reduced by at least 50 percent, or 4 pounds per year. Even when these cans are stored in your garage the VOCs can easily enter into your home increasing your homes total VOC levels. Common compounds such as Benzene and Toluene are indicators of gasoline leakage.

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Houseplants Battle Indoor VOC Issues

VOC issues can be lowered by common houseplants. Even if you don't have a green thumb there are plants that can help. Join us in our conversation of houseplants and your indoor air quality. Also be sure to check back for an update on Houseplants and Indoor Mold Control !!

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Importance of Indoor Air Quality Testing

You need an indoor air quality testing because not only the outside air might cause problems in your health but the inside gases and particles released by construction activities, perfumes cigarette smoke, microbial growth, insects and much more. There are more factors that might produce issues in your health such as ventilation levels, humidity and indoor temperature. Due to these facts, it is very important to make an indoor air quality testing as soon as possible in your office or home. An indoor air quality testing will help you prevent the presence of pollutants. It can also remove the source of pollution or reduce the emissions right away. Adjusting gas stoves and asbestos sources, the pollutants will be reduced. This is the most effective way of removing molds and other pollutants, by removing their source. A ventilation improvement is important as well.

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Mold and Allergies

Mold allergies are very common here in the Seattle area. Most people do not even know they have been living with the mold allergy and relate it to a mild cold that stays with them, Main issue we see is mold related asthma. We often see doctors that mis diagnose the relation to mold.

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Mold and Dust Mites, Which are to Blame?

For creatures and spores you can't even see, dust mites and mold can stir up a lot of trouble. About 20 million Americans are allergic to these little bugs. You may feel as if you have an endless cold or even asthma.

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Preparing Your Building for a VOC Test

VOC air sampling provides a comprehensive picture of chemical levels that the home occupants are breathing in the home. It also indicates a level of actively growing mold present in the home. Also, the samples are collected without the use of toxic chemicals, so there are no health risks during the VOC sampling. No other air test can match the level of completeness, sophistication, prediction, and value of our onsite VOC sampling.

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Propylene Glycol 57-55-6 Health Issues to Exposure?

Indoor air quality issues with Propylene are one of the most common for VOC complaints.

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Rodents and your Indoor Air Quality

What does a rat infestation in your home do to your indoor air quality? Should the walls be removed, ducts replaced? Rats in Bellevue and Seattle area homes are always open to these risk.

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Testing for Cigarette Smoke

Are there tenants smoking in your non-smoking building? Is your neighbors poor IAQ causing issues in your home? With our tobacco air testing we can help prove what is in your air.

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Texanol hurting your Building VOC results?

Higher levels of Texanol A and B 74267-34-3 and 74367-33-2 now issues in IAQ. How these compounds affect your buildings VOC count and air quality even when you have used Low VOC paints?

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Whole House Fans and Your Home

Building ventilation is one of the most important contributors to Mold and poor indoor air quality issues. Air ventilation clears out VOCs and keeps the CO2 at normal levels. Read on to know what ACH your building needs are to properly function. YES its now Building Code!

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