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Our focus is to help guide those with complex medical issues back to health through the environmental assessment of their homes and buildings. We identify sources of mold, mycotoxins, and other indoor environmental pathogens, then create roadmaps for restoration, continued maintenance, and proper re-build and design.

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Mold

Mold, or fungi, exists all around us, both inside our buildings  and outside. We are currently  aware of more than 100,000  species of mold. There are  1,000+ species of mold that are  commonly seen in the United  States.  Water damage indicator molds such as Stachybotrys,  Chaetomium, Ulocladium, and  Fusarium can indicate chronic water problems in a building. 

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Mycotoxins

Mold needs to defend its  territory just like you need to  defend your home. Mycotoxins are produced by certain molds as a defense mechanism. Some common types include:

  • AFLATOXIN M1 (AFM1)
  • OCHRATOXIN A (OTA)
  • STERIGMATOCYSTIN (STG)
  • RORIDIN E
  • VERRUCARIN A
  • ENNIATIN B
  • ZEARALENONE (ZEA)
  • GLIOTOXIN*
  • MYCOPHENOLIC ACID*
  • DIHYDROCITRINONE*
  • CHAETOGLOBOSIN A*

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ERMI/ HERTSMI 2

The ERMI (Environmental  Relative Moldiness Index) is a  study developed by the EPA  where approximately 1,100  homes were tested (both water damaged and non-water damaged) to identify 36 mold species that were most  present within those homes,  and an index scoring system.

Dr. Shoemaker also created the HERTSMI2 scoring system.  This scoring system can be  derived from the ERMI test  results, so there is no need for additional sampling. The  difference is that the HERTSMI-2 only uses a panel 5 mold  species.

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VOCS

Volatile organic compounds  (VOC’s), such as formaldehyde, are emitted as gases from  certain materials. VOC’s  include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short and long-term adverse health effects.  VOC’s are emitted by a wide  array of products numbering  in the thousands.

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Bacteria

Bacteria are the primary colonizers or first organisms to grow in after a water event occurs in the building. As bacteria dies off, it can produce potent toxins called Endotoxins. The most frequent bacteria species found are called Actinomycetes. This bacteria can produce biotoxins similar to mold and mycotoxins.

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Dust

House Dust is a mixture of many substances. Its content varies from home to home and business to business, but the most commonly found is mold spores, insect fragments, dust mites, dead human and animal skin cells, and building materials. Dust can cause allergic reactions such as:

Sneezing, runny nose, itchy red eyes, nasal congestion, itchy nose or throat, postnasal drip, cough, facial pressure or pain, swollen skin under eyes.

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Allergen

There are many different influences within a home or office that can produce indoor allergens.

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