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Old 11-25-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Hi All!

Our house is 11 years old, forced hot air/cooling. Wife, me and one of two sons are chronically achy, queasy, snorty, etc. We had the ducts cleaned 4 years ago but never have gotten a break from the blah feeling in our house.

Can anyone recommend a company that will test the air quality of our home? In the Northeast we had our choice of "industrial hygenists" and testing firms, which were expensive, but cannot seem to locate or identify a similar entity here in the Raleigh/Cary area.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
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Old 11-25-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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Sounds like you have mold in your air ducts.
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Old 11-26-2009, 06:23 AM
 
Location: ITB Raleigh, NC
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There are tons of places here too. The one I have heard good things about is EI. EI - Your Single-Source Environmental, Health & Safety Solution
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Old 11-26-2009, 06:39 AM
 
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We had one done a year ago and used LRC Research (LRC Indoor Testing and Research - Home) very reasonable and also very helpful in explaining the results. Cathy was great, her e-mail is cathyrichmond@lrcresearch.com
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:19 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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We had one done a year ago and used LRC Research (LRC Indoor Testing and Research - Home) very reasonable and also very helpful in explaining the results. Cathy was great, her e-mail is cathyrichmond@lrcresearch.com

wolfcub, if you don't mind my asking, what did they find in your home? Thank you both for the leads, too!
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Old 11-26-2009, 08:42 AM
 
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I had high levels of particlates in the upstairs. Nothing that would make us sick but it was abnormally high and they recommended a quality air purifier.
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Old 11-26-2009, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Raleigh
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If you hire anyone to check the air quality of your home, make sure that they do not also offer remediation services because that is a conflict of interest and they will sell you things you don't need. If you have high levels of particulates, I would recommend having your ducts professionally sealed with bucket mastic and have your supplies and returns sealed to the drywall/subfloor. Once your ducts have been sealed, the air quality in your home should improve dramatically (without purchasing an expensive filtration unit) and your utility bills will plummet.

Mike
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Old 11-26-2009, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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If you hire anyone to check the air quality of your home, make sure that they do not also offer remediation services because that is a conflict of interest and they will sell you things you don't need. If you have high levels of particulates, I would recommend having your ducts professionally sealed with bucket mastic and have your supplies and returns sealed to the drywall/subfloor. Once your ducts have been sealed, the air quality in your home should improve dramatically (without purchasing an expensive filtration unit) and your utility bills will plummet.

Mike

Wow, thanks for that too! What a resource having you people on board here. Thank you. Great info to run with!
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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It is probably from your crawlspace. Following Mike's suggestion will help tremendously. You should also remedy any moisture issues you are facing under the house if that turns out to be the case.
Ps- duct cleaning only truly works on uninsulated metal ducts. It is more or less a snake oil remedy on flex duct.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:22 AM
 
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Default In house air quality testing

Did you ever find a company/solution to this issue? We have been in our house for 1 year and have been sick non-stop. I'd love to discuss with you in more detail.


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Hi All!

Our house is 11 years old, forced hot air/cooling. Wife, me and one of two sons are chronically achy, queasy, snorty, etc. We had the ducts cleaned 4 years ago but never have gotten a break from the blah feeling in our house.

Can anyone recommend a company that will test the air quality of our home? In the Northeast we had our choice of "industrial hygenists" and testing firms, which were expensive, but cannot seem to locate or identify a similar entity here in the Raleigh/Cary area.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. A very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
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