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Our environmental division provides basic as well as advanced environmental services that include testing homes of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity patients, and others with health issues adn challenges. More specific information including the hazards of Macellus Shale gas drilling is available at www.EnviroSpect.info  

Mold, allergens, carbon monoxide and other indoor air pollutants can rob you of your health. Tighter housing, high efficiency equipment and energy saving housing components have created unhealthy conditions in our homes and workplaces. Many patients spend time and money on exhaustive medical tests only to find out the cause of their illness is their environment.  The "theory"that a little Clorox solves all mold problems could not be further from the truth.

Water quality is another  common health concern. Typically, a basic water quality test will check for bacteria such as Coliform and E-coli. Addtionally there may be the presence lead, nitrates and nitirtes , arsenic, iron and manganese in drinking water.

Another common environmental concern with the home is radon. This is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.  Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural decay of uranium in the soil. 50%of all homes in Western PA fail the radon test.  If the level is too high, a radon reduction system will need to be installed.

In homes built before 1978, lead based paint may be present. Generally, if the lead based paint is in good condition, not cracking or peeling, it is not a hazard. If the condition is hazardous, the paint will either need to be removed or sealed in such a manner as to eliminate the hazard.

In older homes built more than 30 years ago, asbestos was used in many types of insulation and other building materials. If the asbestos is releasing fibers into the air, it needs to be removed or repaired by a professional contractor specializing in asbestos cleanup. But, if the asbestos material is in good repair, and not releasing fibers, it poses no hazard and can be left alone.

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