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Sick Building

Headaches, upper respiratory irritation, fatigue, and nausea can all be indicators of toxic mold or poor indoor air qualityTERS is a leader in mold removal and mediation; indoor air quality testing and remediation; fire damage restoration and water damage restoration. Often the result of poor indoor air quality, mold contamination and exposure to chemical contaminants in a building leads to a series of health symptoms and illnesses known as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS).

Buildings with SBS may cause its occupants to complain of: eye, nose and throat irritation; neurotoxic or general health problems; skin irritation; hypersensitivity reactions; infectious diseases; sensory damage; headaches, fatigue, nausea, and membrane irritation.

SBS is a term used to describe health effects that seem to be linked to building occupancy without any other diseases being detected. Causes of SBS are not easily recognizable. Complaints and symptoms are usually relieved after exiting the building. Diagnosis is based upon exclusion of other diseases and is determined by sampling and testing of indoor chemical or biological contaminants, as well as evaluating for other possible outside causes (See water damage cleanup and fire damage restoration sections).

There are many sources of indoor air pollutants in buildings. They include: combustion sources, building materials, furnishings, cleaning products, personal care products, air duct systems, and bioaerosols such as bacteria and mold. Any of these contaminants can create poor indoor air quality and lead to symptoms of Sick Building Syndrome.

TERS can assist you in finding and identifying the type of indoor air pollutants and find other indoor environmental conditions that are conducive to SBS symptoms. Our experts can recommend solutions for remediation and improvement of indoor air quality in addition to utilizing our expert testing methods. TERS can conduct toxic mold and indoor air quality testing and remediation, as well as flood, sewage, and water damage restoration, and fire, soot, and smoke damage cleanup and repair to eliminate SBS.
MEMBERSHIPS: Indoor Air Quality Association Inc. ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers RIA - Restoration Industry Association ACAC - American Counsil for Accredited Certification Mold Inspection Consulting and Remidiation Organization NRSB - National Radon Safety Board USGBC: U.S. Green Building Council IIRC - Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification