Indoor Air Quality is a broad topic. In the last several years, scientific evidence has proven that the indoor air in homes and buildings can sometimes offer a greater Health Risk and be more polluted than the outside air, even when tested in a industrialized setting.
Many factors have to be considered when you or anyone in the building starts having symptoms that could be related to exposure to mold or other pollutants. This syndrome is referred to as Sick Building Syndrome.
Mold is the most common concern of indoor air problems. When mold grows inside a building, the spores become concentrated in the air and can cause severe problems when inhaled in large numbers. There are many types of mold and some are more dangerous than others. Also, some people are more sensitive to mold exposure and have more severe reactions.
"Bad" indoor air can also be caused by many other unacceptable levels of pollutants such as fungi, bacteria, gases, dust, paint, and industrial byproducts.
Testing should be done if any occupants, after spending time in the building, complain of headaches, asthma, flu-like symptoms, dry hacking cough, respiratory or breathing problems, skin rashes, nose bleeds, or other symptoms that lead to a general feeling of depression.
In many cases, we find the problems can be solved by a cleaning and removal of dust and debris from the air conditioner unit and duct system.
We can perform the proper type of testing to alert, identify, and advise you what your sources of contamination are.
We can also recommend how to resolve or remediate the problem areas in the building.
Common Questions About Air Testing In Your Home Or Business
1. How do i know if i need any air testing done?
If you or any other occupant of the building that you live in or work at feel any type of discomfort when in the enclosed structure for a extended period of time. Discomfort symptoms could be but not limited to any of the following. Headaches, runny nose, difficulty in breathing, watering of the eyes, lack of energy, sneezing, nose bleeds, skin irritations, asthma, and even a general feeling of depression or "brain fog" to mention only a few.
2. What would i look for to alert me that I could have a problem in my home or business?
If you have had any type of moisture problems, such as roof leaks, pipes leaking or broken, a/c units that donÕt drain properly, dirty coils on the A/C unit, moisture around the shower, exhaust fans that are not working or not effective. Excessive debris in your air duct system in the supply and return lines.
3. What if the air testing shows i have a mold problem?
Depending on the location and cause of the problem, recommendations can be made to fix or prevent the problem. All mold problems do not have to be expensive to fix; they can sometimes be very simple to resolve.
4. How often should I have air testing done?
Testing should be done if any of the above things should happen, or if you would develop any other type of health disorder. Many businesses will have testing done on a regular basis as a part of their maintenance and prevention programs
*We also recommend having air testing done if you are buying or moving into a new building so that if a problem exists, it could fixed before you had any exposure.
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