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Indoor Air Quality Testing

 

Homes, commercial buildings and offices can have poor indoor air quality that may be leading to occupant discomfort or sick building syndrome.  The air you breathe can have a profound effect on your overall ability to work, concentrate and perform daily tasks.  In addition it can have a strong lasting effect on your health and is a preventative factor in many respiratory illnesses as well as certain types of cancer.  Sick buildings or chronic building related illnesses can cause excessive employee absences which in turn affect employee turnover rates, moral and will cost your organization money.

An indoor air quality assessment can provide valuable information on the indoor environment as well as indoor pollutants that can make people sick.

Most of us are aware that you shouldn't start a car in a closed garage and leave it running without proper ventilation.  The result could be deadly!  However, many consumer products, furnishings and general maintenance practices can have a similar effect over time.

The usual argument for this is - "go live in a cabin in the woods".  However appealing this might seem to some, it is completely unnecessary and illogical.

We can help make your indoor environment...a healthy one.

Indoor air quality testing is an important part of determining how healthy your surroundings are.  Since we spend over 90% of our life indoors, the health and quality of the air we breathe is of utmost importance.

Our indoor air quality assessment provides you with a detailed comprehensive written report on the findings of our tests and recommendations on how you can improve the indoor air quality of your building.

 

See what we can see!

Seemingly normal wall with no visible mould Thermal Image showing water damage and hidden mould issues.  (Our Mould Detection Dog lead us to this corner).
Seemingly normal wall with no visible mould Thermal Image showing extensive hidden water issues and mould.

 

We provide a variety of inspection services ranging from inspections and air quality testing to full environmental assessments.  

A typical indoor environmental assessment may include the following:

  1. A complete visual inspection of the premises.  Possible problem areas can be identified for bio-aerosols such as mold, source for particulate such as asbestos and fiberglass, possible VOC out gassing, EMF sources and other potential sources of health problems.
  2. Moisture testing.  Ceilings, walls, floors are screened for possible moisture problems leading to mold and bacteria issues.
  3. Thermal Imaging.  We can locate hidden plumbing leaks, windows leaks and other moisture intrusions inside wall cavities with our high-tech thermal imaging camera.  This non-intrusive and non-destructive technique allows us to find moisture issues before they become visible.
  4. Toxic gas and combustible gas screening.  Drains, sinks, toilets, natural gas pipes and HVAC systems are screening for combustible gases and sewers gas that may be entering the indoor space.
  5. Carbon monoxide (CO) testing.  Incomplete combustion of appliances and furnaces can cause deadly CO gas.
  6. Carbon Dioxide (CO2) testing.  Poor ventilation rates of complaint areas can cause high levels of CO2 which is an indicator of poor air quality.
  7. Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) testing.  Chemical off-gassing of building materials and contents can impact the quality of the air you breathe.
  8. Temperature and relative humidity levels in each area.  This provides important information on the possibility of a mold, dust mite or other microbial issues.  Along with CO2 levels,  this information provides an overall picture on some of the basics of indoor air quality and overall air exchange.
  9. Aerosolized dust particulate screening.  Efficiency of filters, air cleaners and possible sources for dust accumulation using a Laser Particle Counter.
  10. Radioactive building material screening.  Accessible stone, ceramic and iron building materials are screened for radioactive properties.
  11. Air Ion count:  Overall ion count as well as positive and negative ion counts provide a great deal of information on the overall quality of indoor air.
  12. Lead testing:  Older homes and offices built before 1978 will have a lead paint screening done.
  13. Magnetic field testing:  Sleeping areas are tested for AC magnetic fields using a Gauss meter.
  14. Electric field testing:  Sleeping areas are tested for AC electric fields using body voltage measurement.  (No, it doesn't hurt!)
  15. Radon testing:  Testing for radon seepage in basements.
  16. Written report:  Approximately 15 to 20 pages on all test results, findings and recommendations on how you can improve the air quality in your home or office.

 

Additional detailed tests involving independent laboratories in Canada and the United States:

  1. Mold 
  2. Bacteria 
  3. Dust mites
  4. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  5. Formaldehyde (long term)
  6. Asbestos
  7. Pesticides
  8. Carpet testing
  9. Allergen Screening
  10. Other customized testing available such as hair analysis and breath analysis for VOC exposure.

 

 

Please note that all environmental assessments are on a per case basis.  Not all of the above parameters may be tested for and pricing may change.