Most of us spend over 80 percent of our day in a building of some type. Because we spend so much time indoors, it’s important that the indoor air we breathe is clean, fresh and free from contaminants. Unfortunately, our indoor environment tends to be more polluted than the outdoor air. Various conditions may impact indoor air quality and, thus, influence the health of the occupants.
These conditions include poor ventilation, lack of fresh make-up air, elevated levels of airborne micro-organisms, volatile organic chemicals (VOC’S), and other particulate matter.
Whether you’re at home, work or school a building’s indoor air quality (IAQ) is critical to your comfort and health. If you are a business, housing or retail owner, ensuring the comfort of your residents is even more crucial. In order to live and work in an environmentally friendly space, it is important to test the air we breathe. Many unusual or chronic health conditions can be traced back to the air that we breathe.
The most important aspect of an indoor air quality study is the performance of a thorough visual inspection. We identify contributing factors such as signs of newly introduced materials off-gassing VOC’s, bacterial or fungal growth due to water intrusion, animal or rodent feces contamination, building materials, or improper/inadequate ventilation for the type of use of the structure or the items used, stored or manufactured within the structure. Our process will provide a complete physical for your building’s air quality.
We specialize in identifying the cause & origin of water intrusions and its impact to the indoor environment. Most of our investigations utilize DNA based testing procedures. Depending on the type of project, several new analytical techniques are available with results that are 99.99% accurate using Quantitative, Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (QPCR) technology developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These methods are best for health concerns, potential litigation cases and the detection of a historical water impact event.
All our services are documented with a written report outlining our findings, testing methodology, laboratory analysis reports, data interpretation, applied industry standards, and recommendations for improvement strategies.
A proactive plan is the best way to assure healthy indoor air quality. Give us a call today for more information regarding our indoor air quality services.