Canadians spend more time indoors than outdoors. We are at schools, workplaces, stores, and home. Because we spend so much time indoors, we have become more concerned about the relationship between Indoor Air Quality and health.
We keep doors and windows closed to reduce energy costs during our long, cold prairie winters. Buildings and houses are built to prevent leaks of air, water, insects and vermin. The outdoor air is often cleaner than the indoor air. People have very different reactions to any component of the air.
Our goal at INSPECT IT ALL SERVICES is to create and maintain healthy indoor environments. Our IAQ certified technicians have performed mold assessment services for home owners, businesses, corporations, restaurants and more.
We do Air quality inspections, assessments and testing for Mold, Asbestos, Lead and Radon.
If you suspect you have an indoor air problem then give us a call today to see how we can help!
Who Needs a Mold Assessment?
Anyone who notices visible Mold growth is advised to get a Mold assessment ASAP.
A Mold Assessment is also advised if:
- You are considering purchasing a residential or commercial property.
- You are considering renovations
- You suspect previous water damage.
- If you had a flood and want to make sure your environment is safe.
- If you have health concerns with symptoms that are consistent with mold growth and are not sure why
Our Mold Assessment Includes:
- Visual inspection of the building for evidence of moisture intrusion and signs of visible mold growth.
- Measurements with a moisture meter to determine if walls, floors and ceilings show signs of active moisture problems.
- Thermohygrometer to assess relative humidity in various parts of the building.
- Swab + Tape lift mold sampling to determine specific species of mold and identify specific health hazards.
- Thermal Imaging to locate hidden moisture issues behind walls, under floors or above ceiling tiles.
- Mold air quality testing to determine airborne mold spore count and types of species present.
- A detailed lab report on our findings and a plan of action moving forward to remediate the hazardous situation.
Major sources of Poor Indoor Air Quality:
- Unbalanced heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system
- Contaminated, new or off-gassing materials
- Pets, smoke or fire damage or cigarette smoke
- Poorly maintained air filters and blowers
- Contamination of air ducts and air handling units
- Penetration of airborne contaminants into the building
- Excessive moisture or leakage of water or sanitary piping
- Lack of ventilation
- Insufficient or excessive humidity
- Improper air exchange and air flow rates
- Excessive amount of carbon dioxide and/or carbon monoxide
What are indoor air contaminants?
Here are examples of common indoor air contaminants and their main sources:
- Carbon dioxide (CO2), tobacco smoke, perfume, body odours – from building occupants.
- Dust, fibreglass, asbestos, gases, including formaldehyde – from building materials.
- Toxic vapours, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – from workplace cleansers, solvents, pesticides, disinfectants, glues.
- Gases, vapours, odours – off-gas emissions from furniture, carpets, and paints.
- Dust mites – from carpets, fabric, and foam chair cushions.
- Microbial contaminants, fungi, moulds, bacteria – from damp areas, stagnant water and condensate pans.
- Ozone – from photocopiers, electric motors, electrostatic air cleaners.
What symptoms are often linked to poor indoor air quality?
It is common for people to report one or more of the following symptoms:
- Dryness and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin
- Shortness of breath
- Hypersensitivity and allergies
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
People generally notice their symptoms after several hours in a building/and or home and feel better after they have left the building/and or home or when they have been away from the building/and or home for a weekend or a vacation.
Why do only some people seem to develop symptoms?
As with any other occupational illness, not all people are affected with the same symptoms or to the same extent. Some people may be more sensitive than others. Some people may be exposed to more contaminants in the building than others and they may experience symptoms earlier than other people. As air quality deteriorates and/or the length of exposure increases, more people tend to be affected and the symptoms tend to be more serious.