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Air Quality Testing
The air that we breathe in our homes, offices and other indoor places can put us at risk for health problems. Some pollutants can be gases, living organisms like mold and other chemicals. These can cause many different health problems and discomforts such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue. Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses such as asthma, heart disease and other serious conditions. Even worse, individual pollutants at high concentrations, such as carbon monoxide can cause death. Therefore, it is important to be aware of how air contaminants can affect our health and to take preventive measures that will improve indoor air quality in our homes.
If there is an indoor air quality issue one of our environmental Engineers will work with you to determine the next step needed to assess and correct the problem. Genispec has the Engineers with the knowledge and experience you need to assess poor indoor air quality.
Indoor Air Quality Testing performed by Genispec inspections is a process involving air sampling taken from specific areas throughout the structure which allows us to determine the cause of air quality issues. This is done using the following methods:
- Air sampling in different locations throughout the property.
- Laboratory Testing to determine different spore counts and species
Genispec air quality testing can help detect the following health hazards and prevent further harm:
- Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide, Humidity – Carbon dioxide is a normal part of human respiration and is only toxic at extremely high levels. Rapid rise in carbon dioxide levels indicate inadequate fresh air being brought into the building, and often is accompanied by a feeling of “stuffiness” and some mild symptoms, such as tiredness. Humidity can impact mold growth, especially within the air conditioning system. Carbon monoxide is a product of combustion and is toxic. Poor ventilation and humidity control is one of the most frequently occurring indoor air quality problems.
- Volatile Organic Compound – A specialized and sensitive test that determines the total amount of volatile organic compounds and identifies specific volatile organic compounds that may be present. Volatile organics are frequently responsible for odors, and are associated with many industrial chemicals and cleaning products. Many are irritating or toxic. Especially useful when industrial processes or chemical usages nearby may be affecting indoor air quality.
- Airborne Mold– Testing indicates whether or not the indoor air has become secondarily contaminated by mold spores which can be generated by reservoirs of indoor mold growth. Mold growth is one of the most common indoor air quality problems.
- Other Airborne Biological Particles and Allergens Analysis – Indicates whether certain allergens such as pollens, dust, fibers, insect parts, dust mites are airborne.
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