Many people with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory health concerns often keep a wary eye on pollution reports for outdoor weather. However, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, people spend 90% of their time indoors. And it turns out that many homes and buildings contain air that is more polluted then the outdoor air in even the most industrialized cities on earth. In order to ensure your continued health and safety, it’s imperative to ascertain the presence of indoor pollutants, including dust, allergens, mold spores, and dander from animals and insects. It is important to have a healthy indoor living environment, when outdoor conditions pose considerable health risks.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing is a necessity in order to avoid possible damage to property, temporary dislocation from a home or business, or even injury to those living and working in the environment.
One of the biggest concerns that IAQ testing can identify is the existence of mold and mildew growth due to structural damage in a home or business. Ongoing moisture and mold damage issues that go unnoticed can result in a variety of costly consequences, including:
- Serious damage to structural elements of a home or business building
- Unsightly discoloration or staining of internal and external surfaces, such as walls, roofs, facades, and floors
- Damage to irreplaceable mementos and expensive furniture, or the loss of business equipment and inventory
- Expensive property insurance claims
- Temporary or permanent dislocation of residents
- Lost production time in business and industrial environments
- Thousands of dollars in repair costs
- Potential building code violations, fines, and eventual condemnation of property
While we often consider the ramifications of mold and water damage in terms of damage to physical property and structures, long term exposure to mold and mildew can have serious health consequences. These health concerns can result in years of suffering, as well as crippling medical costs. Some of the health risks associated with exposure to dangerous mold and mildew strains include:
- Exacerbation of preexisting allergies and asthmatic symptoms
- Coughing, wheezing, and labored breathing
- The development of asthma, both in children and adults
- Respiratory tract infections
- Headaches and sinus infections
- Fever, fatigue, and cognitive impairment
- Pulmonary hemorrhage in infants
IR Environmental offers comprehensive indoor air quality testing services, so you can be assured of your safety in your home or business.
Our certified inspectors gather air samples from all areas of concern throughout properties and structures, including difficult-to-reach areas, such as attics, crawlspaces, basements, and HVAC systems and ductwork. In addition, they will perform a detailed visual examination, and obtain surface samples from any suspect areas. Once we have retrieved all necessary samples, we will turn them over for analysis by a reputable third-party laboratory. The samples will be processed to detect the presence of allergenic mold spores, as well as the overall level of pollen and other free-floating debris in the air.
Within a guaranteed 3-day turnaround time, we will provide you with a detailed legal report of our findings, including photos and laboratory results. In addition, we will provide a cost estimate for the cleaning and decontamination of the property areas, based upon our results.
We can help you identify and eliminate the environmental culprits responsible for your allergies and asthma attacks.
We understand that sometimes it’s necessary to not only determine that there is a problem, but to identify it as well. In these cases, we offer specialized allergen testing that allow us to specifically identify the species or strains of mold spore, plant pollen, or pest dander (such as that from dogs, cats, dust mites, and cockroaches) that are exacerbating your medical concerns or difficulties.