One of the drawbacks of well-sealed homes and offices is there’s a risk that indoor air pollutants build up. In the absence of adequate ventilation, the concentration of these pollutants increases to the point where they cause health problems. This is exacerbated in older buildings where excessive damp causes mold. According to the United States Department of Labor, poor indoor air quality is linked to ailments such as sore throats, headaches and asthma.
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An indoor environmental air survey can establish whether there are toxins in the air and how to improve the air quality inside your home or office.
Reasons to Consider a Environmental Air Survey
Several factors may indicate the need for an indoor air quality survey, including:
- Stale air: If the air smells stale, this indicates inadequate ventilation, allowing pollutants to build up
- Mold: The presence of green or black mold
- Respiratory infections: Continual problems with throat and respiratory tract infections
- Headaches: Frequent headaches may be caused by high levels of carbon monoxide and air particulates
- Unexplained skin irritation: May be due to volatile organics released from products such as disinfectants, polishing waxes, paint and varnish
How Indoor Pollution Differs from Atmospheric Pollution
Air pollution is universally recognized as undesirable, and excessive exposure is responsible for a variety of illnesses. While the concentration of pollutants outdoors is reduced by factors such as the wind and rain, the same cannot be said of indoor pollution.
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Thanks to the drive to save energy, a lot of effort has been given to reducing unwanted air leakage. As a consequence, natural ventilation has suffered. Unless other effective means of ventilation are provided, indoor pollutant levels gradually increase to the point where they cause health issues.
Potential Health Risks from Indoor Air Pollution
Numerous substances accumulate inside buildings and may cause health issues, including:
- Noxious gases such as carbon monoxide
- Particulate matter that causes respiratory inflammation and asthma
- Biological agents from rodents, mites and pets that cause irritation and disease
- Asbestos from old insulation that is responsible for lung cancer
- Radon that causes lung cancer
- Organic chemicals released by paints, glues and solvents, which can cause headaches, throat irritation and other illnesses
- Smoke from cigarettes and tobacco
Apart from these items, numerous other pollutants may be found inside homes, offices and places of work, all of which have the potential to irritate, infect and cause long-term illness.
What an Environmental Air Survey Will Reveal
The concentration of common air pollutants will be measured throughout the building. Sensitive instruments measure the concentration of substances such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. High levels may indicate problems with gas heaters and appliances. Radon measurements are noted. Air samples are taken and sent to a laboratory for detailed analysis. These may indicate the presence of volatile organics, vapors, particulate matter and chemicals, which could all cause health problems.
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The air quality report will show if there are any substances in the air that could cause health problems and will make recommendations regarding their elimination.
Keeping You and Your Family Safe with an Environmental Air Survey
Even if you feel your home or business is safe, it’s possible you are not aware of the potential health risks. There are many ways that unhealthy levels of toxic pollutants can build up, especially in older buildings. This risk is significantly increased because buildings have, over time, become better insulated and natural ventilation replaced by centralized HVAC.
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If there’s any sign the indoor air quality inside your home or place of business is not what it should be, arrange a professional Environmental Air Survey. Identify and eradicate potential health issues caused by indoor air pollution.
For over 20 years, we have been helping people who are working on improving indoor air quality with Indoor Environmental Surveys and Ventilation Systems Cleaning by providing high quality workmanship with unparalleled customer service to both residential and commercial customers. Our staff of professionals are dedicated to serving your specific needs from the moment you contact us until the completion of your remediation project. Visit our website or contact us today for more information or to schedule your mold remediation consultation.