There is so much confusion over environmental testing in today's world. When does testing need to be done? I can smell mold, but can't see it?
Air Quality Testing or Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is exactly what it sounds like, checking the quality of air within a certain environment. It has become very popular in residential properties for landlord/tenants as well as when selling/buying a property.
Air Testing is used to identify any contaminates within the air such as carbon dioxide, toxic vapours, dust /fungi and ozone. The most common one of these is mold. The reason air testing for mold is so great is it breaks down not only the type of mold/dust particles, but their individual spore levels and its type of reactions (Allergic or Toxic), which is most important.
When an air test is being performed, there are a minimum of two samples being taken. One taken from the area of concern and one taken from outside or in the controlled environment. If there are several rooms or areas of concern, than multiple samples will be taken. Once the samples are taken, they will be sent to a lab where they will then analyze. Once the results are done, you will receive a report that breaks down the types of mold found along with the mold spore levels. If the levels of spores are higher than what is in the control then there is an issue. The report will give you a score of not elevated, moderate, or elevated. Then a course of action and scope of remedial work can be determined.
Asbestos is most commonly found in building materials that were produced prior to the late 1980's. Today, asbestos is not as commonly used in Canada since prolonged exposure to asbestos has proved to be health hazard. When the asbestos fibers are released into the air anyone breathing the air is at risk.
Asbestos exposure has been linked to lung scaring, cancer, mesothelioma and Asbestosis.
Asbestos is a natural mineral which was commonly used in homes, buildings and schools for various uses such as insulation; in attics, around pipes, ducts/HVAC systems, behind walls, in basements and also in ceiling tiles, plaster ceilings, plaster applied to wood lath, ceramic/vinyl floor tiles and roof shingles etc. Asbestos can be found in many different forms throughout Canada.
Give us a call for all your environmental testing needs. We will evaluate your home for Mold or Asbestos and help you make it as safe as possible.