INDOOR AIR QUALITY TESTING
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Per EPA reports: Inside air can be more hazardous than outside air. There can be 100 times more chemicals inside the typical home than out. Adults and children spend about 90% of their time indoors. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports that over 20 million adults have asthma. The National Asthma Survey reports that asthma is the most prevalent chronic disease among children. These numbers continue to increase annually which suggests the indoor environment plays a contributing role. The use of Formaldehyde is prevalent in many building materials and carpeting, and the concentration of this known cancer causing agent can be many times the safe level.
WHAT ARE VOCs?
Volatile Organic Compounds are chemicals that are emitted from solids or liquids and easily evaporate into the air at room temperature. Concentrations of these chemicals can much higher indoors than outdoors. Thousands of products, many that we use or are exposed to every day, emit VOCs into the air while they are being used or even when they are stored. These products include:
Carpeting cleaning products
Copiers & printers
Craft materials disinfectants
fuel oil Gasoline
glues & adhesives
air care products
Paint & varnishes Permanent pesticide
wood floor products
Scented candles solvents
WHAT ARE MOLDS?
Molds are microscopic fungi that can be found almost anywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Mold growth occurs mainly in warm, damp, and humid conditions. They reproduce by making spores that are released into the air to be transported to other places where they can germinate and grow. However, mold can survive even in dry conditions for years. Mold growth can be present within the home, hidden in various places such as behind walls and underneath carpeting or flooring.
OUR AIR QUALITY TESTS PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING:
A non-invasive, low-cost test designed to measure the chemicals and mold in the air. Testing can be conveniently performed during a home inspection or as a single test on its own. Within a few days you will receive an easy-to-read, detailed lab report including the total amount of VOCs and mold found in the home, a list of the sources of the pollutants, and whether your home is within the safe range on the Contamination Index™.Gives you the tools needed to identify your sources of contamination so that you can modify your home environment making it safer, healthier, and greener.
Richard D. Malin & Associates, Inc.
Home Inspections, Radon Testing, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Indoor Air Quality Testing