Indoor Air Quality Testing San Bernardino
The reality is that we are all at some form of risk regarding our Indoor Air Quality. Examples of the kind of pollutants we encounter are various compounds, chemicals and gases not to mention mold and pet dander. Most of us remain indoors for the majority of our time, either at home, work or school. This can put us all in danger of chronic respiratory symptoms if the air quality is less than ideal.
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In fact, many of these pollutants can cause chronic health issues such as burning or sore eyes, headaches, or extreme fatigue. Some air impurities cause allergies or other even more serious respiratory diseases like, asthma and other serious long-term conditions. We need to get a much better understanding of these common pollutants found in homes, schools and offices so that we can reduce your family’s risk of health issues related to poor indoor air quality. It goes without saying, that your first move must be to engage an independent specialist in indoor air quality testing so that you know for sure if you have any air quality issues in your own home.
Having the air tested by an accredited, independent, unbiased company, will provide you with the information you need to become aware of any unseen air quality problems that may be present in your home. Such an expert will use an independent accredited lab that make use of specialized testing equipment to identify any adverse pollutants in the air of your home, office, church or school.
Here is a list of just some of the more common pollutants and other irritants found indoors in many contemporary communities.
1 - Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
These compounds are emitted by a wide range of very common household cleaning supplies. A partial list might include paints, varnishes, solvents, cleaning products, disinfectant, degreasing and hobby products like glue. Even most fuels are made of organic chemicals which can release these compounds when you use them. Volatile organic compounds can irritate your nose, throat and as well as causing headaches or nausea.
Quote: “EPA's Office of Research and Development's "Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study" (Volumes I through IV, completed in 1985) found levels of about a dozen common organic pollutants to be 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas.”
Clearly this is cause for concern for all indoor environments, so here are some steps you can take to reduce your exposure to these organic compounds.
• Improve the ventilation in your home.
• Don't store any opened containers of paints, solvents or cleaning materials.
• Make sure when you're working with these kinds of substances that you allow plenty of fresh air to circulate.
• Keep children and pets out of the room when using these materials
• Always throw away unused containers and only buy in quantities that you actually need for the job.
Another very common VOC is Formaldehyde which is an indoor air pollutant that can be easily measured by an Indoor Air Quality specialist.
2 - Molds
Molds produce spores that float in the air, land on moist or damp surfaces and start to grow. Inhaling or touching molds causes symptoms such as sneezing, red eyes and even skin rashes. Molds can also trigger asthma attacks. In fact, mold is not usually a problem, until it begins to grow inside homes and offices. The best way to keep mold in check is to control the interior moisture levels.
If you're thinking about mold testing, you probably have a number of basic questions. You'll wonder how to choose the best mold testing company that you can trust to give you accurate results without any hidden agenda. As we mentioned, mold spores are found almost everywhere but once the spores contact moisture, mold will start to grow. Since mold can have some serious health consequences, it's always best to know if your home or office building has a serious mold issue.
Call A-1 Certified Environmental Services to have your home, office building or commercial building tested in the San Bernardino region today. We undertake most of the types of indoor air quality testing you need. Once you know the air you're breathing is safe, you'll really appreciate the peace of mind knowing you are looking after the health your family.
In addition to the San Bernardino area, we also provide indoor air quality testing services in the surrounding communities of Fontana, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Rialto, Victorville, Upland, Redlands, Hesperia, Chino and Chino Hills.