How To Protect Yourself From Improper Indoor Air Quality – IAQ Testing

The presence of mold, VOCs, radon, asbestos, lead, and carbon monoxide can lead to serious health threats. Proper IAQ Testing is no joke if you want to establish a healthy living conditions in your space.

The air we breathe is definitely a part of our everyday lives. However, many take this for granted. The presence of various pollutants indoors can have a direct impact on the health of inhabitants. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, almost 90% of Americans spend significant time indoors. Due to environmental legislation, the quality of air outside has improved in the past few decades. However, in terms of indoor air, it hasn’t received the same attention and increasingly becoming worse than ever. In fact, as per the experts, the concentration of air pollutants inside can be at least two to five times higher when compared to outdoors.

The Need for IAQ Testing

The problem with indoor air quality has increased due to modern technologies of construction. To this day, the construction of properties is done in a way that ensures better sealing throughout the spaces. This was not the case even a few decades ago. Therefore, the chances of fresh air seeping inside become less, and thus, indoor air concerns raise. Some of the common issues include the presence of carbon monoxide, asbestos, and radon. Making the situation worse, more frequent environmental disasters like hurricanes, floods, and droughts increase the chances of mold infestations. Therefore, more people are confronting the potential risks of improper air quality.

This is where IAQ Testing comes into the picture.  The process involved helps in finding the cause of symptoms experienced while staying indoors. IAQ testing can minimize the effects by indicating the required actions on specific issues. The modus operandi is targeted to improve health effects, boost comfort zone, improve employee performance in commercial spaces, increase efficiency, and lower power bills.

If indoor air quality is your concern, then read on for the best advice on how to eradicate or mitigate the problems.

IAQ Testing for Asbestos

  • People at risk: Inhabitants living in a building built before 1980 and want to renovate after damage.
  • Where can be asbestos found: Asbestos can be found in a range of home materials like insulations, air ducts, asphalt tile installation in the roof, and others. Inhaling the fibers, which are 1/500 the width of human air, can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other chronic diseases. Most popcorn ceilings contain asbestos and pipe coatings that are used for hot water and steam pipes.
  • Solving the problem: Asbestos can be a health hazard only if the materials are disturbed. Call for an IAQ Testing after renovation works in your building. The professionals are trained to contain the hazard within a restricted area. Some materials containing asbestos may not be identifiable as hazards, but taking help from professionals can ease the process.

IAQ Testing for Mold

  • People at risk: People living in a building that is damp due to poor ventilation, high humidity, a leaky roof or basement.
  • Where can be mold found: Mold can be found both indoors and outdoors. They usually tend to spread through tiny airborne spores that grow on damp surfaces. There are different types of mold available in U.S. Common infestation areas of mold include bathrooms, basements,s and kitchens. However, it can also thrive under rugs and carpets, walls, ceilings, cabinets attics, any crawl space, and rooms that contain excessive moisture.
  • Solving the problem: Most mold issues can be detected under the naked eye. Also, the musty odor is a tell-tale sign. Hire an IAQ Testing company that can safely remove the infestation and mitigate the source from within. As per the EPA recommendations, DIYers should handle mold infestation only if the contaminated area is less than 10sq. ft.

Wrapping Up

For over 16 years, ECOS Environmental and Disaster Restoration has completed asbestos projects locally for our customers. Our servicing areas include Aspen, Denver, Boulevard, Rifle, Grand Junction, and more. We are a CDPHE Certified Asbestos Consulting Firm (ACF #14480) and are committed to making your property safe from all types of inbound air pollutants. Most importantly, we work well with your insurance carrier. Reach our experts anytime round the clock at – 888-507-3262.

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