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Inspections

Indoor Air Quality Inspection: Residential

Environmental Inspections + Solutions’ Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) inspection tests for any substances that lower your residence’s air quality. We will examine your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, avenues of air flow in your home, and cleaning and maintenance procedures. We will test for contaminants including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, combustion gases, dust load, volatile organic compounds, and bioaerosols (mold, bacteria, and allergens).

Indoor Air Quality Inspection: Commercial:

Our trained inspectors will lay out a proactive indoor air quality plan to remediate air quality issues. Establishing good indoor air quality will lead to better employee relationships, greater productivity, lessened absenteeism, and makes for healthier and happier employees.

We will examine your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems, avenues of air flow in your home, and cleaning and maintenance procedures. We will test for contaminants including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, combustion gases, dust load, volatile organic compounds, and bioaerosols (mold, bacteria, and allergens).

Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Inspect rooms for damage from moisture/mold, pet dander, and dust
  • Examine ventilation and air flow. Air flows from lower areas, such as basements, into your home during the day (the “stack” effect), and down from attics at night – both of which can cause problems
  • In the attic, inspect for chemical or powder deposits, moisture/mold, and unhygienic elements (rodents, birds, insects, garbage), as well as inspecting any openings and ventilation.
  • In sub-areas or basements, examine for similar unhygienic conditions, including issues with sewage or plumbing, as well as natural water leaks, wood preservative (creosote), moisture and mold, and any openings and ventilation.
  • Examine HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems for maintenance problems (unclean ducts, AC coils, or air filters as well as mold or water damage from AC spills); wear and tear, installation issues, faulty parts, and leaks or openings in ducts and plenums that permit air to escape.
  • Check for hazardous cleaning or maintenance substances in the kitchen, laundry, or utility rooms
  • Check vacuum cleaners for HEPA filters
  • Check for gas leaks and carbon monoxide in any furnaces, fireplaces, and any other gas appliances
  • Test flooring, paint, fabric, furniture, and adhesives for formaldehyde – all on-site
  • Test furniture, paint, fabric, and adhesives for volatile organic compounds

Sampling/Testing If Needed:

  1. Dust sampling and PCR testing to check for buildup of mold due to water damage
  2. Air sampling to check quantity and type of molds against outside conditions
  3. Sample dust to check for allergens such as pollen and pet dander
  4. Bacterial swab samples to check for lingering sewage problems

Links:

“Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings”, April 2001, Environmental Protection Agency http://www.cslb.ca.gov/generalinformation/library/guidesandpamphlets.asp#GASB

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my structure a “sick building?”

Sick building syndrome is often caused by everyday contaminants. Environmental Inspections + Services will hunt down pollution in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning), gas appliances, drainage, air circulation, molds and mildew, flood and leak damage, creosote, sewage spills, pet dander, and VOCs (volatile organic compounds, such a s formaldehyde).

I feel ill in my home. Is it making me sick?

While we do not offer medical diagnoses, we can find potential sources of a detrimental environment.