Air and Surface Mold Testing are used to detect mold including black mold in areas suspected to be contaminated as discovered during a Mold Inspection.
The samples we collect are sent to an accredited laboratory we trust for analysis to determine whether they do contain mold, and if so, the types and amounts of mold present. It is important to know the species of molds that are present in your home because some species like Stachybotrys, Aspergillus/Penicillium, Chaetomium, Cladosporium and Wallemia can be very dangerous to humans and animals.
If you, or a member of your family, is known to be allergic to indoor allergens and has symptoms of wheezing, asthma, rhinitis or eczema, testing your home for dust mite allergens is useful to check if you have significant exposure. Dust mites do not transmit diseases but can be highly allergenic.
We test for mite allergens in the home by collecting bed or carpet dust samples for analysis. The report provides the most precise and accurate levels of exposure to the eight most common indoor allergens.
Chemicals & VOC
VOCs are volatile organic compounds, an umbrella term for over 10,000 chemical compounds that may be found in your indoor air. Where do these VOCs come from? Cleaning products and personal care products often give off VOCs. Most fragrances from air fresheners and perfumes are VOCs. Although these chemicals are organic, don’t be fooled into thinking they are harmless. Some VOCs such as formaldehyde, benzene, and methylene chloride are classified as carcinogens- cancer-causing substances. The health effects of VOCs depend on the type of VOC, it’s concentration, the duration of exposure, and any chemical sensitivities occupants may have.
Many people test for VOCs following a renovation project. The VOCs found in building materials, furnishings, and finishes can result in elevated concentrations. Spray foam insulation, paint, carpeting, floor finishes, cabinetry, and new furniture can all off-gas a high concentration of VOCs. Unfortunately, you cannot accurately rely on your sense of smell to determine the level of VOCs present.
When a pregnancy comes, parents often paint a bedroom, buy new furniture, install new carpeting, and other activities that add VOCs to the nursery. We often do air quality testing for VOCs in these homes because pregnant women and fetuses are vulnerable to chemicals, especially endocrine disruptors.