Indoor Air Quality Analysis

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times - and occasionally more than 100 times - higher than outdoor levels.

The living space of a house is very vulnerable to high humidity levels, mold, gas emissions, insufficient ventilation and build-up of gases. An overlooked indoor environment can initiate mold and cause serious health issues. 

The inspection includes an examination and analysis of the following items. 

RELATIVE HUMIDITY

The amount of water vapour (humidity) in the air can affect your health, comfort and the structural integrity of your home and its contents.
(Source: Government of Canada website, canada.ca)

What We Do

  • Relative humidity readings are recorded in each room and further analysed.
  • The readings and related implications are included in the report. 
  • Report also includes recommended actions to address abnormal levels and bring levels within range recommended by Health Canada. 

HIDDEN LEAKAGES & DAMPNESS

Leakages and dampness in walls, ceilings or floors can be a primary cause of mold and an uncomfortable living space. 

What We Do

  • Conduct an infrared scan of all walls, ceilings and floors, to detect sources of mold and/or rot. 
  • Results are included in the report, along with relevant thermal photographs. 
  • Recommended corrective actions are included in the report. 

MOLD SPORES

Children, seniors and people with medical conditions (like asthma and severe allergies) are more vulnerable to mold. Since some people are more sensitive than others, there is no "safe" limit for mold.
(Source: Government of Canada website, canada.ca)

What We Do

  • If a mold spore analysis is required, appropriate samples and collected and forwarded to an accredited laboratory.
  • Report includes spore types, concentrations and health implications of mold spores identified.  
  • Recommended corrective actions are included in the report. 

FORMALDEHYDE & VOCs

Formaldehyde and Volatile Organic Compounds, commonly found in indoor air, can cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat and can worsen asthma symptoms, especially in children.
(Source: Government of Canada website, canada.ca)

What We Do

  • Formaldehyde and VOC levels are recorded in each room.
  • Report includes recorded levels, as compared to the level outdoors. 
  • Recommended corrective actions are included in the report. 

CARBON MONOXIDE

At low levels of carbon monoxide, effects include flu-like symptoms, such as tiredness, headaches, shortness of breath, impaired motor functions such ad muscle weakness, and partial or total loss of function of a body part (limb or limbs). If you are exposed to low levels for long periods of time, you can experience dizziness, chest pain, poor vision and difficulty thinking.
(Source: Government of Canada website, canada.ca)

What We Do

  • Carbon monoxide levels are recorded in each room.
  • Report includes recorded levels, and an analysis of the readings.
  • Recommended corrective actions are included in the report. 

CARBON DIOXIDE

Low concentrations of carbon dioxide are not harmful. Higher concentrations can affect respiratory function and cause excitation followed by depression of the central nervous system.
(Source: Government of Canada, CCOHS website)

What We Do

  • Carbon dioxide levels are recorded in each room.
  • Report includes recorded levels, as compared to the level outdoors. 
  • Recommended corrective actions are included in the report. 

GAS LEAKS

A natural gas leak in an outdoor environment is usually not concentrated enough to cause symptoms. A leak into a small-enclosed space can result in a lack of oxygen in the air and symptoms of hypoxia. These include headache, decreased vision, fatigue, shortness of breath and loss of consciousness.
(Source: BC Drug and Poison Information Centre - DPIC)

What We Do

  • The natural gas supply and distribution system is checked for leaks.
  • Any leaks discovered are pointed out to the client. 

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