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Air Testing Plus offers expertise in:

… as well as, providing recommendations for remediation and on-going control of indoor air contamination, to improve the indoor environment.

We are a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) that works closely with the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO) that, in turn, defines generally accepted industry standards with respect to indoor air quality issues. The senior principal of Air Testing Plus is a “Council-certified Indoor Environmentalist” (CIE), with a Ph.D. in Chemistry (U. of A.).

Air Testing Plus Inc. works closely with analytical laboratories to provide objective, independent analysis of submitted samples, and opinion (where appropriate). Measurement and sampling techniques are in accordance with current technology (microbiology, chemistry, and physics).

Air Quality

Indoor Air Quality – IAQ.  What is it?  What things affect IAQ?  People are generally aware of outdoor air quality and air pollution.  Outdoor air in cities contains contaminants such as fumes from vehicle exhaust, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), dust, pesticides and other products of urban living.  Many people do not realize that outdoor air also has many “naturally occurring pollutants” such as pollens, mushroom spores, mold spores and other “pollutants“.

Intruders.  You know the ones – viruses, bacteria, mold, dust, pollen and pet dander.  Most everyone is aware of the illnesses caused by viruses and bacteria, but did you know that almost all chronic sinusitis can be attributed to mold spores in your home (Mayo Clinic, 1999)?  As well, colds, chest infections, molds, pets and dust are common asthma triggers.  Of great concern is the rise in asthma amongst the population – it is now the leading cause of school absenteeism!  Surveys even suggest that asthma sufferers underestimate the severity of their condition.  They have learned to live with or tolerate symptoms and conditions that are often avoidable.  Worse yet, some sufferers compensate by taking more than their recommended dosage of rescue medications (i.e., “puffers”).

All of these outdoor pollutants find their way into your house, through windows, doors, pets and people entering your home.  What happens, as well, is that indoor contaminants from your home are concentrated in the indoor air.  Studies have shown that indoor air can be many times more contaminated than outdoor air, even in the most densely populated cities!

The media has alerted the public to toxic black mold in the home, but toxic mold is not the only intruder!  In your home you are certain to find:

The bottom line on mold?  It shouldn’t be in your living or work space.  If it is, get rid of it.

Read what Health Canada has to say about mold …

Air Testing

Mold / Mould Inspection & Testing

Mold is an increasing concern in homes and offices — but not the only concern …

Toxic or toxigenic mold is an increasingly recognized top concern in indoor environments. It can cause numerous ailments and poison you, your family and your pets! Mold toxins are particularly worrisome when children, the elderly or persons with compromised immune systems (e.g., HIV patients, cancer patients) are in the indoor environment. Even molds not known to be toxic can trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Should you worry about mold in your home? Normally, no. If you have been diligent in maintaining your indoor environment, mold is not usually a problem. You may have a mold contamination problem if you have experienced:

  • flooding or water seepage
  • water leaks or condensation
  • water tank leaks or bursting
  • chronic or persistent dampness
  • water intrusion into a crawlspace
  • window leaks

Possible clues to the presence of mold…

  • discolouration on walls, ceilings, carpets, wood or other surfaces
  • one or more people with symptoms such as:
    • sinusitis, respiratory ailments
    • allergies
    • asthma
    • rashes
    • headaches
    • burning eyes or general malaise
  • sick pets
  • musty odours

What does a mold inspection involve?We often begin by interviewing occupants to determine if they are experiencing symptoms – symptoms which may indicate the presence of molds in the environment. An assessment of the building history. Have there been incidences of water accumulation, high humidity, flooding, or renovations? Mold spores need water to grow. Any past history of water intrusion or humidity may point to areas of concern for the investigator. After the assessment of building history, the investigator visually inspects the indoor environment for persistent dampness, indicators of mold growth and the presence of visible mold. Should any visible mold be found, you will be informed immediately. Should toxic molds, such as Stachybotrys, be found or suspected, you will be notified and a suggested course of action will be outlined. In some cases, no mold is found nor suspected. In other situations, sampling of a suspicious area may be necessary to identify a pathogenic mold species or confirm mold presence.

Keep in mind that molds are not the only contributor to poor indoor air quality.

Our inspectors can assess whether other contaminants may be of concern:

  • VOCs
  • Particulates and dust (e.g., fiberglass, skin flakes, asbestos)
  • Bacteria
  • Carbon monoxide and Carbon dioxide
  • Cat dander, dog dander, cockroach allergens
  • Dust mites
  • Other allergens
  • Drug lab chemicals

We follow strict inspection and testing protocols ensuring that your indoor environment is diligently inspected and not unnecessarily disrupted. We are proud to be members if the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and have a board certified indoor environmentalist involved in every investigation — trained in the proper procedures for mold inspection and testing.

In special cases where mold is suspected of growing in an interior wall, we can perform air sampling of the inside wall without damaging the wall or performing destructive inspection. As well, we can perform carpet dust sampling to determine the presence of allergens (e.g., cat, dog, cockroach), or determine whether the carpet has been water damaged.

For those people wanting a quick indication of mold contamination, or for home purchasers or realtors who desire fast turnaround, we can perform testing which will give you prompt results. This can provide peace of mind.

To book your test or for more mold testing information, please contact us.

Phone (403) 717-4460 or (403) 606-9342.

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Ph: (403) 606-9342
Em: edday@airtestingplus.com

Unit G, 2121 – 39 Avenue NE
Calgary, AB T2E 6R7
Canada

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