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Indoor Air Quality Services
 Indoor Air Quality Services

We provide professional, efficient state of the art Environmental Home Inspections helping protect you and your home. We provide a variety of Indoor Air Quality Testing Services (IAQ Testing Services) throughout New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada. We provide IAQ Assessments for a wide range of contaminants that can cause serious medical issues or property damage.

The EPA Science Advisory Board rated indoor air pollutants as the third highest in their list of environmental risks.Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air.

Our Services Include
  • Standard Home Inspections
  • Environmental Home Inspections
  • Home Energy Audits
  • Ozone Remediation for Mold, Bacteria and Odour Removal
We Test For
  • Total Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs) Including (more than 450 different VOC gases)
  • Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide
  • Formaldehyde
  • Molds, Bacteria, Dust Mites, and other allergens
  • Respirable Particles
  • Radon within indoor air streams, water and soil
  • Evaluation of IAQ and assisting in the design of corrective actions for IAQ remediation as well as monitoring remediation activities
  • Indoor Air Quality consulting
  • EMF / ELF Testing
  • Dirty Electricity
  • Visible Light Levels / Frequencies
  • Sound Level Metering

 

Indoor Air Quality Contaminants

A large body of important scientific knowledge, including the Government of Canada’s health research, confirms: whether visible or not, poor air quality is hazardous to human health and costly to the Canadian taxpayer wherever exposure occurs.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands. Examples include: paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials and furnishings, office equipment such as copiers and printers, correction fluids and carbonless copy paper, graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.  Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products. Fuels are made up of organic chemicals.

Health Effects

The health effects of air pollution can be seen as a pyramid, with the mildest but not uncommon effects at the bottom of the pyramid, and the most severe but least common effects at the top of the pyramid. The pyramid shows that a large number of people are affected by minor problems related to air pollution, while the most severe impacts affect a much smaller number of Canadians.

 

As Canadians, we spend much of our lives inside buildings, whether at home, in school or at work, so the quality of indoor air is important to all of us. Contaminants such as mold, radon, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can easily contaminate these everyday environments unless we take steps to control them. Due to an aging and expanding population, the number of Canadians affected grows each year. Your reaction to air pollution depends on the type of pollutants you’re exposed to, your overall health, your age and your genetic makeup.


The ability of organic chemicals to cause health effects varies greatly from those that are highly toxic, to those with no known health effect. The extent and nature of the health effect will depend on many factors including level of exposure and length of time exposed. Eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment are among the immediate symptoms that some people have 
experienced soon after exposure to some organics.

 

What is a Water-Damaged Building?

There are many ways buildings become home to a toxic mix of microbes, fragments of microbes, and harmful chemicals. Buildings can promote the growth of fungi, bacteria, mycobacteria and actinomycetes as a result of construction defects like poor ventilation and HVAC systems; faulty construction of crawl spaces or inadequate building design; using failed technologies like flat roofs or fake stucco cladding without adequate caulking; incomplete basements exposed to saturated ground water conditions; or not correcting water intrusion/leaks; or remediation that doesn’t clean as its final requirement.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tells us that more than a quarter of Canadian and U. S. buildings are water-damaged.

Simply stated, water drives the growth of mold and bacteria.

 

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