IAQ Testing

An IAQ Home Survey™ test will give you a total assessment of the air you breathe every day. It is the only professional test available that gives you a cost-effective, comprehensive air quality audit of the chemicals in the home air — Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Mold VOCs (the chemicals emitted from actively growing mold), plus a prediction of the sources of those chemicals.

Basic residential testing starts at $350
Includes: 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, living room, kitchen, basement
Each room will get tested for 4 1/2 minutes for each of the following:
CO, CO2, TVOC's (Total Volatile Organic Compounds), 6 different size range of particles, temperature and relative humidity
A report will be generated showing levels averaged over the time in each room with detailed explanation of the potential issues above certain levels.

Formaldehyde testing takes 30 minutes per area and can be added at $40 per room.
Travel time over 30 miles is added at $68 per hour.

Customers who either have installed or decide to install a ventilation system will receive a $150 credit for the testing.

Commercial testing is available and based on facility size.

More on IAQ testing HERE

Call us to make an appointment to come test your home!!!

207-786-9400

Why Test for Air Quality?

Here are some good reasons why you should encourage your customers to have their home tested today:

1. Elevated VOC levels in the home can cause both short-term and long-term health issues. Products that we use or are surrounded by everyday are the sources of indoor air pollution. Breathing in vapors, or off-gassed chemicals, from these products can cause many health effects such as frequent headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, confusion, coughing, wheezing, and eye, nose and throat irritation. These symptoms can be indicators that the quality of air in the home is poor – especially if they subside once you leave the house. Other more serious health problems that can arise with poor indoor air quality are asthma exacerbation, digestive problems, and damage to the liver, kidneys and central nervous system. Some air contaminants are so harmful that they can even cause cancer.

The U.S. Green Building Council's recommended healthy building level of VOCs is 500 ng/L. However, data from hundreds of homes tested show most homes have VOCs at more than twice this recommended level.

2. 20+ million US adults have been diagnosed with asthma, and it is also the most prevalent chronic illness among children. High VOC levels can worsen asthma and trigger attacks, so finding high VOC levels and their sources can help ease asthma symptoms and reduce attacks.

3. Asthma prevalence and severity continue to rise and are at all-time high levels. At the same time, outdoor air pollution is declining. On average, most people spend about 90% of their time indoors; therefore, our exposure to air pollutants is significant. Many experts suggest there is a strong association with the increase in asthma illnesses and indoor air quality.

4. Babies, young children, pregnant women, older persons, and people with respiratory or cardiovascular disease can be more vulnerable to indoor air pollution. If your family is made up of any of these groups of people, then an air quality assessment would be wise.

5. Many newer, more energy-efficient homes do not "breathe" correctly. Home Air Check could potentially discover HVAC issues so they can be corrected.

6. Carpeting, vinyl and laminate flooring, cabinets, countertops, and other similar building materials use adhesives that “off-gas” continuously over time, even for years. Many of these materials are manufactured using hazardous chemicals – some that can even cause cancer. Testing for harmful toxins that could be lurking within the house would be prudent.

7. Soil gas from environmental contamination can seep into the basement similar to radon. IAQ Home Survey can observe this contamination.

8. Undetected growing mold can cause both health and structural problems. In addition to the presence of health problems from inhalation of mold, serious structural damage can occur if mold is present. Leaky pipes, poorly working or dirty air conditioning and heating systems, and ground water penetration in basements and other damp areas are all potential sources of actively growing mold. Often this mold goes undetected because it’s growing behind drywall or underneath flooring.

INDOOR AIR IS KNOWN TO BE MANY TIMES MORE POLLUTED THAN OUTDOOR AIR
 

 
Indoor air investigations can be challenging. There are many aspects to indoor air quality, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), inorganic compounds, particulates, allergens, comfort factors, etc.  One of the most difficult areas to look at is the VOCs, which are organic chemicals (containing primarily carbon and hydrogen) that vaporize easily at room temperature. There are thousands of different VOCs in indoor air from hundreds of sources, making both source identification and remediation plans challenging.

Most people do not notice an indoor air quality problem unless they smell something unpleasant or feel ill but many VOCs have no noticeable characteristics, leading to poor air quality situations without any perceptible signs.

In developing an action plan for resolving VOC issues, it’s not sufficient simply to know which chemicals are present.  Understanding the sources as well as how the VOCs will react to changing conditions is crucial to improving air quality.

Because air quality is such a complex issue it is important to have a clear goal in mind when preparing a sampling strategy.  Here are a few key questions to ask yourself.

What’s the problem or purpose?  Odor, physical symptoms, real estate transaction, monitoring, simple curiosity?
Is the problem present all the time or is it specific to a particular location/time/activity?
Have any new products, activities, or environmental conditions been introduced recently?
Is the effect limited to one person or is everyone affected?
Do you need an overview of the VOCs or more detailed chemical information?
 

We offer a wide range of sampling and analysis options to address your indoor air concerns.

IAQ Home Survey Predict (A2-IAQHSP)

IAQ Home Survey Inspect (A2-IAQHSI)

IAQ Home Survey Reveal (A2-IAQHSR)

IAQ Home Survey Formaldehyde (A14-IAQHSF)

IAQ Home Survey Inspect Sample Report

IAQ Home Survey Formaldehyde Sample Report

(ASK-IH-1 & ASK-IH-2)

Kit Contents

Sampling pumps

- Two (2) with Model ASK-IH-2

- One (1) with Model ASK-IH-1

Sample tubes (glass encapsulated, multimatrix thermal desorption)

- Four (4) with Model ASK-IH-2
- Two (2) with Model ASK-IH-1

Replacement batteries for pumps (AA)

Voltmeter (for checking battery life)

Shipping containers for returning sample tubes

All necessary paperwork: COC forms, sampling instructions, etc.

What do I need?

Equipment - the Air Survey Kit (purchased) or a pump + Thermal Desorption Tube (typically rented)
Training  & Certification to make sure I can collect samples, ship them appropriately, and explain the results to my customers 

Prism provides a dedicated air sampling kit designed to be used exclusively for collecting VOC air samples. The Air Survey Kit (ASK) is available in two configurations – a single pump two- tube configuration and a two pump 4 tube configuration. Both configurations are supplied in a hard shell carrying case. The pumps are set for a fixed rate flow of 200ml/min and are battery operated. They are operated by a simple on-off switch. The sampling media is reusable so there is no consumable hardware cost making the cost of ownership of the equipment extremely low. The kit also contains necessary shipping material to safely pack the sample media for shipment to the laboratory. The sampling pumps and media are also available for rent.

Cost effective, easy to ship sampling media

The sampling media is a Thermal Desorption Tube (TDT).  It is a 4.5 inch long 1/4inch diameter glass tube which makes it extremely easy and cost effective to send to the laboratory.  Shipping can be as low as $6 and normal shipping methods can be used.  The tubes are also designed so that sample degradation is not an issue for at least three weeks after the sample is taken.  The media allows for a large volume air sample which provides detection limits for over 500 compounds in the low ppb to high ppt range.

More information on IAQ testing and indoor air pollutants is available here.

IAQ Devices

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