The EPA has reported that toxic chemicals found in the home are, on average, three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor airborne pollutants.
At Healthy Home Environmental Services, we understand that indoor air quality improvement is a continuous process that may require the advice of professionals. As such, we offer solutions that incorporate a holistic approach that will manage your environment on an ongoing basis. The following testing services will help you diagnose and implement strategies to improve your indoor air quality.
The presence of chemicals in your home can cause a wide range of problems, ranging from an unpleasant odor to physical symptoms (burning and irritation in the eyes, nose, and throat; headaches; nausea; nervous system effects; severe illness; etc.). In some cases, these conditions may make the home unlivable. Anyone with respiratory issues like asthma and allergies, as well as children, the elderly, and pregnant women are more susceptible to poor indoor air quality than healthy individuals. However, at higher TVOC levels even healthy individuals are likely to experience ill effects.
Volatile Organic Compounds – VOC/MVOC testing
An accurate, and cost-effective tool for use in determining airborne chemicals (VOCs) and active growing mold (MVOCs) in home or commercial air. With a single sample, reports the air quality via the total levels of VOCs (TVOC) and MVOCs (TMVOC). Most importantly, the chemical information is translated into categories of potential sources. This allows an action plan for improving air quality to be developed.
Formaldehyde analysis includes level comparison and possible source. Major Health Effects of Formaldehyde Exposure vary depending on the individual. Common symptoms of acute exposure include irritation of the throat, nose, eyes, and skin; this irritation can potentially exacerbate asthma symptoms and other respiratory illnesses. Long term, or chronic, exposure may also cause chronic runny nose, chronic bronchitis, and obstructive lung disease. In 2004, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reclassified formaldehyde from “probably carcinogenic to humans” to “carcinogenic to humans” related to nasopharyngeal cancer. Since many factors are involved in the development of cancer, no definitive “safe level” of exposure has been established. The best way to reduce the risk of cancer is to limit exposure.
There are many possible sources for formaldehyde in a home, although building products typically make up a large proportion of the concentration. Any recent renovation or new materials brought into the home is likely to increase the formaldehyde levels. The concentration will decrease over time as the materials off gas, so increasing the ventilation as much as possible is typically the best way to quickly decrease the formaldehyde in your home after recent renovation or installation of new materials.
Healthy Home Environmental Services can perform a pre and post (clearance) testing for homes, vehicles or commercial properties where methamphetamine use is suspected. The manufacturing of meth is a multi-stage process. In some cases, the various steps are performed in more than one lab or structure. Studies have shown that the smoking of meth alone can produce levels of airborne meth that may result in a general contamination of the structure in which it is smoked.
Trying to figure out what is in the dust in your indoor environment? Common Particle Identification (CPID) is useful whenever large particles consisting of common indoor contaminants are present, for example, “dust bunnies” under the couch or fibrous particulate collecting on surfaces.
Need more detailed testing of particulates? Call us for more information to meet your individual needs.
Combustion by Product Testing
Fire Related Testing Program Combustion By-Products
(Char, Black Carbon/Soot, Ash)
Purpose of the Test
This test is designed for analysis of fire residues for presence of analytes of interest (char, black carbon/soot and ash). The results of this test offer the client valuable information related to the extent of damage produced by a fire at a residential, industrial or wildfire location. These results can be used for cleaning assessment and/or insurance claims. We will also provide clearance testing after remediation has been performed to ensure all traces of smoke damage have been removed.