Environmental Testing

Bacteria, like legionella, can grow in an environment and become airborne by many different elements within our home or business. Our staff of Certified Indoor Environmentalist employ a detailed approach to property inspections and understand the right indicators to look for in a property that may indicate the source of the bacteria.

What causes Bacteria?

Some bacteria and microbes are present in the air of all buildings all the time. Damp buildings can support the growth of bacteria in our indoor environments and on our surfaces. This increases the amount of growth of certain bacteria and their by-products in the indoor air. Bacteria can release microscopic particles into the air. In addition, fragments of bacteria, often much smaller than spores, may be released into the air, potentially in much higher numbers than the spores. These particles may settle on indoor surfaces and then be suspended by human activities or by air movement. When the particles are airborne they may be inhaled.

Identifying Bacteria Issues in the home or business

Determining the presence of poor indoor air quality requires sophisticated equipment and training. Environmental testing is risky if not conducted by a professional.

Air Testing: Air samples are taken with a specialized pump and air cassette. The air sample is then placed in a plastic bag and transported to the lab.

Bulk Materials Sampling: Bulk samples are collected from suspected surfaces or materials by cutting materials with a clean tool into a clean plastic bag.

Swab testing: A swab test is used for surface testing. The samples are collected by wiping a measured area with a sterilized swab. The swab is then placed in a seal tight tube and transported to the lab.

Dust can be a major nuisance and allergen in our indoor environments, but it can be a great indicator of what we are exposed to on a daily basis. Furthermore, with the right conditions our dust can be a feeding ground for Dust Mites.

What is in Dust?

House dust is a mixture of many substances. Its content varies from home to home and business to business, but the most common found are; dust mold spores, insect fragments, dust mites, dead human and animal skin, fibers and building materials.

Dust mites, close relatives of ticks and spiders, are too small to see without a microscope. Dust mites eat skin cells shed by people, and they thrive in warm, humid environments. In most homes, bedding, upholstered furniture and carpeting provide an ideal environment for dust mites.

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Identifying Indoor Air Quality Issues in the home or business

Determining the presence of poor indoor air quality requires sophisticated equipment and training. Environmental testing is risky if not conducted by a professional.

Sampling Dust: Samples of dust are collected from a variety of sources that can contain pathogens. Such as the HVAC system ducts or bedding, then sealed and sent to the lab.

Indoor allergens can be caused by many different elements within our home or business. Our staff of Certified Indoor Environmentalists employ a detailed approach to property inspections and understand the right indicators to look for in a property that may indicate the source of indoor allergies.

What are Indoor Allergens?

Millions of Americans suffer all year from allergies caused by indoor allergens. These offenders include dust mites, animal dander, insect fragments and mold. In addition to causing allergy reactions, allergens can also trigger asthma issues in people with asthma. With the guidance of our Indoor Environmentalists, you can learn what allergens may exist in your home or business.

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Identifying Indoor Allergens in the home or business

Determining the presence of poor indoor air quality requires sophisticated equipment and training. Environmental testing is risky if not conducted by a professional.

Air Testing: Air samples are taken with a specialized pump and air cassette. The air sample is then placed in a plastic bag and transported to the lab.

Bulk Materials Sampling: Bulk samples are collected from suspected surfaces or materials by cutting materials with a clean tool into a clean plastic bag.

Swab testing: A swab test is used for surface testing. The samples are collected by wiping a measured area with a sterilized swab. The swab is then placed in a seal tight tube and transported to the lab.

Tape Lift: A tape lift is used for surface sampling by stripping the suspect area surface with clear tape. The sample is then taped to a microscope slide and then placed in a seal tight container and transported to the lab.

Sampling Dust: Samples of dust are collected from a variety of sources that can contain pathogens such as; HVAC system ducts or filters, then sealed and sent to the lab.

Determining the source of VOCs requires sophisticated equipment and training. We provide a detailed approach to our property inspections and understand the right indicators to look for in a property that may indicate what is causing the VOC issue. CMI has over 10 years’ experience in testing and assessing homes and businesses for indoor air quality such as VOCs.

What is a VOC (Volatile Organic Compound)?

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde, are emitted as gases from certain materials. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. 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, glues and adhesives, permanent markers, and photographic solutions.

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Identifying Indoor Air Quality Issues in the home or business

Determining the presence of VOCs requires sophisticated equipment and training. Environmental testing is risky if not conducted by a professional.

TO-15 Canisters: Pressurized canisters are placed in rooms where potential sources that are off gassing VOCs may be located. Canister is then transported to the lab for analysis.