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Why do I need an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) test on my home?
A simple IAQ test can reveal allergen and mold particulates in the air of your home. These particulates when inhaled or absorbed into the body can cause nausea, sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, etc. By understanding what particulates are identified in the home, this will help the occupant to develop a plan for remediation. This can be from a simple cleaning to mold removal.

It is important to understand, this test picks up particulates in the air. If visible mold-like substances are seen, the air quality test should not be administered as the mold is visible. If the contaminated area is 10 sq ft or larger, a licensed “Mold Assessor” should be contacted to further evaluate and recommend a plan of action.

As I was told by a physician, the IAQ report helps identify what the patient is breathing in the home and help develop a prescription for action. As molds and allergens affect each of us differently, the more knowledge you have, the better for recovery or prevention.

How long does it take for the test and results?

The IAQ test is done by taking a 5-minute air sample at a predetermined flow rate of the outdoors. This sample will be the CONTROL sample. The sample is collected into a sampling cassette, labeled, and a chain of custody is completed.
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The next sample will be performed indoors in the living space. Each sampling is 5 minutes. It is recommended to have one additional sampling cassette for each AC unit. Therefore, a normal home with 2 AC units would have one outdoor sample, and two indoor samples taken.

These samples are also labeled and entered into the chain of custody.

The samples are then hand carried to a local Accredited Lab for examination and processing. At the completion of the processing, a Lab report with the results will be forwarded to you. The results are typically returned within 24 hrs. Many the same day!
The report will show the type of particulates collected and compared from outdoor levels to indoor levels. If the levels are elevated, those particulates will be high-lighted.

The lab report has a glossary at the final pages explaining all particulates on how they may enter our home or body, as well as health effects symptoms.
What do I do if my levels are elevated?

If the levels are ELEVATED, by referring to the lab report glossary, this will help you understand the particulate matter collected more closely. A “Licensed Mold Assessor” could greatly help you with an extensive inspection and to develop a remediation plan.
What if my levels are not elevated?

If the levels are not elevated, the report is not useless. There may be allergens present that are affecting the occupant’s health. If this is the case, bring your IAQ report the next time you visit your personal physician. They may me able to help with the additional information.

Why use BLES?

Professional & Honesty.

We are a licensed professional company that believes in providing a great service at a reasonable price. Unlike several companies, we are on time for our appointments, friendly and professional. We will attempt to answer all of your questions and direct you to the next reliable professional if needed.

Scheduling appointments is extremely easy. When you contact us, we will answer and schedule your appointment so its most convenient for you.
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