Indoor Air Quality
Indoor air quality is critically important and in the 21st century more consumers are aware of the potential problems that exist in the indoor environment. According to the EPA we spend more than 90% of our time indoors. You probably spend more time at home than anywhere else. Since the energy crisis of the 70's, homes have become more energy efficient and less drafty or ventilated. Homes built in the 50's leaked almost twice as much air as homes built in the 90's. That leakage is described as the air exchange rate, meaning that the indoor air was replaced with outdoor air so many times a day. While this exchange rate meant that energy was wasted when heating or cooling, it also meant that the indoor air was diluted by outside air.
Mold is a natural part of our environment but when concentrations of mold are elevated in an air tight environment it can have a very negative impact on our health.
The same is true for radon gas. Radon is found in measurable quantities outdoors but when it is indoors it can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is the #1 cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and has a synergistic affect with cigarette smoke, making it even more likely that you would acquire lung cancer.
Carbon monoxide is a by product of burning fossil fuels like natural gas, propane or heating oil. It is also produced by burning solid fuels such as wood or pellets. Even low levels of carbon monoxide can affect your health. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide detectors won't sound an alarm until the level is high enough to have an immediate, or fatal impact.
Testing The Indoor Environment
Testing of indoor air is a great way to determine whether your home, or a home you may be purchasing, is safe or may cause you health problems. People with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible to mold and many people don't know they have a compromised immune system until they are ill.
Unfortunately, testing equipment is expensive, the inspections associated with indoor air quality take time and the inspector must be trained to be competent. This means the tests and inspections can be expensive. For this reason we have combined the most common tests to create an affordable Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Package. When you purchase a Mold Screening, Radon Test and Moisture Intrusion Inspection we discount them and include the Carbon Monoxide Test at no additional charge. When you purchase the IAQ Package we also discount additional services, such as chimney inspection and water quality testing by 30%. Our wish is to make the most thorough inspection as affordable as possible.
The IAQ Package
The IAQ Package includes:
Radon Testing for at least 48 hours using continuous radon monitor and digital report emailed when the test is complete.
Mold Screening includes an inspection of the interior of the entire property for any evidence of mold and sampling on every level + a control sample. This may include more than one sample per level in larger properties. Additional samples can be added for a discounted fee.
Moisture Intrusion Inspection includes an inspection of the interior of the property with thermal imaging camera and follow up of any suspected wet spots with professional grade moisture meter.
Carbon Monoxide Testing is a test of all appliances that use fossil fuels such as natural gas, propane or heating oil and a check for elevated levels of carbon monoxide throughout the property. Appliances include: furnaces, fireplaces, gas stoves, water heaters. The appliances must be operational to be tested.
A termite inspection can be substituted for carbon monoxide test if the home is all electric.
Cost for the IAQ Package is determined based on the size of the home. Square footage of basements should be included in pricing if the basement is to be included in the inspection.
A 30% discount will be applied to additional services when the IAQ Package is purchased.