Professional Testing Services
Today’s tighter building envelope requirements pose a variety of new challenges regarding air quality concerns. Building alterations, new building materials, and new mechanical systems can directly affect the air quality you are exposed to. With today’s threat of aerosolized Covid-19 microbes, mechanical systems with HEPA grade filters are becoming a very important tool for improving your indoor air quality. Short or long terms exposure has the capability to affect your mental and physical health.
Air Quality Testing Services
We have been providing professional air quality testing services to Barrie and Local Area for over 20 years. We provide Residential and Commercial Building testing. All test samples are analysised by an Accredited Testing Lab. Pollutants inside and outside home or building can create an environment that can be harmful to your health. This can result in short and long term health problems for anyone inside the affected property. Today’s technology allows for detailed air sampling and indoor air quality testing that identifies the cause, which when eliminated will result in a safe work and living environment.
Mould Testing and Inspection
Your home or workplace can become infested with mould in less than 72 hours due to any form of water intrusion or an excess humidity problem. Once started mould spores can spread and contaminate the entire building. Mould is known to produce allergens and irritants that can cause other health effects and inflict serious damage to building components. Often mould contamination is present in a building, but not visible and flourishes in dark hidden spaces within your buildings walls, floors and ceilings. The primary risk when mould appears is health related because as the fungus develops, it will release a consistent stream of airborne spores and bacteria into the air within the property. Breathing in mould contaminated air can have short term health effects.
Asbestos Testing and Inspection
Many homes built before 1980 contain asbestos in old floor tiles, ceiling tiles, roof shingles and flashing, siding, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), pipe cement, and joint compound used on seams between pieces of sheetrock. It is made up of long fibers that are smaller than what can be seen by the eye and they can be breathed in. They are so small, in fact, that they can be sucked into an air filter and passed right back out of a vacuum cleaner. If you breathe asbestos fibers, you may increase the risk of several serious diseases, including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos exposure may increase your risk for cancers of the digestive system, including colon cancer.
Infrared Imaging Inspections
Thermal Imaging makes use of images produced using heat radiation or the “invisible infrared” signatures radiated by the scanned object. The Infrared Camera computes an image based on the differences in temperature, identifying area of potential concern. Using Thermal Imaging to look at a home can uncover issues or items that normally would not be able to be seen by the naked eye. Moisture is a big issue that gets revealed during these inspections which includes hidden sources of mold, roof leaks, and posts that indicate termite nests. Electrical problems are also revealed as well as heat and energy loss, foundation cracks, structural concerns, missing insulation, ventilation glitches and rodent infestations.
There has to be a minium of 20 degrees difference between outside and inside temperatures in order for Thermal Imaging to be viable.
Moisture problems are the #1 area of concern for most home buyers. Prior to purchase you’ll want to inspect it for signs of moisture, which can damage the structure itself as well as encourage the growth of mold, a potential health risk. Common areas of concern include windows, areas close to leaky pipes like under the sink, behind the refrigerator and behind certain types of siding. The moisture meter is the Home Inspectors best friend when it comes to inspecting these areas and lower levels of the home. The Barrie Home Inspector also tests the humidity using a the Extech RH300 Digital Psychrometer which can identify excess moisture and is a realiable indicator of the presence of moisture.