Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is not an inspection criteria currently required by the Standard of Practice (SOP) of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). As a result an IAQ investigation is not performed as a part of a standard home inspection. In general terms if IAQ issues are obviously noticeable during a standard home inspection those issues will be noted, on the standard home inspection report, at the discretion of our inspectors. These types of issues would generally entail the observance of such things as the visual presence of mold, mildew, or other growths; the observance of strong odors; and/or other signs of other IAQ issues.
IAQ is composed of multiple topics which can include; but, is not limited to particles, bio-polluntants, odors, temperature, humidity, gases, and/or comfort. Issues which can causes IAQ problems can include; but, not be limited to factors associated with mold, bacteria, pollen, tobacco smoke, mildew, chemicals, food, dust mites, as well as pets. The solution to IAQ problems can include; but, not be limited to factors associated with air filtration, air purification, surface protection, moisture intrusion remedial construction, Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning remedial construction (exhaust, temperature control, and/or humidity control, etc.) as well as lifestyle changes (not smoking indoors, changes in pet care, etc.).
At the current time The State of Alabama has not legislated regulations pertaining to the investigation or resolution of IAQ issues accept where those IAQ issues may overlap or be caused by other issues which are regulated by legislation. These types of issues could pertain to federally and/or state regulated environmental containments of concern or required remedial construction measures.
We do perform IAQ investigations in connection with standard home inspections or as a standalone service offering. In either case we utilize the following basic investigative procedures:
If you believe that you may have an IAQ problem then please consider filling out our IAQ survey form accessible by utilizing the following hyper-link: Indoor Air Quality Survey Form. This survey does not obligated you to utilize our services but will allow you the option of purchasing an Indoor Air Quality test kit or requesting that we contact you for additional consultation.
We utilize EMSL Analytical, Inc. for all laboratory analytical services. They are a full service environmental and materials testing laboratory with laboratory locations nationwide. The services that they provide in connection with our IAQ investigations generally include; but, are not limited to mold testing via culturable air samples (Petri-Dish style growth plates), mold testing via direct examination (tape samples, bulk samples, swab samples, as well as water samples), as well as mold testing via spore traps (Air-O-Cell style particulate air traps). Other service offered on a case by case requirement include a full range of environmental and/or IAQ related analytical laboratory services. The interpretation of the data obtained from these analytical services can help to identify certain types of IAQ pollutants which can help in the development and implementation of solutions.
It should be noted that there is not presently legislated and/or industry agreement to permissible concentration ranges for a variety of IAQ issues as there are for federally and state regulated environmental containments. An example of this would be air born mold spores. However, there are generally accepted practices in relation to IAQ inspections, sampling, results interpretation, as well as solution implementation which have been shown to improve IAQ issues.
Additionally, our staff has completed federally mandated Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training as well as all required continuing education requirements associated with this training. Consequently, we are capable of handling most environmental contamination issues.
Additional information is available by viewing our FAQ, Links, and Information Page accessible, from the menu, on the left-hand side of this page or by utilizing the following hyper-link: FAQ. Also, information is available by viewing our Mold Page accessible, from the menu, on the left-hand side of this page or by utilizing the following hyper-link: Mold.
It should be noted that the fastest way, to obtain a quote, for services is to complete the inspection scheduling process. This process does not commit you to services; but, it does allow us to collect important information which is utilized to provide an accurate service quote. Our service rates are competitive and within industry norms. The scheduling process can be started by following the home icon links throughout our site or by utilizing the following hyper-link: Quote.
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