AIR QUALITY - HOME INSPECTION SERVICES
Yakima Valley Home Air Quality Testing
Testing for indoor air quality problems is quick and relatively inexpensive. Feel free to call and discuss any issues that you are concerned about. Often a quick visual inspection can determine most problems, other problems may need a more extensive investigation. There are many solutions to air quality problems and I am happy to discuss them with you.
Why Test for Air Quality?
- Indoor air quality can be worse than that of outdoor air.
- Problems can arise from moisture, insects, pets, appliances, radon, materials used in household products and furnishings, smoke and other sources.
- Effects can range from minor annoyances to major health risks.
- Remedies include ventilation, cleaning, moisture control, inspections, and following manufacturers' directions when using appliances and products.
Signs of Indoor Air Quality Problems
- Moisture and biological pollutants such as molds, mildew, dust mites, animal dander and cockroaches. Issues caused from high humidity levels, inadequate ventilation, poorly maintained humidifiers and air conditioners.
- Combustion products, including carbon monoxide, from un-vented fossil fuel space heaters, un-vented gas stoves or ovens, and back-drafting from furnaces and water heaters.
- Formaldehyde from durable press draperies or other textiles, particle board products such as cabinets, furniture framing, and adhesives.
- Radon, a radioactive gas from soil and rock beneath and around the home's foundation, groundwater wells and some building materials.
- Household products and furnishings such as paints, solvents, air fresheners, hobby supplies, dry-cleaned clothing, aerosol sprays, adhesives, and fabric additives used in carpeting or furniture which can release volatile organic compounds.
- Asbestos found in most homes more than 20 years old. Sources include deteriorating, damaged or disturbed pipe insulation, fire retardant, acoustical material and floor tiles.
- Lead from lead-based paint dust created when removing paint by sanding, scraping or burning.
- Particulates from dust and pollen, fireplaces, wood stoves, kerosene heaters and un-vented gas space heaters.
- Tobacco smoke, which produces particulates, combustion products and formaldehyde.