What You Can't See CAN Potentially Hurt You!
Microorganisms are a normal and essential component of all environments. Bacteria and fungi are needed to break down complex molecules found in organic matter. If provided with water and a food source, they will colonize almost any area of Earth. Microorganisms and / or their reproductive structures are almost always found in outdoor air. Their types and populations will vary depending on local environmental conditions doors, windows, and fresh air intakes provide easy access for microorganisms to enter the interiors of buildings.
It is normal to find some quantity of microorganisms in indoor air. In a normal indoor environment, their numbers should be significantly less than outdoor levels. Excessive moisture inside a building from leaks, floods, or other sources can create an "out-of-balance" environment that will tend to amplify their population. Depending on the amount of water, temperature, lighting, and food available, differing species may become dominant. In consequence, the presence of some microorganisms in large quantities may lead to adverse health effects involving building occupants.
Adverse health effects in affected individuals can include both illnesses and allergic responses. Symptoms may range from a headache, malaise, and muscle pain to shortness of breath and fever. These effects may be the result of contact with the microbes or spores themselves, or with contracting the airborne toxins that they may excrete.
Bioaerosol testing (for live and dead mold spores), surface sampling, and bulk sampling procedures are used to identify and quantify the fungi by genera (family) and species and also quantify the indoor airborne content level to the outdoor levels. These results are also compared to known and commonly cited IAQ guidelines provided by the following organizations:
- ACGIH (American Council of Government Industrial Hygienists)
- AIHA (American Industrial Hygienists Association)
- HBA (Healthy Buildings International)
- WHO (World Health Organization)
- IESO (Indoor Environmental Standards Organization)
- IAQAO1-200 (Indoor Air Quality Alliance)
- OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Association)
We Provide Certified Lab Results in Three to Seven Days
All testing samples are submitted to a certified microbial lab that has been fully accredited and conforms to the ISO 17025 Standard.
These certified lab reports are held in strictest confidence.
An interpretation of these results is performed comparing the results to the cited organizational guidelines.
Mold or Bacterial Testing Interpretation
If you have already had an IAQ microbial test performed (mold, bacteria or fungi), our CMC (Certified Microbial Consultant) will provide an interpretation of these results.
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