IAQ Home Survey is a low-cost state-of-the-art indoor air quality assessment that can identify numerous chemical sources, whether they are from known sources (e.g., new paint, potpourri, or carpeting) or from mold that might be hidden from view but potentially found during a full home inspection. The IAQ Home Survey analytical report can be utilized to create an action plan to remove or remediate any issues found prior putting your home on the market.
WHAT DO WE LOOK AT?
An air quality test will take several samples of the air to determine what VOC’s or if any mold particles are present.
WHO SHOULD HAVE AN AIR QUALITY TEST?
If you have any sensitivities, allergies, asthma, small children, elderly or anyone who has a chronic illness should have an Air Quality Test done. Prior to moving into a new home you should also have an Air Quality Test done to ensure the seller has not used any harmful products during renovations that emit high VOC’s. New homes may also have high VOC’s and it is recommended they are tested as well.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DO AN AIR QUALITY TEST?
It takes between 30-45 minutes depending on how many samples need to be taken.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE THE RESULTS?
Air Quality Test results are received between 5-7 business days.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
$250 covers up to 2,000 sqft in most cases. $150 per each additional sample required, pricing is subject to each individual home.
WHAT OTHER TESTS CAN BE DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN AIR QUALITY TEST?
Most people do this test in combination with a Mold Testing if there are concerns.
CAN WE DO CONDOS OR MULTI-UNIT BUILDINGS?
Yes, we can do both!
HERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT FACTS TO KNOW:
1. The USEPA has reported that home air can have 100 times more chemicals inside than outside.
2. The USEPA has also reported that adults and kids now spend most of their time indoors (90%).
3. The CDC has reported that 20+ million adults have asthma, and the National Asthma Survey has reported that asthma is the most prevalent chronic disease among children. These numbers continue to increase annually, suggesting that the indoor environment plays a contributing role in this trend.
4. Mold growth can be present within the home and be hidden behind walls or underneath carpeting or flooring.
5. The use of Formaldehyde is prevalent in certain building materials and the concentration of this known cancer-causing agent can be many times the safe level.
HOW CAN I KNOW IF THE HOME AIR QUALITY IS SAFE?
I have chosen to offer my customers IAQ Home Survey™, a state-of-the-art test that checks for chemicals in the air that could potentially make you and your family sick, and provides you with an assessment of the home air quality.
1. IAQ Home Survey is a low-cost test designed to measure the chemicals in the air and find hidden mold.
2. IAQ Home Survey is performed during the home inspection.
3. IAQ Home Survey reports the total amount of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) found in the home and whether they are within a recommended safe range.
4. IAQ Home Survey predicts the source of the VOCs and determines if the home is the source or if the VOCs are merely from the contents of the home.
5. IAQ Home Survey is so sensitive it monitors for the chemicals released by actively growing mold, whether it is behind walls or underneath carpeting or flooring.
6. Formaldehyde can be measured and reported individually for an additional charge. This test is especially recommended for any home constructed or remodeled within the past five years.
Get peace of mind that the air in the home you’re buying is safe to breathe.
ngle mold spores. Mold VOCs cannot be detected or measured by traditional mold spore traps.
Insight is now performing more tests for Mold Spores (types and concentrations of):
Spore traps - This is the most common method of trapping spores (hence the name). They work by having a controlled amount of air pass a sticky surface. If there are spores in the air, they will be caught onto the adhesive plate and will be found in the analysis later.
Tape Lifts - This is used if you can actually see the mold. Basically, tape is placed onto the mold and then is taken off and placed onto a microscope slide.
Bulk Sampling - Again, this is if you can see the mold. We take a piece of it and send it in for analysis.
Swab Sample - Take a cotton swab and drag it across the mold/sample area.
Unfortunately, there are no set government or EPA regulations, standards, or threshold limits for airborne concentrations of mold.
Mold VOCs detected above 30 Nano grams per liter (ng/L - air is measured in liters) indicate significant active mold growth and most occupants of the home will be affected — particularly those with mold allergies or respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD.
Therefore, it is imperative that a homeowner to test for the presence or any visible or hidden mold in their home -- So let us help you!