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Performing indoor air quality inspection and testing services is like casting a wide safety net over your whole house. Indoor air quality testing by Healthy Home can detect over 100 indoor air pollutants.
The air inside your home may be up to three times more polluted than the air outside. People are surprised when they find out their cabinets or carpet can make them sick, or that some cleaning products can cause more harm than the dirt they remove, or that a forest of mold may be growing inside a wall.
We can determine what chemicals, allergens and biological contaminants are inside your home, polluting the air and making you and your family sick. Poor indoor air quality can cause serious, sometimes fatal health problems. Some adverse health effects aren’t discovered until years after exposure to the contaminants.
If it seems like you or someone in your family is always fighting off yet another cold or are suffering through constant health problems that don’t go away with proper medical treatment, IAQ testing is an appropriate next step. Other good times to test for indoor air quality are after you:
– moved into a new home,
– treated the home with pesticides
– recently had water intrusion into the home
Many homes have more than one source of indoor air pollution. Through IAQ inspection and testing, we test your home’s air, evaluate the airflow and thoroughly examine materials in your home to determine possible sources of chemical and biological contamination. Follow-up IAQ testing may be used to analyze for specific contaminants that are causing problems. We can then work with you to develop individualized mitigation solutions.
Other places people often don’t know asbestos can be found include range hoods, electrical outlets, toasters and hair dryers. Once asbestos fibers enter a person’s lungs, they never work their way back out. This causes a sometimes fatal hardening of the lungs called asbestosis. Asbestos also causes lung cancer and mesothelioma. Both are deadly diseases.
The EPA-accredited professionals at Healthy Home are able to help you with all your asbestos-related concerns. The City of Portland requires an asbestos survey before it will issue a renovation or demolition permit.
A limited asbestos inspection can determine the asbestos content of the most likely sources of asbestos in your home. Healthy Home EPA-accredited asbestos inspectors will inspect up to five samples of materials of your choice. If you need more, a comprehensive asbestos inspection will examine up to 20 samples of materials that are suspect for asbestos. This is the best way to determine the asbestos content in all accessible suspect materials. If asbestos issues are found in the home, asbestos abatement services are designed to permanently eliminate identified asbestos-containing materials that are or may become damaged.
Radon penetrates most home building materials to contaminate your home’s air and water, causing serious health problems to the whole family.
You must be proactive in preventing harm from radon because it may take years for health symptoms to appear. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer is the U.S. Respiratory diseases and birth defects are also tied to radon exposure. Radon is especially dangerous to children because of their smaller lungs.
The EPA recommends that typical homes be tested for radon at least every two years. But in the Portland area, one out of every four homes shows excessive levels of radon gas. This is twice the national average. If you know radon is in your area, you should test every year.
Healthy Home professionals provide radon sampling to test in up to two locations where radon is most likely to be in your home. If elevated radon levels are found, Healthy Home can reduce radon levels and develop a permanent solution to prevent radon exposure in the future.
Lead exposure causes serious health issues, especially to children under the age of six. Children suffering from lead exposure may experience behavior problems, learning disabilities, hearing and speech problems. Lead is harmful to adults as well, causing a decline in mental functioning, headache, memory loss and a host of other issues. Lead exposure may also cause miscarriage or premature birth.
According to the CDC, all houses built before 1978 probably contain at least some lead-based paint. Elevated levels of lead have been found in Portland public schools’ drinking water. Tap water is contaminated with lead as it travels through decaying lead-based pipes, fixtures or lead solder that connects drinking water pipes. Household dust is another source of lead exposure. Lead can also linger in the soil around your home for years.
Protecting your family from exposure to lead is critical. Healthy Home can provide you with accurate, cost-effective results on lead levels in your home through our comprehensive lead testing.
You don’t have to see mold growing on your walls or ceilings for it to be a problem. Many different mold species enter homes through open windows or doors, heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems.
Once inside, molds flourish in damp, dark places. Molds love to live on the things around us. They thrive on paper, cardboard, ceiling tiles, wood, paint, wallpaper, drywall, carpet, fabric, insulation and even dust. Molds release microscopic spores into the air we breathe and make people suffer with stuffy noses, irritated eyes, wheezing or skin problems. Some people may even develop infections in their lungs.
You can’t completely avoid mold in the environment. But with Healthy Home as your partner, we can identify and manage the mold in your home while eliminating large mold infestations that make you or your family sick.
Our services are tailored to meet your needs. You may need us to perform a limited mold inspection, taking samples from three sites and using advanced equipment to detect mold in your home’s living areas. Or, you may need a comprehensive mold inspection. This is a four-step process that includes an additional site sample and the inspection of your attic and crawl space. Next, we will work with you to develop protocols for remediation. Afterward, a post-remediation verification survey will document the success of mold remediation in your home.
Healthy Home understands how deeply concerned you are about your family’s health. Our licensed and certified professionals provide prompt, courteous service. Call us and we will guide you every step of the way. We help you and your family live in a healthy home!