At TechClean, our indoor environmental air quality investigation strategy is sophisticated in execution, yet simple in design. The process will identify problem sources, make an accurate diagnosis, and design the appropriate remediation response.
What is “indoor air quality”?
Indoor air quality (also called “indoor environmental quality”) describes how inside air can affect a person’s health, comfort, and ability to work and or function. It can include temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, total VOC’s Formaldehyde lack of outside air (poor ventilation), mold from water damage, airborne particulate, or exposure to other chemicals.
How can I tell if there is an IAQ problem in my workplace or home?
People working in buildings or living in homes with poor IAQ may notice unpleasant or musty odors or may feel that the building is hot and stuffy. Some people complain about symptoms that happen at work and go away when they leave work, or happen at home and go away when they leave home, symptoms like having headaches or feeling tired, sore throat. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath can be symptoms of a more serious problem. Asthma and some causes of pneumonia (for example, Legionnaires’ Disease and Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis) have been linked to IAQ problems. If you have symptoms that are not going away or are getting worse, talk to your doctor about them. But not all exposures cause symptoms, so there is no substitute for good building management.
TechClean’s investigation process emphasizes detailed inspection, air and surface sampling and follow-up analysis. Typical test procedures include airflow, component resistance, temperature, humidity, and surface samplings within all HVAC ductwork as well as within the overall building envelope. An accredited laboratory will perform a follow-up sample analysis. We also conduct performance evaluations on air handling systems and components to ensure that all systems are operating within accepted industry standards.
Our professionals compile the data we acquire during our inspection in an easy-to-read report suitable for presentation to facility managers, boards of directors or other oversight committees responsible for the operation and safety of your facility. The inspection report includes accredited laboratory findings of the various samples we have taken from the site. As part of our report, we also provide you with recommended protocols to remediate any problems found during the investigation.