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Many people have not connected their health symptoms to poor indoor air quality (IAQ). The end result are people who experience headaches, coughs, muscle pain, upper respiratory problems and other unexplained illnesses that their doctor can’t find the solution to.
When an individual suspects a building related cause for an illness, they contact us. We confirm the presence of common contaminants, locate the source and make recommendations for improvements.
How much does air testing cost in the Houston area?
According to HomeAdvisor.com, who keeps track of prices in the Houston area, the average price is $481, but can go as high as $840.
What does your testing cost?
$395 Residential Indoor Air Quality Testing in the Houston area for residential. This is a flat rate price with no surprises or upselling. Cash, credit card or check is accepted at time of service. Price is for 4,000 square feet or under.
What Is Tested?
The IAQ testing will test your indoor air for the following most common contaminants that cause illnesses according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Test for elevated mold spores.
- Coarse dust particles. 2.5 micrometers in diameter and up are referred to as “coarse.” Sources of coarse particles include mold spores, pollen, dust mites, insect parts,crushing or grinding operations, and dust stirred up by vehicles traveling on roads.
- Fine particles. Particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter are called “fine” particles. These particles are so small they can be detected only with an electron microscope. Sources of fine particles include all types of combustion, including motor vehicles, power plants, residential wood burning, forest fires, agricultural burning, and some industrial processes.
- Nitrogen Dioxide
- Sulfur Dioxide
- Carbon Monoxide
- Carbon Dioxide
- Volatile Organic Compounds (TVOCs)
- Relative Humidity
Before the Testing
When performing an indoor air quality test, most people want to clean up the area before the inspector arrives. This is the exact opposite what needs to be done. The testing needs to be in a normal livable condition. By vacuuming, dusting and spraying air freshener, it can give false numbers.
48 hours before the test, all windows and exterior doors should remain shut, including the garage door. It is fine to walk (drive) in and out through the exterior door, just don’t leave them open. If possible, no showers, no oven or stove top use 4 hours before the testing. If not possible, be sure to let the inspector know of any cooking and/or showering that has taken place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What happens during the testing?
The amount of time to test the air is relatively short. Once we’ve tested the air, we will give you preliminary verbal report. However, we have to take the information back to the office and download the information. A final report will be emailed to you, usually within 48 hours.
Q: What type of health symptoms are caused by poor indoor air quality?
Nose: Runny, Irritated or Stuffy
Ears: Hearing Loss
Throat: Cough, Phlegm or Sore
Headache or Eye Pressure
Muscle Pain or Soreness
Lethargy or Loss of Energy
Wheezing or Chest Heaviness
Sinus and Hay fever like symptoms
Diarrhea and Nausea
Asthma and Allergies
Shortness of Breathe
Cardiac or Stroke
Dizziness or Vertigo
Q: I’m the only one that seems to have problems. Am I going crazy?
No. The vast majority of time, only one individual feels signs of illness. The reason is, that one person is more sensitive to a particular contaminant, where others are sensitive to other contaminants. It just so happens that the contaminant you’re sensitive too is the same one that is in your building.
Q: I’ve been to the doctor, but they don’t know what the problem is. Can you still help?
Many general physicians don’t specialize in environmental causes, but once they understand what the contaminant is, they can be better equipped to help out. There also are doctors that do have this specialization of environmental medicine that you may want to see.