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Serving the Dallas – Fort Worth and surrounding area
100+ AIR TEST TAKEN
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL
WEEKEND AND EVENING APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE
How much do other companies charge in the Dallas – Fort Worth area?
According to HomeAdvisor.com, cost can be as high as $645, plus the cost of laboratory mold samples. This is based on real jobs. This is why our $525 flat fee charge is a good value.
How much do you charge?
For a home 3,000 square feet or less, a flat fee of $525 covers everything. There are no hidden or surprise charges. Plus, we don’t try and sell you equipment or other services like most other companies try and do. Cash, check or credit cards are accepted.
What is tested?
Bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, den, living room, game room, garage and the outside air will all be tested for the following most common contaminants that cause illnesses according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- 2 mold samples will be taken. This can be air samples, surface samples or a combination of the two.
- Thermal imaging to help detect moisture problems that can cause mold growth.
- PM10 – Coarse dust particles. Particles between 2.5 and 10 micrometers in diameter 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.
- PM2.5 – Fine particles (PM2.5). 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.
- Total Particulate Matter (allergens)
- Nitrogen Dioxide
- Sulfur Dioxide
- Carbon Monoxide
- Carbon Dioxide
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
- Relative Humidity
Meet Your Inspector
Case Woodward has years of experience testing indoor air quality, mold inspections, lead paint testing, Radon and EMF testing and has all his licenses where required.
“Casey was very prompt, professional, and informative. The experience was pleasant and he answered our questions and had suggestions for us going forward. We are greatly relieved and informed. Companies like this put integrity back in the mix. Thank you!” – Elizabeth G., Dallas
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why test?
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.
IAQ investigations and testing are recommended and encouraged by such organizations as theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the American Lung Association, State Health Departments and many more organizations.
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 after we get the mold results from the laboratory.
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 Breath
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.
What type of payments do you take?
We take credit cards, cash, or checks. Payment is at time of the service.
Choosing the Right Inspector
The first question that needs to be answered, is who is qualified to do indoor air quality testing.
- The individual needs to be licensed in the fields that require licensing. This would include lead (metal) and mold. If your inspector doesn’t have these licenses, then you should look elsewhere.
- A lot of air-conditioning companies advertise for indoor air quality. First, they don’t have the measuring equipment to do an inspection. Secondly, they are biased, in that they want to sell you some of their products. Thirdly, installing their equipment recommendations won’t help in the vast amount of situations.
- Air duct cleaning companies also count themselves as indoor air quality professionals. The problem is, that EPA says it doesn’t help.
- Last on the list is mold inspectors. They seem to think that testing the air for mold is indoor air quality testing. It’s not. It’s mold air testing.
The IAQ Process
The first question we try to answer is; Is my indoor air more polluted than the outdoor air?
To answer this question, we take around 60 to 70 air tests throughout the home or office. We compare the outside to the inside. We compare one room to another.
You will be asked about any health symptoms you or another have been experiencing. A visual assessment will also be performed, because sometimes the inspector’s eyes are the best too.
We find out if someone would be considered in a sensitive group. What type of person would be in a sensitive group? Persons with allergies, asthma, autoimmune disease along with very young or very old individuals. Folks with COPD, cancer, HIV, lung damage or other immune deficits, would be placed in the highly sensitive group.
When the testing is completed, the inspector will give you a preliminary verbal report before leaving. The inspector will need to do some research and enter measurements into a computer, before the final written report is issued. The research and computer work is where most of the time is spent. Within 48 hours, you should receive your final report via email. If samples are sent off to the laboratory, then 48 hours after we receive the results.
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 of 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.