Asbestos, radon, mold, bacteria, viruses, pathogens, and other indoor air pollutants are commonly found in West Virginia homes and businesses. Although prevalent, these contaminants can pose significant health hazards. Safeguard your family, staff, students, customers, and guests with professional residential and commercial indoor air testing!
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Indoor air and surfaces may become contaminated with many types of infectious bacteria, such as Neisseria meningitidis, and viruses including Rhinoviruses, Influenza, and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) when an infected person releases respiratory particles and droplets into the environment. This may occur when they cough or sneeze, as well as when exhaling during speaking, exercising, singing, and breathing. Once dispersed into the indoor environment, these infectious viral particles can become airborne, spread far from the initial source of infection, and settle and accumulate on surfaces.
The indoor environment is far more likely to become a source of infection than outdoor areas, especially with increased exposure due to greater viral load and time of exposure, and in spaces where there is little ventilation. In addition to commonsense precautions advised by trusted health authorities and surface cleaning, professional application of effective surface disinfection is recommended to minimize risk in buildings known to have hosted an individual infected with the virus responsible for causing COVID-19. At Appalachian Environmental Testing & Consulting, we offer professional disinfection with hospital-grade virucidal agents known to render the SARS-CoV-2 virus inactive.
Indoor air contaminated with asbestos poses a significant health hazard to occupants. If a property is suspected to contain any of the extensively prevalent products or building materials known to contain this cancer and disease-causing material, it is important to have the air tested. By law, all property owners must test for the presence of asbestos prior to beginning work on any project that may disturb the structure.
Professional testing is the only safe and accurate way to determine whether asbestos exists in a home, business, or man-made structure. At Appalachian Environmental Testing & Consulting, our Licensed Asbestos Inspector is available to sample and test residential and commercial properties to determine whether asbestos is present, so you can certify that it is OK to proceed with your renovation or other property work. If you require asbestos abatement, we can provide guidance, as well.
Although mold may be visible, in many cases a home or business owner may not be aware of the presence of harmful mold species, fungi, and other microbial contaminants in the indoor air. These agents can cause severe allergic reactions, harm health and well-being, and in some case may even result in the development of serious diseases or cause death. After a flood, roof leak, water damage, or other event of concern, it is important to have the property tested for the presence of mold spores. Even when a homeowner or building owner is aware of the presence of mold contamination, the true extent of mold spore spread may be surprising.
Be sure you know whether the indoor air of your property contains harmful mold spores so you can make the best decisions for your family and guests. Protect their health with professional mold testing performed by our NACHI Certified Mold Inspector. If you require mold remediation, we can provide assistance with the remediation process.
Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs) found in home cleaners, paints, hygiene products, building materials, and air fresheners may evaporate into the air when used within the home. They can cause headaches, nausea, skin and mucous membrane irritation, damage the liver, kidneys, brain, and central nervous system – and chronic exposure has been associated with permanent organ failure, cancer, and death. We can test the indoor air quality of your home or business and refer you to a range of solutions to bring VOCs back within acceptable levels, if necessary.
Formaldehyde is also a toxic component of cigarette smoke. It is also applied to fabrics, furniture, and building materials as a preservative. Unfortunately, breathing or touching formaldehyde-contaminated surfaces can irritate skin and mucous membranes, exacerbate lung conditions, and present a serious threat to your health. Although most houses and buildings contain negligible amounts of formaldehyde, homes with smokers, those constructed after 1990, newly built, renovated, or outfitted with new furnishings may contain dangerously high formaldehyde levels and should be tested. Levels can be lowered to acceptable levels with proper mitigation.
Radon gas is a colorless, odorless, and invisible air contaminant of serious concern for homeowners and business owners in West Virginia. Any property can be infiltrated by this hazardous, cancer-causing pollutant. All properties should be tested to determine whether radon is present, and if so, at what level.
At Appalachian Environmental Testing & Consulting, our Licensed Radon Tester and Certified Radon Measurement Specialist can perform professional radon testing on-site at your residential or commercial property. It is important that all property owners know the radon status of their buildings so that prompt action can be taken, if necessary. If you require radon mitigation, we can provide guidance, as well.
Homes and businesses may be contaminated with a wide range of debris and pollutants. These can include airborne animal fur, dander, and droppings, insect parts, pollen, dust, cigarette smoke, wildfire smoke, formaldehyde and other harmful gases released from building materials and furnishings, as well as many other potentially allergenic and hazardous materials. Appalachian Environmental Testing & Consulting also offers pest inspections to help identify common West Virginia pests whose presence may threaten building structures, as well as indoor air quality.
At Appalachian Environmental Testing & Consulting (AETC), our well-qualified indoor air quality technicians are fully trained, certified, licensed, and well-equipped to provide accurate indoor air quality testing. We help homeowners, schools, medical facilities, and businesses of all types throughout our north-central West Virginia service area enjoy cleaner, healthier, safer indoor air. We think you will find that our extensive education, training, experience, and expertise sets us apart as West Virginia’s Premier Indoor Air Quality Inspector. We invite you to explore our full range of inspection and remediation services. Contact us for quality you can rely on. Call: (304) 613-6999.