Indoor Air Quality

Change_Furnace_FilterMost people think the air they breathe in their home or where they work, shop, or do other business is clean.  They might be surprised to learn that the Consumer Product Safety Commission says scientific evidence exists that shows the indoor air we breathe might contain more pollutants than the outdoor air of heavily populated, highly industrialized cities. How is this possible, in our world of air fresheners, air purifiers, and air filters?  It’s quite possible, considering the number of normal allergens that come and go in our homes – dust mites, pet dander, mold spores – combined with all the technological advances we use to keep ourselves comfortable indoors year round, such as gas fireplaces, space heaters, air conditioners, water heaters, stoves, etc.  Each of these cooling-heating-ventilation systems emits their own particulates and gases into indoor air.

Other pollutants include cigarette and cigar smoke, household cleaning products and sprays, pesticides, building components that are aged and deteriorating, such as insulation, rugs, carpets, and padding that is damp or wet from flooding.

To make matters worse, if ventilation throughout the home or business property is lacking or not working properly, indoor pollutants remain inside the home and their levels even rise due to insufficient outdoor air entering that would reduce the amount of dangerous emissions inside. Humidity levels and warmer temperatures also cause some pollutants to become more concentrated and, if HVAC systems are not regularly maintained or other heating/cooling devices not adjusted for optimum functioning, pollutants inside the home increase.

Indoor air quality plays a huge role in our health and comfort indoors.  Poor air quality in the form of air pollutants can lead to poor health effects in people who are susceptible, such as those with allergies or other respiratory disease. Some of the symptoms of bad indoor air include watery, itchy eyes, scratchy sore throat, coughing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, and even an exacerbated asthma attack. The long-term effects over years of poor indoor air quality can lead to colds lasting longer than average, more frequent headaches, and bronchitis.

Another side effect of poor indoor air quality is mold and mildew. Mold and mold spores are, in essence, everywhere. But, if the environment has a higher than usual count of mold spores, all that is needed is the right amount of moisture and humidity for mold spores to latch onto an organic material and grow into a full-blown contamination which comes with its own set of health concerns and potential for property destruction.

If you are concerned about the indoor air quality in your home or business, call Certified Indoor Environmental today. We are a professional mold remediation company, and air testing is just one of the many services we provide. We are family owned and operated, and we serve the Portland metro and Salem areas in Oregon. Our company size and dedication to our customers gives us the advantage of offering personalized service and attention to detail – two benefits that have caused customers to rate us #1 in customer service on Yelp and Google.

Our process for improving indoor air quality and eliminating any opportunity for mold to grow involves focusing on three steps. We recommend that homeowners and property owners concerned about mold, allergens, improper ventilation, and the health of building occupants take proactive steps to have the indoor air tested, and that they use the services of a professional company such as Certified Indoor Environmental. In all cases, we make recommendations to property owners on how to address the issues we uncover.

  1. We test the air to determine the level of mold spores and locate the source of moisture or water that contributes to mold’s ability to grow and spread.
  2. We look for areas where ventilation is inadequate, insufficient, or lacking altogether. Without proper ventilation, air remains stagnant, moisture cannot evaporate, and humidity increases – all of which lead to the growth of mold.
  3. We defog and clean the air to reduce, if not eliminate, high concentrations of mold spores and other pollutants, and we also thoroughly dry and clean the area to eliminate all dampness and humidity.

We look high and low for hidden sources of water and moisture. We check deep recesses in attics, in case a roof was damaged in a wind, rain, snow, or ice storm and moisture enters but never dries or evaporates. We check lower levels in buildings where moisture can penetrate walls and building sheathing or basements get flooded from an overflowing sump pump, burst pipe, or faulty plumbing. We check HVAC systems where condensation occurs and mold spores enter to develop into an infestation. We even check crawl spaces, as water and moisture infiltrates these spaces, does not escape, and turns into a mold contamination that can leach through to the interior space above it.

Customers love our service because we value and respect them and their property and can usually complete most jobs in one day. We provide them with a detailed report that lists our findings and recommendations as well as an individualized and affordable plan for remediating the problem. Our 36-month guarantee gives them peace of mind.

Certified Indoor Environmental is licensed bonded and insured. We apply technologically advanced procedures and use state-of-the-art equipment to handle air testing and mold remediation and removal for residential and commercial customers alike. We also support realtors, home inspectors, property managers, and anyone who needs the air quality of their property tested. Our technicians are certified and trained by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning, and Restoration Certification), the organization recognized for setting the highest standards for the cleaning and restoration industry.