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Allergens

See also: Asthma Triggers and Bedbugs

Our inspection

Our trained and certified inspectors will conduct a thorough and comprehensive inspection. We have a Standards of Practice that we follow. The inspector will interview you to find when your symptoms first appeared and where, if any recent remodeling or decorating has taken place, if there are pets in the house, and if your allergies got worse.

Common allergens

Household cleansers, pesticides, paints, new furnishings and construction materials off gas into our environment. Chinese drywall off gas sulphur dioxide. New furniture, carpets, drapes, and upholstery off gas formaldehyde.

Birds, mice, rats, ferrets, squirrels, dogs and cats all produce and shed animal dander. If you have any of these in your home, you could suffer an allergenic reaction to animal dander, and our inspectors can test for the presence of animal dander.

Invisible little critters live in our homes with us. Dust mites can be found in pillows, bedding, carpets, drapes, and upholstery. They love a dusty and moist environment. Others only come out in the dark—cockroaches. Both are very common allergies, and we can test for these too.

Bedbugs are increasingly common in the US and health officials are urging vigilance and testing for them. These pests have become a real problem for people in their homes, apartments, hotels, motels, health and elder care facilities, colleges and classrooms. They can travel with you (or someone else) to your wherever you sleep! Bedbugs can get into your home in used clothing, furniture, mattresses, box springs, bedding and luggage. They are small and hard to see and like to hide in the tiniest crevices. They can live for months without feeding, but when they do, they rapidly breed and spread. Some individuals get infections from scratching the itchy bites and even scaring. Don’t wait to be bit, TEST TODAY!

Pollens and dust are also common causes of allergies. You will want to talk with your doctor and possibly test for these.

Mold and mildew are often the culprits. Mold digests organic matter and produces tiny lightweight spores which travel thru the air and begin a new colony where they land. Today we build our homes and offices more tightly than in the past, and have fewer drafts. So with less air circulation, condensation and moisture stay with us. Mold and mildew only need a little moisture and they can grow. Mold is organic and is found on our hair, skin, clothing, and in the air we breathe. Mildew will grow on any fabric or cloth. Both come in many forms. Our inspectors can sample air, wall and ceiling surfaces, and even take samples from within the walls if so indicated.

Air conditioning and heaters can spread mold thru out the house or office building. Taking it in the return air vent and distributing thru out the building. Both systems are inspected and operated. Changing the air filter every 90 days and using a HEPA filter can do wonders for those living with allergies or asthma.

Our inspectors understand the building envelop, have knowledge of construction methods and materials, which when combined with the use of high tech test equipment and laboratory testing are able to find the source of the problem and document it. Armed with the finished report you are then ready to talk with your doctor and a certified remediator (if remediation is needed).