Mold – Formaldehyde – Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing and Mold Inspection / Consulting Services

ScanTech checks the following key indoor air quality level indicators and can give rapid answers onsite – no waiting for lab results in most cases. (radon testing and mold sampling are examples of exceptions)

Joel-Anthony Gray  – Mold Assessment Consultant (MAC)                                 Texas Dept. of Safety & Health Services License # MAC1387

We have been testing formaldehyde in the Dallas – Fort Worth area for years and DO NOT require cutting into your laminate floor or charge $525 – $600 per sample and then make you wait for results like some laboratories.

BASIC AIR QUALITY CHECK

  • Formaldehyde (HCHO) – non-destructive testing – immediate results
  • VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) including benzene, toluene
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Respirable Dust Particles in PM2.5 (fine) and PM10 (coarse) size regimes
  • Oxygen Levels
  • HEPA Filtration, MERV rating and other air purifier efficiency metrics
  • Relative ventilation levels – critical to know in newer homes that are built “tight”

SPECIAL OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Mold Assessment Consulting (MAC licensed by the State of Texas)
  • Radon Rn-222 Levels (known alpha emitter lung carcinogen)
  • Forensic laboratory field testing (air grab, bulk, tape lift, swab / wipe, etc.) where required for ETS, (Environmental Tobacco Smoke) meth lab cleanups, etc.
  • Particulate counts by size group: 0.3 um, 0.5 um, 1.0 um, 2.5 um, 5 um, 10 um
  • Ozone gas levels and hydrogen sulfide (associated with sewer gas leaks)
  • Positive / negative air pressure checks to confirm tendency for contamination

along with atmospheric factors such as:

  • Temperature
  • Relative Humidity
  • Barometric Pressure (to judge whether the structure is under positive or negative pressure with respect to the outside air)

and for commercial applications such as HVAC metrics, we can also measure:

  • Absolute Humidity
  • Dew Point
  • Mixing Ratio
  • Vapor Pressure
  • Heat Stress (WBGT) & Heat Index Factors

Wet Bulb Globe Temperature vs. Heat Index NOAA Weather

More detailed information on factors influencing indoor formaldehyde levels are discussed here:

Control of Formaldehyde (HCHO) and VOCs in Indoor Air Quality

More information on general indoor air quality testing can be found here:

Testing Particulate Matter and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Indoor Air Quality Testing in Dallas / Fort Worth

Texas Department of Health on Indoor Mold Testing

http://www.dshs.texas.gov/iaq/links.shtm#mold

 

EPA on Ozone Pollution Levels

https://www.epa.gov/ozone-pollution

 

Ozone Level Safety Limits

http://www.ozoneservices.com/articles/007.htm

 

EPA on Indoor Particulate Matter Levels

https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/indoor-particulate-matter

 

New OSHA Regulations on Silica Dust Exposure in Construction and Industry

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/blog/buffalo-law-journal/2016/07/is-the-osha-limit-on-silica-exposure-excessive.html

 

Stronger Proposed Regulations on U.S. Air Standards for Health & Safety in terms of PM2.5 particles and Ozone Levels

http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2016-08-10/tougher-us-air-standards-would-be-lifesavers-study

 

Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde Lawsuit Site

Lumber Liquidators Formaldehyde Testing by Benchmark International

Formaldehyde Increases Through Increased Ozone Levels

Formaldehyde Increases Through Exposure to Ozone from Ionizers and Ozone Generators

EPA Method 8260 for VOCs

http://www.speclab.com/compound/m8260aa.htm

Meth Lab Cleanup Guidelines

Methamphetamine Labs Cleanup Regulations and Statute – Colorado

MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) Ratings & Air Quality Particle Dynamics

MERV Filter Models

Best Bottled Water Brands

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