What Does an Air Quality Inspection InvolveAt Indoor Air Quality Ottawa, we believe in providing individuals with safe places to call home and work. Our fully certified and trusted air quality inspections focus on thorough testing, identifying all risks associated with your current indoor environment, and making well-informed recommendations on how to best address them. By painting a clear picture of your air quality parameters, we can provide recommendations, solutions, and point you in the direction of the right third-party specialists for work including mold removal, foundation repairs, and more.  

Today, let’s address a question our team has been asked many times over the years: what does an air quality inspection involve?

Property Inspection and Risk Identification

The first step is to perform a thorough sensory-based inspection of the property. This means that we focus on how it looks and whether there is a lingering musty scent, the latter of which can indicate problems including pest infestations and mold. A thorough walkthrough is the most crucial element of the job – we can’t afford to miss any detail that could otherwise reveal the cause of poor air quality. Common issues identified through a professional inspection include the presence of asbestos, mold, leaks from plumbing or structural defects and more. 

We also take a good look at your onsite HVAC equipment including heating units, air conditioning, all ventilation and exhausts, and additional connected systems such as humidifiers and air filtration systems. We use specialized equipment including infrared scanners, electrical chemical sensors and more to detect hazards such as gases, live pests, and other problems. In addition, while the inspection itself is excellent at identifying any issues, air sample collection and further scientific analysis can be arranged.

Ventilation Efficiency Checks and Calculations

We’ll be the first ones to know whether your current ventilation is effective enough at filtering out particulates and bacteria, letting fresh air in and “stale” air out, and properly connected to the HVAC equipment. Inadequate ventilation is a leading cause of problems indoors, especially during winter months when occupants need to rely on the indoor airstream and aren’t likely to open a window. We can diagnose your airflow and calculate volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon dioxide (CO2), relative humidity, and other parameters with highly accurate readings.

Data-Driven Recommendations

Depending on the specifics of our findings, you may have one or several complications interfering with your indoor air quality. To make it the best it can be, we rely on what we see, smell, and calculate with our state-of-the-art equipment to help you make a well-informed decision on what to do next. We’re happy to help you identify which issues require the most urgent attention, pointing you in the direction of trusted specialist contractors to take care of certain cleanup or renovation jobs. 

Want to learn more about our air quality inspections? We’re ready to show you. Contact our team at Indoor Air Quality today for ITC certified, expert assistance or to schedule a visit – we look forward to helping you maintain a cleaner, healthier property!