THIS WEBSITE provides:
1. An Introduction to the IAQ Investigation services of HUGH POOLE/ CANINSPECT
2. Answers to questions you may have about Indoor Air Quality
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about Indoor Air Quality and IAQ Investigations.
Growing attention is being given today to issues about environmental pollution, allergens and sensitivity, and in particular
to our air quality. Witness the 1000's of Internet searches done daily in Google and other search engines on subjects like
"indoor air pollution", and "mold inspection and testing". This brings to light a field of real importance to our quality of life:
Indoor Air Quality.
Do you know that poor indoor air quality (IAQ) in the home can affect the health of the occupants? Excessive moisture
(so prominent here on the Wet Coast), mold, pets, lifestyle, chemical contaminants and carbon monoxide can cause
indoor air quality problems. The good news is that there are ways to deal with such problems and significantly improve
indoor air quality.
Much of the time, you can solve an IAQ problem yourself. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has
produced The Clean Air Guide and This Clean House videos as very good references to start with (visit
CMHC’s website for more details). At the same time, solving an IAQ problem may require a Professional's investigation.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY - In The News:
How Healthy Is Your Home? (chatelaine)
If you're like us, "healthy home" means a token sweep beneath the couch, broccoli in the
fridge and no firearms lying around. The experts, however, say otherwise. That's because
every time you bring home the dry cleaning, spritz an air freshener or ignore a mouldy
carpet in the basement, your home becomes a little more unhealthy. Fortunately, you don't
have to pull a full Martha Stewart to get the new year off to a fresh start - just follow these
easy steps . . .
(read the Chatelaine magazine article . . . .)
INDOOR AIR QUALITY Issues:
MOLD - Mold can be harmful or helpful — depending on where it grows. Molds are
undesirable when they grow where we don’t want them, such as in homes. It's important to recognize that ALL molds can
potentially produce and release toxins into the air.
more>> Do we do testing for stachybotrys mold ?
ASTHMA - North Americans spend up to 90% of their time indoors. Therefore, indoor
allergens and irritants can play a significant role in triggering asthma attacks. It is important to recognize
potential asthma triggers in the indoor environment and reduce your exposure to those triggers.
ASBESTOS/ZONOLITE - EPA and CPSC have banned several asbestos products. Today,
asbestos is most commonly found in ....
Zonolite video excerpt
CARBON MONOXIDE - Even at low levels of exposure, carbon monoxide can cause serious
health problems. more>>
An effective INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ) INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE involves much more than
mold testing and inspection. more>>
HOW CAN I TELL IF I NEED AN IAQ INVESTIGATION? -
#5. You suspect symptoms linked to the house. You may feel better when you are away from your house. Or, you associate the
onset of symptoms with a specific event, such as ....