With many of us spending significantly more time at home over the past year, it has become increasingly important to ensure that our living environment is healthy. In this, we don’t mean eating more fruit and veggies (although that’s never a bad thing!); we mean taking a closer look at the indoor air quality within your home.
But isn’t Air just…Air?
The short answer here is: no, unfortunately not. The air we breathe in our homes can become contaminated with a lot of unhealthy stuff, including mold spores, allergens, and radon – just to name a few. Some of these contaminants, like mold, can often present with clear signs such as a musty odor or visible growth on surfaces. However, some contaminants such as radon (being colorless and odorless) are much more tricky. The only way to determine whether these indoor air contaminants, such as mold, radon, or VOCs, are affecting the air in your home is through scientific testing.
What Can Genesis Help Me Test For?
With our Allergen testing, a sample of dust from your home is taken and sent to our partner lab for thorough analysis. The testing can provide accurate exposure levels for all common allergies in the home: dust mite allergens cat, dog, mouse, rat, and cockroach. We will generally take dust from several locations within a home and combine these in the testing apparatus to get a clear picture of whether any allergens are present. Testing can be run for one particular allergen, or screen for a maximum of 15 allergens from a single sample. Reports are returned from our lab within 8 business days.
We offer two types of Mold testing: Air Quality, and Surface testing. Surface testing requires lifting a tape sample of visible mold-like material from a surface. This tape sample is then analyzed by our lab to determine what genera of mold, if any, are present. Air Quality testing involves taking a 75-liter sample of air (15 liters per minute for 5 minutes), which is pulled through a capture cell. This cell has an incredibly fine mesh at its center, which catches any mold spores present in the air as it passes through. Generally, we will take one Air Quality sample on each level of a home in order to determine how far any airborne mold spores may have spread. Reports are returned from our lab within 4 business days, but can be received as quickly as the next business day if time is of the essence.
Kansas City is located on a known hotspot for high levels of Radon gas. Radon is a radioactive, colorless, and odorless gas, and is also the second leading cause of lung cancer (after smoking) in the US. Testing is the only way to determine whether there is Radon in your home. We simply set up our testing equipment on the lowest level (basement, if possible), and monitor levels continuously for 48 hours.
Indoor Air Quality Audit
Our Indoor Air Quality Audit (IAQA) provides an initial analysis of a variety of indoor air quality factors, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter (e.g. mold, allergens, etc.), alongside readings of temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide. This testing is carried out by setting up a piece of equipment in a central location in your home, and continuously monitors levels for up to 48 hours. The IAQA can be a great starting point that gives an overall snapshot of the general air quality within your home and can help identify if further testing or action may be needed.
Comprehensive Air Quality Testing
Combining two Air Quality Mold tests, Radon testing, and an Allergen test, this package provides the broadest range of testing and comprehensive reports on various facets of your Indoor Air Quality.
What are my next steps?
Give us a Call!
We’re happy to talk through your situation and see which testing option(s) will suit your needs. We can book an appointment within 3 business days to have one of our trained & certified technicians run an in-home inspection and air quality testing.