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Air Quality Testing

Air Quality Testing in Ottawa & Montreal
Ottawa & Montreal

Do you experience allergies year-round? Do you find yourself constantly coughing and sneezing but don’t know why? If so, you could have an air quality problem on your hands.

Air quality testing (also known as air sampling or air monitoring) identifies the presence of pollutants like mold, asbestos and VOCs in indoor air.

Similar to the air quality index (AQI), which tells you how polluted outdoor air is, the results of an air quality test give you important information about the health of your indoor air.

Given that the majority of people spend about 90% of their time indoors, air quality testing plays a crucial role in discovering air quality problems, properly addressing them and improving in your quality of life.

Property owners in Ottawa should get indoor air quality testing if they want to ensure a healthy living environment. Air quality testing in Montreal homes, schools and businesses is just as crucial.

Call Mold Busters today for Air Quality Testing service in either the Ottawa or Montreal area. While some companies take up to a week to deliver results, we can deliver a full report within 24 hours.

What Is Air Quality Testing?
What Is Air Quality Testing?

Symptoms of poor indoor air quality

The following are some of the most common symptoms associated with poor indoor air quality:

  • Respiratory conditions
  • Asthma
  • Coughing, sneezing, wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent headaches
  • Eye, throat or skin irritation
  • Dizziness, disorientation or mental confusion
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Worsening of allergies
  • Anxiety

Notably, all of these symptoms are also associated with long-term exposure to toxic mold. Such molds like Stachybotrys chartarum (black mold) are capable of causing persistent and debilitating effects that can prevent people from performing everyday tasks and enjoying life.

How mold and mildew affect indoor air quality

Most people are not aware of how severely mold can affect their health. Because mold spores are so small, they can become airborne easily and spread quickly. Just because you cannot see a mold contamination in your home doesn’t mean that it’s not there.

Usually mold and mildew are the result of moisture intrusion and water damage. Places like the bathroom, attic and basement are the most prone to moisture problems like leaks, high humidity, condensation and flooding.

Property owners have to be careful because water damage is not always obvious or visible. It can remain completely hidden from sight (behind walls and underneath carpets) and ultimately give rise to mold growth.

Luckily, you have two different types of air tests to help you detect mold–even if it’s growing somewhere out of sight: viable sampling and non-viable sampling. Each has its advantages and drawbacks but both are effective means of identifying mold and assessing indoor air quality.

Exposure to mold can cause or aggravate health conditions like asthma and allergies. In the long term, it can also lead to more serious conditions such as chronic bronchitis, problems with the nervous system, cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart conditions.

Just as you would not ignore a high-alert air quality index, you should not ignore an air test that shows a contamination of your indoor environment. Call Mold Busters and book an appointment for air quality testing in Ottawa or air quality testing in Montreal.