When you step outdoors in your Kingman community, your hope is that you’re breathing clean, fresh air. However, the outdoor air quality in the area is average on the best day but considered poor when conditions are at their worst. Carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and pollutant particles are all on the rise in Arizona.
Pollution from oil refineries, power plants, airports, and motor vehicle emissions can not only affect the air you breathe outdoors but can compromise your indoor air quality as well. Couple that with pollutants commonly found indoors and your body can respond with cancer, asthma, heart disease, and lung and breathing problems.
That’s why it’s so important to have an indoor air quality inspection and testing company check your home in Kingman. Call Ambient Edge at (702) 948-7201 and our team of experienced indoor air quality inspectors will utilize their cutting-edge equipment to test the air quality throughout your home and make recommendations for safer, healthier improvements.
What Happens During an Air Quality Inspection
Your skilled inspector will take samples of the air throughout your home to detect any issues with indoor air quality. If elevated levels of allergens, pollutants, and other contaminants are found, the technician works to find the causes.
In addition to observing all areas of your home, your inspector will collect air and surface samples throughout your home.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, common indoor air quality issues include:
If your home in Kingman was built before 1980, it could have asbestos in walls, pipes, insulation, floor tiles, cement, and other locations. When left completely undisturbed and in good condition, asbestos is unlikely to be harmful to your health or affect indoor air quality.
However, if your older home has some damage to an area that contains asbestos or you’ve done any construction or home renovations, asbestos fibers may have been released into the air you breathe every day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
If harmful asbestos is found in your home, your technician will likely recommend professional mitigation services.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
VOCs are gases emitted from common household substances such as paints, carpets, cleaners, furnishings, adhesives, and more.
Some of the health hazards of exposure to VOCs include:
- Nose and throat irritation
- Red, itchy eyes
- Allergic skin reaction
- Loss of coordination
- Damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, or liver
Bacteria and Mold
Bacteria is everywhere, but breathing in high levels of harmful bacteria can be hazardous to your health. From a variety of staphylococcus (staph) bacterias to a range of bacillus bacteria, the air you breathe inside your home could literally be making you sick.
In areas that are moist and humid, such as bathrooms, laundry areas, and some kitchens, mold can grow unabated in unseen places. Mold causes a variety of health and respiratory issues.
Common allergens in Arizona include pollutants, dust, pollen, mold, pet and rodent dander, and insects. Any or all of those may be a factor in your indoor air. Severe allergy issues are no longer just seasonal in Arizona, they can occur year-round and make life miserable for the person suffering.
While the Kingman area is generally at low risk for radon, this naturally occurring gas can be present anywhere. In fact, your home may not have measurable levels of radon while your next-door neighbor’s home does. That’s why it’s so important to have a radon test.
When uranium decays, radon is naturally emitted into the soil. It typically enters into homes through cracks in the foundation.
While it can feel frightening and overwhelming to learn what is in your home’s indoor air, you can’t begin to breathe healthier air until you know what’s there. And just imagine how relieved you’ll be if your Ambient Edge inspector finds your indoor air quality is safe.
What Happens After the Inspection
While it can feel anticlimactic, most of the tests we conduct during the inspection won’t be available when we finish the inspection. We need to send them to a professional lab for analysis.
Your technician will contact you soon after the inspection to explain the results and share any recommendations he or she may have.
Believe it or not, many of the solutions we recommend are easy and affordable fixes. Typical suggestions include:
- Proper maintenance of any undisturbed asbestos or safe, professional mediation
- Installing or upgrading multiple carbon monoxide detectors
- Safe removal of any lead-based paint
- Air filtration solutions, including air purifiers, HVAC filters, and HEPA products
- Mold identification and removal
- Air duct inspection and cleaning
- Humidity control measures
- Proper sealing and insulation
- Pest control options
We work with homeowners to tailor solutions to their specific home needs and budget because every family deserves to breathe clean air when they’re in their own home.
Call Today to Schedule an Indoor Air Quality Inspection and Testing in Your Kingman, AZ Home
If you’re planning on selling your home, indoor air quality inspections are often now a sales requirement. But whether you’re selling or staying in your home, an indoor air quality inspection is a must to help protect the safety and health of your family.
Call Ambient Edge at (702) 948-7201 or send us a message to schedule your indoor air quality inspection. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and are highly recommended by your fellow Kingman neighbors and community members.