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Fresh Air Tips

In the cold Winter months or warm Summer days (with the air conditioner on), your home is an enclosure sealing the desired temperature inside for comfort. Both methods of temperature control require the heating or cooling of inside air which is prevented from escaping outside the home to control the costs. This is a primary cause for air pollutants and there are ways to help prevent their buildup. Ask your Air Detectives Representative for more information about quality air control inside your home.

Mould Inspection Prices

There are two initial pricing guides that we provide to our customers: Inspection and Mould & Bacteria Testing Costs.

The initial visual inspection of your premises is FREE within the GTA (Greater Toronto Area). Travel costs may be applicable in other areas of Ontario. Those costs are deducted off any services that we may provide upon acceptance by the customer. Pricing for detailed inspections using our special equipment will be provided during our initial assessment.

Mould and Bacteria Costs are calculated by what the laboratory charges and the time and materials taken to perform them.

Inspection & Fees

A typical residential inspection consists of the following:

  • Visually inspect the property for signs of water intrusion and mould growth.
  • Measure moisture in the air (Humidity)
  • Measure moisture in the walls, ceilings etc. to locate any sources of mould growth
  • Take swab samples of any visible mould, or if no visible mould is present
  • Take air samples in areas of concern.

A standard inspection would be two indoor air samples and one outdoor sample. The outdoor sample establishes a reference or baseline for normal mould levels in an area that are then compared to the indoor samples.

The goal of biological sampling is to help determine whether the biological particles present in a particular environment are affecting or causing irritation in certain individuals. Sampling is also used to locate the sources of indoor microorganisms and facilitate an effective remediation. While we are typically surrounded by a wide variety of different microorganisms every day, sampling provides us with a method to establish in a scientific way whether the environment in question contains more organisms than would normally be present.

The goal of biological sampling is to help determine whether the biological particles present in a particular environment are affecting or causing irritation in certain individuals. Sampling is also used to locate the sources of indoor microorganisms and facilitate an effective remediation. While we are typically surrounded by a wide variety of different microorganisms every day, sampling provides us with a method to establish in a scientific way whether the environment in question contains more organisms than would normally be present. There are numerous techniques that may be used to evaluate the level of indoor microorganisms. We believe, however, that scientific comparisons are only possible when volumes of air measured are sampled and when results of surveys are expressed in terms of volumetric measurements.

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If the samples come back showing an excessive mould spore count, we offer an "Indoor Air Quality Assessment" (IAQA) outlining the steps to be taken to remediate the contaminated areas. That cost will be provided on a per job basis. Each job is different needing speciality recommendations. This report can be given to your (1) Mould or Asbestos Abatement companies to follow (2) Lawyer for Litigation purposes when there is a dispute between two parties.

Once the areas are remediationed (cleaned), a "Clearance Air Quality Test" is performed. If you are paying for a company to remediate your home or office, this test is essential to ensure the work was done properly. We recommend that no more than 50% be paid to the contractor when starting the job. The remainder is paid only if the Clearance Air Quality Test passes. In your contract with the contractor, it should be written that if the test fails, they must reclean and pay for the new Clearance Air Quality Test costs.

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