Indoor Air Quality and Mold in Commercial Buildings – Texas

If you need mold or indoor air quality services in Texas as discussed in this article, call us at 1-800-344-4414 or email us at info@atlenv.com for details and a free estimate.

 

Written By:  Robert E. Sheriff, MS, CIH, CSP, President

November 6, 2018

 

Atlantic Environmental has been providing expert testing and consulting in mold and Indoor Air Quality in commercial buildings since our founding 40 years ago (1978).  Our Texas office is located in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Building occupants may feel a variety of adverse effects from their work environment.  This can be as simple as a headache, or more complex such as upper respiratory irritation, colds, burning eyes, skin rashes, lethargy, bad odors, weakness, allergies, asthma attacks—all of which may be work environment related, and are certainly within the realm of possibilities in Texas.

Texas has a great variety of climate conditions—from tropics to swamps, arid lands, wind, tornado’s, hurricanes—all of which can temporary—or permanently affect a Texan’s work indoor environment whether office, factory, warehouse, hospital, educational institution, interior construction, or retail stores and malls.

We can test for molds, chemicals, sewer gas, bacteria volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), dusts, formaldehyde, even radiation in an effort to determine if any such symptoms are location related.

Even new buildings can offer an environment not always conducive to the occupants’ well-being.  “Green” Buildings are built and operated to be very energy efficient and make the most of the surrounding environmental conditions whether desert, damp, hot, cold, windy, or tropical, but not always achieving optimal conditions for all occupants.  Some tenants may be comfortable while others are suffering a variety of maladies—and not just the results of humidity and temperature variations.  The reason new “Green Buildings” can cause problems is because construction materials and new furniture need to “off gas” chemicals like VOC’s and formaldehyde before occupancy.  Note that we can perform the LEED version 4.0 Pre-occupancy Air Quality Tests for Green Buildings.

Remember also that the air handling system is part of the occupants’ environment.  If the HVAC systems are not regularly serviced they may be the source of occupants’ complaints or illnesses.  Mold can propagate in condensate points in the duct work.  Mold can also grow in dirty, plugged drain pans.  Filters can become blocked and reduce air flow further increasing the potential for stagnant air, mold growth, and accumulation of dust and debris.

Atlantic Environmental, Inc. has the knowledge and experience to provide testing, consulting, and expert services to commercial institutions in Texas from our Dallas/Fort Worth office.

Our website contains the type of details that answer most of your questions related to Indoor Air Quality including mold.  However, if your concerns are not answered, feel free to e-mail or call us.  We can answer your questions and must likely submit a free estimate of the costs of services.

 

Our primary service areas for Indoor Air Quality Sampling/Testing are:  NJ, NY, NYC, PA, CT, DE, (Boston) MA, RI, Wash DC, WI, MD, MI, (Chicago) IL, VA, IN, (Atlanta) GA, AL, NC, SC, TN, (Dallas, Ft Worth) TX, OK, DC, AR, we can service most other areas of the U.S. but with some added travel charges.