Abbey Environmental Testing and Services Inc. is a fully certified, fully insured company that performs commercial air quality testing for molds and allergens in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We work with major insurance companies, insurance adjusters, real estate brokers/agents, and commercial property owners.
Commercial air quality testing is quite different from residential air quality testing in that commercial space has, in most cases, complex HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems. Begin at the source of the air circulation system, if mold is found here many locations within a commercial environment may be contaminated and require testing. Many times the source of a commercial mold contamination involves HVAC condensation of the cooling coils, problems with drain pans and drain flow and result in water and moisture, the number one contributing factor to mold growth. HVAC systems are also the main source of clean air within the building, therefore, problems here can result in unfiltered air and contaminants entering the structure. Roofing and drainage are common contributors to mold growth in commercial buildings. Roofing leaks can affect many floors of a commercial building, especially an office building, where drop ceiling panels are the perfect material for mold spore growth. Water from a leak can allow mold to thrive, well before a stain is visible on a panel. Testing in a commercial environment can be extensive and require much building analysis in order to determine where testing should be performed.
Feedback from employees on health symptoms can be an important tool in identifying specific areas of a commercial space where hidden mold could be lurking and where air quality should be tested.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of various mold spores and we can identify them all. Air quality testing for allergens can identify non-mold contaminants and irritants. Our samples are sent to Independent AIHA EMLAP Accredited Laboratories which provide reporting of exactly which molds were encountered through our sampling, along with the spore counts (concentrations) and explanations of every one of them. These reports also identify a number of allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, and fiber contaminants.
In addition to laboratory reporting, Abbey Environmental Testing provides you with our inspection and testing reporting which details inspection observations, relative humidity, and temperature readings and summarizes in plain English the state of your commercial environment and recommendations for improvement, if any.
AIHA – American Industrial Hygiene Association
EMLAP - Environmental Microbiology Laboratory Accreditation Program
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