We understand it can be expensive to deal with indoor air quality issues in your home. Let’s have a look at some tips on how you can test the indoor air quality yourself to find out if your property is affecting your health.
Indoor Air Quality Monitors
There are plenty of indoor air quality monitors available online for purchase. Unfortunately, in many cases, there is no guarantee that they are accurate. Regardless they could be useful to be used an indicative measure of the indoor air quality. Such units may cost around $100 and can measure the concentration of dust particles in the air as well as the VOC levels.
Inspection with Moisture Meter to find causes of Moisture
Moisture meters can be hired and can be used to find water damage in walls, ceilings and floors. In many cases mould is caused by water damage. If you find moisture, you’re likely find mould growth which may be causing poor indoor air quality.
Inspection to Find Visual Mould Growth
Sometimes a musty smell can be caused by active mould growth. Look in damp areas of the home eg. laundries, bathrooms. Also inspect ceiling (for roof leaks) and property subfloor. Mould will feed on natural material and needs a moisture source. Look for these 2 together to find active mould.
Use a DIY Home Mould Test Kit
Purchase a DIY Home Mould Test kit. This is a cheaper and more flexible option you can use to find the concentrations of mould as well as the species of mould found in your home. Such data can be used to find out whether the mould is hazardous for your health. It can also be used as a tool to find out how many rooms and how far the damage has progressed in your property. A remediation clean-up plan can be made once the results are found.
Simply purchase/hire the mould test kit, take the samples using the enclosed mould sampler. Once you have conducted run the test, you can then send the sample media along with the air sampler back to the lab so it can be analysed under a microscope. The lab should be able to provide your mould test report via email within 24 hours.
Use an air scrubber to filter out the mould spores and other allergens in the air
Hire an air scrubber, this can be used to help mitigate the mould spores in the property to reduce negative health effects from mould. It is worth hiring an air scrubber before purchasing one to see if it will make a material difference
Regularly clean air filters in air conditioning units and clean coils and ducts
Mould spores can be spread through the property via the air conditioning unit. A good place to start is by checking your filters and cleaning them regularly. A professional mould inspector can help determine whether the air conditioning unit will need to be cleaned professionally.
Calling an Indoor Environmental Specialist
We hope you find these tips helpful. If you are still unsure what is causing the poor indoor air quality in your home, we can provide a mould inspection service where we find the source, conduct mould testing and provide a scope for mould remediation.