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Allergen Information

Allergens 

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology web site has a wealth of information for those concerned about indoor air quality or allergies.

Allergic diseases currently affect more than 20 percent of the individuals in the United States.
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 

While environmental factors are believed to be partly responsible for the development of allergic diseases.  The good news is that the environmental factors can be controled to some extent.

It is important to have allergen testing done before any type of "clean up" of a suspected problem to obtain a base line for comparison.

Common sense tells us that allergen avoidance can help prevent the development of sensitization to allergens and help relieve allergic symptoms in people already allergen sensitized.

Please contact our office to schedule:
Radon Tests / Mold Assessments (inspections) & Sampling
Formaldehyde & VOC Tests / Allergen Screening

Radon & Mold Professionals Toll free: (800) 881-3837
195 5th Street, Bonita springs, FL 34134 .... (239) 498-4619
188 1st Street, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 .... (239) 948-9717
radonandmoldprofessionals@gmail.com or radonandmoldprofessionals@comcast.net

The most common Indoor Allergens:
The most common allergens tested for are dust mites, cockroach, cat and dog dander, rat and mouse.  Many labs report cat dander, dog dander, cockroach and dust mites  from one carpet/bulk or dust sample.   Analysis can be done for just one or more though.
Since dustmites can grow after a dust sample collection, it's a good idea to refrigerate and ship sample to lab as soon as possible.

Common collection points in home/building for indoor allergens are bedding, mattresses, carpets and upholstery.
Kitchens are the usual spot for cockroach collection point.
Although with people and children bringing food to a bedroom computer area, the bedrooms are fast becoming another common collection place.

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A particle counter
“The main use for handheld particle counters is checking contamination levels and locating sources of particle emissions. The small size and weight of these particle counters make them ideal for point-of-use measurement of particle contamination at critical locations. Hand held particle counters have proven themselves in many settings.”

A particle counter is an instrument that detects and counts particles.

In a clean home or room the number of particles in the air should be lower than in a room with allergens or mold growth producing mold spores into the air. 

The room with mold, and allergen particles should be higher.  A particle counter is just another tool for the mold inspector.  As with air sampling (tests) or infrared thermal imaging cameras many things can influence the results.   The inspector using the best equipment during the inspection should provide the most accurate and detailed information on the condition of the property.

Mold inspectors / environmentalist can determine indoor air quality more quickly with the use of a particle counter.

“Biological contaminants include mold, fungus, bacteria, viruses, animal dander, dust mites, pollen, human skin cells, cockroach parts or anything alive or living at one time.  These are the biggest enemy of Indoor Air Quality specialists because they are the contaminants that cause health problems.  Levels of biological contamination depend on humidity and temperature that supports the livelihood of micro-organisms.  The presents of pets, plants, rodents and insects will raise the level of biological contamination.”
“The Indoor Air Quality problem is a complex situation requiring a variety of angles of attack with a variety of tools. The particle counters available today provide two distinct advantages: First, the ability to detect particles and sort by size range before there are symptoms and complaints. Second, they can perform these tests and report results very quickly, giving all parties concerned the earliest warning and most reaction time possible. This sort of pro-active approach goes a long way toward maintaining a high standard and awareness of indoor air quality. The particle counter is a valuable tool that should be used in the IAQ arena.”  John Contreras is a technical writer in the Marketing Communications Department at Pacific Scientific Instruments,



Best Mold Inspection / Testing & Radon Testing

Please contact our office to schedule:
Radon Tests / Mold Assessments (inspections) & Sampling
Formaldehyde & VOC Tests / Allergen Screening

Radon & Mold Professionals Toll free: (800) 881-3837
195 5th Street, Bonita springs, FL 34134 .... (239) 498-4619
188 1st Street, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 .... (239) 948-9717
radonandmoldprofessionals@gmail.com or radonandmoldprofessionals@comcast.net

John Cosgrove, CIE
  • Senior Mold Assessor at Radon & Mold Professionals
  • Certified Indoor Environmentalist
  • FL Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA 5
  • FL DOH Certified Radon Tech R1867

Doug Wall, CIE
  • Certified Indoor Environmentalist serving SW Florida including Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Springs, Estero, Ft Myers, Cape Coral and Sanibel Island.
  • Florida Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA 2
  • FL DOH Certified Radon Tech R1751

radonandmoldprofessionals@gmail.com
Bonita Springs / Naples, Florida
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