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Asbestos Air Tests and Mold Air Tests Montreal

For several years now, the use of materials has largely evolved in several areas including construction and building. Indeed, in Montreal, many residential and commercial constructions contain high levels of asbestos and mold. These particles, invisible to the naked eye, are particularly dangerous for the health of people who are exposed and it is for this reason that it is important to detect the presence of these particles. The most effective means of detecting them remain air tests.

Asbestos air tests

When asbestos is present in a residential, commercial or industrial building, it is very dangerous to the health of people who breathe the ambient air circulating there. Indeed, present in very tiny forms and invisible to the naked eye, these particles are very difficult to identify in the air. Only the use of air tests can detect them.

Asbestos air tests are most often carried out during asbestos removal work or in the event of a renovation of an old building. Through complete asbestos air tests, it will be possible to accurately detect the amount of asbestos suspended in the air and the level of dangerousness of this amount.

Why is it important to remove asbestos from the air?

We will never cease to remind us that asbestos is very harmful to the human body when he inhales it. In the long term, inhalation of microscopic asbestos fibres can lead to serious diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis and chronic respiratory disorders. It is therefore important to detect these fibers as soon as possible in the environment of buildings in order to live in an environment free of asbestos and other pollutants. Asbestos is mainly found in vermiculites,plasters, vinyl tiles, flocking, floor coverings, but also in joints. It is also formally discouraged to touch or approach materials that may contain asbestos. This contact with asbestos could cause inhalations that in the long run will degrade your health. It is for this reason that after the air tests carried out, decontamination professionals will intervene to eliminate the asbestos while respecting the safety measures.

Why is it necessary to perform asbestos air tests?

The asbestos air test, when carried out, makes it possible to determine the concentration of asbestos fibres present in the building. It also makes it possible to estimate the level of asbestos likely to be breathed by occupants of a building. It is important to carry out air tests as part of the renovation of a building following a disaster, or in the renovation of an abandoned building as well as during asbestos removal work.

Thus, before the air tests are carried out, the specialists carry out samples as well as numerous air analyzes. Thanks to a pump equipped with a membrane filter, they collect the different asbestos fibers and the samples are analyzed in the laboratory. It should be noted that these tests must be carried out on a daily basis in order to follow in real time the asbestos removal process and thus minimize the risk of exposure of workers during their work.

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Mold air tests

Molds are considered to be micro fungus almost invisible to the naked eye that grow very quickly in a room in the presence of moisture. The presence in quantity of these molds disrupts the quality of the ambient air by polluting it. This can then lead to serious breathing problems for people who are exposed. More generally, inhalation of mold spores can lead to short- or medium-term eye irritation, headache, sore throat, cough, rum, etc.

The presence of mold is manifested mainly through the following signs:

the presence of unpleasant odors of mold, fresh earth or alcohol;

blackish or greenish stains on the walls of the ceilings or under the carpet;

small curls or cracks in the walls.

As we said above, molds are invisible to the naked eye at the beginning of their development. It is from the moment they are in high concentration in the enclosure that we observe the spots and smell the smells. In order to detect the presence of these microorganisms in your enclosure, it is important to perform mold air tests.

The different types of mold air tests

To perform mold air tests, several devices are used. These are:

  • impaction samplers that use a calibrated air pump;
  • cassette samples that are for single use;
  • collectors of suspended particles.

It should be noted that all of these devices are intended to collect spores in one way or another in order to carry out laboratory analysis.

Importance of mold air testing

Mold air tests allow the detection of mold in a building. They make it possible to ensure the presence or not, in significant quantities or not of mold contained in the ambient air of your home. In reality, very few people are aware of the harmful effects of poor indoor air quality in a home on health. That’s why it’s important to perform mold air testing in your home and even your workplace. It is necessary to act quickly, because the health of the soul and body are important factors for well-being.