A Healthy building / Housing inspection is like a home or commercial building inspection, but instead of finding material defects like roof leaks, Electrical problems, plumbing issues we are looking for real health hazards or safety hazards. Pacwest Innovations uses hi-tech equipment to test the air quality, Radon levels, PM1 levels, VOCs, PM1,2.5 and 10, down to Humidity. We Also test Electromagnetic fields levels also known as EMP.
We all face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, flying in airplanes, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. Some we choose to accept because to do otherwise would restrict our ability to lead our lives the way we want. Some are risks we might decide to avoid if we had the opportunity to make informed choices. Indoor air pollution and exposure to hazardous substances in the home are risks we can do something about.
In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90% of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health from exposure to indoor air pollution may be greater than risks from outdoor pollution.
In addition, people exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods are often those most susceptible to their effects. Such groups include the young, the elderly, and the chronically ill, especially those suffering from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.
Ultrafine particles with an aerodynamic diameter less than 1 micrometers. Ultra-fine dust is the most damaging variant of fine particles because the particles penetrate directly through the lungs into the bloodstream and are thus spread to the organs. health effects such as eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, coughing, sneezing, runny nose and shortness of breath. Tiny particles in the air that reduce visibility and cause the air to appear hazy when levels are elevated. Outdoor PM2.5 levels are most likely to be elevated on days with little or no wind or air mixing.
are the particles with a diameter of 10 micrometers and they are also called fine particles. An environmental expert says that PM10 is also known as respirable particulate matter. Particulate matter is a complex mixture of soot, smoke, metals, nitrates, sulfates, dust water and rubber etc. When breathed in they penetrate deep into the lungs. Exposure to high concentrations of PM10 can result in a number of health impacts ranging from coughing and wheezing to asthma attacks and bronchitis to high blood pressure, heart attack, strokes and premature death.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that has no odor or color. But it is very dangerous. It can cause sudden illness and death. CO is found in combustion fumes, such as those made by cars and trucks, lanterns, stoves, gas ranges and heating systems. Effects from carbon monoxide include tightness around chest, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea all the way to lose of consciousness and suffocation.
are common ground-water contaminants. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. key symptoms are conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headaches, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, nausea, emesis, dizziness even
Damage to liver, kidney and central nervous systems. Hazard to animals too.
are a combination of invisible electric and magnetic fields of force. They are generated by natural phenomena like the Earth's magnetic field but also by human activities, mainly through the use of electricity. Some studies show a link between exposure to EMF and increased rate of Leukemia, cancer, brain tumors and other health problems.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colorless and odorless. Most radon exposure occurs inside homes, schools and workplaces. Radon gas becomes trapped indoors after it enters buildings through cracks and other holes in the foundation. This is a very toxic gas and has been proven to be the second hand leading cause of lung cancer.
Physiological effects of such massively increased barometric pressure include: Increased airway resistance due to increased viscosity of the gas mixture. Increased work of breathing due to this, as well as due to the added weight of the gas being moved. Hypoventilation is a major factor when it comes to Atmospheric Pressure
High humidity can have a number of adverse effects on the human body. It can contribute to feelings of low energy and lethargy. In addition, high humidity can cause hyperthermia — over-heating as a result of your body's inability to effectively let out heat. High humidity welcomes mold growth.
measure sound intensity Amplitude, reported on the decibel (dB) scale, measures its pressure or forcefulness. The more amplitude a sound has, the louder it is. The logarithmic decibel scale measures differently than a linear scale. House fans, printers, Machines all play factors in noise levels and our hearing.