Airborne Bacterial Testing Services
Without proper ventilation, indoor air quality can suffer and result in an overgrowth of bacteria, which can be either airborne or settled on surfaces in your home or business.
No one wants to be subjected to illness just by breathing the air at home or work, so we at Environmental Testing Solutions are here to help. We offer professional airborne bacterial testing services to see if your indoor air quality could be making you sick.
Why Test for Airborne Bacteria?
Airborne bacteria fall into two main categories: bacterial pathogens and environmental bacteria;
- Bacterial pathogens can result in unfortunate illnesses like ear infections, strep throat, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and legionellosis among other things. Viruses can also become airborne, leading to colds, flu, and so forth.
- Environmental bacteria results from water-damaged or moldy building materials.
If allowed to grow out of control, some bacteria can actually produce toxic compounds from the outer members of their cell walls, which can potentially lead to sick building syndrome. Sick building syndrome describes a scenario when multiple or even all of the people in a building become unwell for no apparent reason — often due to poor indoor air quality or an excess of bacteria in the air.
Be Extra Cautious With New Homes
Somewhat counterintuitively, newer homes and buildings are more susceptible to poor indoor air quality and bacterial growth, because they are so well sealed to conserve energy. Unless your home or office building has a built-in ventilation system, the mechanisms that are keeping your heating and cooling energy bills low could be contributing to unhealthy quality.
How Does Airborne Bacteria Testing Work?
Our team of experts will come to your Aurora, CO area home or business and use our state-of-the-art technology, Instascope, to test the bacteria in the air.
It’s not possible to completely eliminate bacteria from your home, but this technology and tests will reveal the concentration of bacteria in the air and whether especially harmful strains are present.
If we have reason to believe that there are specific strains of bacteria in your space, we may use other methods of sampling to be sure we capture every possible contaminant, since some bacteria grow better on certain media.
We will compile a report which we will discuss with you to establish whether there are high levels of bacteria or any harmful bacteria in the air of your home or business. Then we can select the best course of action and determine whether professional remediation will be necessary.
When Should You Test Your Home or Business For Airborne Bacteria?
There will always be some bacteria in the air in your home or business, but most of it is harmless or even beneficial. If you notice that your family or staff members are frequently getting sick with bacterial infections or if you experience sick building syndrome, it is time to get your indoor air quality tested and an airborne bacteria test right away.
How Do You Reduce Harmful Airborne Bacteria?
There are three main factors that contribute to bacteria growth in your home or business: humidity, air purity, and air freshness.
You can control the humidity of your space by implementing a humidifier or dehumidifier as needed. Air that is too dry can make people more susceptible to infection, but the air that is too moist can allow bacteria to flourish. Our team of experts will work with you to determine what the ideal humidity is for your space and give you ideas on how to achieve that in a cost-effective manner.
Air purity refers to the amount of particulate matter (including things like bacteria and viruses) that are found in your air. An estimated 85% of homes suffer from poor indoor air quality due to high levels of particulate matter. To reduce the amount of particulate matter, you can use a highly efficient air purifier. Be sure to select one that filters out even the smallest particles (0.3 to 1.0 microns in size) in order to trap bacteria and viruses.
Finally, be sure that your home or business is properly ventilated. Newer buildings are increasingly air-tight as we mentioned above, which is excellent for conserving energy in terms of heating and cooling but isn’t ideal for promoting healthy indoor air quality. Bacteria can become trapped inside where it will remain for long periods of time until you air out your home or office with fresh air. If extreme temperatures preclude you from regularly opening doors and windows, consider installing a whole-home ventilation system or HVAC system for your office, which will work with your heating and cooling system to provide fresh air and push stale bacteria-ridden air out.
Bacteria can also grow at explosive rates on certain building materials if they become water damaged, so if you experience flooding or any kind of water damage, be sure to have it professionally remediated right away to avoid bigger problems down the line. Keep an eye out for excessive moisture or mold anywhere in your home or office building.
Keep the Sick at Bay
Lastly, bacteria can be dispersed into the air from human skin, hair, mouths, and noses. For this reason, it’s important to encourage staff members to stay home when they are sick, and if you have a sick family member have them stay in one portion of the home to avoid infecting the whole family. Air out the home after the ill person has recovered to reduce the chances that another member of the family will become sick.