Bacteria, like Legionella, can grow in an environment and become airborne by many different elements within our home or business. Our staff of Certified Indoor Environmentalist employs a detailed approach to property inspections and bacteria testing while understanding the right indicators to look for in a property that may indicate the source of the bacteria.
What causes Bacteria?
Some bacteria and microbes are present in the air of all buildings all the time. Damp buildings can support the growth of bacteria in our indoor environments and on our surfaces. This increases the amount of growth of certain bacteria and their by-products in the indoor air. Bacteria can release microscopic particles into the air. In addition, fragments of bacteria, often much smaller than spores, may be released into the air, potentially in much higher numbers than the spores. These particles may settle on indoor surfaces and then be suspended by human activities or by air movement. When the particles are airborne they may be inhaled.
Identifying Bacteria Issues in the home or business with Bacteria Testing
Determining the presence of poor indoor air quality requires sophisticated equipment and training. Bacteria Testing is risky if not conducted by a professional.
Air Testing: Air samples are taken with a specialized pump and air cassette. The air sample is then placed in a plastic bag and transported to the lab.
Bulk Materials Sampling: Bulk samples are collected from suspected surfaces or materials by cutting materials with a clean tool into a clean plastic bag.
Swab testing: A swab test is used for surface testing. The samples are collected by wiping a measured area by utilizing a sterilized swab. The swab is then placed in a seal tight tube and transported to the lab.