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Allergen Screening

Price includes: 

  • Complete visual inspection of the interior of the residential structure.
  • Dust sampling using dust collection device and 30 micron screen.
  • Analytical services of collected samples utilizing an accredited laboratory performing an immunoassay for cat allergen, dog allergen, cockroach allergen and dust mite allergen Der p1 and Der f1 . (Analytical Services Provided By Aerotech P&K Laboratories)
  • Full data interpretation of analytical results to include summary page indicating the presence of contaminants above threshold limit values reported by laboratory data.  (TLV levels reference AIHA and ACGIH)
  • Reference report with EPA recommended guidelines for self clean up or referral to an appropriate specialist.

 

Allergen contaminants include mold, animal dander and cat saliva, dust mites, and cockroaches.  There are many sources of these pollutants; household pets are sources of saliva and animal dander.  Contaminated central air handling systems can become breeding grounds for mold, mildew, and other sources of biological contaminants and can then distribute these contaminants through the home.

By controlling the relative humidity level in a home, the growth of some sources of biological contaminants can be minimized. A relative humidity of 30-50 percent is generally recommended for homes. Standing water, water-damaged materials, or wet surfaces also serve as a breeding ground for molds, mildews, bacteria, and insects. House dust mites, the source of one of the most powerful biological allergens, grow in damp, warm environments.

 Some biological contaminants trigger allergic reactions, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis, and some types of asthma.  Allergic reactions occur only after repeated exposure to a specific biological allergen. However, that reaction may occur immediately upon re-exposure or after multiple exposures over time. As a result, people who have noticed only mild allergic reactions, or no reactions at all may suddenly find themselves very sensitive to particular allergens.  Children, elderly people, and people with breathing problems, allergies, and lung diseases are particularly susceptible to disease-causing biological agents in the indoor air.

 

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