An air analysis testing lab can play a critical role in home remodeling. It can provide remodeling contractors with important information regarding the air quality in the space during the remodel. The labs will conduct analysis to ensure the space is free from contaminants, pollutants, and other hazardous substances that could pose a health or safety risk. This article will provide information on air analysis testing that you may want to learn more about. 

The purposes and advantages of using air analysis testing labs

Identifying any potentially hazardous materials in the air: Air analysis will look for harmful substances such as asbestos, mold, lead, allergens, and any other substance that could be harmful to one's health. 

Many of the substances can be airborne at all times. However, there are some that could lay dormant until they are disturbed. Then, once they've been disturbed, they can end up in the air. Asbestos is a good example of a substance that can lie dormant until it gets disturbed during the remodeling process. 

Protecting people from exposure to harmful substances: When there are harmful things in the air, those working in the area should take special precautions to prevent being negatively affected by them. 

An example of a special precaution would include wearing the proper protective gear. This gear can include wearing coverings over their clothing, wearing protective eye goggles, and wearing an appropriately rated face mask. Another precaution could include sealing off an area to carefully remove the material so it will remain contained until it is properly disposed of.

The final results from air samples taken after the remodel will need to show that the house is going to be safe for people to inhabit.  

How the air analysis testing is done

Initial assessment: The first step is to research the house and determine which substances would be of concern in the space. Things that can determine this include the materials used in the construction and the year of construction. 

Sample collection: A plan will be made to collect samples of air from specific areas of the house. Professionals will use specialized equipment such as filters, air pumps, canisters, and swabs to collect the air samples. 

Analysis: The samples will be taken to the lab, where a variety of tests will be conducted on them to look for any concerning contaminants or pollutants. Different types of techniques and equipment can be used to analyze the samples. 

Reporting: Once the lab has the results, those findings will be included in a detailed report. The report will detail such information as where each sample was collected and what the findings are from each one. This can provide a clear picture of problem areas in the house and the extent of the problem. The report may also include advice on the best way to proceed with the removal of the substances. 

Follow-up analysis: Once the house has had what's believed to be all the problematic substances and affected materials removed, more samples will be collected using the same methods. These will be analyzed using the same processes. The results should indicate that the air is healthy and safe. If not, then another cycle will take place until the right results are achieved.

For more information on air analysis testing, contact a professional near you.