Tampa 2/29/2012 3:05:44 AM
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The Answer to Your Allergies – The IAQ Screen Check Test Kit

In keeping with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) 1997 recommendations, it is desirable to identify and remove common allergens and modify the home or office to reduce the level of ubiquitous (common) allergens. Before one can remove allergens and/or pollutants effectively, it is essential to understand if they exist and in what quantity.

Spring allergy season is near and already many allergists/immunologists waiting rooms are filling up fast with patient symptoms of itchy eyes, respiratory irritation, coughing, sneezing and runny noses. Many people flock to their doctor this time of year in an attempt to find relief from their spring hay fever symptoms. Some people, however, don't have the time or resources to see a doctor, and just suffer through their symptoms.

There are many effective over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicines available but all medicines (antihistamines, steroids, decongestants, etc…) are treating allergy symptoms and not the causes of the allergies e.g. elevated pollens, molds, insect biodetritus, dust mite, cockroach, pet dander, household dusts, etc…

What causes me to have an allergic reaction? Allergic reactions occur when the immune system encounters and overreacts to a foreign substance. These substances are called allergens.

With allergies the immune system reacts to an airborne (inhaled) allergen by creating an antibody called immunoglobulin E, or IgE, that is designed to fight that specific allergen. This antibody-allergen complex attaches to certain cells in the nasal passages and causes the release of chemicals including histamine, which in turn cause inflammation.

The end result is nasal allergy symptoms—congestion, sneezing, itchy nose, runny nose, respiratory irritation. But what and where is the allergen (foreign substance) and what is causing your allergies to flair up?

More than 60 million Americans suffer from severe allergies or asthma, and the number of individuals who suffer from seasonal allergies has nearly doubled over the past 15 years, according to industry research and published reports.

How can I test my home or business?  Indoor environmental screening of the home or work environment is important for individuals with allergies, chronic sinusitis, rhinitis, emphysema, asthma, atopic dermatitis, immune deficiencies, etc.  In keeping with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) 1997 recommendations, it is desirable to identify and remove common allergens and modify the home or office to reduce the level of ubiquitous (common) allergens. Before one can remove allergens and/or pollutants effectively, it is essential to understand if they exist and in what quantity.

To help with the professional identification of indoor allergens and pollutants, Building Health Check, manufactures of the DIY IAQ Screen Check product line has made the product available directly or through many fine distributors such as Grainger, Professional Equipment (PE), SEARS, www.INDOORAIRTEST.com among many other fine retailers who carry the product that is being sold to their millions of customers throughout the world.

The San Bernardino School District in California has been using the evalu-aire and IAQ Screen Check products for many years and has stated: "Our IAQ toolkits (evalu-aire/IAQ Screen Checks) are a big hit.  We've used them for a year now and they have saved our school districts thousands of dollars.  And thanks again."

The IAQ Screen Check product line includes:

  • Mold Screen Check -  identification of precipitated molds in cts/m3
  • Allergen Screen Check - identification of precipitated allergen e.g. molds, pollens, insect biodetritus, fiberglass fibers, skin cell fragments in cts/m3
  • Fiberglass Screen Check - identification of precipitated fiberglass fibers in cts/m3
  • Dust Mite Screen Check - identification of dust mite allergen dermataphagoids p1 in cts/m3
  • FAST Screen Check - field identification of Aspergillus sp, Stachybotrys sp (results in 5 minutes) in ppm and in cts/m3
  • RAPID Screen Check - field identification of Aspergillus sp., Penicillium sp. (results in 5 minutes) in ppm and in cts/m3
  • Trichothecene Mycotoxin Check (TMC) - identification of mycotoxins in parts per billion (ppb)
  • Organic Vapor Screen Check – identifies over 50 common household chemicals in part per million (ppm)
  • Formaldehyde Screen Check – identifies formaldehyde off gassing from furnishings, carpets, cabinets etc.. in parts per million (ppm)
  • Bacteria Screen Check – identifies the most predominant bacteria in colony forming units (cfu’s)
  • Fungus Screen Check – identifies the most predominant fungi in colony forming units (cfu’s)
  • Radon Screen Check – identifies radon in pico curies per liter (piCl)

Laboratory analysis is provided by the award winning environmental microbiology laboratory, Environmental Diagnostics laboratory (EDLab.org) directed by Dr Rajiv Sahay and accredited by the American Industrial Hygiene Association EMLAP program.  Dr Sahay stated: "We are proud to be working with Building Health Check on this phenomenal product line.  The Screen Check product line provides the consumer with an inexpensive quantitative, qualitative analysis of the indoor environment".

Who should use the IAQ Screen Check product line?  Due to the popularity, its ease of use and low cost, the following have been utilizing the Screen Check product line:

  • Educators
  • HVAC Contractors
  • School and Plant Operators
  • Industrial Hygienists
  • Teacher
  • HVAC Engineers
  • Home Inspectors
  • Restoration Companies
  • Building Maintenance Supervisors
  • Test and Balance Professionals
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Insurance Claim Adjusters
  • Homeowners
  • Hospital Engineers
  • Physicians
  • Occupational Health and Safety Professionals

For more information on the IAQ Screen Test product line, please visit www.indoorairtest.com or contact Cy Garner at 1-800-422-7873 ext 404.

About Building Health Check, LLC

Alan Wozniak founded Building Health Check, LLC as a product manufacturing component for Pure Air Control Services, Inc. Today, the IAQ Screen Check kit products are manufactured from its offices in Clearwater, FL setting the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis. Pure Air Control Services has serviced more than 600 million square feet of indoor environments in over 10,000 facilities.

Pure Air’s nationally performed services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; and Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services. The company’s expanding client roster includes the General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; Carrier Air Conditioning; Naval Air Warfare Center, Orlando; and Naval Air Station - King's Bay, Georgia, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air a reliable industry leader.

For more information on Building Health Check, LLC. and/or its distribution please contact Cy Garner, at (800) 422-7873 ext 804, or visit www.indoorairtest.com.