Indoor Air Quality Testing in Portland, Oregon

What is Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is the measure or measurement of the atmosphere in your dwelling. These measurements are assessed against the standards that The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided. Poor indoor air quality can result in asthma, headaches, poor sleep, dizziness, weakness, nausea, drowsiness, damage to liver/kidneys, and in extremely rare cases, death.  Alpha Environmental retains the tools, equipment, and expertise to perform residential and commercial testing in order to help our clients maintain clean indoor air quality.

Contaminants That Affect Indoor Air Quality

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen through the body. CO causes headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, and even death. Potential sources are defective central heating furnaces, automobile exhaust, tobacco smoke, space heaters using fossil fuels, and other appliances that may use fuel in the home. The solution to Carbon Monoxide in the air is to eliminate the source.

Carbon Dioxide

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is exhaled by humans and pets as a natural part of the metabolic process. High levels of CO2 can cause drowsiness and headaches. ASHRAE recommends that indoor CO2 levels not exceed 700 ppm above outdoor ambient levels.  The solution for high CO2 levels in the air is adding ventilation.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemicals found in home furnishings, carpets, building materials, paints and lacquers, cleaning supplies, waxes, pesticides, moth repellents, air fresheners, and dry-cleaned clothing. VOCs evaporate into the air when these products are used or sometimes even when they are stored. Volatile organic compounds irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, and cause headaches, nausea, and damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. With prolonged exposure, some VOCs can cause cancer.  Solutions for high VOC levels in the air include ventilation and VOC destruction technologies.

Particulates

Particulates can induce eye, nose, and throat irritation; respiratory infections, bronchitis, and even lung cancer.  Particulates include asthma triggers and mold. The solutions for particulates in the air include, but are not limited to, filtration and ventilation.

Asthma Triggers

Asthma triggers include mold, dust mites, secondhand smoke, and pet dander, as well as other pollutants in the air.  Asthma triggers cause symptoms including coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and breathing problems. Asthma attacks can be life-threatening. However, asthma can be controlled by improving indoor air quality. The solutions for particulates in the air include, but are not limited to, filtration, dehumidifiers, ventilation, radon remediation, and mold remediation.

Frequently Asked Questions

The first step in any situation to get a baseline of the parameters in the area. This is done through an Indoor Air Quality Screening.

Alpha performs a screening of the following parameters: 

  • Total particulate count
  • Total volatile organic compounds (VOC) count
  • Total carbon dioxide count
  • Total carbon monoxide count
  • Humidity level
  • Temperature

These parameters are compared and graphed against the acceptable building standards

Inside the areas covered by our Portland and Salem offices, $375 for 48-hour continuous screening

Alpha offers a myriad of solutions based on site-specific conditions. Each site is different so each solution differs.

Each site is different, but we have seen some trends in this field. Most commonly, either particulates and/or volatile organic compounds are above acceptable levels. These can be brought back under the acceptable level through stand-alone filtration methods. Most commonly, these solutions cost around $1,400.00

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Why Choose Alpha Environmental

Our goal is to get the job done right while protecting our client. We are committed to ensuring you are safe in your residence, no matter what. We are fully licensed, bonded, insured, and here to help with all of your environmental needs.

Family Owned & Operated

We pride ourselves on strong company values that translate into service levels which go above and beyond average service providers

21+ Years Experience

For over two decades we've been doing the dirty work, serving residential and commercial customers in the greater Portland area

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Our entire team is committed to ensuring your home or place of business is safe and every job gets done the right way

David D.
Lake Oswego, OR
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My wife and I experienced a hot water pipe busting in the crawlspace. It has been a total nightmare. However, Chris and his team provided expert quality care, with timeliness and the greatest degree of professionalism. I would HIGHLY recommend Alpha Enviornmental!
Zhanna S.
Beaverton, OR
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Can’t say enough about Alpha Environmental! Their costumer service is 10/10, they have really good systems in place, responsive, and professional. The gals in the scheduling department are always so kind! As a real estate agent, I use Alpha’s services numerous times a year. Either it’s for Mold bids, oil tank decommissioning, radon etc. They always do a fantastic job! Thank you for all the work you do!
Kristen L.
Portland, OR
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Wow where do I even begin?? We’re absolutely thrilled by the work Alpha has done for us and we’re eternally grateful to them for ridding our house of asbestos tile! They’re polite, kind, professional — from estimator Filo to manager Dame to Jake, Melvin and the other two guys on the crew (so sorry we didn’t get your names) — you guys are awesome and we so appreciate your help. Our house looks amazing. The peace of mind you’ve given us is priceless. We can’t thank you enough. We’ll certainly be in back in touch if we ever need any of your services again. Thank you thank you!!!
Jeff S.
Salem, OR
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Alpha environmental's employees were punctual, pleasant to work with and there services are reasonably priced. I highly recommend them because I would use them again in the future.
Lea C.
Tualatin, OR
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Took a water sample in for lead testing and they were so fast and helpful. Rodolfo was so nice and informative in explaining the testing and what it meant! Would definitely recommend everyone to go there and will go to them for any future needs!
Claire B.
Portland, OR
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Alpha environmental was extremely helpful in navigating me through the process of testing some leftover construction debris for asbestos so I could take it to the dump. Their office manager spent time with me on the phone discussing the options for sample collection, and was extremely friendly in answering my many questions. Sample drop off at the office was easy and the results even came back a few days earlier than expected. Will definitely return if I need more sampling done!
Jeff C.
Tigard, OR
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I would highly recommend anyone wanting, quick efficient services relating to environmental testing to check out Alpha Environmental. Not only was the staff friendly and responsive, but also professional! If I could 6 stars out of 5, I would!
Jotham P.
Portland, OR
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We used Alpha Environmental Services to conduct our home inspection, radon testing, sewer scope and oil tank decommissioning. Every part of their service was really professional. They took so many great photos of the house during the inspection and offered lots of explanation on what they found. Great team. Highly recommend!
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