Air & Water Quality Testing

What you can't see, CAN kill you! If uncertain get it tested!
The Importance of Water Testing
Why do we offer water tests? Because the more you know, the better off you’ll be.

Water quality can no longer be taken for granted. There are many variables that can come into play: the possibility of contamination, our aging water distribution system, unknown well-water quality and the type of plumbing in your home. And unbeknownst to many, municipalities can supply you with hard water. Municipalities are also supposed to provide you with water that meets federal standards.

Some water issues are obvious, others are invisible. Our local water professionals know your area and your water. They’ll provide you with a free water analysis and plumbing audit, so you can be armed with the information you need to make the right decisions for you and your home.
 
Air testing – why it’s important
It’s about the health and wellbeing of the people inside.
 
Air testing is the process of testing and analyzing the air quality of your office, school, transport facility, shopping center, hospital, child day care facility, or private home. The reason why testing air quality is so important is that it directly affects your employees’ performance, your customers’ wellbeing – in fact anyone who steps inside the building.
The Benefits of Good Water Quality
Water and Health Are Linked
 
Bad water is bad for you, but safe water is key to life — and good for you! Water has so many health benefits that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.
 
Water and health are linked. According to the CDC, the top causes of disease outbreaks related to drinking water are Giardia intestinalis, hepatitis A, norovirus, andShigella. Bad as that sounds, it’s far from a complete list. There are also health risks related to water contaminated with organic and inorganic matter, other bacteria and viruses and other pollutants.
 
Some studies link high levels of lead in drinking water to delays in physical and mental development, short attention spans, and learning difficulties in children. There’s also evidence that arsenic in drinking water can lead to nerve, heart, skin, and blood vessel damage and Cryptosporidium is responsible for potentially life-threatening diarrhea.
 
Still, water is essential. The human body is, after all, 70% water, and although a human being can survive a month or more without food, a week without water can be fatal.

Your Home's Air Quality and Family's Health

Air quality - not just a ‘nice to have’ but a critical component.
 
Poor indoor air quality can adversely affect our health and the environment with a significant cost to business and the economy. There are estimates that the cost of poor indoor air quality in Canada may be as high as $12 billion per year.
 
Ensuring that your building’s air quality is healthy has become a critical aspect of overall work health and safety. Air pollutants can cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue. Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer, and other serious long-term conditions.
 
The legal implications of poor air quality in your workplace or place of business are becoming a critical issue for facility managers, business managers, employers, engineers and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) companies.

Lead in Drinking Water

The Benefits of Good Water Quality
Water and Health Are Linked


Good for Appliances, Too
 
High quality water is good for your home and appliances. Softened water can save you money by keeping appliances at top efficiency, and making them last longer. The amount of dish and laundry detergent you use can be cut by half, or even more, if you use softened water. You can also lower wash temperatures from hot to cold without a drop in performance, according to two other independent studies.
 
A 2009 study commissioned by the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) and conducted by the Battelle Memorial Institute found that adding a water softener helps water heaters and major appliances operate as efficiently as possible, while preventing clogs in showerheads, faucets, and drains. For example, researchers ran dishwashers and washing machines for 30 days and 240 wash cycles. They ran softened water through half of the units, while using a hard water source for the others. At the end of the month, the washers using softened water were nearly free of scale buildup, but the washers using hard water required scale removal to work well.
 
As for water heaters, the researchers found that when they used softened water, the units maintained their original factory efficiency rating for as long as 15 years. Running hard water through the units cut efficiency by up to 48 percent. Scale buildup shortened the lifespan of the heating elements inside electric water heaters, and some tankless water heaters using hard water failed after just 1.6 years.
 
The researchers found that showerheads performed well on soft water, but those running with hard water lost 75 percent of their flow rate in less than 18 months. When running hard water through faucets, the strainers on the faucets clogged within 19 days.
 
Studies conducted by the independent test firm Scientific Services S/D, Inc., of New York, revealed the following benefits of softened water:
 
  • In washing machines, softened water can reduce detergent use by 50% and save energy by making it possible to wash in cold (60ºF) rather than hot (100ºF) water. Cold water washes with softened water achieved the same or better results when it came to removing stains and whitening fabrics.
  • In dishwashers, softened water can achieve the same cleaning results as unsoftened while using less than half as much detergent.

Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Centers and Indoor Environmental Quality


Common pollutants and sources of pollutants in buildings:
 
  • Molds and bacteria resulting from dampness
  • Asbestos and dust
  • Diesel particulates
  • Vehicle exhaust
  • Cleaning products
  • Photocopy machines
  • Gas and fumes
  • Pesticides
  • Solvents and other chemicals
  • Offensive odor

COPD - Indoor Allergens and Pollutants

Want to know more about our air analysis and testing services?

Assure Property Solution's Laboratories has an extensive Workplace Air Analysis and Indoor Air Testing services to test for all common pollutants. We use a robust science-based method with a focus on delivering practical solutions, legally defensible strategies and easy-to-understand reports.
 
Common Issues and Answers
Hard Water

Hard water contains dissolved calcium, magnesium and, in many cases, iron. Most homes have hard water, whether it is supplied by a private well or a municipality. In many cases, homeowners don't realize they have hard water or the constant and expensive harm it causes.

Many mistake the telltale signs of hard water and blame the problems on inadequate cleaners and detergents and poor performing appliances. Or they resign themselves to the fact that these problems are simply a way of life. Dry skin and hair, bathtub ring, spots on glass and silverware, dull, dingy clothing, disappointing performance and a shortened life expectancy of water-using appliances are all problems frequently caused by hard water. Most don't realize how much time, money and energy is spent fighting the hard water battle.

Take the first step and find out how hard your water is and if there are any other issues. Assure Property Solutions will be glad to arrange for an in-home water analysis.

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Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a word that refers to the air quality around and within structures and buildings, particularly as it concerns the comfort and health of building occupants.

It has become crucial to pay attention to IAQ. Statistics indicate that Canadian and American residents spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, capitalizing possible exposure to wide array of indoor air pollutants.

As houses become more airtight to enhance energy efficiency, concentrations of pollutants increase together with serious physical reactions to invisible air pollutants.

Air pollution is one of the most serious issues globally and indoor pollution is one of the worst pollution issues globally. To get an overview of household air quality, here are some shocking statistics.

Condensation, Humidity, Dust Mites and Mold

Baby Rooms, Nurseries and Indoor Environmental Quality

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