Atlanta, GA — Microbial risks associated with indoor environments pose a serious threat to health, building assets and hygiene. Safeguarding from microbial infestation is a challenging job. Awareness and technological advancements in recent years has enabled us to initiate an action plan in order to address this issue adequately. The first step in this process is to understand the potential microbial agents and risks associated with them. A proper and periodical assessment of microbial agents such as viruses, bacteria, mold/fungi and other parasites in and around indoor environments facilitates clues associated with contaminants and infection-initiation related with them. Proliferation, monitoring and management (PMM) facilitates safeguarding indoor environments against microbial threats.
Microbial proliferation is influenced by a number of a-biotic and biotic factors prevailing in and around the environment. A-biotic factors such as temperature, humidity/moisture, lighting, dampness, ventilation, building materials and particulates of organic and inorganic natures, beside others, play an important role in microbiological community development especially in a closed environment. Biological factors such as genetic inheritance, mutation, biologically active substances (amino acids, vitamins, steroid, purine and pyrimidine, etc.), pathogenicity, predatory behavior, symbiotism and others are essential ingredients for developing microbiological communities. Adequacy and limitation of the above mentioned factors is an essential resource for optimizing microbiological proliferation of indoor environments.
The essential elements for safeguarding our surroundings from microbial threats and our knowledge about proliferating microbes are essential. The qualitative and quantitative estimation of microbial communities in buildings provides important information for creating abatement and/or management strategies to address the threats posed by these tiny, but important and integral, creatures of the biosphere. Monitoring the microbial proliferation of indoor environments may be as simple as finding the odds by taking a common sense approach, such as looking, smelling, and by observing complaints, etc. There is no one method that is good for monitoring the microbes of indoor environments; although, methods can be improvised depending upon the needs and scenarios. Environmental sampling, standardized test methods, appropriate laboratory techniques, and interpretation of findings are helpful to know about the microbial proliferation within a closed structure.
The presence of nutrients and moisture/water, besides other factors as mentioned above, are essential for the proliferation of a microbial community in indoor environments. Potential threats that may be initiated by these microbes can be minimized or eliminated. A source causation relationship is helpful in providing an effective management for safeguarding occupants of indoor environments from such threats. Preventive and corrective actions may be recommended or initiated to successfully combat the challenges presented by the prevailing microbes of indoor environments.
To discuss a proactive environmental monitoring program for your building call the credentialed professional indoor environmental consultants at Pure Air Control Services-Building Sciences team at 800-422-7873, ext. 802. For additional information on laboratory services call EDLab at Pure Air Control Services 1-800-422-7873 ext 303 or visit the web site at www.Edlab.org and ask for Dr Rajiv Sahay.
About Pure Air Control Services:
Alan Wozniak founded Pure Air Control Services, Inc. in 1984 as a mechanical contracting firm. Today, the firm sets the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis, lab and remediation. Pure Air Control Services nationally performed IAQ services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; EDLab an Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; PURE-Steam Coil Cleaning and HVAC System Cleaning & Mold Remediation Services, among other indoor environmental services.
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