Air Quality Testing

Indoor Air Quality

Benchmark Environmental Engineering is a San Jose based environmental consulting firm providing indoor air quality testing and inspection services for business owners, commercial and industrial property owners, government agencies, school districts, municipalities and homeowners throughout Northern and Southern California.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) can be a major concern for building owners, property managers, and facilities and maintenance professionals. Self-contained HVAC systems, building layouts, and the use of building materials such as solvents, glue and paint can all be the cause of indoor air quality problems. Many of these issues are simple to diagnose and fix while others are complex involving many causes and requiring multiple solutions. Benchmark Environmental Engineering will provide you with a comprehensive indoor air quality solution that is tailor-fit to your building’s needs, which will include inspection and testing, detection and reporting, and remediation plan development.

Causes of Poor Air Quality

Industrial, commercial, residential and mixed-use buildings can suffer from poor indoor air quality for a wide variety of reasons. Causes can include:

  • Problems With HVAC Systems
  • Building Materials That Contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) That Release Toxic Chemicals Into The Air
  • Outdoor Pollutants
  • Pesticides
  • Emissions From Office Equipment
  • Furniture & Flooring
  • Mold Growth Due To Water Damage
  • Smoke Residue
  • Dust Mites

Indoor air pollutants may even include everyday items such as dry erase markers, paint, chalk, cleaning materials, garbage, and personal care products. In some cases, other factors such as noise, lighting, and job, family and peer-related stresses can contribute to the perception of air quality problems.

Why Air Quality Testing is Important

Indoor air pollutants can cause a variety of health symptoms including eye and skin irritation, dizziness, respiratory problems, congestion, coughing, and sneezing. People with asthma and other respiratory diseases are especially at risk of having dangerous reactions to contaminates. Poor air quality can cause liability issues for business owners, building owners, and managers, ranging from employee and tenant illness to decreased productivity and loss-of-use. Benchmark Environmental Engineering knows that ensuring employee and tenant health and safety is of critical concern, and our air quality testing methods and remediation plans will give you the solutions you need to fix the problem and safeguard your occupants’ health.

How Do We Test for Indoor Air Quality?

Benchmark Environmental Engineering specializes in resolving indoor air quality problems. Our Certified Industrial Hygienists perform onsite inspections, investigating potential sources of contamination. Following industry standards and EPA-prescribed protocols, we also perform a series of scientific tests to determine the cause or causes of the problems. Certified laboratories analyze our samples, and from these results we construct a report that documents the contaminates that are present and any mitigating factors. Benchmark Environmental Engineering will provide you with a remediation plan that will remove the hazards, and we will outline recommendations for operations and maintenance programs that will prevent a reoccurrence of the air quality issues.

We Can Quickly Identify The Problem

Benchmark Environmental Engineering understands the need to quickly identify the source of indoor air quality problems and come up with a solution that will remove the pollutants and safeguard the health of tenants and employees. We have served commercial and industrial property owners, facilities managers, and multi-family residential property managers in the San Jose, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego areas for over two decades.

Certified On-Site Testing & Consulting

We have established ourselves as a trusted source for professional and reliable environmental testing, consulting and training in California. With a portfolio of projects of all sizes, we offer customized solutions for each client, all at an affordable cost. Benchmark Environmental Engineering is licensed and certified by a variety of federal and state agencies, and we meet and exceed government requirements and guidelines in our testing and reporting protocols. We also provide expert witness services for legal matters involving indoor air quality issues.

If you own or manage a building that is suffering from poor indoor air quality, call the Certified Industrial Hygienists at Benchmark Environmental Engineering. We will provide you with the solutions you need to maintain the safety of your property.