FAQ's

ALVISTA FAQ



What is ALVISTA?

ALVISTA is a leader in providing indoor environmental quality (IEQ) surveys involving mold, water-damage, asbestos, and lead-based paint, and more. Although many of our IEQ surveys are typically in response to a catastrophic event such as fire, flood, or water-damage, we can also assist you in preparation for a planned building purchase, renovation, or demolition.

What areas does ALVISTA serve?

ALVISTA has a strong presence in the San Francisco Bay Area including Pleasanton, California, and the surrounding Tri-Valley communities of Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon, and Danville. However depending on the scope and the needs of your project, more distant locations in Northern California can be served.

What’s the difference between indoor air quality (IAQ) and indoor environmental quality (IEQ)?

Simply put, indoor air quality is a small subset of the larger field of study of indoor environmental quality.
Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) refers to the quality of a building’s environment in relation to the health and well-being of those who occupy space within it. IEQ is determined by many factors, including temperature, lighting, sound, odor, vibration, and damp conditions—not just air quality. Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. IAQ can be adversely affected by air pollutants such as carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, mold, asbestos, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde. Understanding and controlling common indoor air pollutants and environmental conditions can help reduce your risk of indoor health concerns.

Why/When should I consider Indoor Environmental Quality testing?

Indoor environmental quality testing could be the right answer to many different scenarios.

  • Maybe you’re a victim of fire, flood, or water-damage requiring professional remediation and need an assessment for water-damage, smoke-damage, mold, asbestos, or lead-based paint.

  • Maybe you’re a building owner planning on a major renovation or demolition project and in need of an asbestos and lead-based paint survey.

  • Maybe you’re real estate investor in need a Phase I or Phase II Environmental Assessment, or Property Condition Assessment.

  • Perhaps, you’re an employer looking to improve your employee’s health, well-being, and productivity and in need of a comprehensive IEQ assessment and ongoing monitoring.

If you are still unsure if an IEQ survey is the right answer, please contact our office for a no commitment consultation.

Does ALVISTA only offer Indoor Air Quality?

No. ALVISTA offers a wide range of services available in our Services section as well as in the next FAQ.

What services does ALVISTA offer?

  • Indoor environmental quality (IEQ)
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Microbial contamination:
    • Mold
    • Bacteria
    • Wastewater/sewage
  • Water-damage
  • Fire/smoke-damage
  • Asbestos
  • Lead-based paint
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • LEED building certification
  • Environmental engineering
  • Environmental Site Assessment (ESA)
  • Property Condition Assessment (PCA)
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Expert witness testimony
Read more in our services section.

How much will it cost me?

Just like any other professional survey, the scope and factors of each project varies. We urge you contact us for a quick no frills quote based on your exact needs. Contact us today!