According to the Environment Protection Agency, the indoor air quality (IAQ) of an average home can be up to 100 times worse than outdoor air quality.
Because of this, the air in your home may actually be making you and your family sick. Energy efficient building homes are more insulated and sealed up more than ever before. Without fresh air exchange, the air in the home can cause a buildup of harmful pathogens. These include mold, radon gas and other airborne irritants.
Mold infestation is often caused by moisture or water in areas such as basements, crawlspaces or bathrooms. Flooding and leaks often provide the moisture source. Asthmatics or allergy sufferers, small children, infants, the elderly and people already suffering with health problems are susceptible to health problems related to mold problems.
Common symptoms of extended mold exposure include:
– Allergies and allergic reactions
– Asthma Flare-ups
– Sinus Congestion
– Immune system disorders
Comprehensive air quality testing can determine what types of pollutants exist and in what quantities. A mold inspector takes samples from different areas in the house. This will help determine exactly where mold contamination exists. This can help save homeowners money by limiting the cleanup job to only the affected area.Moisture testing is also performed to determine if the conditions are ripe for mold growth.
Air quality testing may be required when you sell your home. This can be especially important in the cases of foreclosed homes.
When should air quality testing be performed? If you feel illness related to mold exposure, or you suspect that the air in your home or building is causing harm to the occupants.
H&H Environmental performs air quality testing and mold removal services in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.