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Why You Need A Maryland Indoor Air Quality Inspection

Posted in Blog | Indoor Air Quality Inspection on March 10th, 2014 by Hunter Adams

Air quality testing programs check for the presence of low emitting products and materials. They certify that chemical and particle emissions meet acceptable Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) guidelines. Consumers book inspections for a range of reasons, from a purchase of a new home or office to health concerns about a current residence.

MD Mold Testing provides Maryland indoor air quality testing services and home inspections. To make an appointment for a Maryland indoor air quality inspection, call us at 301-717-1454 today.

What Maryland Indoor Air Quality Testing Services Include

MD Mold Testing tests for a variety of health hazards, such as:

1. Radon

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that kills approximately 21,000 people in the U.S. annually. When Uranium, (found in most soil), emits radon into the air, it usually dissipates without causing any problems. However, radon can find its way into basements and lower floors of buildings through gaps in the foundation, causing unsafe conditions.

2. Asbestos

Contractors once used asbestos as a building material and insulator because of its heat-resistant properties. That ended when scientists discovered the fibers in asbestos cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.

When repairing older buildings, some owners find asbestos in the walls. Soil also contains asbestos. Like radon, it’s not an issue when present outdoors; it’s when asbestos gets inside that it causes problems.

3. Mold

Mold grows in warm, humid conditions. Testing services commonly find mold outbreaks in basements and bathrooms, where there tends to be a lot of moisture. It can also grow outside of those areas.

Although there are no federal standards, mold causes a number of health problems. Some symptoms include stuffy noses, wheezing, and skin irritations. Researchers have also linked mold to asthma in children.

4. Volatile organic compounds

There are thousands of consumer products that emit volcanic organic compounds (VOCs).  Paint, cleaning supplies, glue, shower curtains and printers contain VOCs. The low boiling points of VOCs allow them to release vapor, even when exposed to room temperatures.

The Office of Research and Development at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) elevated VOC levels remain in the air long after people use products that contain them. In addition to long-term risks like cancer and brain damage, VOCs can cause health problems such as nausea and headaches. The EPA reports that VOC levels are up to 10 times higher indoors than outdoors.

Same day Maryland indoor air quality testing services are available at MD Mold Testing. Call us at 301-717-1454 today to set up an indoor air quality inspection in Maryland.