How Safe is Your Home or Office Air Space?
Mold, mildew, and other contaminants and pollutants can hide in your home or business, affecting the air quality and causing health problems to those inside. The effects of these contaminants in a home or office air space have come to be known as building-related illnesses. While the building itself is not ill, it may contain a number of biological and chemical contaminants – asbestos, lead, radon, mold, mildew, and more – which cause symptoms for those working or residing inside.
If family members in your home or employees in your business are experiencing ongoing symptoms you may find yourself wondering just how safe your home or office is. The professionals at MD Mold Testing explore the symptoms and causes of these contaminants in your home or office air space and how you can keep family members and employees safe.
Symptoms of Common Home and Office Contaminants
In most cases, the first to experience worsening symptoms of pollutants and contaminants in a property are those with underlying conditions, like asthma, allergies, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and other lung conditions. Contaminants like milder, mold, smoke, radon and other chemicals, asbestos negatively impact indoor air quality.
In addition to difficulty breathing, other symptoms of exposure to contaminants include:
- Eye irritation
- Nose/throat irritation
- Itchy skin
- Difficulty concentrating
Many sufferers attribute these symptoms to seasonal allergies and ignore the symptoms until they are ill.
Causes of Safety Issues in Your Home or Office Air Space
Among the major causes and common culprits of air quality issues in your home or office include:
Poor ventilation, which results in the entrapment of contaminants and pollutants inside the home or building. If you are concerned this may be happening in your home or office, MD Mold Testing offers testing and inspection services for air quality as well as mold, asbestos, soil, radon, water, and lead ensuring the safety of your building.
Improving Air and Water Quality in Your Home or Business
If you own a home, you want to keep your family and friends safe. If you are a business owner, you want to keep your employees and customers safe and it is your responsibility to do so. To ensure the safety in both your home and office you should have regular inspections and testing for contaminants like mold and asbestos as well as water quality testing.
The performance of regularly scheduled inspections in your business done by licensed professionals can also work to protect your from potential lawsuits should an employee or a customer fall ill due to undetected health hazards. Inspections allow you to identify health hazards early and handle them quickly before anyone becomes ill in your business space.
Regular inspections permit you to take the needed measures if there are impending hazards in your business property. For example, if mold is detected in your business, the financial destruction and health damages can have devastating effects.
You can improve air quality in your home or office by adding air filters and ventilation systems in kitchens and bathrooms to decrease the contaminants and moisture in the air. Removing moisture effectively reduces the risk of mold growth in your property. Adding air filters to other areas of the building can also aid in the reduction of allergens and pollutants in the air.
Focusing on the Issue of Mold
As one of the world’s most common and most prolific organism, mold likes to invade homes and businesses, hide and grow. Mold is the name given to a multitude of fungi, many of which can be harmful to humans. The problem is you often don’t know you have a mold infestation until the issue has already become apparent.
Mold spores live virtually everywhere and as microscopic organisms they can enter your home or business with ease – floating through open doors or windows, entering via HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems or riding in on the humans you welcome inside. Once inside, the mold spores find damp areas to settle, grow quickly, and develop mold colonies in less than 48 hours.
Often before you see the infestation, you smell the musty scent mold produces. Once you can smell the mold, the allergens and other associated irritants are being produced. In your home or office, mold often makes its home in kitchens and bathrooms (particularly underneath sinks) or on your plumbing and ductwork. While ductwork may surprise you, the fact is humidity in your property can help mold to thrive, making it important to control humidity, keeping it at less than 50 percent.
When Water Damage Occurs – Protecting Your Property Against Mold and Termites
If your home or business experiences water damage, you will need to protect your property from mold and termites, both of which are drawn to water. When water damage occurs mold can take hold within 24 hours. To prevent mold infestation, you’ll want to remove standing water, as well as wet furniture and carpeting. You will also need to remove water from the air by opening windows and running fans and dehumidifiers.
After the water is taken care of, you will need to sanitize your space to prevent mold growth. In addition to mold concerns, termites are also a danger after water damage. The same steps apply, but in addition, you will need to treat the wood in your home or office to deter these harmful pests.
Getting the Help You Need to Ensure Your Home and Office Air Space is Safe
Here you have learned the dangers of contaminants, pollutants, and infestations which can cause hazards to your home and business and the people who live and work within. MD Mold Testing offer full service residential and commercial inspections, delivering over 25 years of knowledge and experience, and ensuring your home and business are protected from potential health hazards.
MD Mold Testing’s service area includes all of Montgomery County, and the surrounding area including Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia. Call today for the needed environmental testing include indoor air quality, mold, soil, radon, asbestos, water, and lead.