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Are you Breathing in Clean Air?

Prevention is better than cure. While we cannot really control or even begin to remedy the kind of damage humanity has inflected on the environment, what we can do is to exercise better control over the quality of air we breathe inside our homes. This may or may not come as a surprise, but the quality of air you breathe may not be the most healthy and or conducive to good health. And there are several reasons why this may be the case.

What Impacts Air Quality in your Home

The way you live in general is detrimental to the quality of air in your home. This means, the kind of habits you adopt, where and how you store goods, and how you use certain items can have an impact on the air quality. In addition, even the construction of your home can play a big role in the kind of air quality present in your home.

Changes you need to make now!

Modern living has simplified a lot of things. And while it has also given rise to potential risks which cannot be avoided entirely, their impact on the environment and our health can be limited to a very large extent. So for instance, the cleaning agents you use on a regular basis, or disinfectants and or even bug sprays definitely do a lot of good. However, if these are not handled properly, they can cause a lot of damage. So be mindful about how you use them and also where and how you store these goods.

Most of these items come with storage instructions, which if carried out properly can minimize any danger they pose. Remember, if they are left in an area where they are exposed to air, there are always chances that this air will circulate within your home. Also, when using strong cleaning agents, it is always best to use protective gear such as gloves and a face mask to avoid direct contact with the solution.

Mold can Impact your more than the Air in your Home

If you feel your home is damp or if there is a dank and musty smell in your house, then chances are you might have a mold or mildew issue. A moist place where air flow is restricted is idea for growth of mold and mildew. In addition to impacting how the air in that space smells, mold and mildew can be harmful to health and your property. In addition to causing allergic reactions which include red eyes, runny nose and sneezing, mold can also lead to serious respiratory conditions such as asthma. Another cause of concern is that if you have children, the elderly, or someone with a health condition, the impact on their health is far greater. The biggest danger that mold and mildew pose is that they can spread rapidly and across the length and breadth of your living space impacting the air quality where ever they take roots.

Other Factors that Impact Air Quality

If you are moving into an old home, employ the services of a restoration company to ensure a complete and thorough clean-up of the house which includes the flooring, the walls, ceiling and other important areas. Install alarms to detect leakage of gases such as carbon monoxide and radon.

In conclusion, regular airing and minimizing moisture buildup is crucial to maintaining the quality of air in your home. If you feel there is a need for a clean- up due to any reason, then do consider employing the services of a restoration company.

The Effects of Mold on Your Home and Your Health

Mold damage can have in severe consequences to your home and, more importantly, to your and your family’s health. Mold has the ability to grow anywhere in your home and it may or may not be visible. Dampness or additional moisture in your home enables the mold to colonize and grow. The organic compounds of building materials give mold a food base. This allows mold to spread and multiply which affects the structural integrity of your home. It does not go away on its own. Until the mold is removed from your home, the mold spores will continue to spread. Actively growing mold damages the structure, or any material, it grows on.

Growth Opportunities

Mold damage is often associated with a water leak, flood, drainage issues, or other problems that result in a sizable amount of water settling indoors. These all can and sometimes do cause mold; however, it is important to recognize there are other things in your home that provide ample opportunities for the growth of mold spores even in the absence of water. Some of these are:

• Air conditioners
• Window condensation
• Dehumidifiers
• Air filters
• Damp bathrooms
• Potted plants
• Clothes dryers
• Dishwashers

Anything that generates water vapor gives mold spores a place to grow and thrive. It is essential to clean up excess water immediately to prevent the growth of mold and mold damage.

Health Hazards of Mold Damage Exposure

There are numerous health risks associated with the growth of mold and mold damage. The EPA states that molds can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs. Individuals who are sensitive to mold may experience allergic reactions including sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rashes. Mold can also trigger asthma attacks in sensitive individuals with asthma.

The CDC reports that people with severe reactions may experience fever and shortness of breath. Individuals with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs. Health problems resulting from mold exposure can last for years.

Individuals who suffer neurological symptoms such as headaches, trouble concentrating, shortened attention span, memory loss, and dizziness may have toxic mold growing somewhere in their homes. Mycotoxins from toxic molds can have a mental effect on people much more severe than the allergic symptoms caused by other non-toxic molds. Similar to allergies, if any toxic symptoms increase when you are at home, it is likely there is toxic mold growing in your home.

Take Action

If you think you have a mold issue, call the professionals at Rainbow International Restoration to schedule an on-site consultation to have your home inspected for mold and/or mold damage. Their certified mold removal specialists will evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain mold damage to the smallest area possible, physically remove contamination, dry materials to ensure mold will not return, and perform or recommend procedures for returning your property to a pre-loss condition.

If you see mold damage or suspect mold growth, call today. Mold damage to your home can be repaired in a timely manner, your health may take much, much longer.