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Don’t Suffer with Poor Home Air Quality

The air quality of homes can be severely compromised and those living there are often unaware that anything is amiss. They may experience symptoms that are typically chalked up to allergies, asthma or sinus problems. Coughing, sneezing and shortness of breath are common. Symptoms may also include headaches and fatigue.

In the most severe instances, people may have irritation of the eyes, throat, nose and skin, along with dizziness and nausea. It’s particularly dangerous for individuals with respiratory conditions. People often notice that symptoms subside when they go outdoors or are away on vacation. Poor air quality can arise from a number of causes and it’s a serious health concern. Identifying the source and remediating it requires the services of a professional.

Mold is one of the most common causes of poor air quality. It occurs naturally indoors and outside, but it’s only when the fungus is present in elevated levels that it adversely affects air quality. There are approximately 12 types of mold that typically affect homes.

It grows in warm, damp conditions and can be found in air conditioning filters and ductwork where it gets blown about and disseminated throughout the home. It can also stem from leaks in pipes or roofs. Mold propagates itself via miniscule spores and can lodge behind walls, in ceilings and under floors.

There are also dozens of bacteria and viruses that infect homes. Many are beneficial and individuals may have developed a resistance to them. However, there are pathogens that can cause rashes and infections if they’re available in sufficient amounts, and most recently, COVID-19.

Poor air quality can be corrected with the services of a professional remediation and restoration company. The experts will take samples and have them verified in a laboratory to determine exactly what type of pathogen is present.

If mold is the problem, they’ll find the source and establish containment measures to prevent it from spreading. When bacteria or viruses are the source of the contamination, specialized sanitizers, disinfectants and other methods are available to return a home’s indoor environment to health.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Indoor Air Quality – Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

Because air duct cleaning is typically located outside of walls or over ceilings, regular maintenance such as cleaning of air ducts could be very easy to overlook. Unfortunately, many individuals forget to take regular air duct cleaning seriously, which can potentially lead to long-term adverse effects on indoor air quality. In fact, some studies have shown that dirty air ducts can lead to allergic reactions, headaches, nasal congestion and more. It can also lead to lower energy costs as well as potential damage to your HVAC system.

 

The best way to avoid the long-term effects associated with poor air duct cleaning is by making sure to keep up with routine cleaning. A good air duct cleaning service should start by removing the existing dirt in your system using high-powered air equipment. Next, they will remove any accumulated dust or mold using special techniques designed specifically for the job. Finally, they will restore your system to its pre-loss condition.

 

It’s important to know that air duct cleaning isn’t just a matter of cleaning the inside of your ductwork. Indoor air quality is affected by how you treat the outside of your ductwork as well. If you are interested in maintaining the highest indoor air quality possible, then you need to pay special attention to how you ventilate your space. By taking the appropriate steps to make sure your ducts are cleaned regularly and properly, you’ll be able to breathe easier with less worry about harmful environmental effects. Clean air ducts allow you to breathe easier and are an essential part of maintaining indoor air quality so make sure you take the time to clean them out.

 

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

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Check your Air Quality if you’re Consistently Feeling Ill

The air in your home or business can be making you sick and you’ll never even know it. The symptoms of poor air quality can occur at any time of the year, especially in South Florida, and they’re not limited to the traditional flu season. Air quality can be affected by a wide variety of factors.

One of the most important elements in indoor air quality is the ventilation and the availability of air exchange. Outdoor pollutants, air conditioning, and the behavior of occupants also play a significant role. Air purifiers can help, but they’re not a viable option should the air in your home be afflicted with mold, bacteria or a viral contaminate.

When individuals and pets go in or out of a building, they bring in contaminates on their clothing, shoes and even hair that will affect air quality. If biologicals such as bacteria, mold and viruses are present, families, pets, employees and customers can all be affected. Even the layout and design of a structure can contribute to poor air quality.

Symptoms ranging from coughing and sneezing, headaches, sore throat, wheezing, and eyes that are red, watery or sensitive to light may occur. The CDC indicates that dizziness and fatigue may be symptoms and can aggravate heart disease. Poor air quality is especially dangerous to those with respiratory conditions, that have HIV, or are a transplant patient. The potential for developing fungal or bacterial infections increases with poor air quality.

Radon is another contaminate that affects air quality. It’s an odorless, invisible radioactive gas that exists naturally in the soil. It can seep into structures and requires specialized testing to detect. Carbon monoxide is another invisible gas that can be drawn into homes from the soil and air and build up in your home or business without proper ventilation.

A restoration and recovery service has the ability to test air quality, identify through lab analysis the exact pollutants that are present, and employ effective treatments to eliminate them. Poor air quality occurs in a home or business through no fault of your own. Engaging the services of a professional remediation and recovery company ensures clean air and a healthy environment for your family, clients and employees.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Ways to Improve Air Quality in your Home

There are dozens of pollutants and contaminants in the environment that can affect your home. They’re brought in on shoes, clothing, and even your hair. Poor air circulation, elevated humidity levels, ventilation system problems, and even air temperature levels can contribute to poor air quality. Dust, mold, bacteria, chemicals, and insufficient outdoor air intake are also culprits.

Maintaining good air quality within your home isn’t as difficult as you might think. You can make your indoor environment an oasis of clean air that will also result in a more restful slumber at night. The following are some tips for accomplishing that goal.

Air Purifier

An air purifier filters the air in your home and can substantially improve air quality. The devices can’t remove every contaminant, but they will significantly reduce them.

Cleaning

Hard surface flooring is easier to clean than carpeting and doesn’t trap allergens like carpeting. If you have carpeting, vacuum at least once or twice each week, depending upon the amount of foot traffic, and make sure the vacuum uses a HEPA filter.

Clutter

A cluttered home traps and holds dust, pet hair, and other allergens. Consider placing keepsakes, photos, and souvenirs in glass cabinets for display. It will significantly reduce dust.

Cloth

Drapes, bedding, and cloth upholstery tend to attract allergens. Bedding should be washed once a week. Drapes that can be washed at home should be laundered once a month. Upholstery can be cleaned each week when you vacuum by using an attachment specifically designed for that purpose. You can also use hypoallergenic covers for pillows, mattresses, and box springs.

Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier can help keep humidity levels at an optimal 50 percent. They can be placed in homes and in basements to remove excess moisture that can lead to mold growth.

Filters and Ductwork

The filters in air conditioners trap allergens. They can be a source of mold and should be replaced regularly. Air ducts should be cleaned at least once a year. As your air conditioning works, it’s also circulating allergens through the ductwork and into all areas of your home.

Fresh Air

Open the windows and let fresh air in for a bit whenever possible. The exchange of air will aid in moving allergens out of the house. It’s especially important when people spend more time indoors.

Greenery

Plants are lovely additions to home décor, but they can also foster the growth of mold and trap contaminants and dust. Keep them outdoors.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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Add Duct Cleaning to your Spring Cleaning List

The ductwork in homes and businesses is one of the most overlooked areas of maintaining a healthy environment and better air quality. Clean ducts also save money, allowing heating and cooling systems to function better. Dirty ducts can actually make the people in a building sick, leading to more doctor visits and increased healthcare costs.

The air from heating and cooling systems is circulated throughout an entire structure via the ductwork system. As the air is cycled through, any contaminants are also circulated into every room. Those can range from dust and pollen to mold, along with unpleasant odors.

It’s not enough to simply change the filters. If the ducts in your home or business have never been cleaned, it’s an ideal time to schedule an appointment. The professionals will vacuum the dust, debris, and they can also determine if any wildlife has invaded your duct space.

Air Quality

Regular cleaning of air ducts creates a healthier environment and improves air quality. Having the ducts cleaned is especially important if you’re one of the millions of people that live with allergies or a respiratory condition. The humid conditions in South Florida can exacerbate the growth of mold and mildew.

Cleaning the ducts is critical after a hurricane. A wide variety of contaminants will find their way into a structure that’s been flooded that can cause you, your family, or customers symptoms ranging from headaches and nausea to fatigue, along with far more serious health problems. Ducts can foster the growth of multiple types of bacteria and fungi.

Efficiency

While it may not seem like dust, dirt and debris would cause much of a restriction in terms of the air flowing through your ducts, it does have an impact. Any type of impediment will affect the efficiency with which heating and cooling systems operate. That means the units will work harder and more often to perform their task, thereby costing you more money to operate.

Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida Rapid Restoration is South Florida’s #1 restoration company in the disaster relief industry. With 24/7 emergency services we have provided thousands of clients with emergency restoration services throughout Boca Raton, Palm Beach, Miami Dade, Broward,  and Port St. Lucie Counties. We offer property restoration, mediation and, repair for water damage, mold removal, fire, smoke and biohazard removal services throughout the entire South Florida area.

We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

Whether it’s your home or office that’s been affected by water damage, fire, smoke damage, or mold, contact Rapid Restoration Recovery, Inc.

TODAY at: 561-344-5070 

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