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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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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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Ways to Improve Air Quality in your Home

If you’re suffering from what you think is seasonal allergies – think again. The runny nose and itchy eyes could be the result of poor air quality in your home. The air in indoor environments can make you ill and those with respiratory ailments are especially susceptible to air contaminated by potential irritants encompassing pollen, pet hair, dust, and environmental pollutants.

The vast majority of people mistakenly believe that their home environments are cleaner than outdoors, but it can actually be worse and increasing with more people staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Air conditioning and closed windows won’t prevent pollutants from entering.

Pollution from various avenues gains access through clothing that’s worn outside, mold and mildew in high humidity climates, and from naturally occurring sources such as radon, forest fires, and ground-level ozone. The following are easy ways to improve the air quality in your home.

Air Conditioning Filters

While an air conditioning unit provides a comfortable environment, the filter is also screening out a variety of pollutants. A dirty filter doesn’t remove pollutants effectively and actually makes your air conditioning work less efficiently, leading to reduced efficiency and higher cooling bills.

Air Ducts

Dust, pet hair, and mold can build up in air ducts and as air conditioner work, contaminants are spread from room to room. Your home can greatly benefit from annual ductwork cleaning by a professional.

Air Purifiers

A whole-house air purifying system, or smaller air purifier units throughout the home, can help significantly in reducing the number of pollutants within the home. Even a single purifier in the bedroom can contribute substantially to your health and more restful sleep.

Cleaning Carpets

Rugs and carpets attract pollutants and hold them within fibers. Regular cleaning is essential. You can clean them yourself with a home steam cleaner or have them done by a professional.

Exhaust Fans

You’d be surprised how many pollutants originate in your own kitchen. Gas and electric stoves emit carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide when you cook and bake. Exhaust fans are designed to remove odors and they’re effective for venting those chemicals.

Humidity Levels

Managing humidity levels is critical for controlling the growth of mold and mildew. A whole-house dehumidifier or several smaller units strategically placed throughout the home provides an excellent strategy for combating humidity.

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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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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What Is Sick Building Syndrome?

Sick building syndrome is a term that was coined to describe a building which causes the occupants to experience acute symptoms if sickness (respiratory problems and rash) that go away when they are not inside of the building. The indoor air quality in these so-called sick buildings is often a temporary condition, but sometimes it can be long term. These problems often arise when a building is being operated in a manner in which it was not designed to operate. Here are some indications that you’re in a building that has sick building syndrome.

Sick Building Syndrome Indicators

* Those who live in or work in the building complain of acute symptoms like headache, eye, nose, or throat irritation; dry cough; dry or itchy skin; dizziness and nausea; difficulty in concentrating; fatigue; and sensitivity to odors.

* These symptoms are from an unknown cause and go away when not in the building.

Sick Building Syndrome Causes

* Inadequate ventilation – If a building does not have the proper amount of outside air circulating throughout the building based on how many people are in it, this can cause sick building syndrome. In addition, when heating, ventilating, and air condition (HVAC) symptoms are not working up to par, this can contribute to sick building syndrome.

* Indoor chemical contaminants – Indoor air pollutants can come from things like adhesives, carpeting, upholstery, manufactured wood products, copy machines, and pesticides. Cleaning agents may emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including formaldehyde. Combustion products such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, can come from unvented kerosene and gas space heaters, woodstoves, fireplaces and gas stoves.

* Outdoor chemical contaminants – Pollutants from motor vehicle exhausts, plumbing vents, and building exhausts (like bathrooms and kitchens) can enter the building through poorly located air intake vents, windows, and other openings.

* Biological contaminants – Bacteria, molds, pollen, and viruses are types of biological contaminants. These can breed in heating and cooling vents; in stagnant water that has accumulated in ducts, humidifiers and drain pans; or where water has collected on ceiling tiles, carpeting, or insulation. Biologic contaminants can also come in the form of insect or bird droppings.

Sick Building Solutions

* Remove the pollutant – This includes things like routine maintenance of HVAC systems, replacement of water-stained ceiling tiles and carpeting before occupancy.

* Improve the air quality – Increase the ventilation rate in the building so it circulates outside air better in the building.

* Air cleaning – Use filters to properly filter the air. Use the proper air filter for the space depending on what sort of air particles may be in the air.

It’s important to do whatever you can to improve the air quality in a building, whether it’s where you work or live. This way everyone can remain healthy.

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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