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How to Test Air Quality in Your Home

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is essential for your health and overall wellbeing. Some of the first warning signs that you may have a problem include:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing and allergies
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dry skin and irritations
  • Inability to sleep
  • Dust buildup in vents and air filters
  • Unpleasant odors
  • Hot and cold spots

If you notice any of those symptoms and suspect your home is the victim of poor air quality, it’s easy to find out with an indoor air quality meter. There are a number of brands from which to choose. The amount of pollution will vary from home to home, even within the same community or neighborhood. An air purifier is a good option for any structure and ventilation is essential – just open a window.

IAQ Monitors

The devices continually monitor the air in your home. Depending on the model, it may measure levels of carbon dioxide, radon, and formaldehyde, along with multiple types of volatile organic compounds (VOC) encompassing those from cooking, burning wood and cosmetics to those emitted by upholstery, photocopiers, flooring, and building materials.

Mold

IAQ monitors typically don’t provide information on mold levels in your home. The general consensus among professionals is that they’re not that accurate. You should be aware that almost every home contains fungi to varying degrees. Mold is present in the natural environment and can enter your home on hair, clothing, shoes and pets. The fungi can even reside in HVAC units and circulate through your home. Dealing with an infestation of mold is a job for mold remediation specialists.

Radon Monitors

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that forms as a result of the breakdown and decay of uranium deposits in the soil. It’s odorless, colorless and a known carcinogen. It can enter your home through cracks in the foundation, areas around pipes, and flooring. It concentrates in the lower levels of homes. Radon detectors are a good investment in your health.

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We are a Licensed Commercial and Residential Emergency Restoration Contractor.

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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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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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