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About Mold & Environmental Testing

What are you breathing? It's a good question to ask ourselves. All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. The good news is indoor air pollution is one risk that you can do something about.

Take our environmental survey to see if you are at risk. 

Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes and offices. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home or office. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.

There are many sources of indoor air pollution. These include combustion sources such as oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings as diverse as deteriorated, asbestos-containing insulation, wet or damp carpet, and cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products; products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies; central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices; and outdoor sources such as radon, pesticides, and outdoor air pollution.

Immediate effects may show up after a single exposure or repeated exposures. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue. Sometimes the treatment is simply eliminating the person's exposure to the source of the pollution, if it can be identified. Symptoms of some diseases, including asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and humidifier fever, may also show up soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants.

The likelihood of immediate reactions to indoor air pollutants depends on several factors. Age and preexisting medical conditions are two important influences. Whether a person reacts to a pollutant depends on individual sensitivity, which varies tremendously from person to person. Some people can become sensitized to biological pollutants after repeated exposures, and it appears that some people can become sensitized to chemical pollutants as well.

Certain immediate effects are similar to those from colds or other viral diseases, so it is often difficult to determine if the symptoms are a result of exposure to indoor air pollution.

Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer, can be severely debilitating or even fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home or office even if symptoms are not noticeable.

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you have an increased likelihood of having some type of contaminants within your home or office that should be dealt with by a professional.

  1. Was your home built prior to 1978 and you are planning to remove the popcorn ceiling or vinyl flooring?

  2. Do you have young children, live in a home built prior to 1978 and have sash windows or peeling paint?

  3. Do you have a moldy or musty odor in your home, office or on some of your clothing?

  4. Did your allergy or asthma symptoms first develop when you moved into a new home or office?

  5. Do your health problems improve when you leave your home or office?

  6. Does your sprinkler overspray hit the stucco of your home or office on a consistent basis?

  7. Do you have water intrusion into your home or office when it rains?

  8. Do you see visible mold growth inside your home or office?

  9. Do you notice an unusual odor in your home or office upon return after having been away for a number of days?

If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, we encourage you to contact us to conduct a survey of your home or office. To reach a specialist today, call toll free 267.898.2218.

Bux-Mont Home Inspection Services provides a full selection of Environmental & Mold testing options for home and office that include:

  • Mold/Air Quality
    • Air sampling to detect elevated spore levels. Also a visual inspection utilizing a moisture meter
  • Water Quality Analysis
    • Standard FHA/VA Test
    • Other water quality and chemical testing available. Call us for more information and pricing.
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