SYMPTOMS OF INDOOR AIR POLLUTION
Common Household Pollutants
There's a lot of pollutants and irritants floating around in the air of your home so you should consider the products you may have that may add more discomfort. Home cleaning products do alot of good for the home so you may have to think about what life would be like if you stopped using them.
Here is a list of 27 household pollutants that you may want to check the labels for, they could be harmless, or they could stand between you and clean air.
Mold is a very common problems in homes with humid environments like Texas. When mold spores are present in large quantities, they can present a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states that mold can trigger asthma episodes in sensitive individuals, and asthma sufferers should avoid exposure to mold.
Mold in the home can usually be found in damp, dark or steamy areas e.g. bathroom or kitchen, cluttered storage areas, recently flooded areas, basement areas, plumbing spaces, areas with poor ventilation and outdoors in humid environments. Symptoms caused by mold allergy are watery, itchy eyes, a chronic cough, headaches or migraines, difficulty breathing, rashes, tiredness, sinus problems, nasal blockage and frequent sneezing.
Typical Residential Mold Locations
Fortunately, mold growth in the attic is typically not a significant health concern, due to the air flow patterns within a home; specifically, the stack effect, which causes warm air to rise from the lowest section of the house to the upper floors and eventually up and out the attic. Because of this, attic mold growth rarely is found in the indoor air environment of the home. However, attic mold can cause substantial structural damage and should still undergo professional mold remediation.
Due to the poor ventilation and air flow typically found in basements, mold growth in a basement can be a greater health issue than other areas of the home. Also, due to the stack effect, mold contaminated air from the basement will often infiltrate the upper portions of the home. A finished basement with insulation, sheet rock and carpeting provides dramatically more mold food sources.
Showers, toilets and humidity are common causes of mold and moisture buildup in bathrooms. Problems can run the gamut from minor surface mold in the shower to major wood rot and structural repairs. Mold growth in the bathroom is less likely to cause health problems than other portions of the home. This is due to a couple factors, primarily the limited amount of time occupants spend in the room, and additionally, many bathroom mold problems occur behind sealed surfaces.
Crawlspaces are without question, the least pleasant portion of a home especially in Texas. Rats, bugs, snakes, water damage, flooding, mold growth; the dark spaces beneath our houses take everything nasty that can occur and dump them in one place. Houses built during the winter months can develop systemic mold problems if not dried correctly. Dryout does not necessarily require dehumidifiers or heaters; often simple air movers and blowers can address the problem.
Your home's HVAC is important to mold development in the home for several reasons. Modern HVAC systems function to remove humidity and then cool the air before it is circulated in the home. if your HVAC system is functionally properly, this process inhibits the growth and spread of mold. If you have mold in your home's ducting, it is generally indicative of a failure of a portion of the HVAC system.
Presence of mold in the interior rooms of your home should be cause for concern. Mold can lead to several respiratory issues and complications. Since almost all of the time spent in a home is in the interior rooms, mold exposure will be greatest in these areas.