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Household Pollutants

Mold Issues

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.

 

  1. Air-fresheners w/ formaldehyde- Irritates eyes, nose, throat and skin
  2. Bleach w/ sodium hypochlorite- Irritates and burns skin and eyes
  3. Disinfectants w/ sodium hyperchlorite- Irritates and burns skin and eyes
  4. Disinfectants w/ phenols - Respiratory and circulation damage
  5. Disinfectants w/ ammonia- Vapor irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract
  6. Drain cleaners w/ potassium hydroxide - Burns skin and eyes
  7. Flea powders w/ carbaryl- Irritates skin
  8. Flea powders w/ dichlorophene- Irritates skin
  9. Flea powders w/ chlordane and other chlorinated hydrocarbons- Irritates skin and eyes
  10. Floor cleaners w/ diethylene glycol - Causes nervous, digestive and urinary issues
  11. Floor cleaners w/ petroleum solvents - Irritates skin, eyes, throat, nose and lungs
  12. Floor cleaners w/ ammonia - Irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract
  13. Furniture polish w/ mineral spirits - Irritates skin, eyes, nose, throat and lungs
  14. Oven cleaners w/ sodium or potassium hydroxide - Burns skin and eyes
  15. Paint thinners w/ chlorinated aliphatic hydrocarbons - Causes digestive and urinary system damage
  16. Paint thinners w/ esters - Irritates eyes, nose and throat
  17. Paint thinners w/ alcohols - Irritates eyes, nose and throat
  18. Paint thinners w/ chlorinated aromatic hydrocarbons - Digestive system damage
  19. Paint thinners w/ ketones - Respiratory system damage
  20. Paint w/ aromatic hydrocarbon thinners - Irritates skin, eyes, nose and throat
  21. Paint w/ mineral spirits - Irritates skin, eyes, nose and throat
  22. Pool sanitizers w/ calcium hypochlorite - Irritates skin, eyes, and throat
  23. Pool sanitizers w/ ethylene - Irritation of eyes, mucous membrane and skin
  24. Toilet bowl cleaners w/ sodium acid sulfate or oxalate or hypochloric acid - Burns skin, causes digestive and respiratory system damage
  25. Toilet bowl cleaners w/ chlorinated phenols - Causes respiratory and circulatory system damage
  26. Window cleaners w/ diethylene glycol - Causes nervous, urinary and digestive system damage
  27. Window cleaners w/ ammonia - Vapor irritates skin, eyes and respiratory tract

Mold Information

 

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

 

Attic

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.

 

Basement

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.

 

Bathrooms

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.

 

Crawl Spaces

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.

 

HVAC Systems

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.

 

Interior Rooms

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.

 

 

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