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Home safety information on how you can make your home safe against mold, mildew, harmful gases, lead and other pollutants. Learn how to prevent from poisoning and cure.

 

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Radon in Water

Septic and Plumbing Energizer

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 Mold and Mildew Pages

Biological Pollutants in Your Home

Floods Cause a Hazardous Potential for Toxic Mold

How Dangerous is That Mold?

Is Your House a Sick House? The Mold/Air Conditioner Duct Connection

Mold and Mildew: Prevention of Microorganism Growth In Museum Collections

Mold FAQ

Mold in Homes

Mold Resources

Prevent Mildew in Your Home

Biological Contaminants

Managing Asthma in the School Environment Environmental Asthma Triggers

Mold Allergy

Causes and Symptoms of Mold and Dust Induced Respiratory Illness

Molds in the Environment

Questions and Answers on Stachybotrys Chartarum and Other Molds

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings: Introduction

Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings: Checklist for Mold Remediation

Should I Be Concerned About Mold?

The Mold Scare: Reaction vs. Reality

Investigating, Evaluating, and Remediating Moisture and Mold Problems

 

Asbestos

Asbestos is a health hazard in many homes, offices and schools because asbestos exposure can cause lung cancer. An estimated 20,000 people will die each year for the next 30 years from asbestos exposure.

Bacteria in Water

Bacterial contamination causes severe digestive problems, fever, nausea, diarrhea and sometimes even death. According to the EPA, total coliform and E. coli bacteria testing is recommended twice a year.

Carbon Monoxide

Invisible and odorless carbon monoxide gas kills over 5,000 people each year. Clogged chimneys, malfunctioning stoves, water heaters, space heaters, as well as auto, boat and airplane exhaust releases carbon monoxide into the air that you breathe.

Drinking Water

Lead-contaminated water from lead pipes and fixtures contributes to lead poisoning in over 40,000,000 homes. Every time you drink from the faucet, cook with tap water, or brush your teeth, you may be at risk.

Lead

Lead poisoning causes brain damage to children from birth to 8 years old. Test your home or office for this deadly toxin. . Test dinnerware, mini blinds, ceramics, soil, plumbing pipes and fixtures, children's toys and antiques, etc.

Dust and Paint Lead

Ingesting lead paint and breathing in lead dust is the #1 contributor to lead poisoning which causes brain damage and affects over 200,000 children each year.

Mildew and Mold

Medical studies have found that mold & mildew are the #1 causes of allergic symptoms. The black mold Stachybotrys found in home, office and school environments has been linked to fatal pulmonary disorders.

Our simple, do-it-yourself test identifies dangerous molds & mildew in 48 hours. Optional lab analysis is available to indicate the exact count and type of mold & mildew present.

Pesticide in Water

Pesticide ingestion and inhalation can damage internal organs, cause cancer, and eventually even cause death. The World Health Organization estimates that one-half of the ground and well water in the U.S. is contaminated with pesticides, resulting in 20,000 deaths each year.

Radon Gas

Radon gas has been found in varying amounts in every state in the U.S. killing up to 30,000 people each year from lung cancer.

Radon in Water

Over 17,000 homeowners with well water are affected by water-borne radon according to the U.S. EPA. Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer and is emitted in homes from well water during showering, cleaning, brushing your teeth, and doing laundry.

Septic and Plumbing Energizer

Detergents, deodorant soaps, drain cleaners, and toilet bowl cleaners contain hydrocarbons and harsh chemicals that kill the necessary bacteria in home septic systems which are required to digest and process waste. The end result is backed up toilets, continuously costly pumping and clogged pipes.

Water Quality

Water contamination causes cancer, birth defects and Blue Baby Syndrome. PRO-LAB's Professional Water Quality Test Kit offers 5 instant tests for over-chlorination (Causes cancer), nitrites/nitrates (causes Blue Baby Syndrome), hardness and alkalinity (clogs and damages pipes), and iron (stains fixtures, laundry and even hair). Contains 5 individual laboratory grade test strips for accuracy and reliability.

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Biological Pollutants in Your Home

Outdoor air pollution in cities is a major health problem. Much effort and money continues to be spent cleaning up pollution in the outdoor air. But air pollution can be a problem where you least expect it, in the place you may have thought was safest--your home. Many ordinary activities such as cooking, heating, cooling, cleaning, and redecorating can cause the release and spread of indoor pollutants at home. Studies have shown that the air in our homes can be even more polluted than outdoor air.

Many Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors, often at home. Therefore, breathing clean indoor air can have an important impact on health. People who are inside a great deal may be at greater risk of developing health problems, or having problems made worse by indoor air pollutants. These people include infants, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses.

What Are Biological Pollutants?

Biological pollutants are or were living organisms. They promote poor indoor air quality and may be a major cause of days lost from work or school, and of doctor and hospital visits. Some can even damage surfaces inside and outside your house. Biological pollutants can travel through the air and are often invisible.

Some common indoor biological pollutants are:

·    Animal Dander (minute scales from hair, feathers, or skin)

·    Dust Mite and Cockroach parts

·    Fungi (Molds)

·    Infectious agents (bacteria or viruses)

·    Pollen

Some of these substances are in every home. It is impossible to get rid of them all. Even a spotless home may permit the growth of biological pollutants. Two conditions are essential to support biological growth: nutrients and moisture. These conditions can be found in many locations, such as bathrooms, damp or flooded basements, wet appliances (such as humidifiers or air conditioners), and even some carpets and furniture.

Modern materials and construction techniques may reduce the amount of outside air brought into buildings which may result in high moisture levels inside. Using humidifiers, unvented heaters, and air conditioners in our homes has increased the chances of moisture forming on interior surfaces. This encourages the growth of certain biological pollutants.

The Scope Of The Problem

Most information about sources and health effects of biological pollutants is based on studies of large office buildings and two surveys of homes in northern U.S. and Canada. These surveys show that 30% to 50% of all structures have damp conditions which may encourage the growth and buildup of biological pollutants. This percentage is likely to be higher in warm, moist climates.

Some diseases or illnesses have been linked with biological pollutants in the indoor environment. However, many of them also have causes unrelated to the indoor environment. Therefore, we do not know how many health problems relate only to poor indoor air.

Health Effects Of Biological Pollutants

All of us are exposed to biological pollutants. However, the effects on our health depend upon the type and amount of biological pollution and the individual person. Some people do not experience health reactions from certain biological pollutants, while others may experience one or more of the following reactions:

·    Allergic

·    Infectious

·    Toxic

Except for the spread of infections indoors, allergic reactions may be the most common health problem with indoor air quality in homes. They are often connected with animal dander (mostly from cats and dogs), with house dust mites (microscopic animals living in household dust), and with pollen. Allergic reactions can range from mildly uncomfortable to life-threatening, as in a severe asthma attack. Some common signs and symptoms are:

·    Watery eyes

·    Runny nose and sneezing

·    Nasal congestion

·    Itching

·    Coughing

·    Wheezing and difficulty breathing

·    Headache

·    Fatigue

Health experts are especially concerned about people with asthma. These people have very sensitive airways that can react to various irritants, making breathing difficult. The number of people who have asthma has greatly increased in recent years. The number of people with asthma has gone up by 59 percent since 1970, to a total of 9.6 million people. Asthma in children under 15 years of age has increased 41 percent in the same period, to a total of 2.6 million children. The number of deaths from asthma is up by 68 percent since 1979, to a total of almost 4,400 deaths per year.

Infectious diseases caused by bacteria and viruses, such as flu, measles, chicken pox, and tuberculosis, may be spread indoors. Most infectious diseases pass from person to person through physical contact. Crowded conditions with poor air circulation can promote this spread. Some bacteria and viruses thrive in buildings and circulate through indoor ventilation systems. For example, the bacterium causing Legionnaire's disease, a serious and sometimes lethal infection, and Pontiac Fever, a flu-like illness, have circulated in some large buildings.

Talking To Your Doctor

Are you concerned about the effects on your health that may be related to biological pollutants in your home? Before you discuss your concerns with your doctor, you should know the answers to the following questions. This information can help the doctor determine whether your health problems may be related to biological pollution.

·    Does anyone in the family have frequent headaches, fevers, itchy watery eyes, a stuffy nose, dry throat, or a cough? Does anyone complain of feeling tired or dizzy all the time? Is anyone wheezing or having difficulties breathing on a regular basis?

·    Did these symptoms appear after you moved to a new or different home?

·    Do the symptoms disappear when you go to school or the office or go away on a trip, and return when you come back?

·    Have you recently remodeled your home or done any energy conservation work, such as installing insulation, storm windows, or weather stripping? Did your symptoms occur during or after these activities?

·    Does your home feel humid? Can you see moisture on the windows or on other surfaces, such as walls and ceilings?

·    What is the usual temperature in your home? Is it very hot or cold?

·    Have you recently had water damage?

·    Is your basement wet or damp?

·    Is there any obvious mold or mildew?

·    Does any part of your home have a musty or moldy odor?

·    Is the air stale?

·    Do you have pets?

·    Do your house plants show signs of mold?

·    Do you have air conditioners or humidifiers that have not been properly cleaned?

·    Does your home have cockroaches or rodents?

·    Toxic reactions are the least studied and understood health problem caused by some biological air pollutants in the home. Toxins can damage a variety of organs and tissues in the body, including the liver, the central nervous system, the digestive tract, and the immune system.

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Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Solutions

Phil can help you fix your own property’s mold problems at low-cost, more safely, and better-in- results than what is done by many mold inspectors and mold contractors.  How can Phil help you?

     1. Read Phil’s five plain-English,
mold advice books to master mold inspection, testing, removal, remediation, and prevention for your house, condo, apartment, office,  or workplace.

     2. Buy do-it-yourself, affordable mold test kits, mold lab analysis, video inspection scope, mold cleaner, mold killer,
and a mold-killing high ozone generator for the  successful toxic and household mold inspection, mold testing, mold species identification and quantification, mold cleaning, mold removal, and mold remediation to find mold, kill mold, clean mold, and remove mold from your residence or commercial building.

     3. Get FREE mold advice, mold help, and/or answers to your mold questions, by emailing mold expert Phillip Fry at
phil@moldinspector.com. You can also email pictures of your mold problems in jpeg file format as email attachments.

 

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Do-It-Best-Yourself Mold Solutions

Phil can help you fix your own property’s mold problems at low-cost, more safely, and better-in- results than what is done by many mold inspectors and mold contractors.  How can Phil help you?

     1. Read Phil’s five plain-English,
mold advice books to master mold inspection, testing, removal, remediation, and prevention for your house, condo, apartment, office,  or workplace.

     2. Buy do-it-yourself, affordable mold test kits, mold lab analysis, video inspection scope, mold cleaner, mold killer,
and a mold-killing high ozone generator for the  successful toxic and household mold inspection, mold testing, mold species identification and quantification, mold cleaning, mold removal, and mold remediation to find mold, kill mold, clean mold, and remove mold from your residence or commercial building.

     3. Get FREE mold advice, mold help, and/or answers to your mold questions, by emailing mold expert Phillip Fry at
phil@moldinspector.com . You can also email pictures of your mold problems in jpeg file format as email attachments.

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