Air pollution is usually looked at as an outdoor threat, but it can be more dangerous when found indoors. The causes of indoor air pollution vary; contaminated air can seep in from outside, or it can come from construction materials, mold, and pets. Air pollution can accumulate to dangerous levels when there is poor ventilation in a building. We seldom think about indoor air quality, and how it can affect our health. Read these 7 reasons why you should consider getting an indoor air quality test, then call AirPro Environmental Solutions!
1. Combustion – Gases and particles from combustion are leading sources of indoor air pollution. This includes devices such as cook-stoves, heating stoves, fireplaces, furnaces, space heaters, and tobacco smoke. CO causes an array of symptoms such as headaches, nausea, shortness of breath, lung infections, or emphysema.
2. Radon – Radon is the No. 2 cause of lung cancer in the United States. It can flow into buildings through gaps in the foundation, reaching unsafe levels in basements and lower floors. Radon remediation involves sealing off the interior of a building from exposed soil, which can be a very large “do-it-yourself” project.
3. Asbestos – Asbestos naturally occurs in soil, making it a threat only once it gets indoors. Mineral fibers become airborne when they are disturbed, which means if a home needs repairs in it’s asbestos-lined attic, they will be released into the air.
4. Volatile Organic Compounds – These compounds are found in countless consumer products, from paint, to glue, to shower curtains. VOC vapors can cause several health issues such as headaches and nausea, to brain damage and cancer.
5. Mold and Mildew – Mold and mildew are notorious indoor air polluters that begin outbreaks in basements and bathrooms, but can spread very quickly. Symptoms from these include nasal stuffiness, wheezing, skin irritation, and asthma.
6. Dust, Dander, and Droppings – Many buildings are infested with dust mites and cockroaches, which can both leave allergenic feces and body parts. Rodent urine and droppings, cat saliva, and pet dander can all release fumes and airborne proteins that cause potential breathing problems.
7. Pesticides – Trying to eliminate rodents, insects, and other pests with pesticides can raise the risk of trading one problem for another. Pesticides are toxic and add to existing levels of airborne VOC’s. Symptoms of pesticide exposure can include headaches, nausea, long-term brain damage, and increased risk of cancer.