Home Mold Inspection and Indoor Air Quality The Facts
Not many people think about the quality inside their home. The assumption is that it has to be better than the quality outdoors — it’s in your home, the windows are closed and the door is shut, what could get in? The truth is actually the exact opposite, and it’s incredibly important to regularly have home mold inspections and indoor air quality testing done.
Indoor air quality can be, on average, two to five times more polluted than the quality of the worst outdoor air. Indoor air pollution has actually been ranked by the EPA — Environmental Protection Agency — to be among the top five environmental dangers. Insects like cockroaches, ants, dust mites, or even pets can affect the quality of air indoors. Mold, also, is one of the largest and most common dangers for indoor air quality.
Mold thrives at normal indoor temperatures — they don’t tend to grow below 40 or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. There are over 100,000 types of mold, each with their own toxicity levels. In some of the more common molds, there are over 200 mycotoxins (toxic substances) that have been identified, and there are still many more that haven’t been identified. Mold is also one of the key triggering factors in asthma, which is ranked the sixth most chronic condition and is the leading serious chronic illness in children in the United States.
So, how can you improve indoor air quality? The easiest way is to keep your home clean. Vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, and so on are excellent ways to rid your home of several toxins, like those found in dust. The important part is to include walls and the tops of fans, not just floors. There are many environmentally-friendly filters to put on your vacuum to prevent the dust and other toxins from being blown back out by the exhaust. Another good practice is to invest in a dehumidifier and to keep it running. Mold may be able to thrive in normal temperatures, but it needs a lot of moisture, so keeping the humidity of your home down will prevent most mold from growing.
It’s important to have a home mold inspection performed by professionals. There are a lot of DIY mold testing kits available for purchase, and they may work most of the time, but there’s always a good chance they won’t find it all, or show up negative when there is, in fact, mold present. Professional home mold inspection is the best way to get accurate results, and they’ll also be able to work with you to rid your home of the mold.