Unfortunately, many homes and businesses have poor indoor air quality, which can cause serious health problems. In fact, poor air quality (also known as indoor air pollution) is named one of the top five environmental risks to public health by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
As the provider of air quality testing in Tampa FL residents rely on, we feel it is important for homeowners and business owners to understand why air quality testing is so important.
What Affects Indoor Air Quality
According to National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), “Some common indoor air pollutants that threaten indoor air quality include lead, dust mites, mold, radon, pests, carbon monoxide, pet dander, mold, and second hand smoke.” In addition, outdoor climate issues, such as humidity and precipitation, can lead to more bacteria and mold issues that will require mold removal in Tampa.
And that’s not all. Many cleaning products and building materials, such as asbestos insulation and new flooring, can cause indoor air pollution. Some property owners may even be dealing with poor air quality coming from their central heating and cooling systems.
Moreover, if your property has poor ventilation, then you are at an even greater risk for poor indoor air quality.
Who is Most at Risk
Like most health hazards, there are some people who are more at risk in environments with poor air quality. In the case of air quality, those with pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma, are more at risk. Additionally, children, elderly, and those living in low-income situations are more at risk of prolonged exposure to poor air quality.
Ways to Protect Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality
There are several things you can do today to protect your home’s indoor air quality. For example, Dririte provides air quality testing Bradenton residents can trust.
You should aim to reduce asthma triggers in your home. This includes keeping your home smoke-free and minimizing dust, mold, pet dander, pests, and chemical irritants. It is also important to have a working carbon monoxide alarm.
What to Do Before Air Quality Testing
If you request air quality testing because you already believe there is a problem, then you should try to find the source. For instance, inspect your space and take note of any causes for concern, such as leaks. Water damage, odors, and poor ventilation are common signs that you may be breathing air that is not the healthiest. Moreover, the restoration company in Tampa FL homeowners call should be able to address the issues that may be causing poor air quality.
Dririte Professional Restoration Services of Tampa Bay Inc Offers Specialized Air Quality Testing
At Dririte, we use specialized equipment to test the quality of the air in your home or business. Our equipment allows us to collect samples of the air, which we then test. Using the results of these tests, combined with decades of experience dealing with Indoor Air Quality, we are able to determine the next best steps to take. If mold is a problem, we are able to identify the type of mold and determine the proper mold remediation plan, including suggestions for preventing future mold growth.
When it comes to the air you breathe, don’t wait to call Dririte. You don’t want to risk the quality becoming even worse or risk your health. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Is Testing Always the Answer?
Many times when we receive a phone call from a potential client that would like testing done in their home, yet they decide not to test after they speak with us. Why is that? We qualify each call, and based on the needs of the client, they may be wasting money getting an air test that they do not need. If you can see mold, you have no need for a test! Testing for mold can be advantageous and give valuable insight, if the client has the correct expectations set for the test.
There are many factors to consider when looking at the results of the test. Just because the tests come back positive for mold doesn’t necessarily mean there is problem. There will be mold present 100% of the time we test. This is normal and to be expected even in our homes. We look for elevated levels of mold and the types of mold that are present. But even then, the results can be subjective. Did you know that if your child opened the window or a door for even a few extra minutes the day of the test that the results could be skewed? Or did you know that the time of day and the exterior weather conditions can influence the results of the test? There are many factors to consider when looking at the results. Testing is simply a tool, one of many, that can be used in determining IAQ issues.