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30Sep 2013

If there is one thing that we all have in common, it’s breathing. For the most part, this is a thoughtless action that we do for mere survival. And again, for the most part, that works for us, but have you ever thought about what exactly you are breathing in?

Sure, you have probably thought about the air around you, OUTSIDE, but what about the air in your home? I am willing to bet that you haven’t, and believe it or not, there is a chance that the air in your home is equivalent or worse than the air in a bustling city. If there is one thing that we know about air pollution other than the haze it puts on the city skyline, it’s that it is terrible for your health.

So how do you fix this issue? It’s hot outside. You are naturally going to continue to run your AC for comfort.

The solution is simple – get your air ducts cleaned and mold tested. For those of you who do not know, your air ducts are a major part of the heating and air system in your home. They are essentially how the heated or cooled air makes its way to the vents that you have strategically placed throughout your living space, keeping you comfortable regardless of the temperature outside.

Well just like any surface, the surfaces located inside of your air ducts can build up dust, debris, and if they are not properly installed, mold. There is also a chance that different living things that belong in the outdoors have made a new home in your air ducts. And because these ducts are a direct track to your home, the dust, debris, mold, or even waste will make its way into your home – which means you are breathing in all of this unwanted stuff.

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So how do you clean your air ducts? Well, I strongly advise that you do not even come close to attempting this task on your own. Call a professional. While this can sometimes be a pricey service, averaging a starting price around $500, a professional can also determine if your air ducts are properly installed and if your home needs to be mold tested. Air ducts that are clean, and efficiently installed will not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also improve the air flow if obstructions were removed, which means warmer winters and cooler summers.

When calling upon the service of a professional, it is important to keep in mind that you are hiring a contractor. Make sure that you do your research before bringing in anyone to work on your home. Review sites like Angie’s List are a great way to determine the quality and skill sets of your local contractors. Also, study up on the different services that you might be able to get to help keep your ducts clean for longer. There are different sealants and chemicals that many contractors use to prevent mold and buildup within your ducts. And of course, as previously mentioned, mold testing may need to occur in your home to determine if your living conditions are safe.

Improving the indoor air quality of your home doesn’t have to be a difficult process. To ensure the health of you and your family, make sure that you do your research and hire a professional to take a look at your air ducts and start breathing better in no time!

06May 2013

Do you need a mold inspection when purchasing a home? – Advanced Mold Diagnostics

Whenever surveys are conducted to find out why people purchase a home, two reasons consistently make the top five:

1)   To provide a safe and secure environment for children and other family members

2)   To be able to take control of the living environment

Obviously, no one wants to buy a house that is an unsafe place to live. Home buyers routinely purchase a basic home inspection and termite inspection as a prerequisite to a purchase. Should they also get a mold inspection?

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Some say, “Mold is everywhere. Why be concerned about it?” While mold is present everywhere (to some degree), high humidity and inadequate ventilation can lead to dangerous levels of airborne mold, exposure to which can cause allergic reactions and respiratory irritations. In rare occasions, mold can even lead to respiratory infections.  Symptoms of mold exposure can include:

  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Red, itchy, or watery eyes
  • Cough and throat irritation
  • Sneezing
  • Headaches

Infants and elderly are more likely to suffer from these symptoms as a result of mold, as are adults and children who suffer from allergies, asthma or a compromised immune system. Unfortunately, symptoms don’t come with a sign saying, “This is from mold.” Families can spend a lot of time and money to find out what’s wrong. Why not diagnose the problem and cure it before it makes members of your family sick?

Mold Testing Kits available from home improvement stores have been met with mixed reviews. There are serious questions about whether or not they paint an accurate picture. That’s what a mold inspection conducted by a Certified Mold Remediator is for. A properly conducted mold inspection might tell you that there is no problem. Or, it could tell you that there is a problem, the extent of the problem, and what you need to do about it.

Regardless of the result, you will be able to make an informed decision and proceed with peace of mind.

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