Indoor air pollutants have increased widely over the past years for variety of reasons. The contributing factor to indoor air quality issues in our homes today are the construction of more tightly sealed buildings, reduced ventilation rates (in order to save energy), the wide use of synthetic building materials and furnishings throughout our tight homes, and the increased use of chemical products such as pesticides, housekeeping supplies, and our personal care products.
The major factors that are really affecting our indoor air quality today are...
Moisture and Biologicals - Moisture problems in our homes can result in the growth of biological and microbial organisms like mold, mildew, dust mites and pet dander. Exposure to these organisms can increase the risk of allergic illness, cause respiratory infections, trigger asthma, or even have other health effects. Common sources of moisture in our homes include high indoor humidity, and moisture leaks that we don't even knowe are occuring. A poorly maintained heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems can contribute to excessive moisture accumulation within your home. To remedy this widespread problem, the source of excess moisture must be located and repaired, and then the contaminated materials must be removed and discarded if they can not be properly cleaned.
Combustion Products, including Carbon Monoxide
Environmental Tobacco Smoke
Household Products and Furnishings (VOCs)
The following two links are very informative resources pertaining to indoor Air Quality...
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I just wanted to write a quick thank you for your work inspecting 43 1/2 Bartholomew Street in Peabody yesterday. As a buyer in the process of trying to purchase my first home, it's been difficult to know who to trust. I honestly cannot believe some of the stuff I've run into, so I had to write & let you know that I found you professional, competent, & all around above par. In all of the people I've had to deal with up to this point, you were one of the few that actually took the time to explain things in a way that an inexperienced first time home buyer would understand. I never once felt rushed or talked down to.
Based on your inspection, I've decided not to purchase the home at 43 1/2 Bartholomew Street. I will however, continue to look & will hopefully find a house more suited to my needs in the near future. When that happens I will be calling on your expertise once again. In the meantime, I will certainly recommend you to any of my family & friends that may need a home inspection.