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 want to thank you for the home inspection you did for us at 144 Avis Ave. in Dracut MA. We did not get the house because the home owners did not want to split the cost of fixing that wall. I had gotten two estimates, one from a landscaper and one from a Mason. Both gave an estimate of $15,000.00, for which I am grateful for your inspection and pointing out the wall problem. It would of been an undue burden on us, not to mention I am also grateful about the radon testing also. I just got the results today and they came back at 7.5 and 8.4, so that would of been another expense. I do hope that when we find a new house that you will be able to do our home inspection. Your fee was a drop in the hat, to what it would of cost us to fix the wall and then the cost of venting the basement. My husband was also very impressed with your report and how well it was written. Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know what happened, and hopefully will be doing business with you again very soon.
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