Indoor Air Quality Testing and Your Health
Posted in Air Quality, on June 29, 2016
It may be difficult sometimes to pinpoint whats making you or your family sick. Although an indoor air quality assessment may not be the first solution that pops in your head when your family is experiencing repetitive illness, there are several warning signs that it just may be a mould illness you and your family is suffering from, and getting your air quality tested may just be the best solution. Often, a lot of symptoms of mould illness go unnoticed, or get mistaken for other conditions, but getting your air quality tested can help narrow down what exactly it is that is lingering in your house. The toxicity that is caused by mould falls under the category of biotin illnesses known otherwise as Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, or CIRS. CIRS is a chronic systematic inflammatory response that occurs through being exposed to water-damaged building which have organisms such as mould or other bacterias. Those organisms often aren’t visible, and the only way to really know what is happening in your house is to get your air quality tested.
Some symptoms of mould illness include:
- Memory problems such as brain fogs, having trouble with focusing and/or executive function
- Repetitive headaches
- Blurred vision along with red eyes
- Numbness and tingling
- Change in appetite, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain
- Weight gain despite efforts to lose weight
- Increased urination
- Metallic taste in mouth
- Nerve pain
- Sinus problems such as coughing, shortness of breath, air hunger, asthma-like symptoms
- Excessive thirst
There are several more symptoms, but it is clear to see how easily some symptoms can get mistaken for other conditions or just go unnoticed all together. If you or someone living in your household suffer from more than one of those symptoms it would be wise to get the air quality of your house tested.
If the mould in your house is visible to you, never try and clean it up yourself.
Mould reproduces and forms small spores that sprout and fly away when disturbed, meaning if you attempt to deal with your mould problem on your own, you could be doing more harm than good, which is why its always good to get your air quality tested before you do anything, just so you have an idea on the scope of work that really must be done to improve the indoor air quality of your house.
At SafeAir, we test your indoor air quality by taking airborne mould spore samples, checking the temperature and humidity levels, using a thermal imaging camera to find hidden moisture behind walls or floors, and using moisture meters if a moist area is found. We would test your entire house and what the air quality is like outside, because there isn’t such thing as a mould free environment. If we do find trouble with your air quality, then we give you our recommendations and scope of work that needs to be done to get your house clean and safe again. Give us a call and we’ll help you make your household healthy again!