The air we breathe, both indoors and outdoors, is incredibly important. That is why the State of Pennsylvania has named this Air Quality Awareness Week! Please join us as we discuss some of the things that can impact the Air Quality of your home!
Mold – As mold grows and colonizes parts of your property, it releases spores and mycotoxins into the air. While largely an allergen, Mold has been shown to affect the health of occupants. Left unchecked, mold can spread from one room to another, contaminating other structural components and affecting air quality throughout a property. This is why it is important to react quickly when you see mold growth, having it mitigated properly by a professional.
Radon – Often referred to as a "Silent Killer", Radon is an odorless, tasteless, and invisible gas that enters homes through the foundation, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The result of the natural breakdown of Uranium in soil, it is found almost everywhere, but is particularly prevalent in Northeastern PA, with 1 in every 2.5 homes estimated to have higher than acceptable Radon levels. Additionally, as ground shifts or is affected by development, properties that previously have not tested high for Radon can later. As a result, it is highly recommended that you have properties tested every couple of years, but particularly when buying or selling a home. In the state of Pennsylvania, both Radon Testers and Radon Mitigation Companies are required to be Licensed with the state, ensuring the knowledgeable and proper resolution to your Radon issues. Disaster Blaster is proud to be licensed in Radon Mitigation, and happy to offer our customers a level of choice unavailable elsewhere.
Ductwork – It's easy to see dust and dirt on floors and tables, but often Ductwork is forgotten. In reality, if there is dust in your home, there is likely dust and dirt in your ductwork. This can be exacerbated by mold issues which tend to result in mold spores collecting in ductwork, or pest infestations which tend to use ductwork to navigate your property, leaving contaminants behind. Ductwork is supposed to distribute clean air throughout a property, and as a result, it is recommended that you have ductwork cleaned periodically, or in cases where you've had mold or pest issues.
Carbon Monoxide – Generally the result of a furnace malfunction or chimney backdraft, Carbon Monoxide is a major hazard that can cause death. As Carbon Monoxide is invisible, it is recommended that every home have a Carbon Monoxide detector and that the batteries be checked along with your smoke detectors. Should you have a Carbon Monoxide issue, you should open as many windows as possible in order to get as much clean air into the property as you can and to ventilate the Carbon Monoxide gas from within the property. Any issues causing Carbon Monoxide to collect in your home should be fixed immediately.
We at Disaster Blaster are glad to see a focus being placed on Air Quality Awareness, and happy to assist you with your Indoor Air Quality concerns… Should you have an issue affecting your indoor Air Quality, such as Mold, Radon, or Ductwork in need of cleaning, please do not hesitate to Contact Our Offices!
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