Indoor Air Quality

Dust Mites and Your Health

Dust mites contaminating air

Microscopic dust mites create HUGE health issues for both humans and pets. While an inevitable part of our ecosystem, it's important to understand where dust mites thrive in our homes, and the proper strategies to eliminate dust mites from our indoor environments. In my profession, I help people who suffer from indoor air quality-related illnesses. Dust mites are a significant contributing factor to poor indoor air quality, so I thought it would be good for me to write this article and share some dust mite remedies with you. Dust mite allergy Dust mites eat, so dust mites poop. Each dust...

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Dehumidifier Mold Exposure

Dehumidifier mold exposure from mold in tank

When performing indoor environmental investigations for clients, I like to teach them how to avoid dehumidifier mold exposure. Would you like to learn how? If so, this article is for you. People purchase dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity in their homes. They often purchase dehumidifiers for basements where high humidity is most common. The hopeful outcome is to protect indoor air quality and prevent mold growth in their home and on personal property. When not used properly, as I discover in 8 out of 10 homes, dehumidifiers can be the cause of mold growth, and can actually spread mold spores...

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Chimney Soot Explains Illness

Soot inside of chimney

For me, looking at the patterns of fireplace chimney soot inside the chimney flue shown above is much like reading tea leaves, only scientific. The soot stains and the water streaks within the stains tell me a story. The people who owned the fireplace connected to this chimney were experiencing ill symptoms that prompted them to call me for an indoor environmental investigation of their home. When performing investigations where my clients experience symptoms with unknown causes, it’s important for me to inspect for all potential contaminants sources that could collectively contribute to their symptoms, including fireplaces. What are the...

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Do you have a bat house?

Bats in attic of a bat house

Do you have a bat house and not know it? Bats in attic spaces are more common than most people realize. Contaminants from bats are also an unrecognized contributor to health problems and the symptoms are often misdiagnosed by doctors. A client of mine had a bat house and didn’t even know it. She had over 650 bats in the attic of her home. Like many other people, she found an occasional bat in her house, but she had no idea she had that many bats in the attic. She also did not realize that the bats were the cause of...

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Black Mold Exposure

Black mold exposure on a wall

The mold that people associate with black mold exposure is a species technically known as Stachybotrys. It just so happens to be the most toxic mold known to man. I discovered this dense growth of Stachybotrys on a basement wall in a home where my client was being poisoned by black mold exposure. Black mold exposure symptoms When I first arrived at my client’s home, I noticed she looked very sickly, and she was experiencing psychological problems as well. She was dangerously thin and suffering from rashes and lesions on her skin which are dermal black mold symptoms. Dermal symptoms are...

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide poisoning at disconnected vent pipe at furnace

Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur even when the amount of carbon monoxide gas in the air is not high enough to trigger a carbon monoxide detector. Believe it or not, this is a much more common problem in homes than people realize. Don’t trust your carbon monoxide detector Carbon monoxide detectors cannot be relied upon because most instances where carbon monoxide poisoning occurs, the levels of the gas are not sufficiently high enough to trigger a carbon monoxide alarm. The primary purpose of a carbon monoxide detector is to save lives when high, lethal levels of carbon monoxide gas are...

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Mold in Attic Spaces

black toxic mold in attic

Mold in attic spaces is usually black mold. White mold and other colors are less common but can be just as consequential. Attic mold causes Mold in attic spaces is seldom the result of liquid water from a roof leak or steam from a bathroom exhaust fan inappropriately exhausting into an attic. It takes enduring and uniform moisture to grow mold in attics. Attic mold grows due to condensation of moisture vapor that escapes the house below. The attic condensation develops during cold weather. This is a common problem in cold climate regions where temperatures drop below freezing. Mold in...

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Fluorescent Light Sensitivity

Toxic soot particles stuck on wall behind a clock originating from fixture transformers causing fluorescent light health problems.

Fluorescent light sensitivity is a real problem for many people and it occurs from both compact and tube fluorescent bulbs. Fluorescent light sensitivity Fluorescent light headaches are perhaps the most common symptom, but fluorescent light health problems can also include EMF symptoms caused by EMF radiation. I had one client whose skin turned red because of her fluorescent light sensitivity and the EMF waves emitted from the bulbs. Most people will immediately experience fluorescent light sensitivity when trying to look at a compact fluorescent bulb. Many people also experience fluorescent light fatigue when working under this type of lighting for...

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Mice Infestation

Mouse house where holes were chewed through stone siding by mice in walls.

I discover mice Infestation problems in almost every home I inspect. Most of these homes had mice in walls and mice in attic spaces. In almost every case, the people living in those homes did not know they had a mouse infestation. You can’t blame mice for wanting to live indoors. And if mice want to get in your house they can do it. As you can see above, mice can even chew through cement to enter homes. [caption id="attachment_3241" align="alignnone" width="300"] Mice infestation where mice chewed an entry hole through a stone foundation.[/caption] This photo shows another example from...

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Air Conditioner Mold

Air conditioner mold contributes to mold symptoms in virtually every home I investigate. I’ve had clients suffer asthma attacks and be rushed to emergency rooms due to hidden air conditioner mold. Black mold and white mold Mold in window air conditioner coils and on the front grills is the worst. The photo above shows both black mold and white mold growing on the louvers on the front grill of a window air conditioner. Typically, air conditioner mold is not this blatantly visible. Unless someone has a very smelly air conditioner, most homeowners are unaware that hidden air conditioner mold is...

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