Understanding Mold and Indoor Air Quality in West Palm Beach
October is Healthy Lung Month and this week is National Respiratory Care Week, and according to the American Lung Association, clean air is essential for healthy lungs. In West Palm Beach, the humid climate could mean more irritants could be present in the home. Dampness can show up in visible moisture, like leaks or as high humidity. Dampness creates the environment for mold to grow. Excessive moisture also promotes the growth of dust mites, cockroaches, bacteria and viruses, which the American Lung Association suggests could potentially impact health.
Anyone—with or without allergies—may experience irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, and throat from exposure to damp indoor air conditions. In addition to not helping our respiratory health, excessive moisture also leads to damage to surfaces such as woodwork or drywall that may become covered with dirt and dust. Molds produce organic compounds called mycotoxins that can potentially affect both inside and outside building structures. Thus it's important for all people living in an indoor environment - whether you're allergic or not –to maintain good ventilation.
Here are a few ways you can improve indoor quality:
- Change AC filter and other air filters
- Control humidity in home
- Repair any leaks in roof or home
- Seal any cracks and gaps around your doors and windowsills
What to Do If You Suspect Mold or Air Quality Issues
Seeking certified professionals in Indoor Air Quality testing and mold remediation can help return your home to more optimal levels. If you do smell something musty or spot signs of mildew or mold damage, call SERVPRO of West Palm Beach.
Mold Damage Restoration and Mold Remediation
SERVPRO of West Palm Beach provides free mold inspections that help you measure humidity levels and potential sources of mold. Our IICRC-certified mold remediators work alongside third-party Certified Mold Assessors and Industrial Hygienists to provide a comprehensive view of conditions in your home. Through pre and post-remediation testing, we enable homeowners to fully understand the scope of mold damage in their West Palm Beach home. Our meticulous monitoring during mold remediation simplifies the mitigation and restoration process. Call 561-795-5410 to schedule a free mold consultation and inspection.