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Understanding the Connection Between Mold and Moisture

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

For those who have never dealt with mold exposure or learned about its effects in the past, it’s important to understand how harmful it can be. Mold exposure can lead to increased respiratory issues like asthma or allergies in limited quantities, and can help cause even more significant issues like pneumonia or bronchitis when exposure is significant.

At Wasatch Clean Air, we offer high-quality mold remediation services in addition to our air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and home air purifier system services. We’re also here to provide tips when it comes to preventing mold risks, and there’s one element that plays a particularly key role here: Moisture. Let’s look at how mold and moisture are related, the risks of standing moisture in many home spaces and how you can prevent mold from forming.

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Mold and Moisture

Simply put, it’s much harder – virtually impossible, in fact – for mold to grow without the presence of moisture. Mold grows as a result of tiny spores that are invisible to humans, spores that generally float through the air both outside and inside. These spores aren’t particularly harmful until they land on wet surfaces, at which point they will begin to reproduce and expand at an exponentially larger rate.

This is the point where mold becomes dangerous and unhealthy. Mold spores produce allergens, irritants and even toxic substances, which if touched or inhaled can lead to major reactions and health concerns. Skin, eye, nose and throat irritations are all common after mold exposure.

“Feeding” Mold

In addition to moisture, mold tends to require a surface that will “feed” it as it grows, so to speak. Such surfaces may include wall backsides, wallpaper, paneling, ceiling tiles, or even the undersides of carpets and pads in the home.

One major prevention method to keep in mind: Anytime these kinds of surfaces become wet or damp for any reason, work to dry them within 24 hours however possible. If you are able to do so, this will generally prevent the onset of mold growth before it becomes too significant.

Additional Moisture Risks

In cases where mold does begin to grow within your home, it’s very important to call our team for mold remediation right away. This is because standing water and wet materials are not only a mold attractor, but also a breeding ground for viruses, bacteria and other additional contaminants. Schedule cleaning and water damage repair right away to avoid the increase of these sorts of risks, and also consider purchasing a dehumidifier in the short term to lower the humidity in the space.

For more on the connection between mold and moisture, or to learn about any of our mold remediation or indoor air quality services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Clean Air today.

Sources of ENT Symptoms That Indicate Poor Air Quality

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

There are several potential air quality concerns that may have an impact on human health, and these can be particularly risky when they’re found in a home or building you spend frequent time in. Limited air quality can lead to negative health effects in several areas, from respiratory concerns to certain long-term conditions and much more.

At Wasatch Clean Air, our air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning and other home air purification services are all in place to help limit these risks for you and any other occupants of your home or building. In many cases, the kinds of contaminants we’re so good at removing from your space will provide specific evidence of their presence; this evidence is most often found in the form of a cough, sore throat or similar ear, nose and throat symptoms. Let’s take a look at some of the top causes of these symptoms, what they might be telling you about your indoor air quality, and what you can do about them.

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Air Pollution

Most common in metropolitan areas but also possible in rural ones, smog and air pollution can be extremely harmful to basic human health. This is particularly true during warmer periods of time, where there’s more moisture in the air in general and it’s easier for smog and smoke particles to attach to your lungs and cause issues

Some of the symptoms that may crop up in those who are breathing in unsafe quantities of pollution indoors, possibly signaling indoor air quality issues, include:

  • Sore throat or cough
  • Persistent chest pain
  • Symptoms similar to or identical to asthma attacks

If you notice any of these regularly in yourself or another occupant of your building, contact our team right away for an assessment of your air quality.

Allergens

Allergens, as the name suggests, are substances that can lead to an allergic reaction in humans. They’re found in a variety of sources, from foods and pollen to cosmetics, cleaning products and many other chemicals.

Particularly for those with seasonal allergies, indoor air quality control is very important. Such individuals may notice itching or running eyes, watery noses, postnasal drips and more common coughing and sneezing events, especially during spring and fall.

Tobacco Smoke

Finally, one of the areas you have the most control over in terms of indoor air quality is tobacco smoke, which can come from cigarettes, cigars or even pipes. Not only does this smoke contain nicotine, it also has several other harmful chemicals that can pose health risks, even for second-hand inhalers who do not smoke themselves. If you or anyone else is regularly smoking inside the house, this practice should be eliminated immediately.

For more on the top causes of ear, nose and throat symptoms and what these say about indoor air quality, or to learn about any of our home air purification services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Clean Air today.

Causes and Prevention Methods for Indoor Air Pollution

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Most people associate the word “pollution” primarily with outdoor areas, but this is actually a bit of a misnomer. Indoor air can actually become far more polluted than outdoor air in many cases, leading to potential health issues, breathing problems and even damage to certain areas of your home or building.

At Wasatch Clean Air, we’re here to help. Through services like our air duct cleaning, dryer vent cleaning, UV air purification and several others, we’ll ensure your home or building is always a safe, healthy area to spend time and breathe in. Let’s go over some of the common causes of indoor air pollution, plus a few additional tips we can offer for preventing it from becoming an issue for you.

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Common Indoor Pollution Causes

Indoor air pollution includes any physical, biological or chemical characteristics of the air you’re breathing. Because air is roughly 10 times as concentrated with pollutants inside compared to outside, it’s a vital area to consider for human health and comfort. Some of the top causes of this pollution include:

  • Dust
  • Chlorine and chlorine byproducts
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Insecticides or other product chemicals
  • Perfumes and colognes
  • Mold and pollen
  • Pet dander or hair
  • Household cleaning products and solvents

Possible Health Risks

Some general basics on the health risks potentially posed by these pollutants, especially when their concentration reaches high levels:

  • Short-term effects: Irritation to the eyes and throat, scratchy voice, and dry skin and lips are all possible due to pollution.
  • Long-term effects: Over time, inhaling polluted air can lead to respiratory conditions, asthma, cancer and other extremely dangerous health risks.
  • Extreme cases: In cases where carbon monoxide or other dangerous pollutants are involved, even death is possible without proper control.
  • Children: Indoor air pollution may weaken lung growth in children, putting them at higher risk for the cold and flu.

Tips for Pollution Prevention

In coordination with our air quality measures, here are some tips for preventing indoor air pollution:

  • Proper ventilation: Ventilation has several purposes, from removing exhaust or gas from cooking and cleaning to helping hair spray, perfume and other possible minor pollutants find their way out. Ventilation also helps limit indoor humidity levels – spaces that are too humid risk the growth of mold and mildew, which come with their own set of risks.
  • Smoking: Smoking should be completely prohibited indoors or anywhere where the smoke might flow indoors. Cigarettes contain a huge quantity of toxic and carcinogenic substances, and these will stick within fibers and other parts of a room for a long time.
  • Filters: You should invest in quality air filters for your HVAC system, and should be dedicated to changing these filters regularly to ensure they don’t clog and allow pollution particles to pass.
  • Indoor plants: Did you realize many indoor plants help clean out pollutants like formaldehyde or benzene? It’s true – ask our pros about which plants might be best here.

For more on how to prevent indoor pollution in your home or building, or to learn about any of our duct cleaning or other air quality services, speak to the staff at Wasatch Clean Air today.