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Inspect The Air Quality Of Your Home

This 10 point inspection checklist will help you investigate the areas in your home that can start deteriorating your home's indoor air quality.

1. Ceilings- Water marks mean there is generally a leak in the roof. The water cannot only seep through the ceiling tiles, but wood beams and drywall too, creating a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria can create mold and the problem with mold and mildew is it does not just stay in one place. It grows bigger and bigger and spreads its bacteria throughout your home, like a monster devouring all the food sources in it's path. Fix all water leaks promptly and remove any mold infested wood or drywall from the home. You can also clean the surface with a mold killer, to ensure it will not come back. Go to www.nationalallergysupply.com to buy this.

2. Walls-The dryer they are the better. Check for water spots, and wallpaper that has black mold. In basements sometimes you can smell mildew but not see mold. That does not mean you don't have a mold problem. Go to www.Moldinspector.com to find out how to check for mold.

3. Dust-This can wreak havoc in your home. It cause itchy eyes, runny noses and other respiratory issues. Getting the dust out means keeping the doors and window closed as much as possible to keep out airborne dirt particles and spores.

4. Beds-Chances are, over 2 million dust mites go to sleep with you every night! They are invisible to the human eye and they live off the dead skin that falls from your body. Dust mite feces causes sinus issues, sinusitis, runny noses, and trigger allergies.

5. Vents and Duct work-These areas can be a place where dust and airborne particles settle. We rarely check them for dust, and don't realize how dirty they get. Clean at least 1x per year for serious respiratory sufferers and at least 2 times per year in the average home.

6. Bathrooms-They have all kinds of mold issues. The humidity and moisture can foster the growth of mold spores. The obvious areas tend to be the grout between the tile, the shower door track etc... Sometimes a leaky toilet can start mold growth under the floor. Inspect these areas regularly.

7. Basements-Older basements, and basements that have been flooded at one time, tend to be the most prone to mold. The conditions tend to be favorable for mold spores to grow. All basements need checking periodically for leaks, odor, and visible mold.

8. Floors-Old linoleum and cracked flooring tend to be a breeding ground for moisture and bacteria to grow. Floors must be sealed well and kept dry to protect the surface from growing mold. If you have a leaky pipe from a sink or bathtub that drips water onto the floor or the floor boards, typically you will see a yellow, black or brown rust-looking line coming from underneath the floor& vinyl covering. This is a good indication that there is a leak that can start the process of mold growth. You can lift up a section of the floor, test it with a cotton swab and then send the swab to be analyzed (for more on testing, go to www.moldinspector.com).

9. Vacuuming-Your old vacuum may very well be making you sick by blowing out dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and other airborne particles. You may think you are vacuuming up the dust but unless you have a HEPA filtration, Micro filtration or other high filtration filter in your vacuum, your vacuum cleaner may very well be making you sick. You must purchase a vacuum that captures at least 99.7% of airborne particulate. (That means it filters particles smaller than . 3 microns in size.) This will not only keep the carpets clean, but it will stop recycling the dust back into the air.
(Go to www.proteamvacs.com for more information.)

10. Carpets-Old carpets that have a mold or mildew smell, or have had any type of water damage, may harbor bacteria, mold and mildew. They may need to be removed. Newer carpets are generally safer in your home, but they do require good cleaning maintenance. Frequent cleaning with steam extraction and routine vacuuming with a HEPA Filtration vacuum can maintain a healthy carpet. Carpet protector, as part of routine cleaning and maintenance, is also a good idea. It will keep liquids that spill on the top of the carpet and off the pad.

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