The Environmental Protection Agency rates indoor air pollution among the top environmental health risks. According to the EPA, the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Poor indoor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems, including allergic reactions, infections, and even cancer. It can also contribute to asthma and other lung diseases.
Fungi, Allergens and Asthma: Molds are fungi (the plural of fungus) that grow on the surfaces of objects. They can cause discoloration and odor problems, deteriorate building materials, and lead to allergic reactions in susceptible individuals, as well as other health problems. Mold spores primarily cause health problems when they are present indoors in large numbers and are inhaled by the occupants. This occurs primarily when there is active mold growth inside the building. Typical symptoms that mold-exposed persons report include:
- Respiratory problems, such as – wheezing, and difficulty breathing;
- Nasal and sinus congestion;
- Eye irritation – burring, watery, or reddened eyes;
- Dry hacking cough;
- Nose and/or throat irritation.
Steve Ramos Certified Home Inspector
Steve Ramos is a Certified Home Inspector, Mold Inspector and Building Science Thermographer. He has over 10 years of home inspection field experience. Steve has a very diverse and well rounded background. His reports are detailed, accurate, and timely. Steve has been featured on over 104 episodes of HGTV’s House Detective. He offers his services in all nine Bay Area counties including: Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, Napa, Sausalito, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Bodega Bay, and Cloverdale.
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