It’s easy to take clean air for granted, so for many of us, air quality is something we don’t really think about for most of the year. In the Atlanta area, pollen decreases the air quality during the spring while smog makes its impact during the summer. But did you know that black mold and air quality in your home should be checked regularly?
Black Mold and Air Quality in Your Home
The term ‘air quality’ refers to the amount of pollution present in the air at a given moment. At its broadest definition, pollution refers to any airborne particles (also known as particulate matter) in an area.
It’s hard to detect poor air quality without the proper equipment because unless the cause of the pollution is obvious – such as in cases of wildfire smoke, pollen, or smog – the particles aren’t visible to the eye.
Molds and mildews growing in your home are large contributors to a decreased air quality. Fortunately, removing them and having them cleaned professionally can remedy the problem and keep you breathing freely.
Air quality can be influenced by many different factors, including:
Type of furnace in the home (eg. forced air / HVAC system)
- Whether the HVAC system is cleaned regularly
- Whether you have any pets
- Type of carpeting and flooring in the home
- Humidity and moisture levels in the home (increased levels can lead to mold and mildew)
- Age of the home
- How well the air is able to circulate and flow between rooms
- And of course, the big one – the presence of mold, especially black mold
Testing for Black Mold and Air Quality in Your Home
Black mold doesn’t always grow in the most obvious of places. It’s most often found in crawl spaces, attics, behind walls, and insulation. That can make it very difficult to detect without specialized equipment.
You might be wondering how to know when to test the air quality in your home. The symptoms of poor air quality can make you feel unwell without fully realizing why. For people who have lung conditions, asthma, or allergies, poor air quality can exacerbate their symptoms.
Testing your home for air quality at least once a year can help you identify problem scenarios and allow you to fix the issue before it starts negatively impacting your health. If you’ve noticed sudden changes in your health, you may also want to consider having the air in your home tested.
Symptoms of poor air quality include:
- Shortness of breath
- Dryness of the skin, mouth, or eyes
- Sinus congestion
- Coughing and sneezing
On top of this, black mold can cause symptoms too. Symptoms of black mold exposure include:
- Watery eyes
- Hair loss
- Breathing problems
- Ear pain and infections
- Memory loss or memory problems
- Decreased concentration
As you can see, some of the symptoms of poor air quality and black mold exposure overlap. That’s why it’s especially important to have the air in your home tested to make sure that black mold isn’t to blame.
If your air quality test does turn up positive for the presence of black mold, it’s important to act quickly. While it might be tempting to start cleaning your home immediately, black mold is very hazardous to your health and is recommended to be cleaned by professionals. Otherwise, you could actually wind up moving the spores to other parts of the home and cause the problem to spread instead of eliminating the problem.
Tidal Wave Response Atlanta
Black mold is a pervasive and dangerous type of mold that can cause serious health complications. The best way to deal with black mold and air quality in your home is to let the professionals help. At Tidal Wave Response, our teams not only clean the black mold thoroughly, we find the source and cause of the problem and remedy the issue so that black mold doesn’t grow back immediately.