Did you know that the quality of your indoor air can be affected by factors outside your home? Even if your home’s interior is protected by windows and doors, outside environmental factors can easily impact your indoor air quality and, in some cases, can harm you and your family.
OUTDOORS VS. INDOORS
What outdoor environmental factors should you consider when assessing your indoor air quality? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of outdoor contaminants that can easily be drawn indoors. These include pollen, dust, fungal spores, pollutants from industries, vehicle exhaust, odors from unsanitary debris, soil gas, radon, underground fuel tank leakage, landfill leakage, pesticide and microbes from standing water. Any of these factors could result in indoor contamination if a pathway exists for them to enter your home.
Some outdoor contaminants can cause serious health issues. Mold and fungus are particularly dangerous, but other contaminants such as pollutants, pesticides and ground water contamination can also be hazardous. It is important to prevent them from entering and remaining in your home in order to prevent illness and allergic reactions.
HOW CAN I PREVENT OUTDOOR CONTAMINANTS FROM COMING IN?
Homes are not airtight or water tight, so it is possible there is nothing you could do to prevent all outdoor contaminants from entering your home. In that case, the best thing you can do is identify possible risks and take measures to prevent them from developing into bigger problems.
Many contaminants require moisture. For example, fungus and mold thrive in wet environments, and moisture can cause pesticides and other substances to enter your home then linger when the water evaporates. Controlling moisture is often the key to preventing indoor contamination of all types.
In order to prevent or control moisture, professional mold and water damage specialists use a variety of equipment and methods. J&M Keystone in San Diego uses the latest in water removal technology and equipment to remove all standing water and excess moisture, then treats the entire home or office, including air vents and HVAC systems, to prevent the entrance of contaminants. After treatment, your home or business is guaranteed to be free of contaminating and dangerous substances.
Contact J&M Keystone today if you think your home has been compromised by outdoor pollutants or contaminants. We can help you contain and treat any contamination problem, leaving your home or business clean and safe.
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