Is the Indoor Air You Breathe Healthy?
According to the World Health Organization, 40% of all buildings pose a serious health hazard due to indoor air pollutants. The EPA calls indoor air pollution the #1 pollution problem in America. The following is a list of common indoor air pollutants and some of their sources.
With all the discussion about this issue, we think a potentially important factor may be going unnoticed. This is the role of humidity or moisture content in the formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring and other materials.
Sunday evening, March 1, 60 Minutes stated that the majority of samples of Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring submitted to two certified labs contained levels of formaldehyde exceeding the limits set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), despite the laminate flooring being labeled as in compliance.
Click to read latest CBS story on formaldehyde lab tests of laminates
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Recently, our office received numerous calls in response to a 60 Minutes expose on Lumber Liquidator’s importing of noncompliant materials from China into California. This involves elevated formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring in homes.
Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
When weather is cool but humid for extended periods, the AC does not run for long (if at all), and there is no way to remove internally-generated humidity. Humidity can build up to the point where it begins to cause not only condensation, but extensive mold growth on window surfaces and elsewhere.
When most people think of problems with high humidity in Florida homes, they think of summer weather, when outside humidity is extreme. And such problems do develop, for many reasons. However, humidity problems are also often common during spring, autumn and winter, especially when outside weather is cool and humid for extended periods. It’s important to be able to control humidity in Florida homes year round, not just during the summer. Under such conditions insufficient heat load is present to operate the AC system for long enough to keep up with internally-generated humidity (from cooking, showering, even breathing!) Read more
Background of Water and Mold Damage
In recent years, many insurance policies have instituted limits or caps on the amount that will be paid for “mold or microbial damage.” Often, what constitutes microbial damage is defined poorly, if at all, in the policy. Meanwhile, the funds available for water damage restoration are generally not separately capped, and are available up to policy limits.
There are several important reasons why Indoor Environmental Technologies, Inc. (IET), and published industry standards, recommend that a mold inspection be performed by a separate company prior to starting mold remediation. In fact, many of the better remediation contractors in Florida will not start a remediation project without a mold protocol in hand. Consider the following four reasons: Read more
Series on Mold and Buildings – Part 3.
When mold growth has been identified within a building, certain steps must be taken to isolate the contaminated materials and to make proper repairs. Appropriate Engineering Controls must be considered to control the mold and prevent the spores and dust from spreading during mold remediation.