How Your Home Can Affect Your Allergies
Chronic Allergies – Caused by Your Home?
If you or someone you love in your home is suffering from chronic allergies or cold-like symptoms that don’t seem to go away, the answer might reside in the actual integrity of the home structure. None of us like to see our spouses or our children deal with coughing, wheezing, sinus infections, poor sleep, or runny noses for months and months. Chronic allergies are no joke, people who suffer from them are miserable.
You probably, at this point, have taken them to see a doctor or a specialist. The doctor might have prescribed a course of treatment based on the allergic response. However, after a few months, you notice that the cold-like symptoms are still there, and in many cases, they are getting worse.
What if these allergies have nothing to do with the person, and everything to do with the environment around you? No, we’re not talking about the trees and the weeds in the yard. We’re talking about the unseen structure of your home, where mold can hide right under your nose.
Nothing is more important than your health, which is why we often receive mold removal or remediation calls from families looking for some relief. We completely understand that you are doing everything you can to protect your family, which is why we take our professionalism extremely seriously.
What could be in my home that can cause allergic reactions?
When we receive these calls, we come into the home and typically discover the following:
- Mold – Mold is much more dangerous for your health than most people realize. Whether or not you suffer from allergies, mold can make you sick. Certain types of mold produce toxins called mycotoxins (literally ‘fungus toxin’).
- Did you know that mold plays a role in the development of childhood allergies? Allergies are known to develop over time.8 People cannot be allergic to something they have never encountered. Your body only recognizes substances (such as mold spores, dust, etc.) as a threat after encountering them many times.8 The process of becoming sensitive to and then allergic to a substance is called allergy sensitization.8
- In a 2002 study, the risk of allergy sensitization in children was measured by measuring indoor mold exposure in the children’s homes.3 The study concluded that higher concentrations of mold in the home increased the risk of sensitization to both mold and other allergens including dust mites.3 Mold in your home can even contribute to the development of allergies to other allergy causing substances such as dust mite feces.
Poor Indoor Air Quality – Many newer homes lack good ventilation. Lack of good ventilation can cause many problems with indoor air quality because indoor air is not circulated as much as outdoor air. The indoor air can retain: chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), mold spores, pollen, microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC’s), toxins, dust, and other irritants more easily than outdoor air. 2,8,9,10
- According to the EPA, in the last few years indoor air has become more polluted than outdoor air even in the most industrialized cities! 2 Your good health depends on good indoor air quality!
- VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) – This is an acronym that describes the chemical off-gassing from flooring, paint, and other materials in the home. Many people have a sensitivity to these kinds of toxins, which can be linked to a slew of health problems. 2,14
- Microbial Volatile Organic Compounds (MVOC’s) – Just like VOC’s, MVOC’s can cause health problems. MVOC is an acronym that describes VOC’s that come from microbes such as molds and bacteria.11,12
Old Home Decay – This is just another way to describe old homes that might not necessarily have mold or dangerous materials; they just have dust and other debris that can upset respiratory systems.
We’re Here to Help You
You’ve done your research, you’ve been to the doctor’s office, and you’ve spent days pondering health problems. Research has shown that indoor air is more contaminated than the air outside your home, which means you need to do everything you can to keep your loved ones vigilant and protected.2 You know what you need to do, and we’re ready to help.
Investigations Not Just Inspections
Call Branch Environmental. We believe in mold investigations not just inspections. Our inspectors treat a visit to your home as if they were investigating a crime scene. They ask many questions before and after they arrive. Answers to these types of questions get us closer to solving the problem at hand, and help us to know where to look.
Next, the real investigation begins. We’ll then crawl under the house, poke around, and take moisture and relative humidity readings in affected areas, unaffected areas, and outdoors for the best possible points of reference.
Sometimes the mold problem can be easily diagnosed and repaired, like a pipe leaking under the house, but other times we don’t see mold at all. Because the root of the problem is beyond the obvious, we need to think outside the box. No company that offers a free mold inspection will be going to great lengths to determine the true causes of your problem.
If you think you’ve got a real problem, you’re far better off with a thorough inspection like ours. We analyze the symptoms to determine the root cause of your problem. We see each mold inspection as an in-depth investigation, not an opportunity to hand over a guess-based estimate of work.
We work hard to get harmful substances and molds out of your home, so you can go back to living your best life in a healthy environment. To learn more about how we do what we do, check out our post: Branch Environmental Keeping You Safe.
We’re Here When You Need Us
Call Branch Environmental. We go above and beyond to determine and remediate the underlying causes of air quality problems in your home. From hidden mold sources to major contaminants. We can identify exactly what is going on in your home and rid it of environmental toxins, often for good. Your health depends on it!
Branch Environmental – Because nobody should live or work in a building that makes them sick.
For more information go to:
- Asthma and Mold – Branch Environmental
- The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality | US EPA
- Jacob, B. et.al. (2002). Indoor Exposure to Molds and Allergic Sensitization. Environmental Health Perspectives. Volume 110, No.7, p647-653. https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/pdf/10.1289/ehp.02110647
- Dust Mites – Branch Environmental
- Effects of Mold on Children’s Health – Branch Environmental
- Your Right to Breathe – Indoor Air Quality – Branch Environmental
- What’s Hiding in your Carpets? – Branch Environmental
- Understanding Sensitization and True Allergy – Very Well Health, By Daniel More, MD
- Natural Relief For Allergy Symptoms – Branch Environmental
- What are volatile organic compounds (VOCs)? – US EPA
- What’s that musty smell? MVOC’s – Branch Environmental
- When Mold Is Worse Than Allergies – Branch Environmental
- Do You Have Mold? How to Choose Between a Paid or Free Mold Inspection – Branch Environmental
- Volatile Organic Compounds’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality – Health Effects US EPA
- Branch Environmental Keeping You Safe
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