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We focus a lot on mold, but what if you’ve had a mold inspection and none was found – but you are still having health issues? What can you do next?

Unfortunately the symptoms for various indoor air quality issues are not specific and can be very similar to having a cold or allergies. So it’s important to pay attention to when these symptoms get worse. Do they get worse when you are home and get better when you are not?
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We’ve talked a lot about mold and the adverse health effects it can have. But what happens if no mold is found but you are still experiencing health issues? When it comes to indoor air quality, mold is only one aspect. There are other air quality issues that could be causing you to feel sick and experience adverse health issues in Wichita, Kansas .

LET’S (BRIEFLY) DISCUSS INDOOR AIR QUALITY 

I say briefly because indoor air quality can be a lengthy subject due to the many circumstances and varying issues that can occur. Unfortunately the symptoms for various indoor air quality issues are not specific and can be very similar to having a cold or allergies. So it’s important to pay attention to when these symptoms get worse. Do they get worse when you are home in Wichita, Kansas and get better when you are not?

These symptoms include but aren’t limited to:

  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy eyes, nose and/or throat
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Headaches and dizziness

Common indoor air pollutants that can cause these symptoms:

  • Mold, mildew, excessive moisture 
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) 
  • Dust, dust mites, pet dander
  • Allergens  
  • Inadequate ventilation 
  • Radon
  • Lead
  • HVAC issues 

HOW DO I NARROW DOWN THAT LIST OF POSSIBILITIES TO FIND OUT WHAT IS WRECKING THE INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN MY HOME?

It is best to think of determining what is impacting the indoor air quality in your home in Wichita, Kansas like an investigation. That is not to lessen the importance, but because there are many pollutants that could be the cause of the issue, it becomes important to find and realize clues as to which or which combination of pollutants is causing poor indoor air quality.

Different indoor air pollutants will require different inspections and tests. Air sampling and surface sampling are two of the more common tests that are used to measure different indoor air pollutants. It is important to remember that air and surfacing sampling is only one part of the equation, testing should be followed up with a visual inspection by a professional in Wichita, Kansas. An air sample test will be able to tell you what is in the air; a professional will be able to help and remove the source of the air quality issue. 

There are options such as home kits for testing indoor air quality, and it might be a reasonable place to start, but there are a couple of caveats. First, there is a possibility that these kits can be impacted by factors such as the weather and traffic in and out of the house in Wichita, Kansas. These factors can distort the results. And secondly, the home kit itself may not have a high accuracy rate, even without the other factors impacting the results. If you decide to go this route, that doesn’t mean it won’t be helpful in providing clues to the air quality issue. Depending on the results, It may mean getting a professional to test or inspect as well, for a second opinion and for help in remedying the air quality issue. 

It may be daunting to try to figure out what your next move should be. If you are in this position and would like some help in figuring out what direction to take, please give FreshCo Cleaning and Restoration a call. We can help put your mind at ease with a solution that is not only possible, but attainable.

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“I had the pleasure of using FreshCo Cleaning and Restoration at one of my healthcare offices. They were able to promptly evaluate the situation and address the needed issues. I highly recommend them and their services!”

— Jessica S. in Wichita, Kansas

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