Protect your Indoor Air Quality and Your Health

Whenever water gushes into your home, you KNOW you have some serious clean up ahead of you. During those first hours of flood cleanup, the indoor air quality in your home may not be your first priority. However, failure to immediately remove contaminated materials and all moisture may lead to poor air quality which can present serious health risks.

We at Rainbow International of West Hartford want to ensure you are protected from long-term exposure to polluted indoor air, which can increase your risk for respiratory diseases, heart disease, and even cancer. In fact, the US Environmental Protection Agency calls indoor air pollution one of the top 5 environmental health risks.

Where Does the Risk Coming From?

Two primary causes of indoor air quality problems in homes are 1) sources that release gases or particles into the air and 2) mold.

Sources identified in the home include:

  • Combustion sources – oil, gas, kerosene, coal and wood
  • Tobacco products
  • Asbestos
  • Damp building materials
  • Household cleaning and personal care products
  • Radon
  • Pesticides
  • Outdoor air pollution

Another factor is inadequate ventilation, which can increase indoor pollutant levels. Without enough fresh outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources, levels rise.  High temperature and humidity levels definitely increase concentrations of some pollutants, especially mold.

When your home has suffered water damage, not only do you have the general sources, you have increased indoor pollution from :

  • Mold and mildew from damp carpet  and wet sheetrock or other building materials. Molds and mildew can exacerbate asthma and allergies, and produce potentially toxic mycotoxins, otherwise known as fungus.
  • Fragrance from household cleaning products as well as personal care products. Artificial fragrance derives from a combination of almost 200 different chemicals. Fragrance can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, and often contains potentially cancer-causing chemicals. In addition, some of these products release gas pollutants, such as radon or formaldehyde.

Experts in water damage remediation are your best resource for assessing and repairing  water damage. Professional restoration teams consider the long term health effects from your wet home and address air quality during your clean up. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and mold. Lingering allergic reactions and poor respiratory health might continue long after the flood.

  • Keep the walls open till they are completely dry. Trapped moisture causes mold to grow. It’s bad for your house. It’s bad for your health.
  • Remove vinyl wallpaper from your walls. Vinyl wallpaper traps moisture in the wall.  
  • Thoroughly inspect the subfloor; moisture might travel under the tiles or hardwoods and grow in the dark spaces.

When the Cleanup is Finished?

Because of the complicated combination of factors involved in water damage cleanup, it may be difficult to determine whether the indoor air quality has suffered. First of all, you must have completely fixed the water or moisture problem before the cleanup or remediation can be considered finished. It should show no signs of water damage, mold growth, or moldy odors. Mold may cause staining and cosmetic damage that should also be addressed.

Most importantly, people should be able to occupy or re-occupy the area without health complaints or physical symptoms. Ultimately, this is a judgment call; there is no easy answer. If you have concerns or questions, call Rainbow International of West Hartford for an expert opinion.

Why Hire A Professional?

Water damage restoration is a big job. Water will spread to spaces in a home or building that will not be detected by the untrained eye: under the carpet, into cracks in baseboards and other hidden spots. Without proper training, equipment and experience, incomplete clean up after a water emergency can lead to additional structural damage and mold growth. If water is allowed to stand too long, mold can begin to grow and spread in as little as 24-48 hours.

With YouTube videos and syndicated home remodeling TV shows, it can be tempting to try to repair the mess yourself, but it’s not the best solution. Professionals will quickly and safely resolve water damage due to burst or broken pipes, sump pump failure, heavy rains, and even sewage backups. For proper water damage cleanup, call the professionals at Rainbow International of West Hartford.

Water Damage Restoration in West Hartford

To keep your family home safe, engage professionals to clean up water damage using proper equipment, technique and experience. Instead of spreading mold and indoor pollution, Rainbow International will seal off undamaged rooms, wear protective clothing to protect your carpets, and work diligently to protect the indoor air quality. Please con us for more information on our services.

Contact Us

If you have an emergency, please call us at (860) 904-1720 for 24/7 service.
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