The quality of the air we breathe is becoming a growing concern nationwide. The mold and fungi issue is a major one that has states such as New York proposing health laws that will require all public buildings to have an indoor air quality monitor program in place.
The longer a mold issue goes unaddressed, the bigger the problem becomes along with the cost required to correct it. The earlier a mold problem is detected, the easier and less costly it is to fix it.
Most IAQ (indoor air quality) control experts are approaching the mold problem with a pro-active rather than a re-active approach. The same holds true with many building contractors and architects who are utilizing and specifying mold proof and specially coated materials that prevent or at least inhibit mold growth.
The M&M Approach to Mold
In order to address mold before it gets out of hand, early detection is essential. Air quality monitors are an excellent preventative measure that allow monitoring of air quality so potential problems can be addressed quickly. The air monitoring takes place 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is designed to detect and identify air quality hazards.
Mold requires only three things to survive: a food source, oxygen, and moisture. Unfortunately, these things are not that difficult to find. Once the mold sets up housekeeping in a suitable location, the spores grow and populate, causing the problem to become more widespread.
The air monitor manages and monitors the air for any potential problems. Another way to improve air quality is through the use of an Alen A350 HEPA air purifier or Austin air purifiers, and these can be utilized in combination with a monitoring system.
Mold can be removed, but the more widespread the problem is, the costlier it is to eradicate. Some mold removal jobs can cost in excess of $100,000 and that is dependent on how large an area is affected and how extensive the damage is.
Not all materials can be cleaned and disinfected; absorbent materials like wallboard, carpeting, wood, and acoustical tile generally have to be replaced. It is wise when performing any construction or remodeling to utilize as many mold proof materials as possible.
These materials may cost a little more, but may end up paying for themselves many times over by contributing to mold prevention. A major discovery many building and home owners are making is that insurance companies don’t generally cover the expense of mold eradication and associated repair work.
Mold is a major contributor to the asthma and respiratory problems more than 15 million Americans suffer from. Many people think the air inside their home is safe, but it is impossible to know for certain without an air monitoring system in place to regularly test and report on the air quality.
As more states pass health laws that require air quality monitoring, these systems will become more commonplace and probably more affordable as well. The challenge of dealing with outdoor pollutants and contaminants that threaten our health is becoming an increasingly serious issue.
As more people are becoming more environmentally and “green” conscience, there will continue to be advancements made that will contribute to improved air quality in our homes, workplaces, and schools.
Not only is early detection important as far as the cost to remedy the problem, but it is important in regards to our health and the quality of the air we breathe.