What Am I Breathing?!

July 17, 2014

Often times when we start to feel ill or have breathing issues, we quickly assume we have a mold problem in our homes. Truth is, what may be causing our health issues may not be coming from our home and chances are it’s not mold. Ever consider what’s in the air where we work, go to school or work out? Consider this, what may be causing you to feel under the weather may not be in your home but in other places where you spend a good portion of your time.

Whether you’re at school, work or play, your exposed to dead skin cells, loose strands of hair, body odor, paints in art class, fumes in a Science and Shop class, particulates in Woodshop and dust from a chalkboard. There’s the storage room which has cleaning products, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and air fresheners. How about the Faculty Lounge, lunch rooms and cafeterias that have food odors, perfume/colognes, plant allergens, cooking odors, oven combustion, and garbage odors. Trash containers have bacteria, fungi and particulates and let’s not forget the dishwashers.
The carpeting and flooring can have Asbestos floor tiles and the non-HEPA vacuuming of the carpeting produces airborne particulates. Plants can produce pollen, fungi, allergens, insects and herbicides. In the bathrooms’ and locker rooms, there are personal care items, body odor, sewer gases, industrial cleaning products, air fresheners, bacteria and viruses. Other water sources and breeding grounds for bacteria include sinks, toilets, showers and drinking fountains.

Go to the loading dock and you’ll smell carbon monoxide, chemical storage, garbage odors, and exhaust and combustion fumes. Chances are the building maintenance crew is non HEPA vacuuming and there’s VOC’s from cleaning items, and machinery exhausts.
There’s likely to be contaminated ductwork harboring dust, pollen, fungi, bacteria, temperature extremes and improper filtration. That’s the lungs of where you work, rest or play. Go to the copier and printer room and there’s ozone, VOC’s and Carbon Black. Consider your fellow classmates or colleagues who wear perfume/cologne, have body odor, skin fragments and transmittable diseases like the common cold, etc. What if your work environment is outdoors or you’re a mechanic, truck driver, work at a hospital or clinic? The list goes on and on

Bottom-line is it’s very difficult to break it down and define one specific cause of our illness attributed to air quality and where you’re exposed to it. Mold can be considered into the equation of finding a cause for certain illnesses’ but more often than not, it’s not the end result. While children are building their immune systems, as we get older our immune systems are breaking down. What’s in the air may not have affected you before but can affect you now. Be aware of your surroundings and check with your doctor to see what you may be allergic to. Wherever you spend your time, Dryfx can provide an air test to break down the elements of what may be in the air and moisture levels that can promote bacterial growth. Be proactive. Knowing what’s going on in the air all around you can better prepare you with a plan to stay healthy.

Dryfx will to do whatever it takes to help get your home or office back to normal as quickly as possible. Call us at (815) 277-5989 to learn more now–and be sure to ask about our Referral and deductible assistance program!


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