Many of the Homes in PA, NJ, and DE Have a Serious Health Issue Quietly Spreading in Their Basements
“Sick Building Syndrome is a disease of modern architecture, where sealed, energy conserving buildings continually recycle stale, contaminated air” – TIME Magazine, December 1998
Keeping your family healthy is probably a top priority for you. You take all the necessary precautions, you eat well and try to exercise. But, is the biggest threat to your health right inside your home?
Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) is the term for people inside a building, home, office, etc. who are suffering ill health effects that are contributed to the building itself.
In short, it means that the house or office you are in has bad air: air that is polluted with dust, dust mite waste, mold spores, and other allergens. This air is continually recycled throughout the home, never escaping, and it is breathed in by you and your family.
What Causes SBS?
All homes and offices can have SBS. Older homes tend to get bad air from mold getting into the basement, crawl space or attic because the structure is old and breaking down, which allows in water.
When the foundation of your home (doesn’t matter if it’s brick, stone, concrete or cinder block) begins to weaken, water will get into the walls and basement of your home.
Mold then grows from this water. The mold reproduces by releasing microscopic spores into the air in your basement, crawl space, and main home. It doesn’t take long before you and your family are breathing them in.
Ironically, new homes are even more susceptible to SBS because they’re built to keep water out and air inside.
Newer homes and buildings are made to be air-tight
New homes were built with the intention of keeping water and moisture out, so that mold won’t grow. But, because they’re so sealed off, they need air to be recycled.
This air simple goes into the home, then into the vents, then back into the home. Mold, dust, insect and dust mite waste and other harmful substances build up gradually and pollute your air.
How Will You Know If Your Home Has Poor Air Quality Because of Mold?
Sick Building Syndrome symptoms are closely related to mold allergy symptoms:
- Flu like symptoms
- Poor concentration
- Difficulty breathing
- Coughing, Sneezing
- Skin irritation and rashes
How We Can Help You
- The first step we take in beating SBS in your home or office is to get rid of any mold and mildew
- Then, we make sure your vents are cleaned (this is key to keeping your air clean)
- We will check for environmental toxins (like mold) and remove them
- We will also check for and remove any sources of moisture or water that can contribute to mold and mildew growth