Common contaminants that affect the quality of indoor air

Allergens are natural particles such as dust mites, pet dander, and pollen, which irritate, inflame and promote respiratory illness.

Airborne bacteria and viruses can lead to a wide range of ailments and infections, and thrive in damp, stale environments. Without ventilation, these bacteria continue to breed

Toxic chemicals are the condensation and buildup of vapors from common household products such as paint, pesticides, cleaners, solvents, adhesives and aerosols that can be highly toxic if not properly ventilated from the home.

Mold is a fungus, which needs moisture to exist, that gradually destroys the things it grows on. Spores released by mold are highly toxic and can cause serious – and even terminal – health complications.

Moisture is the number-one problem in air quality control. Uncontrolled moisture promotes mold growth, feeds thriving bacteria and causes structural damage to the home.

Keep Smells and Odors at Bay

Indoor odors are caused by both natural and man-made sources. These odors can be removed by improving the home’s ventilation, purifying the air and being aware of everyday activities. A home’s odor problem can be caused by a variety of sources including:

  • Bacterial
  • Dust mites
  • Animal dander
  • Cat saliva
  • Mold
  • Smoking
  • Cleaning
  • Cooking

What is that smell in the basement?

A musty smell in your basement is typically caused by mildew or mold, which both thrive in damp, dark locations. Mold and mildew don’t just smell – they also cause decay and damage to your home, and their presence may lead to health problems like allergies or asthma.

Why would my basement smell like sewer?

The most common cause of sewer gas odors in a basement will be due to your home being equipped with a large basement floor drain. This drain runs deep into your sewer line, and can give off foul sewer gas odors when: There is damage present in the drain line. The drain line is clogged, or needs cleaning.

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