|Materials used in building construction and conditions resulting from property damage, or even poor maintenance and upkeep, can result in indoor air pollution that could jeopardize a person's health. Many of the sources of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems (i.e. formaldehyde, mold, radon, etc.) can be easily prevented and corrected by simple measures. Therefore, to help homeowners and business owners recognize and correct problems they may be experiencing, the following sources have been pulled together for easy access to useful information and answers to solve indoor air pollution. The information consists of guidance on most IAQ issues and associations of professional consultants should these services be desired or needed. Authorization and resources do not allow the MDEQ to visit homes and businesses to test for indoor pollution, but the agency is striving to be of assistance through the information it is making available here. |
|“How to Request Your Landlord to Make Repairs Under the Mississippi Residential Landlord Act”: pdf
For additional guidance from Mississippi Legal Services on Housing Issues, click HERE.
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|About Mold and other Indoor Pollutants
For EPA's opionion about Ozone Generators, click HERE
Asthma & Allergies
Informaton on Asthma and Allergies is available from the following organization (just click on the name)
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Fireplaces, Wood stoves, Wood heaters, Wood boilers
Household Cleaning Chemicals and Sprays
Safe household cleaners
- EPA Green Seal recommended products, click HERE.
- Melaleuca safe cleaning products -- 1-800-282-3000 , click HERE.
- Green Works™ natural cleaners, click HERE.
- Healthy Child product recommendations, click HERE.
- Rochester Midland Corp. -- products for industry and school use, 1-800-836-1633, click HERE.
Symptoms from Fiberglass will typically go away after being removed or encapsulated. Fiberglass is not regulated and is widely used, but should not be breathed. There are some alternatives to fiberglass insulation (such as polyester and sheet foam). One technical paper concluded that wet spray-applied cellulose insulation (typically 30-40% water), when used in the walls of indoor environments, can become very moldy and result in unacceptable risk to occupants. It is recommended that fiberglass insulation be kept neatly contained (not hanging out) and use proper personal protective equipment to avoid exposure during installation or maintenance activities. Replace ceiling panels and repair disconnected ventilation ducts if needed.
Hayfever-like symptoms such as stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing, eye irritation, or, in some cases, skin irritation may be the result of a high concentration of mold spores. In worse cases Mycotoxins from molds has been linked to symptoms like headaches, nasal irritation, dizziness, fatigue, and nausea.
Mold needs water and a food source (building materials) to grow. If one removes the water and moisture and keeps it dry, the mold cannot grow.
- MS Department of Health webpage on Mold: html
- Center for Disease Control site webpage on Mold: html
- Mold and Dampness: Guidance from CDPH, html
- "Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings" - An EPA booklet: html
- Mold Toxins (Mycotoxins) and Black Mold - Guidance from the CDC: html
- To see EPA's information on this topic, click HERE.
- An online EPA introductory course on Mold, click HERE.
- Pictures of MOLD (find and Select "View the Mold Slide Show" down on the right side of screen). The Images available at this site give examples of trouble spots & cleanup apparatus.
PICTURES of MOLD
- An EPA booklet: "Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems," Click HERE.
- An EPA booklet: "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and your Home," Click HERE.
- Book: "Clean Up Procedures for Mold In Houses", can be found at: EEBA Bookstore
Note on Mobile homes.
Water may leak from the metal siding or roof (those that do not have shingles). Any exposed nail or screw in metal siding should be sealed so water does not seep into the wall cavities. Some walls have no barrier between the outer metal siding and inner dry wall sheeting to resist moisture. If a leak is suspected, it may be worthwhile to check the inner wall cavity for mold and correct any problems as soon as possible.
U.S. Surgeon General Health Advisory
"Indoor radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques." January 2005
A Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon
To see this EPA booklet online, click HERE
"Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon"
To see this EPA booklet online, click HERE
One may also call the Radon hotline number at the National Safety Council
(800) SOS-RADON or (800) 55-RADON
Compared to other states, most of Mississippi has a low predictive indoor radon screening. Radon levels in Alcorn, Union, Pontotoc, Lee, Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee have a medium predictive level.
To view radon maps of any state click HERE
Discounted radon test kits are available from the National Safety Council - 1-800-SOS-RADON ;
Read the section in "A Citizen's Guide to Radon" listed above for a discussion on how to get reliable radon test results.
Schools: The Indoor Radon Program in Mississippi provides free screening for schools in participating areas. Call 1-800-626-7739 or (601) 987-6893.
Smoke (Tobacco Smoke and Second hand smoke)
Aside from adding a decade to appearance, graying and wrinkling skin, becoming a gruff baritone, morning coughing, staining, stinching, and other annoyances, smoking can have some devastating health affects on everyone in the house especially if combined with other types of air pollution. Refer to the following sites for more information.
|Resources for Research|
Publications on Multiple IAQ Topics
Organizations that Address Indoor Air Issues
|Consultants and Laboratories|
Related IAQ Topics
|For More Information Contact Bryan Williams 601.961.5799|
Or Air Toxics Branch