Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

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, links to home testing kits, 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. mold mold mold mold mold mold mold mold mold.

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CO is a colorless, odorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen throughout the body. CO detectors are widely available.
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Note on FEMA travel trailers and Emergency housing cottages:
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehhe/trailerstudy/assessment.htm
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) test results showed that levels of toxic formaldehyde in the remaining FEMA trailers were on average five times as high as normal due to building materials and poor ventilation. Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in pressed-wood products, including particle board, and can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, wheezing and coughing, fatigue, skin rashes, headaches, nosebleeds, and severe allergic reactions.. Formaldehyde levels are generally much higher in the warmer months. Good ventilation can dilute and reduce levels quite a bit. The CDC is recommending that Katrina storm survivors be moved out. Most have been vacated. Families who live in travel trailers and mobile homes should do the following: spend as much time outdoors in fresh air as they can, especially if the family includes children, elderly people,or those with chronic diseases such as asthma; open windows as much as they can to let in fresh air; try to keep the temperature indoors at the lowest comfortable setting; not smoke, especially indoors; and see a doctor or another medical professional if they have health concerns. The Sierra Club in Mississippi is concerned that formaldehyde levels in the cottages could also be higher than normal if adequate ventilation and temperature control is not used.


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Please visit MDEQ’s webpage on lead paint. Paint containing Lead and Cadmium can become airborne if sanded. Fine particles can be distributed and settle throughout the house via air ducts.
http://www.deq.state.ms.us/MDEQ.nsf/page/Air_Lead-BasedPaint?OpenDocument

Safe paint products with Green Seal approval can be found at the following site: http://www.greenseal.org/FindGreenSealProductsAndServices.aspx

Test Kits for Lead
For more information on detecting lead in your home and various do-it-yourself test kits, review the following study from Consumer Reports: http://www.consumerreports.org
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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.
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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
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html

"Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon"
http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/hmbyguid.html

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. Visit the following site to view radon maps of any state: http://www.epa.gov/radon/zonemap/mississippi.htm

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.
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  • Environmental Solutions Association (ESA)
http://www.esaassociation.com/

http://www.esaassociation.com/?q=node/15

  • American Council for Accredited Certification (former IAQ Council) list of certified consultants.
http://www.acac.org
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) certified Consultant services:
http://www.aiha.org Select: "Locate an Industrial Hygienist (IH)"

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Clean Air Services, Inc. – Biological Air Duct Cleaning Specialist
www.clean-airservices.com
2562 Beach Blvd., Suite 1302
Biloxi, MS 39531
    983 Bonhomie Rd.
    Hattiesburg, MS 39401
228-436-4272
228-323-0347 (cell)
    866-444-4247
    866-444-4AIR
Hancock County 1– 228-255-6861
    Nationwide 1-866-444-4AIR
    Certified Indoor Environmentalist, Certified Mold Remediators, Qualified cleaning technicians/
    HVAC system decontamination and mold remediation.

TAGMA of Jackson, MS Inc.
C. ERIC “RICK” EADES
Licensed Mississippi Home Inspector #0101
601-605-0446
TAGMA@comcast.net
Professional Home Inspections * Hazardous Material Testing

Yellow pages search – Key words: i.e. “Environmental”, “Indoor”, “Mold”.

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Bonner Analytical Testing CO
2703 Oak Grove Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
(601) 264-2854
http://www.batco.com/
This company has many certifications and ability to analyze a wide range of pollutants from VOC’s, ultra low mercury, and pesticides. Visit their website for more information.


Micro-Methods Incorporated
6500 Sunplex Dr.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
(228) 875-6420
http://www.micromethodslab.com/
This company specializes in asbestos, lead, water, and mold sampling. An inspector will take samples from your site (or home) and get it analyzed at this lab (or through an associate lab); then send a detailed report

EMSL Analytical, Inc.
http://www.emsl.com/
http://www.emsl.com/index.cfm?nav=Services&action=list&ServiceCategoryID=4
http://www.emsl.com/Index.cfm?nav=Contact_Us
There are no EMLS laboratories in Mississippi. The preferred way to contact them is through their contact page on their website. You can order canisters and do-it-yourself testing with sample devices that can be ordered. EMSL is sometimes often used by inspectors or other labs for about anything you need to analyze in your indoor environment.

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For legal advice and assistance, call the Mississippi Bar at 1-800-682-6423 to get a referral to an attorney that can handle your specific case.


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  • American Council for Accredited Certification http://www.acac.org
  • National Center for Healthy Housing (Formerly the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing) http://www.nchh.org
  • "Introduction to Mold & Mold Remediation for Environmental and Public Health Professionals" (Free online course)
http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldcourse/index.html



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For More Information Contact Bryan Williams 601.961.5799
Or Air Toxics Branch