|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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|Information on Pollutants & Their Sources|
Information on Pollutants & Their Sources
Asthma & Allergies
Household Cleaning Chemicals and Sprays
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
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.
Smoke (Tobacco Smoke and Second hand smoke)
Toxic Vapors can migrate into your home from the ground through cracks in foundations or utility spaces.
Fireplaces, Wood stoves, Wood heaters, Wood boilers
The major pollutants released from these sources are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particles. Unvented kerosene heaters may also generate acid aerosols. (Recent regulatory requirements require wood boilers to be no closer than 100 ft from a residence).
|General IAQ Resources & Organizations|
|Consultants and Laboratories
- Environmental Solutions Association (ESA)
- American Council for Accredited Certification (former IAQ Council) list of certified consultants.
http://www.aiha.org Select: "Locate an Industrial Hygienist (IH)"
- American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) certified Consultant services:
Bonner Analytical Testing CO
2703 Oak Grove Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
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.
6500 Sunplex Dr.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
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.
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 More Information Contact Bryan Williams 601.961.5799|
Or IAQ Staff