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 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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    Hide details for Carbon Monoxide (CO)Carbon Monoxide (CO)

    CO is a colorless, odorless gas that interferes with the delivery of oxygen throughout the body. CO detectors are widely available.
    • To view EPA's information on this topic, click HERE
    • To view National Safety Counsel's document on Carbon Monoxide, click HERE

    Show details for Fireplaces, Wood stoves, Wood heaters, Wood boilersFireplaces, Wood stoves, Wood heaters, Wood boilers

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    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.

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    Hide details for MoldMold
    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.

    • An EPA booklet: "Flood Cleanup: Avoiding Indoor Air Quality Problems," 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.

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    Show details for Smoke (Tobacco Smoke and Second hand smoke)Smoke (Tobacco Smoke and Second hand smoke)

    Hide details for Vapor IntrusionVapor Intrusion
    Toxic Vapors can migrate into your home from the ground through cracks in foundations or utility spaces.
    • To view guidance from the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) click HERE . ITRC also makes available an archived training course on vapor intrusion.

      For more information, you may contact Willie McKercher at MDEQ at 601-961-5731.

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    Hide details for Training and CertificationTraining and Certification
    • American Council for Accredited Certification, Click HERE.
    • National Center for Healthy Housing (Formerly the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing), Click HERE
    • Free online course: "Introduction to Mold & Mold Remediation for Environmental and Public Health Professionals", Click HERE.

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    For More Information Contact Bryan Williams 601.961.5799
    Or Air Toxics Branch