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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    • To read an EPA introductory booklet and this topic, click HERE.
    • A Consumer Product Safety Commission document on Formaldehyde, click HERE

    Note on mobile homes, travel trailers and cottages:
    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.

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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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    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.
    • 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.

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    To read an EPA introductory booklet and this topic, click HERE

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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
    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.

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    • EPA's Indoor Air Quality page, click HERE
    • "The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality": click HERE

    Indoor airPLUS: This EPA's program offers guidance and building specifications for good indoor home planning and construction: click HERE

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
    P.O. Box 42419
    Cincinnati, OH 45242-0419
    Phone: 1-800-490-9198
    Fax: (301) 604-3408

    Note: The NSCEP operates a Toll-free phone service for EPA Publication Assistance with live customer service representative assistance Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:30pm eastern time.

    EPA's Indoor Air Quality Information Line: toll-free number: 1-800-438-4318

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    For More Information Contact Bryan Williams 601.961.5799
    Or Air Toxics Branch