The connection between health problems, such as asthma and other chronic disease, and the housing environment has been known for decades. In 2017, GreenShield became one of the first Missouri inspection companies to become certified to conduct Healthy Homes Assessments in response to programs and initiatives by the CDC and HUD.
GreenShield’s Healthy Home Assessments include visual assessment tools, diagnostic testing, and environmental testing and are designed to identify and reduce exposure to chemical, biological, structural, and safety hazards. Our extensive understanding of building science has made us the authority on the relationship between building deficiencies and issues such as asthma and allergies, mold and moisture, carbon monoxide, and home safety. We can assist you in identifying health and safety risks in your home and in developing a preventative maintenance plan.
IAQ problems can produce effects ranging from slight irritations, such as odors and stale air, to major health risks as listed by the EPA: Irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; Headaches, dizziness, and fatigue; and Respiratory diseases, heart disease, and cancer.
Most people spend at least half of their life indoors. Children may spend close to 70% of their time indoors. Because their bodies are still forming, children may be at a greater risk for health problems
GreenShield Healthy Homes Assessments inspect homes for sources of air quality problems and work with clients to increase their IAQ.
Sources of IAQ Problems
Mold is everywhere, producing tiny spores that float through the air and enter the respiratory system. These spores can cause a multitude of health issues, including breathing problems, headaches, wheezing, watery eyes, sneezing, and asthma triggers. Mold is often characterized by its musty odor and can be white, gray, black, orange, or green. It is most commonly found around showers and tubs, under bathroom and kitchen sinks, and near windows. Mold also grows in inconspicuous places like duct work, HVAC systems, basements and crawlspaces, and under carpets.
Mold requires moisture to grow. GreenShield inspections search for moisture sources from roof and plumbing leaks, air infiltration near windows and doors, insufficient ventilation, and unvented space heaters. Moisture control is a very important aspect of indoor air quality.
A clogged drain in the shower caused a mold problem in this home. Many mold problems are easy to remedy once the moisture source has been eliminated.
A good home safety strategy combines common sense with property maintenance codes to minimize the potential for injury and is customized for any at-risk occupants such as children and the elderly. Young children are curious and get into everyday things that can hurt or even kill them. More of them become sick or die from eating or drinking common items like cleaners, medicine, makeup, and plants.
The good news is that most injuries are preventable when adopting a comprehensive home safety plan. GreenShield can help you draft your plan to give you peace of mind!
The bricks comprising these steps are separating and can present a hazard that could result in injury.