There are many things in our homes that can cause all kinds of reactions, illnesses and conditions in people. The concern about indoor air quality is increasing with every year that goes by, and unfortunately the air quality inside of our homes has often been reported as being worse than air outside. Indoor air pollution needs to be regulated and kept under control by property owners for the safety and well being of those who live in them.
VOCs are organic chemicals that evaporate into the air and cause respiratory distress, headaches and other irritating conditions. These chemicals are released by paints, varnish, new cabinets and carpets, and even furniture that contain particle board. Also, fuels, household cleaners and air fresheners, photocopier machines, improperly vented combustion devices and many other sources also contribute to the release of these indoor air pollution substances. You can find all kinds of alternatives for things that contain these dangerous substances in regular stores, and many times the products will advertise right on the label that there are no VOCs in them.
Formaldehyde is a common organic compound that results in many different indoor air pollution problems, and it is found in glues that are used in the manufacturing and assembly of wood veneers, particle board, wood furniture, plywood and other similar products. In addition, it is also found in some spray-on insulating foams as well. These products slowly give off formaldehyde over time, which can cause headaches, a burning feeling in the throat, it can irritate the eyes and mucous membranes, and cause difficulty breathing as well as triggering asthmatic symptoms.
Sewer gas is a little bit different than carbon monoxide because it tends to give off a horrendous odor- that of rotten egg or sulfur. You’ll find this pleasant gas in well water, sewer systems, and in areas where water and other organic compounds have a lack of oxygen. If people in your household are complaining of things like smelling foul odors, having a cough, and eye and throat irritation along with shortness of breath, you may have some problems under your sinks with drain pipes and some trapped water somewhere, causing sewer gas to back up from the sewer system into your home, contributing to some nasty indoor air pollution- and other than the fact that this causes a terribly foul smelling odor, it can really have negative and detrimental effects on the health and well being of the people who live in your home, causing things like respiratory problems (asthma and allergies), skin irritations, headaches and more.
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