Is all mold toxic?
Not all molds are toxic. However, individuals react differently to mold exposure. People with compromised immune systems, elderly, and young children are most affected by mold exposure. If you or any of your family members are feeling sick in your home, you may need a professional consultation by Dr. Riegel.
How fast can mold grow?
After water damage, bacteria/fungal (mold) growth has been known to start in as little as 48-72 hours. If you have had recent water damage with an unpleasant musty odor, you may want to consider a Healthy Homes inspection.
Where is there likely to be asbestos in my home?
Asbestos is found in over 3,000 products. Most likely in 9″x9″ floor tiles, pipe insulation, boilers, “octopus” gravity furnaces and paper/board heat shields. If your home was build before 1980 there is a very good chance you have asbestos in your home!
Is all asbestos dangerous?
No, if asbestos is in good condition and not “friable” (crumbling), it is not harmful and can be left alone. If the asbestos is torn, cracked, or in pieces (like loose floor tiles), you may want to contact Healthy Homes.
What is radon and what is a safe level?
Radon is an odorless, colorless gas emitted from natural occurring elemental radon or uranium buried under your home. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “Action Level” is 4.0 pCi/L (remediation is recommended). The average radon level in US homes is about 1.5 pCi/L and outside air is about 0.5 pCi/L.
Does radon gas cause cancer?
According to the EPA, radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
What is UFFI and how do I know if I have it in my home?
UFFI is Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation and was highly used in the mid/late 1950’s to early 1970’s for spray foam insulating walls in homes. A careful inspection by Dr. Riegel can identify if you have UFFI in your home.
How many children are affected by lead based paint (LBP) exposure?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about one in six children in the USA have an elevated blood lead level.
Is there any safe level of asbestos exposure?
According to the EPA, there is NO safe level of asbestos exposure.
How do I know if the products or chemicals I use in my home are safe?
Contact Dr. Riegel and he can consult with you and your specific questions or concerns regarding any products used in your home. Also, visit our online store for products you know are Healthy Homes friendly!