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Karl Hough
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Fairbanks
Air Quality
Solutions Indoor Air Quality
P.O. Box 10918
Fairbanks
AK
99710

What are common sources of mold in homes, and is mold dangerous?

Mold spores are almost always present in outdoor air. High indoor humidity, plumbing leaks, damp basements or window sills create an indoor environment where these spores can grow. This can lead to spore levels in your home that are far higher than outside. Some people are more susceptible to mold than others and some molds tend to cause more health problems than others. Professional inspection and testing is the best way to determine if your home has a mold problem. These results can then be presented to your health care professional for medical advice.

I think I may have mold problems in my home. What can I do?

Professional air samples analyzed in a laboratory are a good way to determine what kinds and how much airborne mold spores are in your home. These samples are usually compared to an outdoor sample to determine if the mold indoors is growing in your home or just coming in from outside. If the indoor spore levels are higher than the outdoor levels or a kind not found in the outdoor sample, a professional inspection may be needed to determine the source and suggest a remedy.

Why would there be Carbon Monoxide in my home and how would I know?

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas that is generally a product of burning fuel. Any type of combustion appliance such as furnaces, boilers, cook stoves, even oil lamps, can leak CO into your home, especially if they are improperly tuned or poorly vented. Another common source is an attached garage. CO alarms are available at most hardware stores, but professional inspection and testing of your home and appliances may be necessary to determine the problem and remedy.

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