COVID 19 and Other Health Threats – Why indoor Air Quality is Critical to Health.
With the decline of purity and increasing health hazards in the environment, it is more important than ever to pay attention to the quality of indoor air and keep toxic mold from growing in moisture-prone areas such as laundry areas, and around sinks, tubs and refrigerators.
As a survivor of a severe hidden mold problem, I learned a lot about the higher toxicity levels of mold toxins due to the growing tolerance of mold to fungicides used in cement and paints for many years. A wonderful company called Fresh Environment out of Berkeley really helped me understand the consequences of living with mold and in many cases undetected mold behind the shower wall, under linoleum, in air ducts, and in carpets.
I am sharing my story to save you from going through the nightmare that has taken years to shake. There was roof leak in the new rental I moved into with my family that only resulted in a four inch brown spot on the ceiling and a couple of drops of water coming through. It really didn’t look like much. Within a few days I noticed I was coughing a wet cough that felt like drowning and water in the lungs. When the testing results came back the indoor air was 365,800 more mold in the indoor air .It had become airborne. We had to move out of the house. I was overseeing construction as the architect in residence so the men in the white suits came and ripped out the ceiling and scrubbed down the rafters. The leaking of water for years came from panels for solar heating water where the holes in bolting the panels were not maintained with sealant. The whole attic area was loaded with mold.
My daughter had lymphoma at the time and was complaining of choking when the heat was on .The forced hot air was also loaded with mold as a result. Thankfully my daughter survived. She originally got dosed with black mold from an old apartment building which had black mold when she was in college.
I stayed in that house for 15 years and discovered later that the insurance did not get rid of all of the molds and there had been other roof leaks in the past in the dining area and the master bedroom as well as the office. I was working from home and suffered many health problems during that time such as fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, weight gain, and memory loss, mental confusion, and stress.
I strongly recommend that you avoid toxic cleaners and use bio-friendly ones. Check all of the common areas such as under sinks, tubs, leaky hoses from refrigeration, and laundry areas and run some tests if you smell mold or see damp wood or gyp board. Fresh Environments may know of companies in your area to contact or you can search online.
I am finally getting back to normal after four years of moving out and leaving many things behind, suffering from extreme arthritis and inflammation and rebuilding my business back up after years of being a bit compromised.
This story was in many ways my inspiration in bringing forth the protective healthy building materials that this company focuses on to provide healthy building materials for new and existing buildings in an increasingly toxic world.
Please take time to check around you house while in lock down and make sure to address moisture problems before they get out of control.
Jan Thoren-CEO NANOARCHITECH