Using air fresheners, carpet sprays or scented candles to freshen your indoor air quality or cover up a musty odor are only temporary solutions and come with their own health risks. Research from Columbia University suggests that increased exposure to phthalates, a chemical often found in air fresheners, can cause behavioral problems and even reduced IQs in children1. According to the EPA, certain scented or aromatherapy candles actually contain carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins2.
If you’re noticing a musty or damp smell in your home or business, you already have a high enough concentration of mold spores in the air affecting your indoor air quality. Exposure to these air borne spores can exasperate allergies and increase symptoms such as respiratory problems, throat irritation, coughing, and even headaches. By simply covering up these smells instead of eliminating them at the source, you’re allowing this mold infestation to continue to grow and spread to other parts of your property. Don’t kid yourself by thinking you have a sensitive sense of smell, odds are it’s time to call in a professional for help.
Mold also eats away at the structure of your property. Porous materials like carpeting or wallboard can be become eroded due to mold damage. Structural wood can even become compromised if the problem has been left to fester for long enough. The longer you wait to call a professional for mold remediation services, the worse the damage becomes. In addition, if you know your property has a history of water damage, leaks or flooding, this creates an ideal environment for mold to grow. You should always call a professional emergency drying service for your property to prevent mold growth after water damage.
Call ServiceMaster Cleaning & Restoration Services in Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, Mercer County and Somerset County of New Jersey for mold remediation and removal services if you see mold patches or think you smell them. We’ll get to the source of your mold problem and use the leading industry methods for remediation. In addition to our mold removal services, we offer mold prevention services to help keep it from returning. This will effectively eliminate odors, reduce allergy symptoms and prevent ongoing structural damage.
1CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, MATERNAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH Dec. 10 2014: Prenatal Exposure to Common Chemicals Linked to Lower IQ
2EPA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Jan. 2001: Candles And Incense As Potential Sources Of Indoor Air Pollution: Market Analysis And Literature Review