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Montana University Education Project
Molds, excessive moisture and other biological organisms can
cause many undesirable
- health effects. To protect yourself and your family, read on.
- Q: What are some of the biological problems I should
be concerned about?
- A: Molds, mildew, fungi, bacteria and dust mites
are some of the main biological pollutants inside the house. Some,
such as pollen, are generated
- outside the home. Mold and mildew are generated in the home and
release spores into the air. Mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria are
often found in
- areas of the home that have high humidity levels, such as bathrooms,
kitchens, laundry rooms or basements. Dust mites and animal dander
- problematic when they become airborne during vacuuming, making
beds or when textiles are disturbed.
- Q: What are some of the health effects?
- A: Allergic reactions are the most common health
problems associated with biological pollutants. Symptoms often
include watery eyes, runny nose
- and sneezing, nasal congestion, itching, coughing, wheezing and
difficulty breathing, headache, dizziness and fatigue. Dust mites
have been identified
- as the single most important trigger for asthma attacks.
- Q: How are biological contaminants transported through
- A: Molds and dust mites thrive in areas of high
humidity. Mold grows on organic materials such as paper, textiles,
grease, dirt and soap scum. Mold
- spores float throughout the house, forming new colonies where
they land. Dust mites thrive on dead human skin cells and in textiles
- bedding, carpeting and upholstery. When these textiles are disturbed
during vacuuming, making beds or walking on carpet, the dust particles
- airborne. Pollen, plant material that enters through windows
or on pets, and animal dander also become airborne when disturbed.
- caused by bacteria and viruses are generally passed from person
to person through physical contact, but some circulate through
- Q: If I'm concerned about the biological contaminants
in my home, what can I do to deal with the problem?
- A: There are no practical tests for biological
contaminants for use by non-professionals. However there are signs
to watch for. You can sometimes
- see and smell mold colonies growing on surfaces. Mold growth
should be suspected wherever there are water stains, standing water
- Prevent mold growth by keeping basements, bathrooms and other
rooms clean and dry. Use a disinfectant to clean surfaces that
- on them. If carpeting or furnishings become wet, they must be
quickly and thoroughly dried or discarded.
- Humidifiers, dehumidifiers and air conditioning condensing units
should be regularly cleaned with a disinfectant such as chlorine
- Keep humidity at acceptable levels (less than 50 percent) and
make sure there's plenty of ventilation, especially in areas where
- tends to build up.
- People who are sensitive to dust mites may need to replace carpeting
in their homes with hard surfaced flooring and use area rugs that
- be removed and cleaned.
- Vacuums with high efficiency filters or central vacuum systems
can help reduce the airborne dust generated by vacuuming.