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When is it time for home air quality testing?

Here’s a typical scenario. A homeowner, let’s call him Jack, has recently been experiencing what he thinks might be allergies, though he’s never had them before. Weeks pass, antihistamines don’t help and he continues to sneeze and cough and blow his nose. Finally he goes to a department store and they tell him he probably has dust mites or pollen in the air and needs air purifiers in every room. They say nothing about home air quality testing.

Twenty-four hours and $450 later, Jack is purifying the air in every room of his house – and he’s still sneezing and coughing and blowing his nose. Two more weeks go by, and nothing has changed. He sees a doctor, who tells him he has allergies. To what? Jack asks. Could be a million things, the doctor replies and offers to order a series of expensive allergy tests to be followed by expensive allergy shots – possibly for the rest of his life.

Jack goes home defeated. He’s already out $450, plus $65 for the doctor’s visit, so he’s not ready to lay down another $300 for allergy tests and who knows how much for shots. While he’s reading the newspaper that evening, in between sneezing fits, he comes upon a story about how mold can cause the exact same symptoms he’s having. The story says often the only way to detect mold is with a service that provides home air quality testing.

Mold? Jack tries to think if he’s ever seen mold in his house. The basement always smells musty when he goes down there to wash clothes and defrost the freezer, but he’s never actually seen any mold there. Of course, with a single bulb on the ceiling, it’s always pretty dark down there. Hmmm. Home air quality testing.

Jack goes online and finds a company that performs mold inspection and mold removal services – and they’re in the Philly metro area, which is where Jack lives. He calls them and makes an appointment for home air quality testing.

To make a long story short, the inspectors find that Jack’s basement is heavily contaminated with mold caused by a leaking washer, water lingering around the freezer and humidity from an improperly vented dryer. They also find mold in other parts of the house. Several days later, a team comes to remove the mold, and within 10 days, Jack’s allergies have disappeared.

MoldRemovalPhiladelphia.net would be happy to perform home air quality testing where you live and mold removal services, if they are required. Just call (610) 710-1414, or you can contact us through our website.

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