Do Funny Odors in Your House Indicate Poor Air Quality?
Funny odors in the house are common. Some household odors are merely objectionable, but they aren’t hazardous to your health. Cooking odors are a good example of this type of odor.
Some odors, such as a rotten egg smell or a fishy smell might indicate a serious safety issue. A rotten egg smell could indicate a gas leak and a fishy smell could indicate a problem with your electrical system.
Do You Have Any of these Odors?
Some odors such as mustiness, cat urine, and swampy odors indicate problems that could affect your health. These odors could indicate that you have poor air quality.
Mustiness and Cat Urine Odors
A musty odor is often a sign of mold or mildew, especially in humid or moisture-prone environments like the crawlspace, laundry room, kitchen, or bathroom. Mold and mildew increase poor air quality and can cause severe respiratory problems.
If you don’t have a cat, but you smell cat urine, especially after it rains, it also could be a sign of mold. Certain types of mold, including dangerous toxic black mold, have a smell similar to cat urine. Black mold or large areas of other molds should be remediated by a professional. The crawlspace is a common area for mold.
A swampy, earthy odor usually means you have rotting wood somewhere in your home. Naturally you need to find and fix or replace the wood. But you also need to find out the source of the problem. Many times, moisture and standing water in the crawlspace can be the source of the problem. It can cause floors to rot and buckle. Crawlspace encapsulation may be necessary to prevent more damage.
Who Can You Call for Problems with Poor Air Quality?
The Clean Air Co., a locally owned company in business since 2004, can address and remediate many poor air quality problems. Our services include air duct cleaning, crawlspace encapsulation, and mold abatement. Give us a call if you need help with any of these issues.
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