North Alabama “Sick Building Syndrome”

North Alabama Sick Building Syndrome

"The term sick building syndrome SBS (also known as multiple chemical sensitivity or environmental illness) describes a range of health problems in which reported symptoms among a population of building occupants can be temporally associated with their presence in that building,”says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

North Alabama sick building syndrome causes are frequently attributed to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system flaws. Other causes have been attributed to contaminants produced by outgassing some types of building materials, volatile organic compounds (VOC), improper exhaust ventilation of ozone, industrial chemicals used within, or lack of adequate fresh-air intake/air filtration.  

Many volatile organic compounds can cause acute effects on the occupants of a building. Bacteria, molds, pollen, and viruses are types of biological contaminants that can also cause sick building syndrome.

Symptoms of North Alabama Sick Building Syndrome

Building occupants may complain of symptoms such as:

  • Irritation of eyes, nose and/or throat 
  • Skin irritation  
  • Headache, dizziness and/or nausea
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Hyper-sensitivity to odors and/or taste  

All of which may lesson or disappear when occupants are outside the building. According to the EPA, the following diagnostic leads may point to the possibility of SBS:

  • Are problems temporally related to time spent in a particular building or part of a building?
  • Do symptoms resolve when the individual is not in the building?
  • Do symptoms recur seasonally (heating, cooling)?
  • Have co-workers, peers noted similar complaints?

Ways to Prevent North Alabama Sick Building Syndrome

  • Using Ozone to eliminate the many sources of such as VOC, molds, mildrews, bacteria, viruses and odors.
  • Pollutant source removal or modification to storage of sources.
  • Replacement of water-stained ceiling tiles and carpeting.
  • Use paints, adhesives, solvents, and pesticides in well-ventilated areas, and use of these pollutant sources during periods of non-occupancy.
  • Increase the number of air exchanges, The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers recommend a minimum of 8.4 air exchanges per 24 hour period.
  • Proper and frequent maintenance of HVAC systems
  • Regular vacuuming with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner to collect and retain 99.97% of particles down to and including 0.3 micrometers

The symptoms of North Alabama Sick Building Syndrome can be controlled and/or eliminated by removing the source of the contamination. Radon Solutions & Services, Inc. provides comprehensive North Alabama abatement services within your home or building.  

We specialize in the following North Alabama abatement services

All work is performed by individuals certified in North Alabama mold remediation and follow industry standards for isolation and removal of contaminated building materials.

Call Radon Solutions & Services, Inc. for an Inspection today (256) 539.7236

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