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Indoor Air Quality

Mold, Mildew, Fungus &
Other Indoor Air Quality Problems

Damp or flooded basements, bathrooms with inadequate ventilation, ceilings after roof leaks and other areas of a home damaged by moisture can all create indoor air quality problems. Mold, mildew and fungus can grow in a damp environment, and release spores and other allergens that impact indoor air quality. People living or working in moldy environments can suffer hay fever-like symptoms or other more serious health problems.

Below are several websites that provide information on maintaining good indoor air quality and eliminating problems associated with mold and mildew.  As well, some additional links to the EPA and USA Today websites where additional documentation can be found are listed below






After moving into a new office building in New Orleans, Sherry Watters and her co-workers began complaining of odd ailments. Rashes. Runny noses. Breathing problems so severe that some employees carted oxygen to meetings.

When mold takes hold Renters from arid Arizona to tony Manhattan attribute sinus infections, seizures and worse to the toxins lurking in the apartments they know they should flee --but often can't.

United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Children's Health Initiative: Toxic Mold

    Outbreaks of the fungi Stachybotrys chartarum (S. chartarum) are under investigation for an association with the deaths of infants in Cleveland, Ohio, and serious health problems in other areas of the U.S. Although not widely found, Stachybotrys chartarum has been studied for the last 20 years. The following is documented.

EPA Website

Desert Dry Waterproofing Contractors (DDWC) has provided the above links to is clientele, as a source of education, on the subjects of mold, mildew and fungus.  There are growing concerns in the work place as well as in the home environment concerning fungus related illness.  Some estimates put indoor air pollution at up to five (5) times that of outdoor air pollution.  Waterproofing your basement is one of the best efforts you can make in the war against mold.  Because the links above are not on DDWC's website we have no control over there status.  If a page is not viewable there is nothing we can do to make it available.  It is under the control of that organization's website.

For those that have standing water in their yards and are concerned about mosquitoes, click HERE to read more about the actual danger to our health.  These little predators kill more people in one day than sharks do in an entire year.  This year nine people have died in the US from West Nile Disease alone

DDWC is dedicated to making your life more comfortable and safer by providing you with first class waterproofing services for the inside as well as the outside of your home and living areas.  Call today to find out how we can help you!  1-800-238-8805