What is at issue here is not
improved construction, but the fact
that we are not keeping our tightly
constructed environments as
clean
as we should be.
The Indoor Air Problem
Sick homes or "Sick Building Syndrome" as it is more
commonly called is a term that refers to homes and
buildings which collect pollutants or otherwise directly
contribute to the contamination of the air inside.  This
results in the sickness and disease of the individuals who
live or work inside of sick buildings.  Since the 1970's,
we have been making our homes and buildings very air
tight and energy efficient without considering the affect
this would have on the indoor air we breathe.  We have
now learned that airtight homes and buildings collect,
compound and even create pollutants in the indoor air we
breathe.  In essence, we have sealed in energy saving
heat and air conditioning and sealed out everything that
makes our air healthy to breathe. Correlated with these
energy saving measures, we have had epidemic increases
in the number of people who are now suffering with
allergies, asthma and myriad of other air quality related
health problems.  Hundreds of thousands of people are
rushed to the hospital each year because of asthma
attacks and millions now require doctor visits, drugs,
shots and inhalers in order to breathe correctly.
 
Common and Often
Unrecognized

  • Stuffy Nose
  • Nasal Drip
  • Itchy Throat
  • Itchy Eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Tiredness
  • Fatigue
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Inability to Concentrate
Symptoms of Indoor Air Contamination
Advanced and Often
Misdiagnosed

  • Headaches
  • Memory Loss
  • Snoring
  • Sleep Difficulty
  • Dizziness
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Sinusitis
  • Ear Infections
  • Sinus Infections
  • Asthma Mild to Severe
  • Allergies to:
Dust, Dander, Pollen,
Mites, Mold, Chemicals
Other Indicators of Air
Contamination

Odors From:
  • New Buildings
  • Paints
  • Urethanes
  • New Carpet
  • New Vinyl
  • House Pets
  • Sewer Drains
  • Smoke
  • Mold
  • Mildew
Articles about the indoor air problem appear daily in
newspapers and magazines.  There are television news
programs airing specials about the serious health affects of
mold, large dust mite populations and the chemicals found in
indoor air.  The annual economic toll for Americans is in the
billions of dollars.  The indoor air crisis is also evidenced by
the massive amounts of television, magazine and newspaper
ads for drugs that are supposed to help people breathe.  The
US government has considered the indoor air pollution
problem to be a #1 environmental health concern.  The level
of airborne contaminants can be as much as 100 times more
polluted than outdoor air in the worst of cities.
Carpets are very effective Sinks / Filters. They
absorb and adsorb gases and particles of all kinds. The
sink effect of carpet can be a benefit. Periodically,
carpet and other fibers indoors need to be emptied.
Under the most ideal situation, carpet constantly takes in
and then releases at various emission rates a variety of
unwanted substances. The "sink" when loaded or filled
becomes a releasing "source." Humans are exposed to
those sinks through direct contact, such as children on
the floor or by the release of the contaminant from the
sink / filter.
We know that if carpet is not cleaned for periods of time, it captures particulate matter of all kinds.
Some of this matter is food for living organisms. The carpet can become a niche for biopollutants.
There is nothing particular about carpet which would automatically promote the growth of
biopollutants. An unclean carpet, like any fibrous material, when exposed to moisture in the air can
be the source of and can be responsible for the proliferation of a wide variety of living organisms
including bacteria, fungi, and mites. Where carpet is installed and how it is maintained is extremely
important to indoor environmental quality. Carpet needs to be kept dry at all costs and free of
pollutant buildup inside and below. All conditions that make carpet a safe and healthy floor covering
are achievable and manageable. It's highly reccomened you clean your carpeting at least once a
year, if you have children, pets and a busy home... You may want to consider twice a year or a
more frequent maintenance plan to maintain a clean, healthy indoor environment.
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Indoor environmental problems cause more widespread health
problems than all the outdoor environmental problems put together
                 
Dr. James M. Seltzer, MD, journal of HealthCare Design
Did You Know -

The EPA ranks poor indoor
air quality among the
TOP FIVE environmental
risks to public health.
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Carpets Are Great Filters -
It's what can build up in your
carpet that can cause
potential health issues.
- Your carpet and rugs act as a
“filter” in your home for your indoor
air.  Their fibers “grab” particulates
and contaminants, hold them and
keep them out of the breathing zone
until they can be removed by
vacuuming or a deep thorough
cleaning.  

Like any filter, it needs to be cleaned
because when it gets full it cannot
grab anything else … and every time
you step on a “full” filter you release
contaminants back into the air.
Today, millions of people
suffer form allergies and
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