Learning how to control your home's environment can improve comfort and may reduce the risk of health complications. There are many sources of indoor air pollution, including excess moisture or water leaks, ill-operating heating appliances, tobacco products, building materials, pets, household cleaning products, and natural sources.
RAPCA’s Indoor Air Quality Program provides phone consultations, literature, and basic visual inspections to identify risk factors for poor indoor air quality. Recommendations to improve indoor air quality are based on U.S. EPA guidelines. RAPCA cannot require tenants, homeowners, school or business owners to address indoor air issues, as no regulations exist to achieve compliance. With this in mind, RAPCA focuses on providing to all parties information that is helpful for proper management of indoor air quality issues.
What can RAPCA do to help me?
RAPCA provides phone consultations, literature and visual inspections to identify risk factors for poor indoor air quality. RAPCA cannot require tenants, homeowners, schools or business owners to address indoor air issues because there are no regulations for indoor air. Instead we follow U.S. EPA’s guidelines to make recommendations to both tenants and home owners on steps they can take to improve indoor air quality.
Do you perform indoor air testing?
No. If you would like indoor air testing performed, please contact an environmental consultant or industrial hygienist. Local companies can be found in the telephone book or on the internet.
How can I improve my indoor air quality?
- Eliminate excess moisture in your home
Excess moisture in your home can lead to mold problems. Exposure to mold can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Be sure to fix water leaks immediately and dry wet items out as quickly as possible to avoid mold growth.
- Do not smoke indoors
Tobacco smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers. Avoid smoking in your home, or better yet, quit smoking altogether.
- Keep appliances in good working order
Poorly operating natural gas and wood burning appliances can emit high levels of carbon monoxide and/or smoke resulting in unhealthy and even deadly conditions inside your home. Be sure to have your appliances inspected on a regular basis to make sure they are operating properly. Also, if you are using a wood burning stove to heat your home, be sure to only burn dry, seasoned wood and maintain a hot fire.
- Clean up after pets and pests
Pets and insects can contribute to asthma. Clean up pet hair and waste, keep garbage and food contained and covered, and wash bed linens frequently.
How do I clean up mold?
Soft materials, like paper, cardboard, clothes, stuffed animals, pillows, mattresses, and soft furniture, must be thrown away. Metal, glass, concrete, and some plastics can usually be cleaned. We recommend using just soap and water instead of bleach. Bleach can cause health problems if it is inhaled.
Can you make my landlord fix the mold problem?
No. RAPCA does not have this authority because there are no indoor air regulations. We recommend that you report any water or mold problems to your landlord immediately. If you are having problems with your landlord fixing these problems in a reasonable timeframe, visit the Ohio Legal Services website to learn about escrowing your rent payment.