Homes That Perform!

Indoor Air Quality Problems: Unwanted Moisture

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 @ 04:18 PM

Unwanted Moisture Is Your Enemy:

Mold is a big concern when it comes to indoor air quality problems for homeowners in Greenville, Rockford, & Ionia Areas. In our previous blog article, we stated that there are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture. Obviously, moisture or water prevention and management are critical for your home.

Read More

Tags: Mold, Odors, Indoor Air Problems, Moisture Problems

Indoor Air Quality Problems: Mold And Your Greenville Home.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Sep 17, 2013 @ 01:18 PM

Mold Growth In Homes Is A Hot Topic Today.

You may have heard a news report talking about the danger of exposure to mold in our homes and at work. Mold comes in thousands of varieties and exists in every indoor and outdoor environment. It is a natural and necessary part of nature and the environments we live in. While many types of mold have positive benefits, there are several strains that can lead to health problems if allowed to flourish.

Read More

Tags: Mold, Indoor Air Problems, IAQ, Moisture Problems

Indoor Air Problems: How To Control Dust Problems.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

We've Talked About The Problems Caused By Dust, Now Let's Move Towards Some Step By Step Solutions To Control Them.

House dust is known to contain many hazardous materials, and it is an asthma trigger. So obviously reducing it will improve your indoor air quality.

Read More

Tags: Indoor Air Problems, Dust Problems, IAQ, Health Threats

Indoor Air Quality Problems: Bugs, Critters And Spiderwebs.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Mon, Sep 09, 2013 @ 03:49 PM

Got Any Of These? Rodents, Insects, Pests, Cobwebs, and Spiderwebs.

They all are 'red flags' and are indicators about the performance of your home. You don’t have to live with them and you shouldn’t. H&H Plumbing & Heating specializes in identifying problmes and then solving them. You’re probably wasting energy and living in less than ideal health conditions having an impact on your indoor air quality.

Read More

Tags: Indoor Air Problems, Pests, IAQ, Health Threats

Dust Related Indoor Air Quality Issues: Is There A Hidden Risk?

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Aug 20, 2013 @ 04:15 PM

Attention Greenville Homeowners: House Dust Is A Rich Source Of Bacteria.

Whether you know this or not, there are unknown things living in the dark and dusty corners of your home and office, scientists are now one step closer to cataloguing exactly what might be lurking in your indoor environment. Buildings have their own pattern of bacteria in indoor dust, which includes species normally found in the human gut, according to new research

Read More

Tags: Indoor Air Problems, Dust Problems, IAQ, Health Threats

Greenville Area Indoor Air Quality Problems: Dust Troubles Part 2.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

Your Home May Be 'Sucking' It All In.

If there are holes, the next question is, "What is the force that would cause the house to suck in the dust?" In your house, the most likely force would be negative pressures caused by leaks or imbalances in the forced air system.
If, for instance, the supply ducts in the basement are very leaky, then the system is blowing less air into the living space than is coming back through the return ducts. This will cause the house to have a negative pressure relative to the outside (and the attic). In other words, it will cause the house to suck air out of the attic, if there are holes.

In some houses, this same effect is created by closing bedroom doors. The heating/air conditioning system is blowing air into the bedrooms, but the air can't get back out to the return duct located in a central hallway. The bedrooms are being blown up like a balloon,(except the sheetrock doesn't stretch) and rest of the house is under a negative pressure, with the return trying to suck in air from wherever it can get it. If the easiest place for that air to come from is the attic, then that's where it will come from, complete with dust, 'critter' droppings, insulation fibers, and whatever else might be up there between the house and the attic.

Of course, it's also quite possible that these same forces are sucking air into the house from the basement or from outside, rather than from the attic. The only way to know for sure is to have the house tested with a blower door, a device designed to locate the holes in the house and measure their size.

Aside from the dust, the air is probably also hot and wet in the summer, cold and dry in the winter, and contaminated with a variety of pollutants all year round. Identifying the problems and fixing them will not only improve your dust situation, but will also reduce your energy bills, increase your comfort, and enhance the health of you and your family.

Read More

Tags: Indoor Air Problems, Attic, Air Leaks, IAQ

Indoor Air Quality Problems: Dust Troubles Part 1.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 04:49 PM

This Is For Grand Rapids Homeowners Who Experience Dust Troubles? "Within two days, I have dust sitting on all my surfaces..!!"

"My curtains become filthy within a week after taking them down and washing them. Yet there is only one small vent near them and I don't see much dust there. I had my vents inspected before we put in the new equipment and was told I did not have any problem. We have checked as far as we can see and see no build up or debris in the vents. What could be causing this problem and how can we fix it?"

Read More

Tags: Indoor Air Problems, Dust Problems, Air Leaks, IAQ

Indoor Air Quality Problems: Sniffing Out Smells.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 02:00 PM

Point Your Nose In The Right Direction And Follow It To These Areas; It Might Tell You Something.

I don't know about you, but women are better than men when it comes to sniffing out smells in your home. If you'll check these areas, it could tell you some interesting things:

Read More

Tags: Mold, Indoor Air Problems, IAQ, Moisture Problems

Identifying Indoor Air Quality Problems...Do You Have Any?

Posted by Michael Kamps on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 @ 03:41 PM

People spend about 90% of their time indoors.

The EPA ranked indoor air pollution among the top five environmental dangers to the public. Why? Our homes are sealed, insulated and efficient. While this is a very good thing and the goal of every homeowner, it locks in allergenic particles, infectious agents and other toxic agents. Keep in mind the house is an integrated system where one improvement can affect the other. At H&H Plumbing & Heating, our experience has helped solve many of these problems our customers have experienced. It always starts with identifying the problems.

Read More

Tags: Air Filters, Indoor Air Problems, IAQ

Indoor Air Quality Problems And Today's Home.

Posted by Michael Kamps on Fri, Jul 19, 2013 @ 09:05 AM

Growing Problems With Indoor Air Quality.

One of the main reasons for heightened public concern about deteriorating indoor air quality is the alarming number of children and young adults with severe allergies and asthma. With that in mind let's talk about today's home.
Changes in new home construction practices that evolved out of the 1970's energy crisis created "tight homes" = tightly sealed, heavily insulated and very energy efficient. While these new construction practices help conserve energy, they also lock in allergenic particles, infectious agents and toxic compounds.
Your beautiful, "clean" home could be a major source of airborne contaminates that could prevent you and your family from feeling healthy and energetic.

New home sizes have steadily increased from approximately 1,100 average square feet in the 1940s and 1950s to over 2,400 square feet in 2005.27, 28 At the same time, even as home sizes have increased, home building techniques have resulted in “tighter,” more energy-efficient homes that unfortunately also allow a greater build-up of indoor air pollution.

Here's some statistics and useful information from AirAdvice.

Read More

Tags: Indoor Air Problems, Garage, Energy Efficiency