Here are some things to consider from the American Lung Association about air quality in your home:
Is anyone smoking indoors? No one should smoke indoors.
Can you see or smell mold or mildew?
Is the humidity regularly above 50 percent?
Are there leaks or standing water anywhere—kitchen, basement, attic?
Are all fuel-burning appliances (gas stoves, water heaters, fireplaces) fully vented to the outdoors?
Is there an attached garage or basement where cars, lawnmowers or motorcycles are stored?
Are household chemicals, paints or solvents stored indoors or in an attached garage or basement?
Have you recently remodeled or added new furniture, carpeting or painted?
Do you use odor-masking chemicals or "air-freshening" devices?
Has kitchen or food garbage been covered and removed?
Have you used pesticides recently?
If you have an ongoing air quality issue, call SERVPRO of College Park/Hyattsvile for further consultation. We have a staff of professionals, certified in all aspects of deodorization and microbial remediation.