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Indoor Environmental Health "Around the Rock"

Part One in a Multipart Series

Shadow rock homes are advanced residential structures in both form and function. Our homes include all the modern conveniences (indoor plumbing, electricity, central heat and air, etc.) neatly packaged in a desert resistant capsule. However advanced our homes, there is a variety of indoor environmental issues about which you should be aware.

In future "Around the Rock" publications, we will attempt to uncover the common indoor environmental that may affect you and your neighbors. Common questions will be addressed, myths will be dispelled, information will be provided to educate homeowners and references will be listed to allow homeowners to procure additional information regarding each subject. We will tackle topics that may affect your indoor environmental quality such as:

  • Mold
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Fiberglass
  • Offgassing
  • Pesticides
  • Sewage Human Borne Pathogens
  • Sewer Gasses
  • Radon
  • Allergens
  • Home Air Filtration Devices
  • Air Conditioning Care

Mold, the Preventable Pestilence

  • What is mold?
  • Why does it grow?
  • What are the health effects associated with mold overexposure?
  • How to prevent mold growth in the home (bathroom vents, leak detection, rapid drying, condensate pans, running toilets, new refrigerators, broken roof tiles, grading, weep screed, dryer vents, directional sprinklers, teenage showers, toddler baths, emergency plan)
  • What to do when there is visible mold growth in the home
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

Sewage Backflow and Human Borne Pathogens

  • What is a sewage backflow?
  • What makes a sewage backflow dangerous?
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

Fiberglass, Is It Really the Next Asbestos?

  • What is fiberglass?
  • What makes fiberglass different from asbestos.
  • What are the health effects of fiberglass overexposure?
  • Is the fiberglass found all Shadow Rock homes negatively affecting my family?
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

What is Valley Fever?

  • What is Valley Fever?
  • What are the symptoms of Valley Fever?
  • How do I protect myself against Valley Fever?
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

Ahwatukee and Radon

  • What is Radon?
  • What are the health effects associated with Radon?
  • How to find out if radon is in the home?
  • What to do if Radon measures above the permissible exposure limit in the home
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

Reducing Allergens in the Home

  • What are the common allergens in a residential structure?
  • How to reduce allergen exposure in the home
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

New Car Smell and 99 Other Examples of Chemical Offgassing

  • What is chemical offgassing?
  • What are the health effects associated with chemical offgassing?
  • How to reduce exposure to the chemicals emitted by offgassing.
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

Pesticides and You

  • Statistics regarding pesticides around the home
  • Why pesticide application requires careful attention and precaution.
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

Why are the Pipes Bent Under My Sink?

  • What are Sewer gasses?
  • What is a P-trap?
  • How do I reduce or prevent sewer gas infiltration into my home?
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

Do Home HEPA Filters Work?

  • What is HEPA?
  • What other home air cleaners are available?
  • Where can I get more information regarding?

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