Have you or someone you’ve known complained about being mildly unwell, something that gradually sets in and they just can’t seem to shake? Many who experience this wonder if they are sick: if this is some sort of low-level infection or a sign of a much more dangerous long-term illness. Some think to change their routine, habits, or exercise more. However, few think about how it could be the building they work or live in that could be causing this, something that is known as Sick Building Syndrome.
What is Sick Building Syndrome?
Sick Building Syndrome – or SBS – is a condition where people who spend time in a specific building feel sick or unwell for no apparent reason. Usually, these symptoms increase the longer a person is in the building, and can be so gradual that they don’t notice it until they spend time away from the building and suddenly start to feel better.
Building-Related Symptoms of SBS
While the symptoms can differ from person to person and location to location, the following symptoms are the most common and have been linked to Sick Building Syndrome. These may sometimes be called “Building-Related Symptoms” to differ them the cause of the issues – the sick building.
- Eye, Nose, and Throat Irritation
- Dizziness and Nausea
Causes of Sick Building Syndrome
Sick building syndrome is linked to two major factors: building material and “bioaerosol” (in this case airborne mold spores) getting in the air, and poor ventilation that causes and exacerbates these issues. Molds, outgassing and flaking building materials, and bad HVAC creates places of “sick air” and places for mold to thrive are all a part of SBS. Worse, in some of these cases, both black mold and even asbestos are present and can cause long-term health conditions and even death.
If you feel like your home or office building is making you sick, it’s time to seek professionals. Fiber Control, Inc. is an asbestos and mold remediation company dedicated to providing the best diagnostic, remediation, and removal services for asbestos, mold, and lead paint in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Contact us today to take a look at your personal or company building so you can start feeling better today.