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Story Updated: May 7, 2012

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(NewsUSA) - Many Americans view their homes as safe havens, but homes are not necessarily where the health is. Indoor air pollutants can cause major health problems, especially since most Americans spend 87 percent of their time indoors.

According to the Mayo Clinic, 40 million Americans suffered from chronic sinus infections in 1999. Ninety-six percent of those infections were mold-related. The Canadian Federal Ministry of Health has linked mold to asthma and Organic Toxic Dust Syndrome (OTSD), an acute respiratory illness. But mold isn't the only indoor pollutant. Paints, varnishes and normal household cleaners can all reduce indoor air health.

For this reason, many families are choosing to arrange home inspections by certified professionals to evaluate their indoor air quality. Should an inspection reveal problems, the family can then take steps to eliminate pollutants.

Environmental Service Professionals, Inc. (ESP) trains Certified Environmental Home Inspectors (CEHI) to provide standard home inspections in combination with indoor air quality, mold and moisture, volatile organic compound (VOC), lead and radon, and other highly important environmental inspections. ESP recommends arranging annual inspections to not only provide peace of mind for your family, your health and your home but also to maintain or increase the value of your asset by displaying a Healthy Green Living Certification Seal in your home's window. The Healthy Green Living Certification shows that your home is safe from environmental hazards and ensures the health of your family.

Some instances where you might want to have your home inspected include:

- Allergies. Allergy symptoms aren't always seasonal. Mold, dust, insects and other indoor allergens can cause red eyes,

sneezing, breathing problems and chronic headaches and fatigue. If you or your family members suffer from chronic allergies, an EcoCheck Inspection might find ways to reduce the allergens in your home.

- Excess moisture or leaks. Whether it's a leaking pipe or a flooded basement, moisture gives mold an opportunity to grow. If you see moisture in your home, you should get it inspected for mold.

- Moving. If you're moving out of your old house, an inspection can boost your resale value.

Having a home inspected before you move in can help you identify and fix any problems before they affect your health.

For more information, visit www.espusa.net or call 888-525-CEHI (2344).