Why Your Home Might Be Making You Sick

Your home should be a place of refuge and safety for your family. However, some common house problems might be negatively impacting your health. While some of these problems most commonly cause sickness in adults, they can be extremely hazardous for children, infants, and the elderly.

Hazardous Materials

Nowadays, there are much more rigorous building standards than in past decades. If you live in a home that was built before the 1980s, you may find yourself with potential health hazards. Occasionally, to cut costs and build as fast as possible, people would use inexpensive materials that had unintended side effects on the people who lived there.

Asbestos was used in walls and ceilings quite frequently and may cause respiratory damage. Another material that was often used is lead—specifically in paints. If lead paint cracks, it can become extremely dusty. Hire an auditor to make sure your home meets standards (it probably should).

Unclean Air

You might also have unclean air trapped inside your home. Even if you don’t smoke, you might be breathing in toxins that can severely impact your health because of a dirty HVAC system. Poor airflow is one of the key ingredients to infecting people with an illness.

For example, mold often gets into air ducts and can spread throughout your whole HVAC system. As your system runs, it is casting mold particles into the air. This not only is bad for your health, but it makes for a perfect mold-growing climate. This further amplifies the problem. Make sure you clean the system’s air ducts frequently.

Pest Problems

Have you noticed sounds of scampering within your home’s walls? Do you notice small points of entry for unwanted intruders? A pest problem can make you sick. It can be especially lethal if you eat foods another critter has munched on.

If you suspect you have a pest problem, set traps in areas of your home that have been most affected. Throw away contaminated foods, and seal others in Tupperware or other creative ways. Make sure your floors are clean—especially in the kitchen. If you think the issue has gone too far, hire a professional exterminator to get the job done.

When it comes to your home, you should do everything possible to make sure it is safe. This may involve deep renovations and solving tough pest problems. However, this is the best way you can keep your children and yourself safe inside your home.

Read this net: How to Protect Yourself and Others from Illness This Winter

Simon Greenberg

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