Is Your Home Affecting Your Health?
Your home is a safe haven. But, there are ways your home can damage your health.
A healthy home is a happy home. What do we mean? Well, did you know about these seven home hazards that could be affecting your health? Not to worry, our friends at HomeAdvisor tackle how to identify them as well as how to fix them.
#1 Mold, fungus and mildew
Aside from their smell and unsightly nature, mold, fungus and mildew can pose a serious threat to your health. If you notice any signs of these hazards (especially mold and mildew), have them removed immediately.
#2 Water-borne pollutants
Public water supplies are generally kept to a very high standard. But, it’s impossible to eliminate all water contaminants. If there is a failure in any part of your purification system, your water supply could contain dangerous pollutants. Replace your purification system to ensure your water is clean.
#3 Carbon monoxide
In sufficient quantities, carbon monoxide can kill. Carbon monoxide is difficult to detect because of its odorless and colorless nature. Address any carbon monoxide problems by ventilating your impacted space. For a long-term solution, consider installing a carbon monoxide detector.
Lead causes memory loss, muscular issues and dementia. Make sure to check your paint and plumbing for lead if your home was built before 1975. If you find lead in your home, have it removed immediately.
#5 Home chemicals
Most of us have potentially harmful chemicals in our homes. These include:
- Cleaning agents
- Nail polish
Most of these substances can be replaced by safer, organic products. If not, keep your toxic chemicals out of reach of children and pets.
Dust can irritate your respiratory tract. Clean any obvious dust using a damp cloth or an electrostatic wipe. Regularly vacuum curtains, upholstery and carpets. Make sure you use a HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner. Less efficient filters allow too much dust to escape back into a room.
#7 Dampness and leaks
Moisture encourages the growth of molds and other harmful microorganisms. Eliminate any leaks in your plumbing or roofing to avoid mildew and mold problems.
If you feel unwell in your home, you may be suffering from a home hazard. Tackle any health problems in your home to stay healthy.
Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free. Connect with Andrea on Google+