Hidden Health Hazards in Your Home
Contributing Author: Lucas Bergman
We like to think of our homes as safe havens, where we can always relax and unwind. We overlook that things may not be as they seem and that many hazards do not wait outside — they taint our indoor environment.
Namely, there are many threats that tend to fly under our radar and affect our health. Weeding them out can be a real challenge, but far from mission impossible. In order to help you stay on the safe side, we shall cover some of the most common threats, as well as steps for mitigating their risks.
As a flavorless and odorless gas, carbon monoxide remains undetected until you start feeling very sick. This silent killer originates from furnaces, heaters, fireplaces and stoves that consume organic fuel. Resulting emissions, when combined with a lack of proper ventilation, are a grave problem. To steer clear of it, hire technicians to maintain and service your appliances.
You can also invest in carbon monoxide detectors to have an early warning system in place.
This highly toxic metal was commonly used in construction processes and consumer products prior to 1978. At that time, it was discovered that it impedes mental development, affects human behavior and causes various disorders and ailments. This is to say that in case you are living in an older home, you need to inspect whether the paint, pipes, dust and soil are contaminated.
You can call a licensed risk assessor, contact an environmental lab or buy a home test kit for lead.
Asbestos was another dangerous substance widely used as a construction material before the 1980s. It was considered nothing short of a miracle mineral. Alas, it was discovered it poses a serious health risk, the culprit behind conditions like asbestosis and mesothelioma.
To do away with this menace, call the professionals. Typically, after the identification and removal process, an asbestos clearance inspection takes place. This final stage ensures that there are no lingering asbestos elements.
Many people use chemical cleaners and when not carefully selected, these products can really do more harm than good. In other words, you have to keep an eye on the label and steer away from items that contain toxins. Ammonia, for instance, is proven to trigger or aggravate asthma. On the other hand, chlorine bleach has elements that irritate lungs and can be even deadly when inhaled. Therefore, you are better off seeking natural alternatives like baking soda and vinegar.
These tiny microscopic organisms thrive in homes where a lot of moisture and organic materials are present. Any damp area with poor ventilation is likely to mother it. Symptoms of prolonged exposure involve coughing, asthma attacks, eye irritation, nasal congestion, skin irritation, etc. Those who have them must discourage mold growth and reduce the humidity inside. What is more, it is possible to use non-ammonia cleaners, dishwasher soap and water to remove the mold.
Chemicals in furnishing
Anti-stain treatments used for furniture and draperies can conceal chemical compounds that are now known to be carcinogens. Older carpets and stuffing in mattresses and furniture may also contain dangerous flame-retardants that negatively impact nervous and reproductive systems in the body. So, if you have these items in your household, be careful. You can either seal up the rips or get rid of them. But, it is probably safer to replace them with modern, nontoxic counterparts.
In the clear
Sometimes, the most perilous hazards are those that operate in a clandestine fashion. The consequences of inaction and ignorance range from slight inconvenience to fatal health issues. Therefore, pay close attention to household products you use. Take advantage of professional inspection and removal services to address the root cause of the problem. It is time to banish the hazards for good and limit your exposure to environmental risks.
There is no better way to preserve the health and well-being of you and your loved ones.
Lucas is a real estate agent and renewable energy consultant with many hobbies and passions, but above all, he enjoys the most spending time with his wife – Mara.
He also likes Lord of the Rings.He, actually, very much likes Lord of the Rings. He is a regular contributor at smoothdecorator.com