Common Health Hazards That Could Be Lurking in Your Home

OK, you probably saw the word “lurking” and already you started to feel a bit uncomfortable, right? After all, who really wants to feel like they are relaxing in their home while things are slinking around or secretly waiting to come out?

So, before we get deeper into this article, please know that the intent is not to unsettle you. It’s simply to make you aware that sometimes what you don’t know, if it goes untreated for a long period of time, it actually can hurt you (or make things really expensive to fix). In the effort to provide you with “an ounce of prevention”, here are our top five common health hazards that yes, could possibly be lurking around in your house:

Unhealthy building materials. If you live in an older home, your house may have been built or decorated with materials that have actually been band from building products. Some of them would include asbestos (a mineral fiber used for insulation), wood preservatives (many of them contain arsenic) and lead-based paint. The first two can cause cancer and lead poisoning can damage the brain and nervous system (if digested).

Mold. Mold is a type of fungus that, if not caught quickly, can literally overtake your house and if left untreated, it can first bring about symptoms like headaches, muscle and joint pain, memory loss, depression and fatigue that, overtime, it can also be fatal. Some of the places that mold likes to grow are around leaky sinks, under appliances (like refrigerators and washing machines) and in places that have high humidity, such as the basement.

Pesticides. When you see pests, you probably want to immediately call an exterminator to get rid of them. Here’s the thing that you have to remember, though: both pesticides and herbicides are specifically created to kill of living organisms. So yes, they can put anything (or one) at a health risk. The smart thing to do is to be aggressive about keeping pests away from your home by doing things like keeping your floors and surfaces clean, sealing up any cracks and laying down sticky traps for roaches.

Radon. Something that kills over 20,000 Americans annually and is one of the leading causes of lung cancer is radon. Being that you can’t see or smell it, for obvious reasons, it’s an issue of concern. Radon happens when uranium in the soil decays and turns into the radioactive gas. It becomes a health issue when it seeps into the home through the pipes. So, how can you find out if you have it in your house? There are relatively inexpensive home-testing kits that you can purchase at your local hardware or home improvement stores.

Dander, pollen, dust. Whether you live inĀ Tanglewood real estate or some other place in the country, there’s a pretty good chance that dander, pollen and dust exists and if you have allergies or you battle with asthma, they can do a number on your body. This is why you need to change your air filters regularly, always sleep on clean pillow cases, clean your rugs and impose a “no shoes” rule within the home. Shoes tend to track in a lot of contaminates and so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

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