There are those health hazards that won’t remain hidden in your home, of course. You might realize there is a problem with your electrical wiring, for example, if you can smell burning. And you wouldn’t fail to miss water leaks on your floors or signs of mold on your bathroom walls.
But there are those health hazards that do remain hidden, so for the safety of yourself and your family, it is important to know what these might be. For your information, here are just a few of the hidden hazards that you might want to investigate in your home.
#1: Crawl space mold
How often do you journey into your crawl space? We are imagining not very often, but because the area is dark and moist, mold can quickly flourish. This can lead to a range of health problems if not dealt with, including respiratory illnesses and skin irritations, so it’s always worth investigating what is going on beneath your home. To keep it moisture-free, use these tips to rapidly dry out your crawl space, and make the necessary checks on a semi-regular basis to make sure everything is fine within this hidden area of your home.
#2: Air pollution
When thinking of air pollution, people often think of those outdoor areas that are populated with traffic and factory chimneys. However, indoor air pollution is another common problem, as dangerous airborne particles can come from anywhere. We have already mentioned mold, but tobacco smoke, chemical fumes, and radon gas are just a few of the other causes of indoor air pollution. If you don’t take steps to battle the problem, you could experience breathing and skin-based health issues. So, to clear your home of anything that could be considered dangerous, make sure it is well-ventilated. Add vents where there is a lack of windows, and use an air purifier to trap any harmful gas particles before they circulate around your home.
#3: Dust mites
Dust mites feed off the house dust and moisture in your home, and if not dealt with, they can cause respiratory problems and skin issues. You can’t see them, as they are microscopic organisms, but if you vacuum and dust your home regularly, you can keep them at bay. So, don’t forget these jobs in your home, as you will be able to keep your home mite-free if you do, and everybody’s health will benefit.
#4: Your pets
You wouldn’t keep a dust mite for a pet (walking one would be impossible), but you probably keep a dog or a cat. Unfortunately, they can pose health risks too, as they can bring in all kinds of bacteria, parasites, and allergens into your home. Think twice then before letting your cat jump into bed with you after she has been out all night, as you never know what she is carrying with her. ‘Look what the cat dragged in’ is a very apt saying, so be alert, and be sure to set up a pet-cleaning station at your exit door to alleviate any problems. Again, a thorough vacuum of your home will help matters too, as will a thorough examination of your pets when they wander in from outside.
Beware these hidden health hazards in your home! Follow our suggestions, and commit to further research to discover other types of dangers that might be hiding within your property.