Ask Away...: Is Your Home Putting Your Health At Risk?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Is Your Home Putting Your Health At Risk?

Blue and Gray Concrete House With Attic during Twilight
For the vast majority of people, their home is the place where they want to feel safe and secure. The world is often so filled with pressures and difficulties that it's pretty understandable that all they really want is the chance to sit back, relax, and escape all of that for a while. Which only makes it more upset when that comfort and safety is disrupted in some way. Sometimes that disruption comes from something obvious like an accident or a home invasion, but sometimes a problem with your home can sneak up on you. It may well have been doing you some harm without you ever even realizing. With that in mind, here are some ways that your home can potentially put your health at risk if you're not careful.
Damp is one of those things that surprisingly common when it comes to a lot of people's health. Not only that but a lot of people tend not even to notice it until it's become very serious. The problem there is that, not only is it going to be much more difficult to deal with, but it could have been already putting you in danger for some time by then. Not only can damp damage the structure of your home, making the chances of a structural accident or collapse much more likely, but it can also cause the spread of mold spores. Recent data has shown that mold has been linked to allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Not only that but damp can cause a strong spread of bacteria which can put you and your family's health in genuine danger.
Asbestos is one of those things that most people are aware of, but many of them assume that they no longer have to think about all that much. This is because homes and buildings no longer use asbestos in their construction. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't still plenty of buildings that still have asbestos in the walls. If you're living in a particularly old house, then you could well be at serious risk. Check out for information about the impact that asbestos can have on your health. If you're unsure whether or not there is asbestos in your home, then there are plenty of companies that you can contact who will come and check it out, as well as remove it, for you.
No one likes an uninvited guest. Not to mention dozens, or even hundreds, of uninvited guests in the forms of insects or other pests. Everything from dust mites to rats can have serious ramifications for your health and the health of anyone else living in your home. For one this, pests often spread bacteria and increase your risk of getting sick, but they can also cause things like asthma attacks, skin problems, and other more serious problems. If you have a pest problem, then you should contact an exterminator immediately. You may be able to deal with the problem humanely, but if it's really serious, then eradication may be the only course of action available.

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