Although many people experience chronic health problems, they aren’t always aware of the cause. Seemingly minor health issues might go untreated until something more serious occurs, at which point medical intervention is a necessity.
Unfortunately, hidden dangers in the home can leave you with a myriad of health issues. Although home is where you should feel the safest, many people experience medical issues because of their residence. To find out if your home could be making your sick, take a look at these three hidden household dangers…
1. Mold and mildew
It’s not unusual for buildings to accumulate mold and mildew, particularly if they are poorly ventilated. Once mold is present, it can be very difficult to remove, which is why professionals are often required to rid a property of mold. In some cases, it’s easy to see mold growing on windows, tiles, and walls but often it’s harder to spot. Mold often lurks behind furniture or in the walls, for example, which means you might not be aware that it’s there.
On-going exposure to mold can cause a variety of health problems, including skin irritations, sinus infections, and respiratory difficulties. In addition, people may report feeling fatigued or lethargic when they are exposed to mold.
Once used in the building industry, asbestos is particularly harmful. As the dangers of asbestos weren’t always well-known, it was used to build properties in the latter part of the 20th century. This means that many existing structures, such as homes and workplaces, contain asbestos.
One of the most serious consequences of exposure to asbestos is a form of cancer known as mesothelioma. Typically affecting the lungs, heart or abdomen, organizations like Mesothelioma Options provide bespoke treatment plans for people affected. However, early intervention is important, so it’s vital to check whether you’ve been exposed to asbestos or whether it could still be present in your home.
3. Air quality
The air quality in your home will, inevitably, impact your health. If you’re breathing in pollutants or irritants, it won’t take long for your health to suffer. In some cases, poorly designed structures can contribute to a reduction in air quality. In others, inadequate ventilation is the culprit.
If you’re concerned about the air quality in your home, you can have it independently tested to confirm whether it poses any danger. Changing air filters in your air conditioning system and allowing fresh air to enter your home via open windows and doors is the first step to improving ventilation. In addition, you may choose to use air purifiers around your home to help remove potentially harmful contaminants from the air.
We tend to assume our home is safe but potential dangers aren’t always visible. When buying a new property, it’s important to undertake in-depth research to determine whether any potentially dangerous materials have been used in its construction. Similarly, undertaking regular checks of your property will help to identify any emerging problems and give you the opportunity to resolve them quickly and efficiently.