Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Home Allergies and Illness: 6 Things to Check for Inside Your Home

Author Bio : Charlotte Meier loves helping people ensure the safety of their families and their homes. At Home Safety Hub, she shares resources on preventing injury and property loss.

There are a number of things in the average household that can be contributing to health issues. In fact, health concerns such as dust allergies and headaches are common when something is wrong within the home. If you are experiencing unexplained symptoms, you may want to consider your home as a possible source of the problem. There are a few things you should be checking for in order to keep your home safe for you and your family.

Be Sure You Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide is a very dangerous gas that is found in more homes than one might think. Fortunately, it is very easy to install a carbon monoxide detector. Visit your local home improvement store and purchase a plug-in detector. Simply plug the detector into an outlet to protect your family and yourself from carbon monoxide. Then, be sure to check it regularly for functionality. 

Examine Plumbing for Leaks
Leaky pipes can be a leading cause of mold in your home. Mold spores cause symptoms like sneezing and coughing. However, toxic mold can be a much more serious concern. It is critical that you check your home for leaks and repair any damage that has been done. If you find any mold, you may need to contact a specialist to establish the variety of mold and hire professionals to clean it properly.

Dust Mites are a Common Problem
There are many parts of your home that can play host to allergy-causing dust mites. Carpets, furniture, pillows, mattresses, towels, and blankets all are dust mite hotspots. To prevent dust mites, you need to vacuum the carpets regularly, wash your towels and blankets, and thoroughly dry any damp areas. Dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments. If you have very old mattresses or furniture, it may be time to replace them.

Make Sure Your Vacuum is Sufficient Quality
Many people don’t realize that their vacuums may be contributing to their home’s poor air quality. Vacuums that do not contain HEPA filters may be cleaning your carpet, but they also are transmitting the dust and microbes into the air. Check your vacuum’s filter and make sure it has a HEPA filter to improve the air quality in your home. 

Test Your Home for Radon Gas
Radon gas is a dangerous substance that can cause lung cancer with prolonged exposure. To test your home for this gas, purchase a testing kit from your local home improvement store. If you find high levels of radon, check into the most efficient mitigation method to reduce the levels and prevent them from rising in the future.

Determine Whether You’re Helping Your Home’s Air Quality
There are a few different implements that can be used to ensure high-quality air inside your home. Several common houseplants are highly efficient at cleansing the air around them, and air purifiers are worth a few extra dollars to improve your indoor air quality. You may want to begin by purchasing a spider plant to improve your home’s air quality.

Keeping your home safe is a skill few people have mastered but all people should practice. Poorly kept homes can make you and your family seriously ill, so you should not shirk your home upkeep. If necessary, hire a professional to help clean your home, but no matter what, you should focus on improving the safety of your home.

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