Six Home Dangers That Could Be Causing Your Family Health Problems And What To Do

If your family is living with chronic illness, the problem could be closer to home than you think. The scary fact is that several hidden health hazards could be lurking right under your own roof. Here are six potentially serious problems that you should be aware of and what you can do to protect your family.

Six Home Dangers That Could Be Causing Your Family Health Problems And What To Do

Avoid these home dangers by addressing them today. Photo Credit: Danilo Rizzuti

Mold

Mold looks scary, smells bad, damages your home and makes your family sick. Protect your family by addressing any water leaks as soon as you find them, and take steps to keep the humidity inside your house at a low level. Be sure that bathrooms are kept well ventilated, and check for mold frequently.

Radon

This colorless and odorless gas seeps up out of the ground and enters the home through tiny cracks. It can pose a serious health threat to your family, and is considered the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Protect your family by having the home tested for radon and investing in a special mitigation system, if necessary.

Carbon Monoxide

The furnace keeps your home warm, but a cracked heat exchanger will deposit carbon monoxide into your living area. Aging furnaces and those that are too large for the home are most likely to have this problem. Have a safety inspection performed on your furnace every year to ensure that it’s safe to operate. You should also have a carbon monoxide alarm installed outside of the bedrooms as an added layer of protection. Replace your old furnace if it is not working properly or if it is too old.

Chinese Drywall

Cheaply made drywall from China has sulphur in it. The sulphur is released into the air over time and can cause problems with nausea and dizziness. The only way to correct this problem is to remove the drywall and replace it. Have the air quality in your home tested to determine if this is a problem.

Lead-based Paint

As long as the paint is not disturbed in any way, it doesn’t pose a threat. However, it can lead to serious illness if it’s chipping or sanded. The problem is that young children may consume the paint chips, and dust from lead-based paint can drift through the air and be inhaled.

Asbestos

A direct cause of mesothelioma, asbestos may be found in older homes. Most people understand that it could be the primary ingredient in insulation, but it’s also found in siding, flooring and ceiling tiles. As you walk across the surface of asbestos tiles, particulates are disrupted and may be inhaled. Tests can determine if asbestos is in the home, and it should be professionally removed to protect your family.

Keep your family safe by working for these hidden dangers in your home. Some, like Chinese drywall, are more common in newer homes. However, a broken heat exchanger or radon can endanger all types of homes. Protect your family by learning more about these risks and taking appropriate steps.

Informational credit to Cydcom Services Ltd.

 

 

 

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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