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Health and Home: 3 Fixable Indoor Problems that Can Get People Sick

The primary purpose of your home is to act as a shelter. It is supposed to protect you and your loved ones from harm, but this is not always the case. There are some rather common things that may be found in homes that can make occupants sick. By understanding what these potential health hazards are, you can take steps to identify and remove them from your home.

Mold Growth

Mold is an unfortunately common substance that grows naturally in many areas where moisture and darkness are present. Some people are allergic to any type of mold that may grow, even the mold types that are not deemed to be toxic. Most people will show a response when they are exposed to toxic mold, such as dangerous black mold. In the home, mold is most likely to grow in bathrooms, under the sinks and even in walls where a leak is present. As soon as you notice any type of mold growth, it should be removed. Remember that toxic black mold should only be removed by a trained professional.

Pests and Rodents

Pests and rodents have an uncanny knack for finding the smallest crevices in your home and sneaking in through them. These pests may include ants, roaches, mice, rats and more. These critters can easily spread bacteria and other illness-causing elements throughout your home, increasing the likelihood of illness in the home’s occupants. Some pests also damage the property. For example, rats may chew through electrical wires. This can create a dangerous electrical fire in some cases. Hire a pest control company like Premier Termite & Pest Control to treat your home regularly so that pests and rodents stay away from your home.

Filthy Air Ducts

Another common health concern in homes relates to air quality. Numerous factors affect air quality, and the cleanliness of your air ducts is one of the primary factors. Replacing air filters regularly is one of the easiest steps that you can take to keep your air ducts clean. You should also schedule HVAC service annually so that other components in your climate control system can be cleaned regularly. If air ducts are already filthy, professional air duct cleaning service may be necessary

You can see that there are numerous risk factors that you need to be aware of around the house. In addition to these common health concerns in the home, there may be other factors that you should be alert for. Always be observant of your environment, and take immediate action to improve the cleanliness of your home environment as soon as you identify a potential concern.

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