5 Health Hazards In Your Home

You may think that your home is perfectly healthy to live in, but many home remodeling and home improvement companies know otherwise. When you have been working in the field of home care and home improvement for a while, you quickly come to appreciate that there are many hidden health hazards in a home.

A lot of home renovation companies do make regular recommendations to their clients, and sometimes their clients do take their recommendations on board, but at other times good advice is ignored.

So, what are the common health hazards in your home. In this article we are going to take a look at 5 common home health hazards, but there are many more which should also be taken into account.

Asbestos

Most of us are familiar with the word asbestos and we know it is a hazardous material. However, unlike many home renovations companies we do not appreciate that it can be still lurking in our homes.

Speaking to a group of homeowners the other week, I was surprised to find out that they were not aware that asbestos is still present in many homes today. The majority of homeowners that I spoke to, thought that this was a problem which had been dealt with a long time ago. This is not always the case.

Mold and Mildew

Homeowners in Scandinavia are very health consciousness, and a few years back, a phrase was coined in Sweden. The phrase is still in use today, and it is called “Sick House Syndrome”.

Swedes realized that some illnesses did not relate to diet or general health problems. They began to appreciate that sometimes their homes were to blame, and sat about identifying and rectifying the problems in their homes.

It was quickly identified that mold and mildew were behind many problems when it came to allergies, asthma and even leukemia. Homes were refurbished, and the Swedes now have one of lowest incidence of childhood asthma and leukemia in the world.

Carbon Monoxide

We are often quick to install a fire alarm in our homes, but how often do we install a carbon monoxide alarm? The fact is that many American homes still use gas appliances which can potentially give off this odorless poisonous gas, but carbon monoxide alarms are still a rare sight.

Perhaps gas appliances should be sold with a carbon monoxide alarm or a safety warning.

Lead

Lead used to be present in plumbing and water pipes, and most homeowners are under the impressions that lead pipes seem to have magically disappeared. Ask any plumber and he will tell you that he still comes across lead pipes on a weekly basis.

Lead can cause lead poisoning which in turn can lead to many serious health conditions. In this series of articles, we are going to take a look at some of the health problems which can affect us if we have lead pipes in our homes.

Electricity

We use the electricity on an everyday basis, so it must be perfectly safe, right? Wrong, electricity in our homes can cause problems and be a real health hazard.

The simple fact is that we seldom upgrade electric wiring in our homes, yet we add more and more electrical appliances and expect everything to be fine. An experienced electrician will tell you that there are many hidden dangers when it comes to poorly maintained electrical circuits.

We will also take a look at some of the other problems in a home which can cause electrical faults, and that we often forget to check.

Owning a home is likely to be your biggest investment, yet we often forget to invest in and maintain our homes once we have bought them. Home renovation companies always say that planning in regular home renovation projects is one of the smartest things you can do to maintain and increase the value of your home.

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