Freeing Your Home of Common Environmental Toxins

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Ridding your home of environmental hazards can mean the difference between life and death. These silent killers not only lead to asthma and allergies, but can also cause neurological disorders and cancer. Read on to learn of common environmental toxins, and consider getting a home inspection that will test for environmental hazards that may be unseen.

Presence of Lead Paint

If your home was built before 1978, there is a very good chance that you will find lead paint there. What makes lead so dangerous is the amount of damage that can be done with such a tiny amount. One finger full of dust containing lead paint can be enough to cause irreversible neurological disorders, lowered IQ and lifelong learning disabilities. If you find lead paint, you should call professionals to resolve the issue. Amateur lead removal can contaminate the home further and should be avoided. Think of it as time to pick new wall colors, anyway.

Radon Dangers

Next to look out for is radon, a gas you cannot see or smell. Radon comes from soil beneath your home. Testing can be done professionally or on your own. Sealing cracks in your home’s foundation and increasing ventilation in the basement are some simple steps you can take to lessen radon exposure. If your home has high radon levels, a soil depressurization system may be your best response. Requiring very little upkeep costs and maintenance, a radon removal system can let you breathe deeply again.

Beware of Mold

Where there is moisture, there is mold. Mold is a top allergen and causes respiratory distress, especially in young children. Look for water marks on walls and ceiling. Leaky pipes should be sealed. Drying the source of the moisture is where focus needs to be. In the case of an emergency like a flood of broken pipe, getting the area as dry as possible as quickly as possible is paramount in ensuring the prevention of mold. Longstanding water also causes structural and foundational damage to the home. Call a professional like Quick-Dry Flood Services when dealing with mold and moisture.

Asbestos Remnants

Before it was banned in 1989, asbestos was used widely in housing and insulation materials. Asbestos doesn’t become a problem until it is disturbed and expelled into the air. At the first sign of deterioration, professionals need to be in charge of removing asbestos-containing material. Asbestos fibers can be inhaled and lead to certain lung cancers such as Mesothelioma.

Cleaning Products

An EWG study claims that 53% of cleaning products use chemicals known to cause harm to lungs. Many others also contained cancer-causing ingredients, such as formaldehyde and chloroform. One option to avoid these carcinogens is to switch to green cleaners. Be wary, however, as some companies will advertise their products as “green” while still including harmful substances.

You can also find household items like lemon and baking soda that can tackle some of your household cleaning. If left untreated, these very common toxins can bring with them detrimental health implications. Investing in professionals ensures proper testing, removal of toxins and also proper prevention of further damage to both your home and your health.

About the author: A recent college graduate from University of San Francisco, Anica loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She was raised in a big family, so she’s used to putting things to a vote. Also, cartwheels are her specialty. You can connect with Anica here.

Information Source: Quick-Dry Flood Services

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