There has been increasing awareness over the last few years about the phenomenon known as ‘sick house syndrome.’ People have reported symptoms such as headaches, nausea, sneezing, runny noses, skin rashes, and asthma attacks in some cases.
It’s hard to know if your sickness is due to conditions in your home or if something more serious is at work. If your symptoms persist, you might want to start by checking around your home for the following things that may be contributing to what you are experiencing. The good news is the solutions to the many things mentioned that may cause sickness is very straightforward.
HERE ARE TEN SIGNS YOUR HOME MAY BE MAKING YOU SICK:
10. TOO MUCH MOISTURE
Moisture in the home, especially during winter, can lead to mold. In the damper months, the heat runs longer, and the windows remain closed. These are ideal conditions for mold and bacterial growth.
While it is impossible to completely remove mold spores from the home, the prevention of dampness will deprive them of a place to grow. If you have mold, you must deal with both the mold and the moisture to get to the source of the problem.
9. DIRTY VENTS
Vents collect dust in the air, and when heat or air conditioning is used, it disperses the dust throughout the home, leaving us to breathe it in. The movement of warm and cold air through your vents causes moisture to form, which makes another perfect breeding ground for mold spores. Keep your vents free and clear and have them cleaned every couple of years by a professional.
8. AN AGING BATHROOM
In the bathroom, old and loose caulk around tubs and tiles is an easy path for water to flow onto floors and woodwork; again, ideal bacterial growth conditions. The removal and the replacement of caulk is a fairly straightforward DIY task. Otherwise, a professional will be easy to find.
7. POOR BATHROOM VENTILATION
Make sure your bathroom ventilation fan is working properly and be sure to run it at every bath or shower. Also, is it ventilating correctly to the outside? Check for damp patches in the attic, to see if it is ventilating inside or outside. It’s important that vents are properly designed to release moisture and avoid collecting dust.
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