Why Your Home Might Be Making You Sick

Feeling light-headed or dizzy without reason? Or have you even experienced chronic vomiting from an unknown source? If your doctor is stumped, it just might be that some hidden impurity in your home is making you sick. But fear not! With a little bit of simple investigation and common sense, you can get feeling at the top of your game in no time.

Water Damage and Mold

If there really is something in your home making you sick, chances are that it’s some hidden mold. While causes of illnesses obviously vary, water damage and mold are some of the most common and can happen to just about anyone. Depending on the kind of mold and what kind it is, the symptoms range from having trouble breathing to vomiting to allergy-like symptoms to headaches. This is especially likely if you’ve had a flood or other storm recently that could have caused some water to build up within the walls. Try to identify the source by looking for signs of water damage or discoloration, or even by following your nose. Strange odors may indicate a mold patch. Make sure to check your HVAC system, and hire a professional to check in harder-to-reach areas.

Pest Infestations

Any number of critters can cause you problems. Insects, most commonly ants, cockroaches, or termites, can infest your fridges and cupboards. Imagine what could happen ingesting what you thought was safe, not realizing that your food has been free real estate for bugs for days or weeks! Larger creatures like rats, raccoons, and mice can also cause health problems by breaking carrying diseases like rabies and leaving droppings within your walls, attic, or basement. In this case, prevention is the best cure. Cleaning the flooring in your home prevents pests by removing attractive crumbs of food.

Asbestos

In recent years, homes tend not to be constructed with asbestos-infused walls or ceiling, like they were a couple decades ago. Nevertheless, it never hurts to check with older homes, as this fire-resistant insulator can lead to cancer, most often mesothelioma. Make sure to familiarize yourself with what asbestos looks like, since there are multiple kinds. If you suspect that your home has asbestos, contact a professional to come inspect it. Removing it can be difficult and costly, but not as difficult or costly as cancer treatment and heartache. Simply being aware of your home is your best defense.

Always make sure to know your house. Whether you’re on the market, or you’ve just moved in, or you’re visiting your grandma’s Victorian-era cottage, you’re going to need to be familiar with the potential hazards. But that’s nothing a couple of routine check-ups and a good education can’t fix!

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