We do a lot to keep our homes safe. Chances are you lock your doors every night before you go to sleep and every day when you leave for work. You likely keep your windows locked, too, when you aren’t home. And there are many who even invest in security systems or have cameras hidden so no one can get away with putting their family at risk. The point is: we focus so much on protecting ourselves and our family from potential hazards outside of the home, but many don’t stop to think about the hazards that are already living within your household.
There are many household items and contaminants that leach hazardous gas into the air, and this can potentially lead to damage to your décor and in severe situations impact the integrity of your home’s construction.
It is often the case that the items that are going to put your household and your family at risk are the very items that you are bringing into your home yourself. This includes things like chemical based cleaners, paints, and can often times include office supplies. Of course, sometimes the chief contaminates are actually parts of your family. Pets, children and even adults will carry in pollutants on the bottom of their shoes or feet, and an accident on your carpet caused by your pet might mean have a lingering scent of urine. While seemingly harmless, these pollutants can cause the air quality in your home to suffer.
Older homes have a collection of additional potential hazards that can reduce the quality of indoor air. These common effects of poor air quality include:
- Cracking and bubbling paint
- Peeling wallpaper
- Warped hardwood floors
- Lifting and ragged carpeting
- Leaks in the roof or windows
Many of these issues will lead to seeping gasses that can negatively affect your health. Other issues don’t directly present a health hazard as a chemical might, but can be just as harmful: moisture.
Another common indoor air pollutant is something that everyone in North Florida has to deal with regularly, humidity. The air outside is moist and humid every day, but when the humidity follows you indoors it can mean trouble. Too much moisture in the home can cause mold and mildew to develop in the walls, furniture and on other décor. Destruction from moisture is especially common in the kitchen and bathrooms—areas where water is regularly used. If ventilation in your home is poor then the moisture may be unable to escape, and this can result in too much humidity. The accumulation of moisture in the home can also lead to damaged belongings, like warped framing and destruction to electronics and musical instruments.
Many people don’t realize the air quality in their home is poor until it is too late and damage is present. Contact a professional from All Weather Contractors to have your own home’s air quality assessed.