It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking your home is safe. After all, home is supposed to be your safe place! But there are several problems that can arise on your property, especially relating to hygiene. Unfortunately, these problems are often overlooked. People may see a problem but think nothing of it, purposefully pushing it out of their mind.
We get it. Trying to resolve a hygiene problem at home usually means a lot of work. It means having to call your landlord, or the council, or a professional company. It means having to let people into your home for a while. That inconveniences you, as you have to hang around else while they work. We get that it isn’t pleasant. But you should never ignore a problem at home. Here are some of the dangers often found in homes. If you notice anything like this, get it seen to right away.
When you have high levels of moisture in your house, you run the risk of getting mold on your surfaces. What happens is that the walls get damp, damaging the paint and plaster. It creates a probiotic area in pathogenic (see: bad) bacteria can thrive. Mold increases the damage to the structure of your house. It can also permanently discolor the walls. And even worse are the health risks.
Respiratory problems, as well as skin issues, are common in mold-infested homes. Eye irritation can also occur. And if you happen to be allergic to molds, then more severe reactions including fever and lung illness can occur. Be in the know about removing mold and preventing its appearance in the future.
You may have heard about termites in the homes of other people. Of course, you don’t have them, right? People know when they have termites, surely? Well, the problem is that people often only find out they have termites when it’s too late. Termites are extremely stealthy creatures. They can feast away at your wooden structures all year without you noticing.
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Termites are estimated to cost the world billions in wood damages. The weakening of your wood structure can create areas more susceptible to damp and bacteria. But how can you tell if you have termites? Well, the first thing to do is get rid of the idea that termites only thrive in spring or warmer climates. They can strike anywhere and anytime! Give your walls a tap every now and again. Sounding hollow? You may have a problem. Another sign is discarded wings or the increase of winged insects in your home. Removing termites from a property should be performed by a specialist as soon as possible.
We’ve all seen our water go a little cloudy sometimes, especially our hot water. Usually, leaving the tap to run for a while will see it go clear.
But what if you water seems to have persistent yellow or brown tinges? It could be the result of local waterworks. It could also be the result of lead piping in your home. Lead in water is very dangerous. In fact, legally, houses built after the seventies shouldn’t have lead in them at all. And if your water is an even stranger color, like pink or green, then some other toxin may be at work. Have a plumber look into the problem immediately.