Your Health Includes Addressing Radon, Lead, and Mold

Beautiful home with bright skyline in Binghamton, New York.Staying health-conscious might involve changing your diet, exercise routine and sleeping patterns. But you should probably start thinking about the health of your home, too. 

Dangerous gases, toxins and clutter can all weigh down the health of your house. Making sure your home is dry to avoid mold growth, well-ventilated, and not full of harmful gases like carbon monoxide and tobacco smoke are all important steps in the home-health process. 

Check out some of the different issues that could appear in your home and how to avoid them:

1. Lead

  • People can be exposed to lead when doors and windows are opened and closed in homes (pre-1978) painted with lead-based products. The paint can weather into dust, posing risks to children, adults and pregnant women if inhaled or transferred from hands to mouth. 

2. Mold

  • Humidity can make your home a friendly place for mold. Leaky roofs and foods in your home alike can contribute to mold's presence. Mold doesn't impact everyone, but for some it can contribute to chest tightness, throat irritation, runny noses and headaches.
  • Individuals with health complications like chronic lung illnesses and asthma might experience more issues associated with mold.
  • Common asthma triggers include exposure to pet dander, mold and dust.

3. Radon

  • When uranium decays, radon can accumulate in your house.
  • Radon enters your home through soil under your house, your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) system and your house's structure can also make it susceptible to radon.
  • Lung cancer is a major concern for people exposed to radon. 

Source: https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/2019/07/01/vermont-department-health-tips-radon-mold-and-lead-home/1615482001/

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