Home sweet home! The place to relax after a long day at work.
It is a place where you and your family can feel safe and secure… or CAN you?
There is a staggering amount of pollutants and allergens that traditional homes can harbor.
You need to know that your house will have you feeling you home sick instead of getting “sick building syndrome”.
We have compiled a list of 5 hidden dangers that lurk in traditional homes. Read on to learn more!
1. DANGEROUS BACTERIA
One of the hidden dangers found in traditional homes is a plethora of bacteria.
Two of the most common types of bacteria found are E. Coli and Salmonella.
These bacterias can cause illnesses ranging from mild stomach complications to dehydration requiring hospitalization!
Another common scourge found inside traditional homes is mold.
In fact, studies show that 10 to 50% of homes in North America, Europe, Austrailia, India, and Japan have mold.
Mold is most common in areas that stay damp and have poor ventilation.
Even if you are not allergic to mold, it causes irritation of the eyes, nasal passages, and respiratory system. Some symptoms can develop into lung infections and/or asthma.
3. CARBON MONOXIDE
This is one of the most insidious hidden dangers because it is undetectable to the naked eye and has no smell.
Carbon Monoxide poisoning can cause flu-like symptoms and often results in death if left undiagnosed.
The most common source of carbon monoxide is the many types of gas appliances that traditional homes still have today.
Lead causes severe issues in humans, we have known this since the 1970’s.
People, especially children, have developed neurological and developmental issues because of ingesting lead.
Though lead-based paint, which has been the cause of so many illnesses, is no longer produced, many older homes still have lead paint on the walls.
Also, some traditional homes still use lead pipes for their water (including the water you would drink)!
Aside from the weed killers and household pest repellants that many of us use in and around the home, there are pesticides in the materials used to build traditional homes such as pressure treated wood and wallpaper.
Even if you use natural products that are not harmful to people, there could still be traces of pesticides left behind by the home’s previous owners.
HOW TO SAVE YOURSELF FROM THESE HIDDEN DANGERS
Now that you have nightmares about the hidden dangers in your home, you must be wondering how to rid yourself of their presence.
There are state of the art homes that are built with safety and energy efficiency in mind called Blue Zero homes.
On the outside, they are strong enough to resist the worst weather nature can throw at you as well as fitted with solar panels to work with mother nature.
Inside, these houses have air ventilation filters to eliminate the risk of bacteria and other pollutants from getting inside.
If you would like more information about which model is best and how you can get a Blue Zero home built for your family, contact us today!