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26 mar

Fixing Your House from the Inside Out

JennaSmithHome is your haven – a place where you can relax and spend time with your family. But unfortunately, your haven can contain germs and contaminants that harm the health of you and your family.

If you and your family frequently battle colds, allergy symptoms or digestive issues, you might link these problems to outside factors. Nobody wants to think or believe that their home can make them sick, but sometimes, this is the reality. Don’t let your home have a negative affect on your health. Here are four ways to fix your home and your health.

1. Fix water damage. Common water problems in the home can include a leaky roof or leaky pipes. Periodically exam your home and check for signs of water damage. Go into your attic or basement and look for standing water or water marks on the walls. The best time to check is after a heavy rain storm.

Additionally, look underneath your sinks and check for signs of a leak. An ongoing water leak can trigger a mold problem, and mold can bring on a host of unpleasant symptoms, such as skin rashes, coughing, breathing difficulties, watery eyes and a sore throat. Getting a new roof, repairing burst pipes and using a dehumidifier helps reduce water and moisture in your home, and lowers the risk of mold. If you discover mold, call a mold removal specialist immediately.

2. Drink healthier water. Most cities have a water treatment plant that’s responsible for removing impurities from tap water. However, treatment plants don’t remove all traces of pollutants and contaminants, and these can find their way into your home. Drinking unclean water can trigger brain fog and stomach ailments, such as diarrhea and cramping. Install a water filtration system on your faucet or drink bottled water to ensure a healthy, pure water supply.

3. Remove dust. If you’re sensitive to dust, too much dust in your living space can bring on asthma and allergy symptoms. You can dust your house on a regular basis, but this may not be enough to remove dust in the air. Change the way you clean and use microfiber cloths to dust your home. These cloths trap more dust and help keep your home clean. Additionally, change your air filters regularly – every three to six months depending on your particular filter. You can also use an air purifier, which is proven to remove 99.99% of airborne particles.

4. Attack allergens. Dust mites, pet dander and pollen can wreck havoc on your allergies. Allergy symptoms are no joke, and if you deal with frequent attacks, you might spend your days coughing and sneezing. Allergies are also responsible for water eyes, migraines and fatigue. You might blame symptoms on outdoor elements.

But if symptoms worsen when you’re at home, the problem can be inside your house. An allergist can help determine your triggers. You can reduce flareups at home by keeping your home dust-free, keeping the doors and windows closed, frequently washing pillows and blankets, and in extreme cases, removing your carpet.

Everyone deserves to feel their best, and your house shouldn’t control your health. Be proactive. Discover the root of mystery symptoms and your home will truly be a place of relaxation.

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Posted by Jenna Smith on March 26th, 2013 in Finances, House and Home | 0 comments

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