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What’s Inside Your Home that is Harboring a Harmful Environment?

Written by Posted On Thursday, 15 March 2018 11:05

PEKIN, IL - Is your home making you sick? Maybe you do not even realize you are sick because you are so used to breathing in the same chemicals for so long. Making these simple changes to your home can go a long way in saving your life, and your family’s from the potential risks of the hazards you could be harboring inside your home.

 

Harmful materials inside your home that can be making you sick

 

Zippered dust-proof casings for pillows and mattresses -so those dust mites and their waste products cannot get through.

Pets sleeping in your bed – will trap allergens into your bed and it is important to bathe your pet at least once per week.

Textiles –from carpet to rugs, pillows, upholstered headboards, and chairs are dust collecting and you may want to consider minimizing the furnishings and upholstery to create a less dusty environment.

Vacuuming without a HEPA filter -HEPA filters prevent dust from being blown back into the air.

*Be sure to change the vacuum filter –this is essential to keeping dust out of the air as well as preserving the life of your machine. Change after 6 months, or once it is showing wear and tear.

AC Filters –always keep filters on when running heating or an air conditioning system, and change every 3 months.

Ventilate your bathroom –run the exhaust fan and be sure it is venting to the outdoors. This helps remove moisture from a naturally humid room.

Gutters –obtain moisture when not frequently cleaned out and can enter into your basement or crawl space.

Plants –avoid wind-pollinated or grasses.

Mold –when you detect a musty smell, be sure to inspect it closely. The sooner you find the mold problem, the better it is and easier it is to remove.

Organize –clutter can harbor a plethora of dust mites –including a stack of papers, old magazines, and office equipment.

Wearing shoes indoors –This health risk can also increase allergens. Wet brings in mildew, and the pollutant from grass gets trapped on the bottom of your shoes. Take your shoes off outside, or put onto a washable tray once you walk in your door.

Letting trash get out of hand –will attract some unwanted guests (such as roaches and mice) inside your home. Their droppings will only worsen allergies.

Houseplants –The mold spores live in houseplants and love the warm, wet dirt, so limit both the amount and time you display them.

High temperatures – is where dust mites and mold love to live, so keep your thermostat around 70 degrees.

Installing wallpaper –in wet rooms, such as bathrooms or kitchens will increase mildew and it may be wise to opt for tile or texture paint that is mold-resistant.

Use the exhaust when cooking –to keep all the steam from producing excess moisture, be sure to turn on the exhaust when cooking to help reduce the chance of mold.

Bath mat – when you step onto this wet daily, it will harbor mildew. So keep it fresh by hanging it dry after each use, and stick it in your washer at least once a week.

Use protective wear when gardening – to prevent allergens from pollen irritating your eyes, nose, and throat.

 

 

Dangerous household items you should get rid of immediately

 

  1. 1. Non-stick cookware contains a Polytetrafluoroethylene coating that releases gases into your home when heated and is a link to putting humans at a higher risk of cancer and other harmful health effects.
  2. 2. Flea and tick products contain pesticides that can lead to nerve damage and much more.
  3. 3. Mothballs contain Naphthalene and can destroy red blood cells and has been proven to cause cancer in animals, but not yet proven to cause cancer in humans.
  4. 4. Air fresheners are toxins that accumulate in the body over time, these toxins may affect hormones and reproductive health especially in children, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.
  5. 5. Oven Cleaner contains corrosive alkalis and can have grave effects on the gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system when inhaled or ingested.
  6. 6. Furniture polish and stain are extremely flammable and contain phenol, and nitrobenzene, when absorbed by your skin, can cause skin cancer.
  7. 7. Toilet bowl cleaner can cause burns on skin and eyes and are extremely dangerous when mixed with other cleaners.
  8. 8. Gas space heaters release toxins and can lead to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning- a condition that presents very little warning symptoms.
  9. 9. Cleaning solutions –Are the biggest offenders on the list and most commonly used. What's most concerning, it is not required for cleaners to list ingredient on the bottle, leaving consumers in the dark. Even those claiming to be "green" or "natural."
  10. 10. Extension cords – the way it is used it most commonly dangerous, and most people do not realize the voltage capacity and plugin as much as they can- thus creating a huge fire hazard and is the leading cause of a fire in the U.S.
  11. 11. Antibacterial soap –the triclosoan and triclorcarbon is actually very harmful, and opposed to what many people believe to be a better way to "ward" off harmful diseases and bacteria. According to the FDA, it can be linked to creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and is not biodegradable.
  12. 12. Flaking paint –Homes built before the late 70s have been painted with lead-based paints and extremely hazardous when the paint starts to flake. Inhaling these particles is known to lead to lead poisoning.
  13. 13. Flame retardants are found in older couches, mattresses and carpet padding, these flame retardant chemicals are linked to infertility and birth defects.

Things that you should never store in your garage

 

"The key thing to consider with garage storage is that space usually isn't climate controlled. Temperatures can vary widely by season –and even over the course of one day," explains Emily Patterson, a home safety and a security expert for ASecureLife.com. "Anything that has to live in a small temperature range is best kept elsewhere."

  1. 1. Family photos – "Pollutants, moisture, and heat will quickly destroy your photos," explains Mitch Goldstone CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com. He cautions that within a year or two, the colors fade and images will be destroyed by mildew.

Digitizing your photos is a wise idea. And when you decide to make photocopies keep them stored in your home.

  1. 2. Propane Tanks –As the volatile suckers can leak and/or ignite, and “…never be kept indoors or kept so close to your home,” warns Kelly Tenny, social media manager for on-demand storage company Zippboxx.com
  2. 3. Car batteries – Never lay on the ground, because the concrete can drain and ruin your battery and is better yet to not keep it on the floor at all.
  3. 4. Artwork and collectibles –Dampness will cause coins to tarnish and mold to grow on paper or textiles, explains Kelly Juhasz, a Chicago-based member of the International Society of Appraisers. Insects also enjoy investing and rodents as well enjoy feasting on paintings. The fumes from your car and old house paint will penetrate textiles and canvasses as well.
  4. 5. Canned foods – should never be stored inside of hot humid days or freezing temps, as these “are designed to work best within an indoor temperature range” Patterson explains.
  5. 6. Your pet - When you create a space in the garage for your pet, this area can get really hot during the summer and cold during the winters, Patterson suggests reconsidering making this space a designated place for your pet while you leave for work for the day.

Consider closing off an area of your house for your pet.

  1. 7. Paint – when you store paint in the garage, it can get exposed to temperature extremes and cause it to spoil. Find a dark, dry, cool place to store such as a utility closet, laundry room or mudroom.
  2. 8. Lawnmower –Safely store in the shed, this piece of equipment has the potential to cause harm when it’s stored clarifies Gene Caballero the co-founder of YourGreenPal.com
  3. 9. Carpet and rugs –garages are not ventilated, and fresh air is essential for rug fibers, explains Dean Davies, a carpet and rug cleaning specialist with Fantastic Services in the United Kingdom. Garages attract pests, so store your carpets and rugs in a place where humidity levels down bounce up and down.

 

Listing Additional Info

  • State: Illinois
  • Address: Pekin, IL
  • City: Pekin, IL
  • Zipcode: 61554
  • SOLD: no
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