Could My House be Making Me Sick?
We often go to great lengths to ensure that the health and safety of our families never ends up in jeopardy. It’s one of the reasons why we make sure that cleaning liquids and other toxic chemicals are stored away neatly and out of reach of children within our homes. There’s more to creating a healthy home than just this, however—what if the home itself is a risk factor?
Many homeowners in the Manassas, VA area go year after year without ever thinking about whether or not their homes may be contributing to health issues. Fortunately, knowing what to look for allows you to stand guard and ensure that nothing within your home can affect the health of you and your family.
There are a number of different warning signs if something within your home is causing issues with indoor air quality or other, similar problems. These can be made especially apparent in homes with children who suffer from respiratory issues, as contaminated air can exacerbate symptoms. According to the EPA, poor indoor air quality is a leading contributor to asthma and should never go overlooked.
Common signs and symptoms to look for include:
- Dry throat, nose or mouth
- Shortness of Breath
- Sneezing and Coughing
Sometimes, indoor air quality issues can present themselves without actually causing any symptoms. Moldy or musty smells within a home, for example, are an indication that standing water or mold may be hiding somewhere. The solution can be found in mitigation, and The Fifth Fuel can help.
Ways to Mitigate
Every scenario is unique, but in most cases air sealing and insulation are the two key components to properly mitigating poor indoor air quality. Your home’s building envelope may be loaded with cracks and gaps, allowing unwanted airflow between your living space and the outside to occur. Air sealing and insulation help to seal the building envelope completely, putting an end to this problem and often ending indoor air quality issues entirely.
Crawlspace encapsulation is also an excellent way to keep mold and mildew from forming in the home. Removing inadequate, dirty insulation and installing high quality attic insulation can play a role in improving indoor air quality as well.
The Fifth Fuel—Your Local Experts!
The team at The Fifth Fuel has the knowledge and expertise it takes to improve indoor air quality in any home. We care deeply about the health and wellness of our customers, and we’ll work with you to find a solution to whatever problems you may be faced with.
It’s time to seal your home’s building envelope and stop indoor air quality issues in their tracks. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.