3 Odors That are Hazardous to Your Health
Every home has a smell. Many of us try to ensure our homes smell fresh by keeping them clean and using air fresheners and scent diffusers. However, sometimes odors in the home are much more than simple odors. They can be an indication of hazards in your home that could cause a health problem. These odors are an indication of poor indoor air quality and should be addressed as soon as possible.
1. Paint smells
The smell of fresh paint can be exhilarating for some people. However, this odor is an indication of poor indoor air quality and could affect your health in the long term if not addressed. The odor is a result of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released into the air as the paint dries. VOCs have been linked to the development of various forms of cancer.
It is important to ensure proper ventilation in your home while painting. Be sure to leave the windows and doors open. Proper ventilation is important even when only a small area has been painted.
2. Musty smells
Musty or dusty smells are common in humid environments such as kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and even in cupboards that aren’t open often. This odor is often an indication of a mold or mildew infestation. Mold and mildew are hazardous to human health. Mold spores are distributed in the air and can cause severe allergies as well as respiratory problems. Black mold is especially hazardous to your health.
If you notice a musty smell, it is important to contact a mold remediation contractor to have your home inspected as soon as possible. Invest in mold remediation to get rid of mold and address the issues that caused the infestation in the first place. These may include leaky pipes or poor circulation in your home leading to the accumulation of moisture.
3. Pickle odors
Does your home have a strong pickle odor? This may be an indication of formaldehyde in the air. Formaldehyde is present in many products used in the manufacture of household products, such as disinfectants, resins, fixatives, preservatives, and adhesives. Formaldehyde is therefore, present in building and flooding products, paneling, carpeting, pressed wood furniture, upholstery, and many other products around the home.
Formaldehyde is a VOC and is considered carcinogenic. It is important to ensure that your home is well ventilated to reduce exposure to this carcinogen.
Investing in an EZ breathe whole home ventilation system will help to improve indoor air quality and reduce your exposure to hazards to your health.
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