We are well into fall, which has already brought cooler temperatures and shorter days. As we trail off into the tail end of October, Halloween is quickly approaching. With the approaching holiday comes apple cider, donuts with Halloween colored sprinkles, all the candy you can eat, and little kids dressed in adorable costumes. Do you know what else comes with Halloween, though? With Halloween comes scary movies, witches, monsters, creepy clowns and even ghosts and ghouls running amuck.
As terrifying as that all sounds, even scarier things can prowl in your home. The worst thing about these dangerous visitors lurking in your home is that they don’t just come in with the Halloween tide, they are in your home year round. What are we talking about – PCBs, mold, lead and asbestos.
Where are PCBs, mold, lead and asbestos lurking in my home?
These harmful substances can be found in many places throughout your home. Asbestos was used in construction materials until 1978, and can be found in floor tiles, ceiling tiles, insulation, siding and even in ducts. Mold can be found on virtually any surface of your home where there is moisture present, but is most commonly found in kitchens, basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms and crawl spaces. Lead can commonly be found in older paints.
What’s so scary about PCBs, mold, lead and asbestos?
With PCBs, mold, lead and asbestos, comes a slew of health issues. Just having one of these harmful substances in your house can lead to an increased risk of adverse medical effects. With mold comes nasal irritation, coughing, wheezing, eye irritation and even lung diseases. Lead in your home can bring behavioral and learning problems, as well as lower IQ, hyperactivity, hearing problems and anemia in children. Pregnant women exposed to lead can face premature births or reduced growth rate of their fetus. In homes or buildings with asbestos, occupants can face an increased risk for lung cancer and mesothelioma. PCBs can lead to acne-like skin conditions, as well as immunological and neurobehavioral changes in children. They can even cause cancers in animals that see constant exposure.
Are you scared?
Are you more frightened after reading this article than you are after watching Texas Chainsaw Massacre or having a Saw movie marathon? It is understandable if you are, since the health of your family and loves ones is surely of utmost importance to you. One thing that can make you rest easier, is that with AQHI, Inc, you have a much better chance of surviving the appearance of contaminants in your home, than the majority of characters in a horror movie.
What can you do to protect yourself?
If you suspect, or have located the substances listed in this article in your home, you need to act quickly! Call us today at 800-481-8080 to make an appointment for one of our knowledgeable techs to come out to your home and assess the issue. We can get the job taken care of for you in a quick, cost efficient and safe manner.