How Healthy is Your Carpet?

Our last post discussed some of the health risks associated with using cleaning products and chemicals in your home. You need to be careful what type of products you purchase to care for your home in order to protect the health of your family. But what about other materials and items in the home? Do others pose health risks as well?

One area of the home that can cause health issues is the carpet. The carpet in a home is subject to constant wear and tear and exposure to germs, bacteria and toxins from the bottom of shoes, dust settling to the ground and animals in homes with pets.

Everything that reaches the surface of carpet is trapped there permanently until removed by a vacuum or a professional carpet cleaning service able to eliminate dirt that is deep and below the surface of the carpet.

But in the meantime, various bacteria and dirt builds up in the floor meaning it is very unhealthy during that time. This leaves the question, how healthy is your carpet and what can be done about it?

WHAT’S IN YOUR CARPET?

DUST MITES

You carpet is warm and humid at times. This makes it the perfect living space for dust mites and other allergens. Dust mites love humid places and dust mites feed on dead skin cells from humans. As our skin sheds it falls to the carpet where dust mites can then feast on it before breeding and multiplying in your home.

PET DANDER

If you live with a pet, there will be various oils and pet dander the animal secretes and sheds from its body. All of this will eventually settle into the carpet where it will be trapped in your home. If possible, try to create comfortable spaces for your pet in rooms that do not have carpet in order to reduce the amount of pet dander in carpet.

TOXINS

The bottoms of our shoes contain several types of manmade and organic toxins and compounds that can be harmful to our health. The bottoms of our shoes bring toxins from pavement and cement as well as germs and bacteria from public restrooms and other public places into our home where the toxins then rub off into the carpet.

HOW TO ENJOY HEALTHY CARPET?

Your carpet can be healthier if you institute a few techniques:

  • Remove shoes before entering your home so that none of the toxins and bacteria on the bottoms of the shoes reach the carpet or interior of your home.
  • Don’t allow pets in rooms with carpet and instead create a bed or comfortable area for them in tile rooms or rooms with hardwood floor.
  • Vacuum heavier traffic areas one time each day and other areas at least 2-3 times each week at a minimum.
  • Schedule deep carpet cleaning to remove the germs and toxins below the surface of the carpet. We use Chem-Dry near us. Here is their website: chemdrybexarco.com

Follow these tips and it will help to reduce the amount of toxins in your home’s carpet and create a healthier home for you and your family to enjoy!

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Health Risks of Cleaning Products

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Maintaining cleanliness in your home and office premises is of utmost importance. It is not only to keep the place clean and away from germs but also to maintain healthy surroundings. But the products that you use for cleaning can be dangerous for your family and can even affect brain development in children.

Hence it is not only significant to keep your house ‘clean’ but also ‘green’ by using quality cleaning products. You should always look for labelled products and then invest in those which are certified and safe from all sorts of health hazards. Here are some of the health risks which these cleaning products can cause

Respiratory irritation: The cleaners contain some artificial components which give them sweet smell but contain powerful solvents which can cause respiratory irritation and can even cause lung cancer. The artificial smelling agents which we eventually smell are not a healthier choice for our lungs. Ammonia is one of those artificial components and is really harmful for elderly people with breathing problems and people suffering from asthma.

Damage to liver and kidney: Some cleaners contain butoxyethanol which can cause sore throat when inhaled. If the quantum of this component is high then it can also lead to diseases pertaining to pulmonary arteries and severe damage to liver and kidney. Window cleaners especially have this component because of its high cleaning properties.

Skin rashes: You must already be aware as to how chlorine can cause severe tanning and also lead to rashes on your body. Since chlorine is present in almost all the water sources to prevent the water from bacteria, it can cause chronic and acute health risks. It can damage your skin and also act as respiratory irritant. So before putting chlorine while bleaching the clothes, think twice. Use chlorine free and oxygen rick bleach powder so that you can protect your family from these acute risks.

Cancer or hormone disruption: Many all-purpose cleaners contain such agents which can cause problems like cancer and hormone disruption. One of the compounds is believed to reduce sperm counts in men. These harmful and toxic ingredients in the products are inhaled and thus get mixed up with the blood which harms the entire structure of the body. It has been concluded by many researches that one-third of substances used for increasing the fragrance of the product are toxic.

Eyes Burning and choking: Acidic commode cleaner, drain cleaners and kitchen grime cleaners can cause burning sensation in eyes and skin and if ingested then they can choke your throat and oesophagus like no other. They contain toxic substances which cause indoor pollution and are thus harmful for you and your family.

This proves that cleaning agents which we believe and assume are safe are dangerously toxic. So switch to eco-friendly cleaning products as there are wide array of products in which you invest to keep your home sparkling and sweet smelling. You can use diluted vinegar instead of using artificial cleaning agents and search for other home-made cleaning solutions which are safer and more natural.

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Reasons Your Roof is Leaking

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Having a leaking roof after you have spent a fortune on the interiors of your house could be any house dweller’s worst nightmare.

Before you begin the interiors of your house, it is essential that you get your foundations checked and ensure optimum quality of cement used in the construction.

Make sure your roofing shingles are attached properly and maybe you could go in for a leak test before proceeding with your interior designing.

The most common reasons why your roof could leak are:

Cracked Flashing:

Flashing are basically thin metal pieces installed under the roofing shingles on the joints of the roof to create resistance from water. This flashing can either be exposed or concealed. If exposed they appear like metal sheets on your roof and if concealed, they need to get a rubber coating on the top. If the flashing cracks it may cause leakage. The tar used to seal the flashing pieces together may corrode after some time leading to cracks in them. These cracks might further enlarge due to harsh wind or heavy rainfall.

Broken Shingles:

These are easy to spot. They may happen due to extreme harsh climatic conditions, poor quality of materials used or poorly fixed shingles. You may find broken and lose pieces of shingles lying here and there or you might even notice uneven patches in your roofing shingles. You need to replace the damaged or broken shingles with new ones to ensure that your roof doesn’t leak.

Shingle Sealing:

For the slopes and other angular sides, it is necessary that the shingles are sealed with precision on these areas. These can break due to harsh winds or heavy rainfall and poorly attached shingles. You need to check your roof slopes for wet spots to trace the leakage of the water.

Proper Vent Booting:

A vent boot is a small pipe sticking out of the roof to expel the moisture from the house. If there is a leakage from this area, you can spot is easily by looking for wet spots or damaged ceiling from this area. These have to be sealed properly using some flashing along with a tight rubber sealant.

Ice Dam Buildup:

In extreme cold climate, a ridge of snow settles at the edge of your roof preventing the snow to melt away. The ice just sits on your roof for long and this causes dampness on your ceilings. The weight of the ice damages the ceiling. Also, the heat from the attic causes some of the water to melt and reach the edges of the roof where it might refreeze. A roof rake can be of some help during such problems.

Improperly Installed Skylights:

The skylights installed in your roof might cause the leakage if they are not properly tightened with rubber sealants. This problem is easy to spot. Skylights are mostly installed by people living in scarcely populated areas.

Any of the above mentioned reasons could be causing your roofs to leak. Call an expert to repair the leakage.

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Types of Caulk

 

You will need to use caulk for several different types of home repair projects.

There are several types of caulk available for purchase and you want to be sure to use the right kind for the particular project you are completing.

You will also need to purchase a caulk gun before you will be able to use the various caulks from this post. You can purchase a caulk gun at your local hardware store or online. It is a must-have tool for amateur handymen and DIY enthusiasts and it isn’t very expensive to buy a new model.

Here is a list of some of the various options for caulk:

PAINTERS CAULK

This is arguably the most common caulk used for general home repair purposes. The caulk is made of acrylic latex. You use this caulk to cover small holes in drywall or on wood. You spread the caulk onto the surface and then let it dry in 1 hour. You can then wipe away the excess and paint over the caulk.

VINYL LATEX

This a more durable latex caulk good for use outdoors. The caulk is as easy to clean up as latex and will typically last much longer.

TILE SEALANT

This type of caulk is perfect for tile floors and bathtubs and showers. You spread the caulk directly over the tiles and the grout and then wash away the excess after it dries and settles.

PURE SILICONE

We recommend this type of caulk for showers and bathtubs. This caulk creates an extremely tight seal and is mold-resistant. You cannot use this caulk on wood or drywall though and it is difficult to clean up when you are done with the project.

MORTAR REPAIR

This caulk is used for concrete and pavement repair. You squeeze mortar caulk into cracks and gaps in pavement and concrete for a fresh seal. The caulk is flexible and durable for outdoor use.

FIREPROOF CAULK

We recommend this caulk for use around plumbing and electrical wires. Apply this caulk to woodwork frames and interior construction frames to prevent flames from occurring near or around insulation and wood construction.

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Leave these 5 Home Repair Projects for Professionals

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Yes. This is a DIY home repair blog. But even we admit that some repairs and projects are better left for professional services. In the end, you want the job done right. Even more important, you want the job done safe.

In order to ensure this happens, there are some home repair projects we recommend you hire a professional for:

Exterminator

If you have an infestation in your home, we recommend you hire a professional California exterminator. This is because the chemicals necessary to eliminate insects in and around your home are often very toxic. These chemicals need to be used carefully and ideally by someone with the proper training and years of experience to ensure they’re applied correctly and safely. The chemicals are neither safe to touch nor breathe in for too long.

The other reason is some of the insects themselves are dangerous. This includes bees and hornets. Some hornet and bee attacks can be deadly if you do not handle the situation properly.

Electrician

This is pretty straightforward. Electricity is extremely dangerous and shouldn’t be messed around with unless you are 100% certain you know what you are doing. If you have any doubt, we recommend you hire an electrician in California. The cost saving of doing the job yourself won’t come close to covering hospital bills if you are electrocuted during the project.

Roofer

You need to be very careful when working on a roof. You will have limited balance and one false move can lead to a very serious injury. The other reason to hire a professional roofing company is to ensure your roof is insured by your home insurance provider. If something happens and your provider discovers you did not hire a professional for the repair of the roof, the odds are the damage will not be covered.

Carpet Installer

If you just bought new carpet you know it is not cheap. Don’t you want to be positive it is installed correct to get the most out of your investment? If carpet is installed wrong it will deteriorate quickly and often leads to carpet bubbling and frays. The same theory applies to hiring a professional carpet cleaner in California.

Your carpet is simply too expensive not to ensure it receives professional installation and routine cleaning from a local company. Amazing Care Chem-Dry explains why hiring a professional carpet cleaner is so important.

HVAC

Your furnace requires annual maintenance checks and routine repairs in order to ensure it performs at its best and is safe for your home. If your furnace produces dangerous gases it can be very bad for you and your family. A furnace is a major investment that needs routine audits from professionals in order to ensure it functions correctly and safely in your home.

It’s OK to hire a professional for some home repair projects. We hire professionals for our home all the time! The more projects you complete on your own the more money you have to hire companies for some of the services we listed above.

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