Home is a unique place in everyone’s lives. Next to food and water, a sense of home is a basic human need. Home is where you live, relax, where kids and grandkids come to celebrate holidays. Home is the safest place to be.
But what if your home is making you sick?
Now don’t misunderstand, this isn’t meant to scare you, but it is an issue that does happen. Sick Building Syndrome (or SBS) is used to describe any number of issues someone can have that are linked to time spent in a building but without a known cause or specific illness. primary issue in these cases is usually the result of poor Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), in which the air you breathe…in your own home…is literally making you sick. In fact, a 1984 study by the World Health Organization suggested that as much as 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide may have been subject to complaints related to Indoor Air Quality. (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pdfs/sick_building_factsheet.pdf)
The Indoor Air Quality, a key component of SBS, can be effected by any number of things. Sometimes outside contaminants like harmful vapor, ozone, and radon are allowed to enter the home through building exhausts and vents. Also Biological Contaminants like mold, bacteria, pollen, and even viruses, all of which can breed in stagnant water often found in ducts, ceiling tiles, inadequate air intake vents, and windows, issues that threaten many homes today.
What causes Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)
SBS is a complex, yet devastating condition where you have to take each individual house into consideration before giving a blanket “one size fits all” diagnosis, but most homes with these issues suffer from many of the same flaws. Inadequate ventilation, the inability for the home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to properly ventilate outdoor air to an acceptable level, is one key element of reduced Indoor Air Quality and a possible cause of Sick Building Syndrome. Some buildings simply require better ventilation than they currently have.
One major cause of Sick Building Syndrome doesn’t come from outside the home, it comes from within. The harsh reality is, many cases of SBS are the result of contaminants found within the home itself. While outside contaminants, biological contaminants, and poorly ventilated air play a role in SBS, you also need to remember that air pollutants can also come from indoor sources. From common sources like carpeting, common adhesives, pesticides stored in the home, cleaning agents, and the like, to more serious sources of concern such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, or unvented space heaters or fireplaces, any one of these could be a reason why your home could be making you sick.
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The Sani-Tred Solution
Thankfully, these issues can be avoided simply by choosing the right materials when building or remodeling a home. Most issues attributed to Sick Building Syndrome are related to contaminants from inside the home and all can be eliminated. Mold, bacteria, pollen, and other contaminants congregate in standing water. Waterproofing your home with Sani-Tred will not only eliminate standing water but also block 99% of harmful radon gas. If you think your home might be making you sick, then take the necessary steps to stop contamination at the source.