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Every parent’s nightmare is a sick child, and it’s even worse when the culprit is your own home. Children are already more sensitive to impurities than adults, but when you factor in asthma or allergies, this can be an extremely dangerous combination. Common sources of stealthy health hazards in Florida include biological growth, dust, and volatile organic compounds. Find out why your kids could be getting sick from your home and how to protect your family by preventing these hazards.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are organic chemicals emitted as gases from a variety of household products, such as water-based paint, varnish, candles, as well as many cleaning products. According to a study done by a team of scientists from Harvard and Kalstad universities, children who sleep in rooms with fumes from solvents and paints are two to four times more likely to develop asthma, allergies, eczema, and rhinitis. Whenever possible, aim to buy products with low VOC emission, store strongly emitting products away from your home, and avoid using unnatural air fresheners.

Dust and Biological Growth

Having large amounts of dust or biological growth in your home can cause particles to disperse into the air when disturbed or if residing in air ducts. Inhaling particles or spores can worsen asthma or cause allergic reactions, causing reactions that resemble hay fever. Coming into contact with these particles can also cause irritation of the skin, eyes, nose, and throat, which can lead to rashes, fever, and shortness of breath. It’s important to regularly check and clean your ducts, especially when you have little lungs to protect. Luckily, we specialize in duct cleaning so you can ensure that your family stays healthy.

When your family is at risk for health problems, contact our certified technicians at ServiceMaster 24 for all your cleaning needs, including removal of biological growth. Call us anytime at 813-603-2001 in Hillsborough, 727-201-0499 in Pasco, or 727-209-0499 in Pinellas to schedule an extensive examination and thorough cleaning to keep your loved ones safe.

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