21 November 2012
Some people don’t consider getting their carpets cleaned to be a priority. They feel that paying professional carpet cleaners is a luxury that only rich people can afford to do so. That is a big misconception though, because keeping carpets cleaned is a necessity not a luxury. It’s needed not just for keeping up appearances but for staying safe and healthy as well.
There are health problems that have long been associated with dirty carpets. To help you become more familiar with those health issues here are some of them:
Mould- If there is one thing that any homeowner should be afraid of, then it has to be mould. This form of fungi thrives in damp places. They can send out pores which get airborne. These tiny particles can cause allergic reactions in humans and other animals. The effects of mould on the human body is varied but in some cases it can be very severe and even fatal This is the reason why mould growth should be prevented at all costs. Mould can grow on the unexposed side of the carpet and that it why it should be regularly cleaned.
Athlete’s Foot- While not life threatening, this health issue can be embarrassing annoying and itchy. This can be caused by the countless number of germs that could be thriving on the surface of a carpet. They can enter the foot by small openings there.
Pet Dander- These are the hair, body oil and skin of animals that has been shed off. That is a perfectly normal body function and even humans do it. These can be trapped on the surface of the carpet which is like a magnet for this sort of material. The problem is that a great number of people are allergic to it and they can have some serious problem dealing with its effects.
Asthma- A study has been conducted which confirms the fact that carpet that is dirty and damp can increase the incidence of asthma. Asthma is triggered by tiny particles that can cause an allergic reaction in the respiratory or other system of the body. While normally not life threatening, it can be a serious inconvenience.
Dust Mites- These miniscule insects thrive in the environment of dirty carpets. That is where they find an abundant source of food. As they die their bodies can be inhaled by people causing allergic reactions.
These are just five of the most common health issues associated with dirty carpets.
01 October 2012
Asbestos removal is an important and critical task that should be performed in houses where this material was used in its construction or where its presence was suspected. It should only be done by qualified personnel while using enough protective equipment. The people around the area should also be notified of the presence of the material and of the process so they can prepare for it.
Uses of Asbestos- It is important to remove asbestos from homes and buildings because it can cause some very serious illnesses in humans who are exposed to it. Its use in construction is already banned but only after it was utilized for many years.
Construction materials with asbestos were used in different parts of homes. Its most important property was its ability to resist heat. It was used in insulation, in ceilings, in walls and even in floorings. It was very common until it was started to be banned by different countries in the late 1970s. The banning was due to the findings that asbestos was a cause for some very serious diseases. What is particularly disturbing was the fact that the material not only increased the risks, but directly resulted to the diseases.
Health Risks of Asbestos- Why is it that authorities found asbestos to be so dangerous that they had to ban it despite its obvious benefits? There are four diseases that have been tied to asbestos exposure and here they are:
- Mesothelioma- This is a form of cancer that attacks the lining of the lungs of a person who was exposed to asbestos. This disease leads to the death and the only known cause for it is asbestos exposure.
- Diffuse Pleural Thickening- This is a disease where a membrane forms inside the lung. It can thicken to the point where it can restrict breathing.
- Lung Cancer- Asbestos exposure is another leading cause of lung cancer. This has a very high mortality rate.
- Asbestosis- This is a disease where the lining of the lungs get scarred because of the asbestos fibers in the air. While this disease is not always fatal and can be treated, it can cause serious disability in the person afflicted with it.
These are the four main diseases caused by asbestos exposure. All of these are caused by inhalation of the asbestos fibers that comes from the parts used in home construction. This is the reason why if your house has some parts made from this material you need removalists to come in as soon as possible to remove it.
02 August 2012
Some of the most common problems that we encounter in our homes have something to do with plumbing. Leaking pipes and running toilets are all so common household issues. These are usually caused by the usual wear and tear on the parts used for plumbing. They would have to be replaced as part of the usual maintenance of our homes.
Sometimes however, the plumbing problem is not caused by the wearing out of the parts and materials in homes. There are times when it is caused by bad or defective plumbing. This happens when the design for the plumbing system is defective or, more commonly, when the installation is done in a wrong way or used defective or substandard materials. This can cause some very serious problems at home or any structure.
Impacts of Bad Plumbing- Bad plumbing can have some very serious effects. So you can realize how serious it is, here are some of its effects:
- Mould is arguably one of the most serious effects that bad plumbing can bring to any home. It is a form of fungi which can grow in dark and humid places. That is the reason why it can start growing in parts of the house where there are leaks. They can release some particles into the air which can be very harmful to humans. They are the number one reason why leaking pipes or anything that causes moisture to accumulate in dark areas of the house ought to be taken care of right away.
- Water damage resulting from leaks is a very real and serious threat. It can be a very gradual thing that can happen over a period of many weeks and months, or it can be a sudden thing like when a defective pipe suddenly bursts flooding the entire house. The fact remains that water damage can be very costly.
- Bad plumbing can cause a tremendous amount of inconvenience. Clogged drains for example can be very disturbing and would require the help of professionals when it becomes so serious. Sometimes that can be the result of bad plumbing design.
- Bad plumbing can also cause a great deal of waste. Each year a huge amount of water is wasted because of bad plumbing and that kind of waste is totally preventable. Running toilets and leaking pipes could be prevented from causing waste.
These are just some of the effects that can be caused by bad plumbing in our homes today.
01 August 2012
Plant diseases should be a major concern for anyone engaged in gardening. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting to do the activity or if you’re an expert in it already. Diseases will strike the plants that you have regardless of what you know. To help you out here are some of the more common garden plant diseases that you might encounter:
Fungal Disease- This is one of the more common forms of plant disease that can affect your garden. It can seriously affect the flowering and the growth of plants. It can also cause some bad markings on the leaves and the body. Moulds, rusts and blackspots all belong to this form of plant disease as well as mildew. The best method of dealing with these diseases is prevention which can be achieved by planting plants naturally resistant to it. You can also ensure good air circulation to prevent their growth.
Bacterial Disease- There are also many plant diseases caused by bacteria. Just like with humans, when the immune system of plants go down, they become more prone to all kinds of diseases. These diseases are usually harder to control than those caused by fungi. They will cause darks streaks and sometime produce slime that can have a bad odour.
Nutrient Deficiency- Not all plant diseases can be caused by some foreign organism. Sometimes it could be lack of nutrients that can affect the health of a plant severely. If a certain nutrient is lacking in the soil, then the plant might be unable to develop fully. This is the case with a garden where the soil is only artificially filled with nutrients.
As we have mentioned before, plants have their own immune system which they use in dealing with diseases and foreign organisms that try to invade them. They have ingenious methods of dealing with foreign organisms that can carry diseases. They can parts of an infected area with some tissues that can prevent the spreading of the disease.
Sometimes, these mechanisms of plants are not enough in dealing with the infection. It is our responsibility to help our garden plants. There are methods that we can use such as the spraying of sulphur and other substances. We have to be careful in using such methods however. The materials that we use might be organic but their effects on the plants can be so powerful that it can be harmful as well. Sometimes it would be best to call the help of professionals once we have diagnosed that some of our plants are suffering from diseases.
06 May 2012
Pest control is a service that most of us wish we would never have to use ever. But when the time comes when we do need it, we can only rely on it. We don’t usually think about pest management until we need it. Pest control is one of those things that we take for granted. We usually see it as killing or exterminating pests in homes, but it is so much more than that.
Pest control is made up of all the methods and practices of keeping pests away. Its application goes beyond what we usually know of it in homes. It is used in agriculture and in other vital industries.
Importance of Pest Control- Beyond its use in homes, pest management is very important for us for a number of reasons. Here are some of those reasons:
- One of the most important reasons why pest control is needed is because of health. Pests can bring diseases that can be quite serious. One of the most serious epidemics, the bubonic plague which caused millions of death in the World in Medieval times came from rats and other rodent pests. Cockroaches and other pests can also carry germs into their body. That should be your main concern when it comes to having pests in your home.
- Pests can have an impact on production and resources. This is the main reason why pest control is vital to in agriculture and other industries. Sometimes pests can be such a huge problem that they will seriously affect the production of one industry. They can wipe out production and bring it down to zero if they are not controlled.
- Aside from the damage that they can do to resources and production, they can also cause some serious damage to existing structure and things. Sometimes the damage can be so severe that a whole structure would be rendered useless because of it, like in cases where termites have eaten away at a wooden structure.
- Then there is also the fact that pest control is needed in order to keep appearances. Whether it is a home or an office, having pests running around is never going to be a good thing. It would have to be taken care of.
These are just some of the reasons why pest control can be very important and why you should pay attention to it. In case you find that you have pests at home, a professional on Oneflare to help you immediately.
02 March 2012
Heavy metals when found in increased levels in the body can cause some serious health conditions. The most common heavy metal that can cause poisoning is lead, because it is used in paints and other chemicals with practical applications. It can affect many vital processes in the body and can poison different body parts. Some of the organs that it can affect are intestines, kidneys, heart and bones.
Lead Poisoning- The effects of lead poisoning can be particularly serious in children. One of the main reasons why, is because of the way that it interferes with the nervous system’s development. It can lead to disruptions in the learning development of children who are exposed to particularly high levels of lead.
Symptoms- Lead can poison even in small amounts. Unlike other substances where there is a level of exposure that is acceptable, lead can poison regardless of the amount that gets into the body. There is no set ways of how symptoms can manifest. It depends on the patient and the amount of exposure that he has had. There are cases when a person who has an excessively high level of lead in his body does not manifest any kind of symptom at all.
In adults, the usual symptoms include a tingling sensation in the extremities, abdominal pain, loss of memory, pain and weakness. Unborn children are also prone to lead poisoning. Since they are still in development, they are at risk of absorbing high concentrations of the metal into their bodies.
Use of Lead in Paint- Though lead poisoning has many sources, one of the most common and one which affects the greatest amount of people is poisoning from paints. Some compounds of paint have a great variety of colour and that is the reason why it has been used as a major compound in manufacturing paints. When paint that has lead content starts to deteriorate, it can start breaking exposing a lot of people to lead. Paint particles can get to the soil where it can be picked up by children who play there.
Products such as toys are also painted and sometimes the paint used might contain lead. This is particularly dangerous to children since they still have the habit of putting things into the mouth. Lead poisoning that is caused by eating lead particles is far more serious when the lead particles are just picked up from the ground.