Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. The purpose of this designation is to highlight the causes, symptoms, and treatments for these conditions. While there is no cure, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) seeks to educate Americans on ways to identify symptoms and reduce the triggers that affect millions of Americans. […]

Home Allergen Test Kits Let You Breathe Easy

Pet dander is an allergy trigger.

Home Allergen Test Kits We want to feel safe in our homes. For many of us, however, allergens and contaminants found in the home make us sick. There are different causes for this. For example, mold, dust, and pet dander can trigger an allergic response and various health symptoms and ailments. If this describes you, […]

Avoid Mold At Home with These 5 Tips

Avoid mold at home

Mold presents a problem for many homeowners. Mold thrives in a humid environment. As the weather warms up across the country, humidity levels begin to rise as well. This presents a challenge to maintaining proper indoor air quality. Take steps to protect yourself and your family and avoid mold at home. What is Mold Mold […]

Spring Cleaning and Allergies

Spring Cleaning and Allergies

For many people, spring cleaning is a time to open the windows and let fresh air inside. It’s a time to chase out the winter blues along with the dust. For allergy sufferers, however, it’s a challenge when dusting, vacuuming, and sweeping disturbs the very allergens you hope to eliminate. If this is you, then […]

Mold Allergy Symptoms And Causes

Mold Allergy At Home

Symptoms of a Mold Allergy Mold allergy or an allergic reaction to various types of mold produce symptoms similar to other upper respiratory allergies. Symptoms range from mild to severe depending on the person. Some people have year-round symptoms, while other people are affected by flare-ups only during certain times of the year. Damp weather […]

How to Test for Lead Paint DIY

Test Lead Paint DIY

Lead is a toxic metal once commonly used in household paints and ceramic finishes. Of course, we now have a better understanding of the dangers of lead. Despite this recent education, lead is still present in cookware, vintage toys, and jewelry. It’s also found in many homes built before 1978 as lead-based paint was used […]

How to Test Wood Floors for Lead

how to test wood floors for lead

One of the biggest thrills in buying an older home is imagining the possibilities. Will you do a complete renovation all at once or update each room one at a time to create your dream home? Many home buyers get a good deal on older homes in need of repair. However, structures built in the […]

How to Test Cast Iron for Lead

How to Test Cast Iron for Lead

Many home cooks are curious about the lead content of their plate ware, tableware, and cookware. In particular, there is concern about the lead content in cast iron pots and pans. The truth is that while this type of cookware typically does not contain lead, there are some exceptions. For example, cookware decorated with an […]

How to Test for Asbestos

how to test for asbestos

The dangers of asbestos are well documented. Inhaling this material may lead to serious respiratory illnesses such as mesothelioma and lung cancer. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is fire resistant and acts as an electrical insulator  Many countries have banned the use of asbestos, however, the United States is not one of them. […]