If you’re a pet owner, you want to make sure that your furry friends are safe and healthy at all times. However, did you know that a badly built home can pose serious health risks to your pets? Here are 5 ways a poorly built home can harm your pets and what you can do about it.
- Toxic Building Material
Some building materials release harmful chemicals that can be toxic to pets. (Especially in older homes.) Materials such as paint, insulation, and flooring can be toxic to your pets. These materials can release harmful chemicals , which can lead to skin irritation, respiratory problems, and even worse health issues.
- Pest Infestations
Pests can carry diseases that can harm your pets or make them sick. Poorly built homes are more susceptible to pest infestations such as mice, rats, and insects. These pests can carry diseases that can cause your animals to get sick (and maybe even pass it onto you – remember the plague).
- Water Damage
Mold growth can cause respiratory problems for pets. Water damage can lead to mold growth, which can cause respiratory problems, asthma and other health issues for your pets, just the same as it can for you.
- Poor Insulation
Extreme temperatures can be dangerous for pets, plus, some insulation is toxic! A poorly insulated home can lead to extreme temperatures, which can be dangerous for your pets, especially in extreme weather conditions (and especially for our older furry friends(. And some types of insulation can be toxic if they are made with materials that release harmful chemicals, such as formaldehyde. Additionally, some older homes may still have insulation made with asbestos, which is a known carcinogen and can cause serious health issues if it is inhaled. It is important to be aware of the potential hazards associated with different types of insulation and to choose insulation materials that are safe for both humans and pets.
- Poor Indoor Air Quality
Harmful pollutants can cause respiratory problems for your pets. A poorly built home can have issues with ventilation and air quality, leading to the accumulation of harmful pollutants such as mold, mildew, and chemicals. These pollutants can cause respiratory problems for your pets, leading to coughing, wheezing, and other health issues.
If you’re concerned about the safety and health of your pets, it’s important to work with a certified high performance builder who understands the importance of building a home that is both energy-efficient and healthy for both you and your pets. Visit SEON’s ► member list to find a certified high-performance builder near you and ensure that your home is safe for all members of your family.