Hi guys! It’s Naomi Findlay here, your Rapid Renovation expert!
I was lucky enough to sit down with Tammy Guest, from TammyGuest.com, to break down all of the hidden things on the reno site that can affect your health.
We aren’t talking about asbestos or lead based paint, which need to be dealt with by professionals in line with the law, but some pretty mainstream elements that your body is exposed to on every reno site. Not only can these things affect your health, they also impact how you interact with other people and how much you enjoy the experience of renovating as a whole.
Mould can be found on every reno site to some degree, with many people underestimating the harmful side effects it can have on your health. Countless symptoms can arise in response to mould exposure; behavioural changes, inability to concentrate, vagueness, atopy and anxiety.
A mould spot bigger than a full stop has over 40 thousand mould spores in it. Tammy’s recommendations for protecting yourself against mould are:
- Always wear PPE on the reno site as you do not know what’s in the air, behind the wall and under the paint.
- Stay hydrated – water is great for flushing your body free of toxins.
- Wear long sleeve clothing to protect your skin from mould spores attaching to it.
- Shower as soon as you leave the reno site to reduce your risk of spreading the mould spores.
Over 40% of the population will have an immediate reaction to dust. The side effects of dust range from sneezing and itchy eyes to exhaustion as your body’s immune response employs your energy to fight against these harmful particles.
To protect your health from the effects of dust, Tammy recommends:
- Never forget to wear your PPE on the reno site.
- Like mould, water is amazing for flushing toxins out of your body – so stay hydrated!
- Utilise one of the many containment products on the market. Plastic sheeting and door seals are perfect for containing dust on your reno site.
- Ensure you are fuelling your body with plenty of antioxidants, which support your immune response. Consider incorporating a green smoothie into your daily diet, increasing your colourful fruit and vegetables, or looking into an antioxidant supplement.