From Engineering on June 11, 2008 in General
Our safety and the safety of our families is very important to us. We buy the cars that have the best safety ratings, choose a clean neighborhood with low crime when we buy our houses, and lock all of the doors at night. Given you cant live paranoid about the next thing that can possibly get you, what about the unforeseen dangers you might be overlooking right in your own home? The following are potential culprits, but nothing you can’t do something about.
- Mold & Mildew. Mold and mildew thrive in moist environments with poor ventilation. Have your siding, windows, and plumbing inspected for leaks and maintain good ventilation throughout all rooms of your house. Bathrooms and kitchens are the biggest culprits.
- Asbestos. Asbestos was used in the construction of homes up until the early 1980s, when it was discovered to be highly toxic. Asbestos has very small fibers and could be mixed into the cement or insulation in your home without your knowledge of its existence. You can hire a special contractor to detect and remove the substance, which can be deadly.
- Lead-based paint. The use of lead-based paint was outlawed by 1978. Care should be taken whenever remodeling, and if youre concerned about possible exposure, you can have the levels in your blood tested.
- Household cleaning products. Many of the commonly used household cleaning agents are quite harmful for your health. Look into switching to more natural products.
- VOCs. Volatile organic compounds are released from numerous sources within your home, such as paint, wood preservatives, glues, and adhesives. They are bad both for the environment and your health. Look to replace offenders with more natural, eco-friendly products.
Each of these areas can pose potentially serious health risks, but can be removed and remedied. Request free-estimates from pre-certified contractors to make your home a little safer.