5 Hidden Dangers In The Home To Watch Out For
Everybody wants a safe home. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as just keeping doors locked and the structure maintained. There are many surprising areas where your home may be exposing you and your family to unsafe conditions, and it’s probably not what you think.
One of the many defects we find during a home inspection and a common problems around homes is the growth of mold. Anywhere there is dampness is a potential breeding ground for mold. From your bathroom to in the walls to the living room carpet, letting moisture sit exposes you and your family to risk. Always clean up any spills or leaks thoroughly and be on the lookout for warning signs like discoloration or musty smells. Use a non-ammonia cleaner or dish-washing soap and water to remove mold.
It may seem counter intuitive, but many cleaning products can contain chemicals which are dangerous, as well. If possible, choose non-toxic cleaning agents, including natural methods like vinegar and baking soda. When using products with harmful chemicals, always wear appropriate safety gear as described on the bottle, such as rubber gloves and ventilate the area you are working as much as possible.
As an odorless, colorless and tasteless gas, radon is undetectable without the appropriate testing elements. Tri County Home Inspection proudly performs radon testing in La Crosse, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, and all places in between. If radon is discovered, it’s important to install a radon ventilation system to allow the harmful gas to be passed safely through your home and away from those inside it.
This flavorless, odorless gas gives no warning before making you very sick (think flu-like symptoms. Each year, more than 400 people die from this “silent” killer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Contamination usually occurs when an organic fuel is burned without proper ventilation. Common sources of carbon monoxide include kerosene and gas space heaters, gas water heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces, automobile exhaust, and tobacco smoke . Have a qualified technician service your heating system, water heater, and other oil or gas appliances every year. Install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector in your home. Tri County Home Inspection provides carbon monoxide testing of all gas appliances during the home inspection.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
A new coat of paint transforms a room, but also can expose you to volatile organic compounds, airborne chemicals which can cause harm. This is a particularly large risk with oil-based paints, as well as some of the treatments and solvents used in painting. Whenever possible, choose a low-VOC paint, and keep the room well-ventilated during the panting process as and while the paint dries. To have your home tested for Volatile Organic Compounds please give us a call at 262-225-6998. Tri County Home Inspection performs VOC in La Crosse, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, and all places in between
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– Aaron Marjala
Tri County Home Inspection, LLC