Your home should be a safe place for you and your family, but sometimes there are hidden hazards that need to be addressed to improve the property. Here are 5 ways to make your home healthy and safe.
Have Your Home Tested for Radon
If your home has never been tested for radon, you can’t be sure that it is safe to live in. Radon is invisible, odorless, and doesn’t cause immediate symptoms. It is impossible to know if there are elevated radon levels in your home without a test. Radon can cause lung cancer after years of prolonged exposure. Have your home tested for radon so you can take mitigation measures if you have unsafe levels.
Prevent and Eliminate Mold
Mold growing in the home threatens the health of every family member. Mold causes allergies, respiratory problems, and chronic neurological issues. Mold can only grow where there is moisture, so help to prevent mold by keeping the humidity low and promptly fixing leaks. If you suspect that you already have mold, hire a professional for mold testing. You’ll need to have it safely removed to make your home healthy and safe.
Filter Your Water to Make Your Home Healthy and Safe
It’s common for the water you drink from the tap to contain contaminants. Request a water quality report from your municipality or have your well water tested. Different types of water filters remove different contaminants, so install one that targets the specific pollutants found in your water.
Improve Air Quality
Indoor air quality can be more polluted than outdoor air when particles and chemicals become trapped inside. Deep clean and dust frequently to help your indoor air stay cleaner. Avoid cleaning products with harsh chemicals and VOCs. Use HEPA air purifiers if individuals in your household suffer from allergies or respiratory problems.
Smoke Alarms Make Your Home Healthy and Safe
Some of the most basic home safety mechanisms are smoke alarms. Most homes are already equipped with smoke alarms but they need to be regularly monitored. Test smoke alarms monthly to make sure an alarm sounds Change the batteries twice a year and replace the entire alarm every 10 years.
In-Depth 360 Home Inspection Services serves the Puget Sound area with home inspection services, including radon testing and mold testing. Contact us to schedule an appointment in Southwest Washington.