You do everything in your power- install security systems, get proper insurance coverage and make necessary changes in the house to ensure its utmost safety. You also take appropriate measures to ensure no pest, gas, or any other toxic material affects indoor safety.
But despite that, some hidden threats lurk in almost every household. These hidden threats not only damage your property and interior environment but also severely affect the health of your family. And because these are hidden, homeowners unknowingly overlook them.
Keep reading this article to discover these hidden risks and take steps to protect your house and family.
- Use Of Asbestos
Asbestos is a highly effective yet inexpensive flame retardant that was generally used during home construction. It is found in insulation, vinyl, roof shingles, and linoleum floors. However, when this material gets crumbled or inhaled, the material’s fibers can severely affect the health of you and your family.
Although it is no longer used in the construction process. If you live in an old house, the chances of its presence in the insulation or walls are higher. Therefore, you should consult professionals for asbestos testing.
- Radioactive Risk
Radon is a radioactive gas that is present naturally in most soil and rocks. It is harmless if it is outdoors. However, if this gas gets trapped indoors, especially at an elevated level, it can be a threat to health. In fact, according to the report of National Health Advisory, indoor radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S.
Therefore, it is suggested to conduct radon testing every 2 years apart from regular home maintenance. Besides these, if you just moved to a new house or did a home renovation, you must do the testing after the settlement.
Another indoor gas that is harmful to your house is carbon monoxide. You can not see or smell it; however, it can lead to suffocation and unconsciousness. It is generally leaked from water heaters, stoves, other home appliances, or cars.
In fact, according to statistics, approximately 400 people die every year due to accidental CO poisoning. Therefore, to keep your home and family protected, you must regularly inspect all the systems and appliances. In addition to this, you must install carbon monoxide detectors, especially in the kitchen and kids/elders’ room.
- Musty Menace
Last but not least, if your basement or bathroom has a musty odor, the possibility is that it is due to mold problems. As you might already know that mold can grow anywhere with excessive moisture. Fortunately, you can easily detect it due to its odor and take timely measures to prevent its build-up.
Contact professional cleaners to get rid of the mold. Also, use fans and dehumidifiers to reduce the dampness in the dark and moist areas of your house.
These are some of the hidden threats that you might be overlooking. But now that you have learned about it, take immediate preventive measures. Contact the professionals to make your house safe to live in. Moreover, you and your family must get a checkup to diagnose underlying health conditions caused by these risks and get treated as soon as possible.