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Hidden home dangers you should never ignore

Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo

Special to the Village News

Hidden home dangers can be lurking in various areas of your house, and it’s essential not to ignore them as they can pose serious risks to your health and safety. Keep your eye on these hidden home dangers that you should never overlook:

Hidden Home Danger: Carbon Monoxide

This odorless and colorless gas can leak from faulty gas appliances, heating systems or blocked vents.

How to fix it: Install carbon monoxide detectors and have your heating systems checked regularly to prevent exposure.

Hidden Home Danger: Mold and Mildew

Moisture buildup in hidden areas like basements, crawl spaces and behind walls can lead to mold and mildew growth.

How to fix it: Regularly inspect these areas and address any water leaks promptly. There are available sprays in the market that target existing mold and mildew.

Hidden Home Danger: Radon

In some parts of the U.S., this naturally occurring radioactive gas can seep into homes through cracks in the foundation. Radon testing is essential, as long-term exposure can lead to lung cancer.

How to fix it: Conduct a radon test to determine the current levels of radon in your home. Improving ventilation in your home by opening windows and using fans can help reduce radon levels.

Hidden Home Danger: Lead Paint

Homes built before 1978 may have lead-based paint. Lead paint in good condition and undisturbed may not present an immediate risk, but deteriorating lead paint or home renovation projects that disturb lead-based paint can release lead particles into the air and dust, posing health hazards.

How to fix it: Avoid sanding or disturbing lead paint, especially if you have children, to prevent lead poisoning. Conduct lead paint testing, using lead-safe work practices during renovation or painting projects, and addressing any deteriorating lead-based paint promptly and safely. If you suspect lead exposure or poisoning, seek medical attention and take appropriate measures to reduce exposure.

Hidden Home Danger: Asbestos

This hazardous material was once commonly used in construction. When asbestos fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can become trapped in the body, leading to various respiratory health issues.

How to fix it: It is not advisable to remove the asbestos yourself. If your home is older, have a professional inspect for asbestos and address any issues properly.

Hidden Home Danger: Pests

Rodents, termites and other pests can cause damage to the home’s structure and pose health risks.

How to fix it: Regularly clean your home, proper food storage and sealing entry points are some preventive measures you can do to keep the pests at bay. Consider hiring a professional pest control service for routine inspections and preventive treatments.

By staying vigilant and addressing these hidden dangers, you can create a safer and healthier living environment for you and your family. Regular home maintenance, professional inspections, and using safety equipment like detectors can help you identify and mitigate potential risks.

To reach Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo, Broker Associate for Broadpoint Properties (CalBre# 01904564), call 760-532-1057, email [email protected] or visit http://www.ehlentulo.com.

 

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