Have you signed the deal to your dream house? Or are you perusing through real estate options to snag a stellar apartment deal? Whether you are in a rush to get away from nagging owners or making grueling adult decisions- the euphoria of owning a property or the thrill of a fresh start trumps all fatigue and hardships that moving entails.
However, before you sign up for the onset of chaos and turmoil brought on by shifting places for the next few months – you’ll want to play it safe, particularly with baby steps. Make sure you are not risking your safety and family's health during the move. It is not just the physical fatigue or mental stress that could potentially bog you down- but hidden toxins and hazards lurking around your new place is also a severe cause of concern.
In the rush of making an offer, gabbing the pair of your new home keys, putting away the furniture, sprucing up your latest acquisition with a coat of fresh paint here and a wee bit there- that staying organized becomes especially challenging with work and other priorities.
Cosmetic repairs aren’t the only solution to make your place habitable. Tackle the unwanted health risks that come along—confused about where to begin? Keep on reading to find the potential health hazards and how to avoid them.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring silicate arranged in microscopic fibrous patterns. If you possess any construction knowledge, you'd be aware that asbestos is vastly popular for building purposes since the 1950s. What makes asbestos a unique and sought-after construction product?
It offers strength, stability, fireproofing, resistance to chemical and heat abrasion. Today, asbestos is not only used in constructing buildings but everywhere in your surroundings- from flooring to tiling to insulation.
So, how can asbestos cause health risks? The hazard arises when asbestos gets damaged and starts deteriorating. The broken fibers, during inhaling, can cause fatal lung diseases such as mesothelioma, malignant and deadly lung cancer that results in respiratory failure, congestive pneumonia, and bowel obstruction upon its spread. Therefore, if you are planning on renovation, it is better to call for professional help.
Be Mindful of Molds and Insect Colonies
Put your adult pants on and do a mommy inspection of every nook and cranny for crusty molds and creepy crawlies. Always give the new place a thorough wash and let it air dry before you stack your furniture against the wall.
Mold thrives in dark, damp, and humid places. If you can't see the mold, it doesn't mean it can't be hiding around.
Molds – can penetrate through walls and emanate a pungent odor. You want to be regular and thorough with cleaning showers, bathtubs, sinks, toilets, kitchen, and floors. The mold variety that commonly resides in homes includes Penicillium, Aspergillus, and Cladosporium. If given the opportunity to flourish, they may end up causing allergies, skin infections, fever, and breathing difficulties. Use strong chemicals like bleach for cleaning and dehumidifiers to prevent humidity.
Insect Colonies – many insect species love to reside in places that you always 'forget' to clean or the mess you plan to clean one day. Prevent your children from rummaging around in such areas to avoid being bitten by wasps, ants, and cockroaches.
Clear out the mess, as you don't want the termites eating away at your furniture!
Faulty Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
It is imperative to install smoke detectors. The harmless smoke that sets the infuriating alarm blaring when you burn a bit of lasagna or take a casual smoke inside your house should not be taken carelessly. Though, it may be exasperating to shut the alarm for the most insignificant reasons. Fire casualties are incredibly destructive! You need to be a responsible adult for your family and avoid a little baking mishap from burning down the house.
Aren't smoke detectors enough protection? Why would you want your house to be blaring like an ambulance all the time? While carbon monoxides may not be on your priority list during the move, it is always a good practice to check your exposure to air quality.
One of the predominant causes of accidents at home is caused by sagging electric cables and power leads. It is risky to leave wires draped along walls, desks, and floors. Tie up the cable cords with cheap ties or a piece of rope while moving electrical appliances from trailing behind to avoid serious injuries caused by tripping incidents and electrocution.
Cable protectors are also an excellent way to avoid unnecessary accidents. Additionally, incasing cables in plastic or vinyl sheaths and fixing them along the wall edges would prevent your children from accidentally touching live wires!
Our exposure to radioactive substances has unknowingly increased over the past decade. What is even more surprising are the potential radiation sources right under your roof! Radon is a radioactive gas released from the natural decomposition of uranium under the soil. It moves from the ground and enters the houses through cracks and crevices.
We have listed down a few culminating sources for you to get tested out by professionals.
- The toxic and radioactive build-up of gases in basements
- Granite countertops may carry radioactive radon, resulting in low levels of radiation.
- Ceramic tiles and utensils
- Fertilizers used in your new garden
- Glow in the dark wall clocks
Homeownership isn't just about acquiring a piece of beautiful property, rather a responsibility that you owe to yourself and the people who inhabit it to make your humble abode a safe and hazard-free zone.
Although it is practically impossible to eradicate every single health hazard from your place- we can always start by minimizing the most probable hazards and work our way up. Don't let these responsibilities deter you from buying your dream house. All that is required is a little diligence to make your home secure for all occupants.
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