4 Things That Make Your Home Safer and Healthier

Safety in your home should be a top priority, and there are proactive measures that you can take to limit the hazards in your living space. Minimizing these dangers will make it possible for you and your family to live in an environment that won’t compromise everyone’s wellbeing. Here are four things that can make your home safer and healthier.

Foundation Repairs

If your home’s foundation is cracked or damaged in any other way, it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible to keep the rest of your home’s structure from getting damaged. Foundation problems can cause part of the home to sink into the ground, and this can result in serious damages to walls, floors and windows. The damage to your home can also increase the chances of family members sustaining bodily harm. Common causes of foundation damage include plumbing failures, tree roots and heavy rainfall.

Radon Testing

Radon is an invisible gas that can’t be smelled or tasted but could put your family in danger if it gets into your home. The gas emits from decaying soil and often gets into homes through cracks in basement floors. When inhaled, radon can damage lung cells and eventually lead to respiratory problems and possibly lung cancer. Professionals can test your home for radon and implement radon mitigation services if the gas is detected.

Roofing Maintenance

Black algae, mold, and other algae growth can develop if your roof isn’t properly maintained and cleaned. These growths can make your roof heavier, increase humidity, and retain more heat. If your roof’s heat increases, your HVAC and ducts have to work harder to handle the excess temperature. In addition, mold can cause problems with your family’s respiratory systems, promoting sickness and lung problems. Because of this, it is important to keep your roof properly maintained.

HVAC Repairs

If the heater, air conditioner or air ducts in your home are damaged or faulty in any other way, having them repaired or replaced altogether can help improve your indoor air quality. More of the dust, dirt and other particles that contribute to allergies and other breathing problems can circulate through the air if any components of your HVAC system aren’t up to standard. HVAC repairs can also help limit wasted energy so that you won’t have to pay as much in utility costs.

The right modifications to your home setting can be highly beneficial for everyone’s wellness. By promptly addressing the problems that could put your family’s health and safety in jeopardy, you’ll help enhance the quality of your family’s life.

About the Author

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

About Olga Lockhart

Olga Lockhart, Marketing Manager for Pathway Design & Construction, researches, analyzes, and writes about these key topics: Universal Design, Aging in Place, Northwest building & Seattle remodeling trends, air quality issues, and solutions, during construction. She's also willing to chat about travel and culture out of the office.