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Protecting the Home from Environmental Risks

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As a homeowner, there are a few things you need to keep in mind and check for on a regular basis in terms of environmental risks. Some of these risks include lead, air pollution, and drinking water contamination. Keeping up with your home's safety when dealing with these and/or other environmental risks is not only important in the upkeep of your home, but the protection of who is living inside.

If your home was built prior to 1978, have your home tested for lead through either a paint inspection or a risk assessment by a qualified professional, who can in turn, fix those lead hazards for you. Keep in mind, that lead-based paint in good condition is usually not harmful, so keep an eye out for any chipping, keep areas clean of dust, and test on a regular basis.

In terms of indoor air quality, there are a few basic strategies for improvement. One strategy can be to seal off or reduce the emission of the sources of air pollution, such as gas stoves can be adjusted to reduce emissions. Another strategy, is to increase the amount of fresh air coming into your home, open up the windows and just let it flow in, indoor heating and cooling systems do not do that for you. Finally, there are air cleaners on the market, even simple inexpensive options, that can definitely help.

Last but not least, you can always contact your local water supplier and request a local water quality report. That can help you in the decision of which, if any, water filtration system you will need or whether drinking bottled water is a more viable option, remember to consider the cost factor as well.

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