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For A Safe And Healthy Home

2013 July 25

By Lina Younes

Are you handy around the house? Are you skilled at using tools and fixing things? Would you consider yourself a do-it-yourselfer? Well, certain home repairs and remodeling activities can harm your health and that of your family if not done properly.

Here are some tips to make those needed repairs while protecting your home environment:

Lead– Do you live in a home built before 1978? It may have lead-based paint. Lead is a toxic metal that adversely affects people’s nervous system and causes behavioral, learning and hearing problems. If you are going to paint your home, you should work safely. Use protective clothing and the right equipment to prevent old lead-based paint chips or lead dust from contaminating the air during the renovation process.

Mold – Do you have leaky faucets or water damage inside your home? Moisture or water accumulation may lead to a problem with mold. In turn, mold spores indoors can cause allergic reactions and other health problems. It’s important to fix any plumbing or water problems as soon as possible. Dry all items completely.

Indoor air quality – Poor ventilation is one of the main culprits of poor indoor air quality. Clean your air filters regularly to ensure good air quality and improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioning and heating system. Not only does that improve your health and the efficiency of your system, but in the long run it saves you money, too.

Pesticides – When it comes to pest control, prevention is key. However, if in spite of your best efforts towards integrated pest management, those unwanted creatures infest your home, what should you do? Use pesticides properly and start by reading the label first.

As you can see, with some simple steps, you can make sure that your home is a healthy place for you and your family. Here is some additional information to help you save energy, save money and make your home greener and healthier.

Do you have any do-it-yourself tips that you would like to share with us? We would love to hear from you.

About the author:  Lina Younes has been working for EPA since 2002 and currently serves the Multilingual Communications Liaison for EPA. She manages EPA’s social media efforts in Spanish. Prior to joining EPA, she was the Washington bureau chief for two Puerto Rican newspapers and she has worked for several government agencies.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed here are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

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17 Responses leave one →
  1. Lina-EPA permalink
    July 25, 2013

    Thanks for pointing that out. It will be corrected.

  2. Tom HOSHALL permalink
    July 26, 2013

    i AGREE THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE A HEALTHY HOME. Pesticide is by far the number one contributor to bad contaminated indoor air. Did you know when building a home if its termite pre-treated the builder has to use hundreds of gallons of termiticide. Yes 100’s.

  3. kris permalink
    July 26, 2013

    Good to know about the problem caused by the lead based paints. nice article. Useful Informations. Thanks Lina Younes

  4. Master Melvin M. Lusterio permalink
    July 26, 2013

    The Good Force be with you!

    Very nice, Lina! Thanks for your concern!

    Live forever & prosper!

  5. Chris permalink
    July 27, 2013

    Very nice article!
    Old houses definitely have a lot of these problems and some of the tips that you have listed should be taken into account.
    Poor ventilation is another problem with older houses…

    thanks for sharing.

  6. Prof Mpiya permalink
    July 29, 2013

    Thnx so much for the great tips. I am a DIY fanatic and I found the tips you gave very useful. People could actually save more by being DIY with many things in the home.

  7. Lock And Leave permalink
    July 30, 2013

    Home is the place where we can relax for some time. Thanks to you for providing these useful tips. Your tips will surely help people and also awaking awareness towards the importance of their home.

  8. Lina-EPA permalink
    July 31, 2013

    Thanks for your comments,

  9. S.Collins permalink
    August 13, 2013

    Actually these facts are very true because many of people don’t know these facts it’s a great info for good health too. Good stuff.

  10. Amy permalink
    January 3, 2014

    Old and new homes can suffer from all the above. Especially dampness…which has so many factors leading up to the actual core problem of damp. Dry rot and woodworm can seriously harm the home. Poor ventilation and increase condensation which in turn, leads to damp. Great tips, thanks!

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    February 12, 2014

    One can find the relaxation only at home. So, the home must be healthy and pest free. Everyone should follow these tips to make their protect their home environment.

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    March 12, 2014

    Thanks for providing these useful tips. Proactive management of the home especially for pests, invaders of our peace, should be exercised. Keep surroundings clean always and regularly check for threats and causes so these pests don’t take over our property.

  15. eddy smith permalink
    March 25, 2014

    Poor ventilation is one of the main culprits of poor indoor air quality. Air conditioning contractors ensure good air quality and improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioning and heating system. Not only does that improve your health and the efficiency of your system, but in the long run it saves you money, too.

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