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Simple testing and protection homeowners should have

Simple testing and protection homeowners should have

 
May 10, 2011
 
After buying a home, few homeowners overlook the importance of smoke detectors, because they can alert a family to get out of the home in the event of a fire.
 
However, there are also a number of other hazards experts say everyone should take precautions against.
 
Radon test
 
While some people think radon - a colorless, odorless gas - is an issue only for homes with basements, that's not the case.
 
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says the gas is released as elements inside soil and rock break down, and finds its way into homes through cracks in their foundations. Levels can sometimes become very high in the colder months, when windows and doors remain closed.
 
The EPA recommends homeowners test radon levels in their homes, and install a radon reduction system if levels are above normal.
 
Carbon monoxide detector
 
Carbon monoxide is another colorless, odorless gas which can cause serious health problems. It usually comes into the house when a vent from a furnace or chimney is blocked, or a gas-powered generator is running nearby.
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends homeowners install a CO detector in their home, and check the battery every time they change the clocks for daylight savings time.
 
Mold inspection
 
When moisture is trapped inside of a home, it can provide a climate in which mold can grow, either because of poor venting or improper insulation. Experts told MSN that homeowners who suspect they may have a mold problem should get an inspection by an expert, since some home testing kits evaluated by Consumer Reports were unreliable.
 
Lead and asbestos
 
While they aren't generally used in construction now, homeowners looking to remodel older properties may want to test for any lead or asbestos products, MSN says. While the mere presence of the materials may not cause significant issues, tearing, sanding or disturbing the substances may release them into the air.
 
There are numerous lead testing kits available at home improvement stores. However, actually removing the hazardous materials is a job for a professional.
 
Dryer vents
 
To help prevent fires, experts say it’s also important for homeowners to check their dryer vents for a backup of lint, a foreign concept to some new homeowners familiar with using a laundromat.
 
The National Fire Data Center says dryer fires cause more than 15,000 structure fires every year. By periodically ensuring the ducts and vents coming from the dryer are clear, homeowners can prevent a fire from ever starting.
 

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