7 Hidden Hazards in Homes

Dryer vent cleaning Sacramento: Dryer vent cleaning is the number one way to prevent dryer fires. Though many people do not take this seriously, the fact is, over 15,000 dryer related fires occur annually with failure to clean dryer vents being the number one cause.

Here are 7 more home hazards that the Dryer Vent Cleaning Sacramento Wizard wants you to be aware of:

Lead Paint: If your home was build before the 1970’s, chances are the paint used contained lead. It would be a good idea to check with your city’s hazardous waste department to learn how to safely prepare an older home for a new paint job. Sanding and scraping the old paint can produce lead-tainted dust which is a health hazard.

Radon Gas: Radon gas is a cancer causing, radioactive element found in soil. One out of 15 homes in the U.S. contains dangerous levels of radon. Homeowners can purchase a testing kit to check for radon. If the test is positive then the recommend solution is to hire a professional to clean it up.

Mice Droppings: If you recently purchased an older home that has been vacant for a while then chances are mice have moved in. Mice droppings can transmit a deadly disease called Hantavirus which is breathed in with dust. As a safety precaution, new home buyers should wear latex gloves and a HEPA face mask, and wet down the floor and other surfaces before cleaning.

Squirrels and Raccoons: Small animals like to chew on electrical insulation which can leave bare wires and create a fire hazard. To avoid this hazard, make sure animals cannot get into your attic or crawl space. Check the roof and eaves for signs of damage caused by small animals gnawing their way in. Repair holes and cover ventilation openings with steel mesh material to keep them out.

The Chimney: If there is a fire place in your newly purchased home, then you need to be aware that burning wood produces a black, tarry substance called creosote which sticks to the walls of the chimney. When left unchecked, creosote build-up can easily be ignited by sparks from the fire place.

Carbon Monoxide: Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced by fuel burning appliances, including your furnace, water heater and gas clothes dryer. These appliances require proper ventilation to carry this dangerous gas out of your home. All appliances should be professionally installed to be sure they are operating safely. Homeowners can install a carbon monoxide (CO) detector which will sound an alarm when carbon monoxide is present.

Old Wiring: New home buyers should have a certified home inspector check for out-dated wiring that does not meet current building and safety standards. The two major hazards associated with wiring are electrocution and fires.

Homeownership comes with responsibility. A complete inspection performed by a certified home inspector is a great investment to ensure your family is safe. Besides the above mentioned hazards, there are many more things that a qualified inspector will notice and bring to your attention before an accident happens.

Gina Fazil owns Dryer Vent Wizard, specializing in dryer vent cleaning, professional dryer vent installation and repair for homes and businesses. Consumer education is a large part of the Wizard’s service, so order a dryer exhaust inspection and enjoy valuable tips and information from a service provider who is making a big difference in her community. Dryer vent cleaning is the number one way to prevent a fire and promote maximum dryer performance and efficiency.

Dryer Vent Wizard of Sacramento, CA provides dryer vent cleaning, dryer vent repair, dryer vent installation, dryer vent inspections and all dryer vent services for homes and businesses in Sacramento, Solano County, Elk Grove, Folsom, Eldorado Hills, Roseville, Fairfield, Vacaville, Loomis, Lincoln, Davis, Rancho Cordova, Gold River, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Placerville, Vallejo and neighboring cities and communities.

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