There are several contaminants that already may be part of a home, and there are several contaminants that you may be introducing to your home. Lead paint, radon, asbestos, and contaminants in your well water may already be in your home. Reduce lead-related hazards in pre-1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint, and keeping floors and window areas clean using a wet-cleaning approach. Test your home for radon, a naturally occurring dangerous gas that enters homes through soil, crawlspaces, and foundation cracks. Install a radon removal system if levels above the EPA action-level are detected. Asbestos should be left alone, and is not considered a health hazard if it is in good condition. If it is in poor condition (flaking, falling off of your boiler or pipes, contact a licensed professional to have it removed from your home.) Your drinking water should be free from contaminants. If you are served by a public water system, ask the water company for a copy of the “Consumer Confidence Report.” If you have a private well, make sure to maintain the well and have your water tested every year to ensure it is safe. You may also be introducing contaminants to your home by storing chemicals and fertilizers improperly, through your cleaning products, or even in the building products you choose. Store chemicals and fertilizers properly and consider alternative natural products. Consider switching to green cleaning products for household cleaners.
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