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When it comes to keeping your house healthy and hazard free, upkeep is necessary. Whether that’s regular maintenance or you suspect something might be wrong, you should know who and when to call when it comes to testing and abatement.
Often, we notice the problem before knowing who to call. For homeowners, this can be unsettling for many reasons as issues such as mold, asbestos or air quality can turn into something harmful. Here are a few situations that might come up in your home and what you should do if they happen.
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1. Buying A Home
Moving and buying a home is an exciting time for any homeowner-to-be. It can also be a very stressful time. There are many items that quickly stack up on your to-do list. However, don’t let important procedures such as testing for radon and asbestos in your new home slip through the cracks. In some older homes, you might want to hire a pro to inspect for lead as well.
In many areas, a radon inspection is mandatory. That’s because radon is a dangerous gas that can cause lung cancer, among other harmful diseases. If a radon inspection is done and is found in your home, it’s a problem that must be taken care of by a pro. The average cost to remove radon is $700, with most homeowners spending between $685 and $852.
2. Starting A Remodel
While you may have many plans for your upcoming remodel and can’t wait to get started, you should consider what could be in or under your floors, walls and other features. Asbestos is commonly found in homes built between 1930 and 1970. It’s known to. If this sounds like your home, you’ll want to have your home tested for asbestos before beginning any project.
The average cost to test for asbestos is $584 and is a worthwhile investment if you’re planning a remodel. It will give you peace of mind that you’re being as safe as possible.
3. Moldy & Musty Smells
If you’ve noticed a new odor coming from an area of your house, it could be mold. In moisture-prone areas such as a basement or bathroom, this is common but must be taken care of. Installing a fan in these areas can help to eliminate mold growth. But sometimes, the odor can signify a larger mold problem in walls or the floor that you can’t see. If that’s the case, you’ll want to have your home tested to see how severe the problem is.
4. After A Disaster
While you should always expect the unexpected, disasters big or small can be devastating for any homeowner. Flooding, fire
5. Family Members With Asthma & Allergies
Asthma and allergies are two conditions that impact many people in the U.S. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, approximately 50 Million people are affected by allergies and 11.5 Million have asthma. Sometimes, these conditions go hand in hand. Living conditions are very important for anyone who lives with asthma or allergies. If you or a family member have asthma or allergies, it’s a good idea to get your air quality tested to see what you can do to improve and make it easier for all. The average cost to test indoor air quality is $405, with most homeowner spending between $328 and $442.
6. Welcoming A New Baby
For expecting parents, there is plenty of excitement and worry surrounding a new baby. Give yourself peace of mind by having your home tested and any issues taken care of before your son or daughter arrives. For many parents living in older homes, lead is a concern as it can cause developmental issues in children. Get your home tested for lead and removed if necessary. The average cost to test or remove toxic lead is $320, with most homeowners spending between $253 and $342.
7. Starting A Garden
To have a successful garden, it requires an appropriate amount of planning and care. If you’re considering starting a vegetable or flower garden next season, you might want to consider testing your soil. A basic test can tell you if your soil’s pH level is suitable for growing while other tests can identify contaminants and toxins that may harm the growth of your garden.
Very basic tests you can do yourself and typically won’t cost any more than $50. However, to truly analyze and learn what’s lurking in your soil, you’ll want to contact a pro. The average cost to test soil is $1,142, with most homeowners spending between $947 and 1,550.
You may not have considered testing and abatement for your home before, but it’s a good idea if any of these situations arise. While not every situation will be as hazardous as others, you’ll be grateful to have the peace of mind that testing provides and take action to remove the material if needed.
Looking for more ways to improve the overall well-being of your home? Read Preventative Home Maintenance & Observation Checklist for more ideas.