Health Risks Hiding in Your Home

Your home should be a place of comfort and safety, but that doesn’t happen automatically. Keeping your home safe and cozy requires some work. It starts with keeping it cleaned and orderly.  

But even if everything appears to be in order, there can still be dangers lurking in your home. Here are a few hazardous items that may be hiding in your home. 

Bacteria 

Bacteria is all around us, and despite its reputation, that’s not all bad. In fact, a lot of bacteria is quite good for you. On the other hand, there’s bacteria that can cause you serious harm if left unchecked. The main source of harmful bacteria in your home comes from food. 

Rotten and expired food are highly susceptible to bad bacteria. If you’re ever uncertain whether or not something is “still good”, it’s best to just toss it out. It’s a good idea to get in a regular weekly habit of checking items in your fridge and throwing out anything that’s outdated.  

Not only will this keep you safe, but it will leave you with a more spacious fridge. 

That said, it’s not just old food that you need to worry about. Raw food like uncooked meat or eggs can contain salmonella or E. coli, which are incredibly dangerous. Always make sure that food is properly cooked.  

Clean up any dishes, utensils, or surfaces that come into contact with food as well. 

Mold 

While food and dirty dishes are a common source of mold in homes, they aren’t the only way this fungus can enter your home. Mold thrives where it’s dark and moist, which means it’s usually in places you don’t regularly see. 

This could be in basements, behind laundry machines, in air ducts, etc. Periodically check through your home for places where mold could form, and have your air ducts cleaned regularly.  

Lead 

While lead is no longer used in household products, that wasn’t always the case. In fact, lead based paint was used still used in the late 70s, and lead was used for plumbing soldering as recent as 1985. If you live in a home that was built before then, it’s a good idea to have it inspected for lead. 

Lead can be toxic when ingested, and often, the effects aren’t immediately apparent. 

Carbon Monoxide 

Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas that can cause sickness and even death. It’s also highly flammable. Carbon monoxide is especially dangerous because it’s odorless, so you can’t tell when it’s in the air. Always make sure to keep your oven shut off. Have your heating and water systems regularly inspected to ensure no leaks are occurring. 

Also make sure that you have CO detectors in your home, and that they’re actually working. 

Radon 

Carbon monoxide isn’t the only odorless gas you need to worry about being present in your home. Radon is a natural gas that’s found in the air around you. Though a small amount of radon is perfectly harmless, higher levels can be very dangerous.  

In fact, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, contributing to 20,000 deaths per year. 

Radon can build up in enclosed spaces like a home. In fact, almost 1 in every 15 homes have radon levels that are too high. 

The only way to know if you’re safe is to have your home tested. If your levels are too high, you’ll need your home mitigated. For radon mitigation in Ohio, contact Air Duct Cleaning company today. We’ll help keep your home safe and comfortable. 

Where Should You Place Your Laundry Room?

Washers and dryers are big, bulky, and often unattractive. Additionally, they tend to collect messiness from lint, spilled detergent, dirty clothes, etc. It’s tempting to exile them to a backroom or basement.

On the other hand, laundry is something that has to be done frequently, especially for those with larger families. You want to consider convenience.

Since everyone’s home and personal situation is different, we thought we’d put together a few points to consider when placing a laundry room in your home.

Be Mindful of Stairs 

Basements have long been a popular spot for laundry rooms. After all, they’re out of sight, and they tend to be a little messy or unfinished already. However, placing a laundry room in the basement also means you have to use the stairs multiple times during everyone laundry session.

For those who are young and physically fit, this might not seem like a big issue, but it can become one. The longer you live in your home, the older you’ll become. With age comes an aversion to excess stair use. Additionally, you could end up getting injured at any time in your life, which suddenly makes stairs much more challenging.

That’s not to say basements are a terrible place for laundry machines. You simply need to weigh the pros and cons.

Consider Noise Levels

Do you have a smaller room near your main bedroom? You may consider placing a washer and dryer there. After all, your bedroom is where you keep your clothes. For many, it’s where they do the folding and sorting of laundry as well.

That certainly makes it convenient. But washers and dryers can get loud when they’re being used. If you have someone trying to sleep nearby, this noise can be very unpleasant. If you run laundry through the night, or there are people operating under different sleep schedules in your house, you may want to keep your laundry away from the bedrooms.

Keeping Noise and Appliances Together 

One option that’s become more popular is placing a laundry room near a kitchen or mudroom. Both these areas tend to be noisier. Due to the heavy use they experience, they’re some of the most regularly cleaned places in your home as well, so you can easily clean up your laundry room at the same time.

If you’re able to, adding a slightly tucked away laundry station between your entryway and kitchen can be an almost perfection solution.

If you have a climate-controlled garage, that can work as well.

Ventilation is Key 

Wherever you place your washer and dryer, it’s important that they’re properly installed and ventilated. Washing machines and dryers cause nearly 16,000 structure fires per year. The primary reasons behind these fires include poor installation, a lack of proper ventilation, lack of maintenance, and failure to clean.

Even if you have your laundry room properly setup and installed, it still needs regular maintenance and cleaning. A dirty dryer is an accident waiting to happen. For dryer vent cleaning in Dayton, Ohio and beyond, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today.

Most Common Causes of House Fires (and How to Prevent Them)

A house fire is something everyone hopes to never experience. But the reality is that there are an average 355,400 home structure fires per year. With the right precautions, however, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming a part of this horrible statistic.

Many home fires can be prevented with attentiveness and proper maintenance. By knowing the common causes of house fires, you can be proactive in keeping your home safe.

Cooking Surfaces

Cooking equipment and hot surfaces are far and away the leading cause of house fires. This includes stove tops, hot plates, griddles, and more. Typically, someone leaves food to cook or a pan to heat up, only for a fire to start while they’re away.

Whenever you have a hot surface or open flame going in your home, always remain in the room. Even if you’re just going to run to the bathroom quick or you need to grab something from another room, either turn off any open flames or have someone watch things for you.

Also never keep towels, rags, or papers near hot cooking surfaces. Lastly, always remember that hot plates, griddles, and certain stove tops can remain very hot even after you turn them off.

Electric Appliances

Electricity offers many wonderful benefits for our modern day lives. However, it’s important to always remember that electricity is very powerful and very dangerous. Not only can it shock and cause harm to your body, but it’s a common cause of house fires.

Typically, electricity fires stem from appliance breakdown or frayed cords. Always check the cords of your appliances to make sure they’re in good condition. Replace old items with newer ones after certain periods of time.

And get in the habit of unplugging appliances when you’re not using them.

Candles

Candles may look nice and smell pretty, but at the end of the day, they’re an open flame in your home. Some would caution to avoid using candles altogether. Today, you can get candle warmers, scented plugins, and fake candles, all of which can emit lovely smells without the risk of fire.

If you really love candles, and you don’t want to get rid of them, you need to handle them appropriately. Never leave a candle lit in a room that you’re not in. Be cautious with how many candles you have lit at once.

And don’t have a candle burning when you’re lying in bed. After all, 37% of candle fires start in the bedroom.

It’s worth mentioning that even when candles are handled responsibly, they can build up soot in your ductwork.

Smoking

Smoking is something that’s best avoided altogether. Not only is it a common cause for fires in homes, but it’s one of the leading causes of early death in people. Should you choose to smoke (specifically inside your home), be careful.

Always make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished and never smoke when you’re feeling sleepy. Much like candles, cigarettes have been shown to be especially dangerous in bedrooms.

Also, like candles, smoking can dirty your ducts. When we clean ductwork, we can tell if there have been smokers by the amount of tar built up.

Drying Machines

Dryers and washing machines cause nearly 16,000 structural fires a year, leading to 13 annual deaths, 440 injuries, and $238 million in property damage. More than nine times out of ten, the fire begins with the dryer.

Over a quarter of these dryer fires start with lint. First and foremost, you should always clean out your lint trap between dryer loads. It’s so simple, there’s no excuse not to do it. Beyond that, make sure your dryer vents are being regularly inspected and cleaned.

Overtime, the vents of your dryer build up lint. This can cause your machine to overheat, which in turn, greatly increases the chances of a fire breaking out. For dryer vent cleaning in Springfield and the greater Miami Valley area, contact Air Duct Cleaning Company today.

We’ll help keep your home safe.