Every home has its safety hazards, from old locks to lead paint. It’s important to take precautionary measures to make sure these safety hazards don’t impact your health. But safety precautions can do more than just protect your wellbeing.
Approximately 64% of homeowners say they saved a lot of money because they had their home inspected before making a deal. You can save a lot of money, too, just by making a few changes here and there throughout your house.
Here are four hazards around your home you’ll want to fix to save yourself the maintenance costs, disastrous repair fees, and medical bills.
You can save $164.50 a year on water costs by repairing an undetected leak in your home’s plumbing. You can also save on the costs of having to repair the water damage that an undetected leak could cause.
According to industry estimates, approximately 14,000 people in the U.S.
experience a water damage emergency at work or home every day. And 98% of basements in the U.S. will experience some type of water damage in their lifetime. To avoid the staggering costs of those repairs, make sure to have your plumbing inspected and serviced regularly.
Outdated electrical wiring
In 2018, the United States consumed an estimated 18 quadrillion BTUs of electrical power. That is a lot of electricity flying through wiring that we’re certain doesn’t always get the TLC it needs. Old homes aren’t the only ones with outdated electrical wiring, too. If you can’t remember when your home’s electrical system was last inspected, there’s a big chance that an inspection is long overdue.
Consider hiring a certified electrician or electrical inspector to service your wiring or to replace it altogether to prevent a potential disaster. Outdated electrical wiring is one of the most common causes of house fires in the nation. There’s approximately one house fire in the U.S. every 86 seconds.
Your living room carpet
Your carpet might seem like the least hazardous thing in your home. While it’s true that, unlike outdated electrical wiring, your living room carpet won’t surge and burst into flames, it can still have a major impact on your overall health.
Allergens, odors, dirt, and stains build up in carpeting over time, which is why it’s so important to have your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year. Without proper cleaning, your carpet could contribute to poor air quality in your home, which can cause anything from allergy symptoms to respiratory infections.
Your indoor humidity level
Speaking of allergy symptoms and respiratory infections, the humidity of the air in your home can also have a major impact on your health. If the humidity level in your home is too humid or too dry it can change your indoor environment and make you sick.
Bacteria and viruses thrive and grow in air that’s above 60% humidity. Humid air can also cause mold and mildew to build up in your walls and can even cause water damage. Consider keeping a dehumidifier in your home to keep your air quality in good shape.
When it comes to hazards around your home, you might think of carbon monoxide poisoning or structural issues. But sometimes the hazards that can hurt your health and your budget can be more subtle than you think. By taking the precautions against the home hazards above, you can reduce your risk of getting sick and paying for major repairs.