Friday, June 1st, 2018 by Holly Richards-Purpura
Everyone deserves to grow up and grow old in a safe and healthy home. Identifying and eliminating all possible hazards is not realistic, but it is crucial for homeowners to make every effort possible to protect their families and their living environments.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has declared June National Healthy Homes Month. This is an outreach campaign designed to encourage and assist homeowners in addressing potential dangers in their home, both visible and unseen. Check out this press release for more information about National Healthy Homes Month.
Every year, we at Ohio Basement Authority help thousands of homeowners create healthier and safer homes by providing the very best permanent basement waterproofing, foundation repair, crawl space repair, radon mitigation and other solutions.
Join us in celebrating National Healthy Homes Month by showing your house some love with our reliable repairs in various areas!
A Dry Home
HUD lists “keep your home dry” as one of the eight Principles of a healthy home. A dry house has less chance of developing mold and mildew, and you can safely store your belongings in the basement. You wouldn’t want to be breathing in mold or find that little Johnny’s school project was damaged by seeping water.
We can waterproof your basement by installing the WaterGuard interior drainage system in your basement’s sub-floor to catch any seeping water and direct it to one of our reliable sump pump systems. Another step in keeping your home dry and healthy is installing the SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier. This compact unit cleans and filters the air, controls moisture and humidity, and reduces odors and the potential for mold growth.
A Safe and Sturdy Home
Another Principle highlighted by HUD is keeping your home safe. This includes ensuring the structural stability the house. Any cracking and inward bowing that is visible on a wall indicates foundation failure. Even if you notice the smallest cracks, it is important to address those before they worsen and threaten your home’s safety or result in lengthy, costly repair projects.
We have many sturdy foundation repair solutions that can help you fix and protect problematic foundation walls. Our inspectors can assess the condition of your walls and help you determine which solution would be best suited for your home based on the severity of the problem and your budget.
A Pest-Free Home
HUD lists “keep your home pest-free” as another healthy home Principle. Pests like mice and bugs are unsightly, unhealthy creatures that can wreak havoc on your sanity and your health. While we are not exterminators, we can help you properly seal off an area underneath your house so you won’t have to worry about these unwanted inhabitants.
Vented crawl spaces under homes are common, but this building practice endangers a home’s health. Open vents essentially are welcome signs inviting nuisances into your house. We can seal your crawl space from these outside invaders by encapsulating it in thick and durable CleanSpace liner. We also can add exterior vent covers for further protection.
A Contaminant-Free Home
The quality of the indoor air your family is breathing every day also needs to be a priority. Along with installing a top-performing dehumidifier, we also can help you address a silent culprit in the air – radon. This naturally-occurring radioactive gas is present in homes all over the country. Radon is colorless, odorless and tasteless, but very deadly. It is a leading cause of lung cancer, and prolonged exposure to high levels has been linked to more than 20,000 annual deaths.
We are state licensed and certified to help you test for and mitigate radon. We also can install a radon mitigation system in your home to draw this gas from the house and lower your home’s radon level as much as possible.
Contact Us Today!
If these sound like areas you might need assistance with, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free, no obligation inspection! We look forward to helping you create a healthier home and safer living environment for your family!