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Keys to Unlocking the Mysteries of Your Home:
How to make sure your indoor air quality is healthy for you and your family.

Keep it…

CLEAN: Clean up to reduce allergens and dust particles and keep pests away.

  • Reduce clutter.
  • Damp dust weekly.
  • Vacuum twice a week: HEPA filters are best.
  • Wash sheets in boiling water to kill dust mites.
  • Clean carpets professionally every year.
  • Wash curtains monthly.
  • Don’t allow pets on the furniture.
  • Check your home for harmful cleaning products.
  • Remove your shoes before entering your home.
  • Place a high quality doormat at every entrance.
  • Replace household cleaners with non-toxic alternatives.

FREE OF CONTAMINANTS:  Be aware of substances in your home that could make you sick.

  • Radon
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Tobacco Smoke
  • Air Fresheners/Cleaning Products
  • Mercury
  • Asbestos
  • Lead
  • Formaldehyde
  • Pesticides, gas, and oil

DRY: Too much water in the home causes mold, structural damage, and provides optimal conditions to attract pests.

  • Regularly clean areas with water: Kitchen and bathrooms. Make sure tubs and sinks are not pooling.
  • Run exhaust fans while showering and cooking.
  • Dry clothing thoroughly before folding.
  • Seal cracks with caulk.
  • Fix leaky pipes immediately.
  • Clean gutters regularly to prevent water build up.
  • Discard items ruined by water.

Look for MOLD in these places:

  • Basements
  • Attics
  • Wet clothing
  • Tubs, sinks, toilets, washing machine
  • Drywall and insulation

WELL MAINTAINED: Maintenance ensures the vital systems (ventilation, plumbing and waste management) in your home are in good shape and running efficiently.

Inside the Home:

  • Remove garbage and materials for recycling from your home regularly.
  • Participate in energy and water efficiency programs.
  • Check for leaks: Examine pipes under sinks and in your basement.
  • Check and clean the pipes and filters in all appliances.
  • Repair leaks immediately before mold has a chance to grow.
  • Check the flues, filters, and vents of your heating systems to ensure they are clean and connected properly.
  • Use non-traditional transportation options: Carpools, buses, bikes, etc.

Outside the Home:

  • Make sure your siding is painted, clean and undamaged to protect your home from moisture.
  • Replace warn and damaged roof singles to prevent water from getting inside.
  • Clean and unblock your dryer vent twice a year.
  • Repair broken windows as soon as possible.
  • Look for peeling paint: it contributes to poor indoor air quality.
  • Check the caulking around windows and doors frames
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Check for signs of rodents, bats, and termites.

PEST FREE: Insects and rodents can trigger allergies and asthma and spread disease. Pests seek out food, water, and hiding places.

  • Keep your home free of clutter and clean as possible.
  • Seal exterior gaps with mortar.
  • Install weathers tripping at the bottom of basement and garage doors.
  • Eliminate all water and food sources around the house including pet dishes and bird feeders.
  • Keep all food in airtight containers.
  • Look for the most common insects: Dust mites, cockroaches, fleas, and ticks.

VENTILATED:  Ventilation expels dust and odors and keeps your home dry and mold free.

  • Run the fan when cooking or showering.
  • Open the windows periodically.
  • When painting or installing new carpeting use low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products as they can trigger asthma.
  • Use extra ventilation when using glues or permanent markers.
  • Make certain exhaust fans and ventilation systems vent air to the outside.
  • Check carbon monoxide, smoke alarms, and fire extinguishers regularly. 

SAFE:  Be aware of the most common dangers in your home.

  • Fire: Install detectors in every floor of your home and plan escape routes.
  • Falls: Keep your house well lit and uncluttered.  Secure railings and handrails.
  • Firearms: Keep in a locked cabinet with trigger safety locks on at all times.
  • Use non-toxic pesticides.
  • Choking and suffocation: Watch children carefully and keep them from putting objects in their mouths.
  • Poisoning: Keep pesticides and household cleaners out of the reach of children and properly dispose of all unused household chemicals.