Keys to Unlocking the Mysteries of Your Home:
How to make sure your indoor air quality is healthy for you and your family.
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.
- Carbon Monoxide
- Tobacco Smoke
- Air Fresheners/Cleaning Products
- 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:
- 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.