Buying a New Home: What You Should Know about Potential Contamination

Posted on December 17, 2015 in Blog

Buying a New Home: What You Should Know about Potential ContaminationAre you in the market for a new home? How exciting! While it’s wonderful to be able to afford to purchase a new home, the whole process can sometimes feel overwhelming. There are so many things you need to keep in mind to make sure you get the ideal home for your family.

Safety is #1

One of the principle areas of concern that you should always keep in mind when checking out potential homes to purchase is safety. Just about everyone will agree that making sure the home is safe for your family to be in each day is the #1 priority.

Particularly if you have small children who will live in the home, some important safety measures should definitely be taken care of, including:

  • Placing a gate around the pool if there is one
  • Installing a fence around the yard to keep little ones safe
  • Covering outlets to keep curious little fingers out
  • Gating off staircases if any of the children haven’t get learned how to navigate them safely
  • Safely stowing toxic cleaning products away from the reach of little ones
  • And much more.

Another aspect of making sure your new home is suitable for your family to inhabit it is checking to make sure it doesn’t contain any harmful contaminants. Many Americans aren’t aware of commonly found contaminants that could be lurking in their homes, including:

  • Mold and fungus
  • Lead
  • Asbestos
  • Other contaminants

Get your potential new home checked for lead

Lead is one contaminant that can still be found in many American homes because it was used almost universally in lead-based paint until the late 1970s. Lead contamination is particularly serious if you have babies or toddlers living at home because they often play on the floor, getting lead dust or paint chips on their hands, and eventually putting them in their mouths. Lead can wreak havoc on a developing child’s brain and nervous system.

Get your potential new home checked for mold and fungus

Mold and fungus occur when there’s excess moisture in the home. Besides simply being gross, mold and fungus can be especially bothersome for those who suffer from allergies and asthma.

Get your potential new home checked for asbestos

Asbestos exposure can lead to serious diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis. It’s not a contaminant that you would ever want to mess around with, and particularly if you’re planning on doing any renovation projects, you should have your home tested for asbestos before beginning to ensure the asbestos fibers aren’t released into the air, exposing your family to this harmful material.

Contact H2 Environmental Consulting Services today

When you’re considering purchasing a home, make sure it’s 100% safe and free of contamination by calling H2 Environmental Consulting Services at (800) 524-3578 for a complete environmental evaluation. You’ll be able to move in without a single concern about your family’s continued health and safety after H2 Environmental Consulting Services ensures it’s contamination-free.