5 Tips to Ensure a Healthier Home
Is going in your attic to get out the seasonal decorations or anything else for that matter an adventure of the “un-fun” kind? Well, if you get your attic in order you’ll not only have less clutter to deal with, you’ll also have a healthier home. Yes, by doing a few simple things in your attic, you can actually make your house safer and healthier for your family. Here are 5 tips that will help ensure a healthier home:
1. Seal gaps around roofing, attic spaces, windows, and doors to prevent rodents and insects from entering the house.
Mice can squeeze through a hole the size of a nickel, and rats can squeeze through a hole the size of a half dollar! Prevent rodents from entering the home by checking inside the attic, especially attic vents for gaps or holes. Fill small holes with steel wool. Put caulk around the steel wool to keep it in place. Use lath screen or lath metal, cement, hardware cloth, or metal sheeting to fix large holes. These materials can be found at your local hardware store. If you do not remember to seal up entry holes in your home, rodents will continue to get inside.
2.Clean up clutter. Cleaning up the clutter will help to prevent rodents and insects from finding places to nest.
3. Find out whether your insulation could contain asbestos. If so, it is safest to leave the material alone. Consult an experienced contractor if it must be removed or disturbed.
4. Ensure proper ventilation. This will help to prevent excessive moisture that can promote mold growth in the attic.
5. Green Tip. Reduce your home's heating and cooling costs with proper insulation, moisture control, and air sealing.
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