Mold Inspector Suggests Ten New Year's Environmental Health Resolutions
for Home and Work
Mold Inspector suggests that homeowners, tenants, and employees make one
or more of the following ten health-friendly New Year’s Environmental
”My New Year’s environmental health resolutions are that I will…”
1. Inspect my home and workplace roof, attic, siding, walls, ceilings,
floors, basement, crawl space, and heating/cooling system carefully for any
visible signs of water leaks, water damage, and or mold growth which can
endanger my family or co-workers’ health.
2. Scan the floors and walls of my home and workplace bathroom, kitchen,
laundry room, and utility room walls and floors with a low-cost hidden
moisture meter to locate concealed water problems which can allow mold and
bacteria to grow.
3. Make sure that my dryer vent, kitchen exhaust vent, and bathroom exhaust
vent take the moist air directly to the outdoors and not into the attic,
walls, or floors of my home or workplace [thus allowing hidden mold growth].
4. Test for mold in my home, apartment, car, and workplace by using mold
test kits to document any elevated levels of airborne mold spores in room
air, attic/basement/crawl space air, garage air, and the outward air flow
from each heating/cooling duct register.
5. Run one or more high-capacity HEPA-filter air purifiers or an
electronic air cleaner full-time in my
bedroom, primary home living area, and workplace to vacuum out airborne mold
spores and other airborne pollutants from the air I breathe.
6. Use do-it-myself water test kits [available at a large hardware, home
improvement, or safety store in your area] to test my home and workplace drinking
water for bacterial contamination, arsenic, and lead, regardless of whether
the water is city-supplied or from a well or spring.
7. Benefit from available do-it-myself enviornmental test kits to check my
older home or workplace for the possible presence of lead paint and/or
8. Check for elevated levels of radon gas exposure in my home or workplace
basement and/or ground floor with do-it-myself radon tests available from a
large hardware, home improvement, or safety store.
9. Test with E. coli test kits my home and office computer keyboard, TV
remote control, bathroom fixtures and surfaces, kitchen appliances and
surfaces, and other surfaces for E. coli bacterial contamination.
10. Read environmental news and features to stay informed about
environmental health threats and how to protect your family and co-workers
from ecological risks.
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