There are plenty of legitimate common home concerns that homeowners may have. You might be worried about a problem that threatens the health and safety of your family or that is expensive to fix. The best way to calm these fears is by hiring a professional inspector. The inspector will provide a report that alerts you to problems that need to be addressed.

Radon

Radon gas is a common issue in homes; 1 out of 15 homes in the United States have elevated levels of radon. Radon is particularly scary because it is invisible and odorless, so it can’t easily be detected. Living with high levels of radon is linked to lung cancer, which is one of the deadliest types of cancer. Some professional home inspectors offer radon testing, and it is recommended to order a professional test for the most accurate results.

Mold

You may have heard horror stories about a family having to move out of their home because of a mold infestation making them sick. Mold threatens the health of your family and the condition of your home. As a general rule of thumb, keep the home as dry as possible to prevent mold. Mold needs moisture to thrive, so eliminate leaks coming from the roof, plumbing, and other sources.

Termites are Common Home Concerns

The average cost for termite damage is $3,000. A termite infestation is not always easily identifiable because the insects stay behind walls and under floors as they eat building materials. While you probably won’t see termites themselves, you may see signs of them like mud tubes, piles of droppings, and insect wings. Order yearly pest infestations and hire a pest company to apply preventative treatments on your property.

Electrical Hazards

Faulty electrical wires and outlets can be a fire risk in your home. If you notice anything strange about your outlets, like them feeling warm to the touch or sparking, contact an electrician to investigate. Because the wiring is behind walls, you can’t easily determine its condition. This is why it is important to pay attention to any signs of electrical problems and have them checked out by a professional. To be on the safe side, test your smoke alarms monthly and change their batteries twice per year.

Burglaries are Common Home Concerns

When you go on vacation, one of your main concerns may be that your house will get broken into while you are away. Fortunately, with all the home security options available today, you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Smart home systems let you watch camera footage on your property from your phone, wherever you are. If you don’t want to have to think about monitoring it yourself, there are also security services that offer 24/7 surveillance.

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