The Old House Web Home Hazards Series
In this multimedia series, we'll walk you through 8 common hazards in old houses. We'll describe the hazard, explain some of the risks, and suggest simple remediation steps.
Old houses may be particularly susceptible to high concentrations of radon gas, a leading cause of lung cancer and other health problems.
If a routine examination of your home reveals cracks in your foundation, you should call in an expert for inspection and necessary repair. Learn about the range of repair options available.
Your older home may contain lead water pipes. Before you replace them, learn your options.
Lead-based paint is dangerous to your health. Here are tips on how to identify lead-based paint and deal with lead exposure.
Dangers associated with faulty wells, septic tanks and cesspools range from unpleasant smells to poorly functioning plumbing, contaminated runoff into groundwater or drinking water and sinkholes. Old wells, septic tanks and cesspools on private property are not only dangerous, they can be lethal.
To protect yourself from electrical shock, consider upgrading your older home to grounded outlets.
If you own a vintage home, chances are it has or had a home heating oil tank, either above or underground. No matter how diligent you are, eventually old oil tanks may begin to deteriorate. Learn to provide proper care so your oil tank functions properly.
Beneath the charm of that beautiful old home, dangers can be lurking. You might already know about the lead in older paint, and maybe you've already checked for unsafe radon levels. But have you considered the asbestos that could be hiding in your walls?
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