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Does Your Old Home Have Old House Problems? What To Look For

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If you are getting ready to move into an older home that you've purchased, there are some things you want to look into before you start residing in the property. You need to make sure you have all the amenities you need for safe living, and that you can live without the worry of health hazards. Here are a few of the things you want to look into when it comes to the new house and safety.

Water Testing

The water that you drink has to be high quality and safe. You should have the water tested to detect the following concerns:

  • Lack of fluoride
  • Microorganism contamination
  • High lead levels
  • Mineral concerns

These are just a few of the common issues that can be detected with water testing from your local water treatment plant or water testing company. Make sure the water is safe before consuming and using it in the home.

Radon Testing

If the home is older and the earth around the foundation is starting to settle, you could have a problem with radon. Radon is a gas that can cause problems like lung cancer when it lingers around the home. This gas is formed when sediment breaks down around the house, and a radon test is a must before you move into the property.

Sewer Gas Detection

If the septic tank is old and it hasn't been pumped out in years, you could have hazardous septic tank gases traveling up through the pipes in your home, and also around the outside of the house. You want to have the sewer lines and septic tank inspected and cleaned out before you move into the house, and then you'll know what condition the septic tank is in, and what may or may not need to be repaired right away.

If you aren't sure what to look for in an older built home, and what different problems could lie below the surface, these are some of the things you want to take concern about. Instead of worrying about what you can't see, take the time to have the right specialists come to the property to test the water and the air, and to look at the sewer. It's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your health and the home you've purchased and become responsible for. For assistance, to a water, radon, and sewer professional in your area.