Radon Testing & Mitigation

Is your home hazardous to your health?

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A leak from an upstairs neighbor's drain caused mold to grow on a member's kitchen walls and cabinets. (Photo courtesy of member Mark A.)
A leak from an upstairs neighbor's drain caused mold to grow on a member's kitchen walls and cabinets. (Photo courtesy of member Mark A.)

Could mold, radon, lead or asbestos be hiding in your home and making you sick? Read these tips to find and rid your home of these health hazards.

Radon test lets Cleveland-area resident breathe easier

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Fred Freer, owner of Four Square Home Inspections sets up a radon detector that will monitor the amount of radon in a home.(Photo courtesy of Fred Freer)
Fred Freer, owner of Four Square Home Inspections sets up a radon detector that will monitor the amount of radon in a home.(Photo courtesy of Fred Freer)

A Cleveland-area member grew concerned about the presence of radon in his home after tests found high levels of the gas in his neighbor’s house.

Is your home making you ill?

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Radon gas is harmful to your health and may exist in your home. Radon testing is available to determine if action is needed, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mathew S. of Baltimore)
Radon gas is harmful to your health and may exist in your home. Radon testing is available to determine if action is needed, says Lindus. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Mathew S. of Baltimore)

One highly rated provider shares information about factors existing in your home that could be causing you to feel ill and how to counteract them.

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Asbestos Abatement

Is your home hazardous to your health?

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A leak from an upstairs neighbor's drain caused mold to grow on a member's kitchen walls and cabinets. (Photo courtesy of member Mark A.)
A leak from an upstairs neighbor's drain caused mold to grow on a member's kitchen walls and cabinets. (Photo courtesy of member Mark A.)

Could mold, radon, lead or asbestos be hiding in your home and making you sick? Read these tips to find and rid your home of these health hazards.

Could asbestos be lurking in your home?

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Workers removed asbestos transite siding from the exterior of this member's 105-year-old house. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Amy B. of Chicago)
Workers removed asbestos transite siding from the exterior of this member's 105-year-old house. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Amy B. of Chicago)

Asbestos insulation poses a serious problem if found in your home. Learn more about common asbestos locations and health hazards, how asbestos removal happens and how to keep yourself safe.

What you need to know about asbestos

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This microscopic view shows asbestos fibers which can cause lung cancer with sufficient exposure.
This microscopic view shows asbestos fibers which can cause lung cancer with sufficient exposure.

There are many hazards associated with asbestos. These carcinogenic particles can become airborne during renovation or demolition and can pose serious health risks if inhaled.

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Mold Remediation

Heavy Chicago rains leave residents with huge flooding cleanup

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Wet carpet and drywall soaked with flood waters should be dried or removed immediately. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jonjie S.)
Wet carpet and drywall soaked with flood waters should be dried or removed immediately. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jonjie S.)

Two days of heavy rains in Illinois left residents in the western and southern Chicago suburbs flooded. Here's what to do immediately when your home floods.

How to eliminate mold in your basement

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A white brick basement wall covered in black mold.
Preventative measures go a long way in keeping your home’s environment safe and healthy, says Wagner (Photo Courtesy of Comprehensive Mold Management, LLC)

Mold is a serious health burden and deteriorates your home. Learn the basics of identifying the cause of your mold problem and proper removal techniques.

Do I need a mold inspection?

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A mold remediation technician performs a final check and test of a crawlspace that recently underwent mold remediation. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
A mold remediation technician performs a final check and test of a crawlspace that recently underwent mold remediation. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Find out how to prevent mold in your bathrooms, basement and kitchen and when to call an inspector or mold remediation company for a professional opinion.

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Lead Abatement

Clearance evaluation provides most reliable lead test results

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Jeff Van Slooten, owner of Lead Detective Agency, performs a lead clearance test in a client's home. (Photo by Ron Nabity)
Jeff Van Slooten, owner of Lead Detective Agency, performs a lead clearance test in a client's home. (Photo by Ron Nabity)

Current EPA rules require only a visual examination after work is done in a home that contains lead hazards, but a clearance test provides the best results.

Your Contractor May be Giving You Unsafe Advice About Lead Paint

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Disturbing lead paint on any type of surface without proper containment and disposal can result in lead poisoning. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Disturbing lead paint on any type of surface without proper containment and disposal can result in lead poisoning. (Photo by Brandon Smith)

Angie's List secretly shopped painters, remodelers, window contractors and hardware stores to test their lead-safety knowledge. The results may surprise you.

Who Needs Lead Certification?

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Experts say more awareness is needed about the EPA's lead-certification law for contractors. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)
Experts say more awareness is needed about the EPA's lead-certification law for contractors. (Photo by Eldon Lindsay)

Lead-safe practices require contractors disturbing lead paint to hold both firm and individual renovator certification. Know what to look for and how to verify.

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