As the cooler months settle in, and the drizzle picks up, it’s important to make sure you prepare your home for a wet, Portland winter. Taking these steps will save you money on last-minute repairs and reduce heating costs. Here are 10 things you can do to winterize your Portland home.
Maximize these cost-saving tips by starting early so you can get everything done before the temperature drops too much. And please note, some of these can be completed easily over a weekend whereas others might take a little longer and require a professional.
First of all, what is radon and why should we worry about it?
Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil, rock, and water. It has no taste or odor, and it's invisible. Outdoors, radon does not pose a threat to our health. However, radon becomes dangerous when it is drawn into a house and remains trapped inside. If it is not detected and removed, this buildup can cause lung cancer. Radon exposure is believed to cause 13% of all lung cancer deaths in the United States, and is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. Read More
The City of Portland Water Bureau offers free lead testing kits for homeowners in Multnomah and surrounding counties.
Though many major contaminants such as lead-based paint and leaded gasoline are no longer in use, lead-tainted water still remains an issue in some households. Lead contamination most severely affects children and pregnant women, and can lead to health concerns such as brain damage and kidney problems. Read More
Before 1978 nearly all paint used in homes in the US contained lead, and nearly 80% of homes in Multnomah County were built prior to 1978. Lean poisoning is a major environmental health threat to children – it impacts brain development, and can lead to learning disabilities, behavioral problems and a host of other long-term problems. Children are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning as their brains are still developing and they often ingest lead particles from chipping or peeling paint. Read More