The perfect way to build a simple tornado shelter is in your home basement or if you do not have a basement, add an addition on to the home. The room only has to be as big as you need it to fit the family, pets and some supplies.
When it comes to hidden nasties inside your home or its construction, you are probably inclined to think firstly of highly dangerous asbestos and contaminating lead based paints. Some people are unaware, however, that there could be foam insulation health risks lurking behind their walls.
Urea Formaldehyde Foam Insulation, or UFFI is a common cause of unhealthy environments inside people’s homes. The quality of the air can be diminished when the foam ages inside the wall cavities and emits urea formaldehyde gases, certainly not beneficial to lungs.
What is UFFI?
Radon is an inert, colorless, tasteless radioactive gas that comes from the radioactive decay of uranium found naturally in soil. The sole concern about radon is that it can cause lung cancer and is in fact, second only to cigarette smoking in bringing about this disease.
The EPA estimates that nearly 14,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. as a result of radon contamination. DIY radon mitigation is becoming increasingly common as more people learn about the presence of radon in homes.
How can I test my home for radon?
Though the evidence may be invisible, the smell is unmistakable. Just walking into a mold-affected room or building immediately reveals clues as to a moisture problem. If you feel there may be a problem with mold in your home, you have a bit of a job on your hands.