HEALTHY HOME INSPECTIONS
The professional inspection services offered by CloudBreak Advisory include healthy home assessments that are backed by the extensive knowledge of the environmental health impacts that a home, and the products in a home, can have on adults and children alike, especially those with respiratory issues. The assessments are based on the seven healthy homes principles developed by the National Center for Healthy Housing.
WHO COULD BENEFIT?
The goal of the healthy home inspection and consultation service is to go above and beyond the typical home inspection that is offered by conducting an inspection using the Seven Principles for a Healthy Home that has been developed by the National Center for Healthy Housing.
The quality of housing plays a decisive role in the health status of its occupants. Substandard housing conditions have been linked to adverse health effects such as childhood lead poisoning, asthma and other respiratory conditions, and unintentional injuries.
Realtors: Real Estate professionals have what is best for their client in mind when assisting in the home buying and home selling process. Realtors can use the healthy home inspection service as a marketing tool to price the home to reflect known issues, identify issues that sellers could fix prior to listing before the home inspection, or for your buyers who would be interested in having a holistic inspection that is related towards health, rather than just structural and mechanical issues as it has been scientifically recognized that housing and housing quality can affect health both directly and indirectly (Physical, chemical, biological exposures, and potential psychological impacts).
Homeowners: A healthy home inspection should not just be reserved for a real estate transaction. Chronic health issues, like asthma, could be triggered or exacerbated by unmitigated health issues in the home. CloudBreak will work with homeowners to discuss issues they are aware of in the home, as well as any chronic health issues of the residents in the home to identify specific target areas of the home to focus on using the National Center for Healthy Housing Seven Principles of a Healthy Home to direct the overall inspection framing.
Using over 12 years experience in public health, as well as training from the National Center for Healthy Housing, and certification from the National Radon Protection Program as a Standard and Analytical Service provider, CloudBreak has developed a standard inspection procedure for clients that is based on the National Center for Healthy Housing Seven Principles, incorporating safety, ventilation, integrated pest management, and maintenance aspects to perform a thorough assessment of the indoor and outdoor areas of the home.
SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF A HEALTHY HOME
Dry: Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.
Clean: Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.
Pest-Free: Recent studies show a causal relationship between exposure to mice and cockroaches and asthma episodes in children; yet inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can exacerbate health problems, since pesticide residues in homes pose risks for neurological damage and cancer.
Safe: The majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns, and poisonings.
Contaminant-Free: Chemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and secondhand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.
Ventilated: Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health.
Maintained: Poorly maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some 535,000 U.S. children.
WHAT IS A HEALTHY HOME
There are many aspects of a healthy home. A healthy home is clean, safe, well-maintained, and well-ventilated. A healthy home is free of pests, mold, moisture, dust, dirt, and other household contaminants. A healthy home makes its inhabitants feel safe and secure.
WHY SHOULD I HAVE A HEALTHY HOME INSPECTION?
A healthy home inspection will increase your awareness of any hazards present in your home, provide you with tools and resources to remove those hazards, and promote your family's health by improving the condition of your home. Education on home safety, cleanliness, maintenance, and other issues will provide you with the knowledge to make your home a place that supports wellness.
WHY DO I WANT A HEALTHY HOME?
Much of your family's time is spent in the home. The condition of your home can greatly affect your family and their health. A healthy home promotes mental, physical and social well-being. If a home is not healthy, many harmful health effects can occur.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE HEALTH EFFECTS OF AN UNHEALTHY HOME?
There are many harmful conditions and diseases related to poor housing conditions. These harmful effects include: Allergies, Asthma, Carbon monoxide poisoning, Lead poisoning in children, Falls, Fires, Injuries, Insect/rodent bites, Lung cancer (related to indoor tobacco smoke and radon), Pesticide poisoning, and Respiratory illnesses.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY HOME HEALTHY?
Complete a full inspection of your home, keeping in mind the seven elements of a healthy home.