“Property Brothers” hosts and budding country music singers Jonathan and Drew Scott recently appeared on “The Doctors” to share some of their best tips for a healthy home.
The identical twins are the authors of “Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House.” They warned of three areas in any house — dream or otherwise — that could be hazardous to your health.
“A lot of people, they get so caught up in the beauty of the home… that they don’t realize, there are small little things that could actually kill you if you don’t focus on them,” said Jonathan, a contractor (Drew is a real estate agent).
Here are three of the brothers’ “silent killers” that may be lurking in your home.
Watch out for holes in the garage drywall or gaps in the door. Carbon monoxide from a car can leak through these spaces and into the house.
“There are hundreds of deaths a year from people who have bedrooms above a garage or bedrooms adjoining,” Jonathan said, “so that’s why it’s code — you have to have all of those holes sealed, and it is so easy to seal, and that would solve the problem.”
Rats can make a happy home in the floors or drywall of your house — and these pests carry diseases. Luckily, they leave plenty of signs of their presence, namely scratching noises and droppings.
If you’ve recently had an electrician, plumber or cable company worker visit your home, the brothers recommend walking around the property to see if the person drilled a hole into the house. If you find one, seal it up right away to keep out the rodents.
If your house has a musty smell, don’t dismiss it as “just a little mildew.” It may be due to mold, which can lead to a host of breathing problems.
“If you smell something, there’s something wrong. You need to deal with it,” Drew said. “(And) never cover something up to sell your house… Fix it. It’s going to bite you in the butt in the end if you ever do that. We want to make sure that we’re passing on beautiful homes and healthy homes.”