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Home Care

Just like your personal health, your home's health will decline without regular care and maintenance.  Maintaining a healthy indoor environment helps increase your quality of life and the life of your house.  With a few simple steps, you can keep your home healthy.

Through our Family and Consumer Sciences program, K-State Research and Extension is able to provide information relating to home and family - safety, relationships,.  Through our programs, classes, publications, newsletters, columns, and much more, our agents provide you Knowledge for life.


Radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Homeowners are encouraged to test their home every two years. Test kits are available at a nominal charge from most county extension offices. Call your Southwind District Extension Office to check on availability.

Is Radon a Real Problem?

Radon Levels Can be Reduced

Radon in Home Buying and Selling

Building a Radon-Resistant New Home

Kansas Radon Program

Mold and Allergies

Mold produces “spores”, tiny specks you can’t see and that float through the air. When you breathe in mold spores, then get into your lungs and can cause health problems. People with allergies to molds may have reactions under these conditions.

A Brief Guide to Mold and Moisture in the Home

Mold Resources

Cleaning to Control Allergies and Asthma

Allergy and Asthma Network


Lead poisoning is a serious health threat for young children in and around the home. Your children can be poisoned if they get lead in their bodies, which can cause learning and behavior problems. Lead may damage hearing and the nervous system, including the brain. Laws have been passed to ban lead in household paint, gasoline and water pipes, but many older homes still have lead in them.

American Lung Association

EPA Lead in Drinking Water


Essential Living Skills Essential Home Maintenance Book is available here.

For a seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist from University of Georgia Extension, click here.