Bats are animals that are known to carry diseases. Once in your home, they pose a risk to the health of you and your family. In Ontario, bats are one of the most common animals that can spread the rabies virus.
We want to make sure our community is knowledgeable about issues that can affect your health within your home. Living in a healthy home can protect you and your family.
Healthy homes start with recognizing issues that could affect your health. You should educate yourself on issues that can occur within your home. These may include:
- Lead in your drinking water or other areas of your home
- Moisture and mould problems
- Pest infestations
- Lack of heat
- Septic systems
Property Standards and Structural Housing Issues
If you need assistance for property standard or structural housing issues, please call the building department in your municipality.
Please note that our Health Unit is no longer responsible for the approval of septic system installations. You should contact the municipality where the septic system is located. If you need septic system records between the years of 1973 and 2007, please contact us at 519-258-2146 ext. 3151.
Check out this section for information related to healthy homes.
A sewage backup occurs when there are problems with the plumbing system in your home and water containing harmful germs enters your home.
Radon is produced when uranium found in soil, rock or water decays. Radon is found across Canada because it occurs naturally in soil. The gas naturally rises up from the soil and can get into any type of building where it builds up due to negative pressure and lack of air flow. Breathing in radon gas for extended periods of time can potentially be hazardous to you and your family.
Bed bugs are wingless, red-brown, blood sucking insects. They’re oval shaped and live four months to one year. They can survive for long periods without a blood meal. Their eggs are whitish, pear-shaped, and approximately the size of a pinhead.