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GARAGE CONSTRUCTION

There are many things to take into consideration once you’ve decided to add a garage to your house. Do you go with an attached or a detached garage? Should you opt for an oversized garage to allow for extra storage, or stick to a more conventionally sized structure? The answer depends on your particular situation, and at McDonough Construction LLC in Lakeland, FL we’re happy to evaluate the best solution for you.

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our staff consists of trained professionals who are eager to work with you and cater to your needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to build a garage that will benefit you most. We base your needs off of several criteria, including:

  • The shape of your parking lot or driveway
  • The primary use of your new garage
  • The layout of your home or building
  • Your timing and budget

At McDonough Construction LLC, we’re here to help you navigate your options for a new garage. Call today for more information or to schedule an estimate.

HOME CONTRACTOR

If you’ve decided it’s time to make some home improvements, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, is the company to hire. Our skilled craftsmen have the tools and experience to remodel or renovate any area in your home. We can also provide assistance with any projects you’re planning so that you get the results you want.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Making home improvements or renovating a space that needs to be updated can make your home a special place for you. We can make that happen, and we’ll meet or exceed your expectations.

At McDonough Construction, we’re thoroughly committed to completing all projects at a competitive price for our customers in Lakeland, Polk County, and any of the surrounding areas. We take pride in our high level of service, and we want you to be completely satisfied with our work. Get in touch with us so that we can talk about all of your home improvement needs.

MASONRY CONTRACTOR

Specializing in stone and masonry, McDonough Construction LLC has built a reputation for excellence from the ground up. At McDonough Construction LLC, we combine modern construction technology with traditional methods to provide quality masonry work in Lakeland, FL. One of the oldest forms of construction, masonry has been hailed for the elegance and style it lends to a variety of projects, including:

  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Fireplaces

YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR OBJECTIVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the scope of the job at hand, we promise to approach it with precision and care. And we pledge to make your upcoming project as cost-effective as possible, all the while giving you the attention to detail our Lakeland, FL customers have come to expect.

Whether you’re interested in having masonry work done to beautify your home, increase its resale value, or both, we can help. For more information or to schedule an estimate and design consultation, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

These days, more and more Lakeland, FL homeowners are retrofitting their properties with outdoor kitchens to take advantage of two wonderful things: good food and good weather. So if you’re looking to capitalize on this trend, call on McDonough Construction LLC. We can help you upgrade from a lonely grill to a more complete kitchen setting.

COOK UNDER THE STARS

Imagine having all of the appliances and tools you need right in your very own outdoor setting. With an outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll be able to cook, fry, and sauté your way to a gourmet meal, all the while breathing fresh air and taking in your outdoor surroundings. Best of all, by adding an outdoor kitchen, you’ll be improving your home and increasing its value.

An outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC is a great way to add some extra fun to those times when you want to relax with your family and friends without being stuck inside. Give us a call today to learn more about your options or to schedule an estimate.

GARAGE CONSTRUCTION

There are many things to take into consideration once you’ve decided to add a garage to your house. Do you go with an attached or a detached garage? Should you opt for an oversized garage to allow for extra storage, or stick to a more conventionally sized structure? The answer depends on your particular situation, and at McDonough Construction LLC in Lakeland, FL we’re happy to evaluate the best solution for you.

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our staff consists of trained professionals who are eager to work with you and cater to your needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to build a garage that will benefit you most. We base your needs off of several criteria, including:

  • The shape of your parking lot or driveway
  • The primary use of your new garage
  • The layout of your home or building
  • Your timing and budget

At McDonough Construction LLC, we’re here to help you navigate your options for a new garage. Call today for more information or to schedule an estimate.

HOME CONTRACTOR

If you’ve decided it’s time to make some home improvements, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, is the company to hire. Our skilled craftsmen have the tools and experience to remodel or renovate any area in your home. We can also provide assistance with any projects you’re planning so that you get the results you want.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Making home improvements or renovating a space that needs to be updated can make your home a special place for you. We can make that happen, and we’ll meet or exceed your expectations.

At McDonough Construction, we’re thoroughly committed to completing all projects at a competitive price for our customers in Lakeland, Polk County, and any of the surrounding areas. We take pride in our high level of service, and we want you to be completely satisfied with our work. Get in touch with us so that we can talk about all of your home improvement needs.

MASONRY CONTRACTOR

Specializing in stone and masonry, McDonough Construction LLC has built a reputation for excellence from the ground up. At McDonough Construction LLC, we combine modern construction technology with traditional methods to provide quality masonry work in Lakeland, FL. One of the oldest forms of construction, masonry has been hailed for the elegance and style it lends to a variety of projects, including:

  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Fireplaces

YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR OBJECTIVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the scope of the job at hand, we promise to approach it with precision and care. And we pledge to make your upcoming project as cost-effective as possible, all the while giving you the attention to detail our Lakeland, FL customers have come to expect.

Whether you’re interested in having masonry work done to beautify your home, increase its resale value, or both, we can help. For more information or to schedule an estimate and design consultation, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

These days, more and more Lakeland, FL homeowners are retrofitting their properties with outdoor kitchens to take advantage of two wonderful things: good food and good weather. So if you’re looking to capitalize on this trend, call on McDonough Construction LLC. We can help you upgrade from a lonely grill to a more complete kitchen setting.

COOK UNDER THE STARS

Imagine having all of the appliances and tools you need right in your very own outdoor setting. With an outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll be able to cook, fry, and sauté your way to a gourmet meal, all the while breathing fresh air and taking in your outdoor surroundings. Best of all, by adding an outdoor kitchen, you’ll be improving your home and increasing its value.

An outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC is a great way to add some extra fun to those times when you want to relax with your family and friends without being stuck inside. Give us a call today to learn more about your options or to schedule an estimate.

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5 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Look Expensive

The average bathroom remodels costs upwards of $18,000 and that can go up or down depending on what materials you use and how big your bathroom is. However, if you don’t have $18,000 laying around there are still ways you can achieve a luxurious bathroom.

Get Creative With Tile

Now, this does not necessarily mean buying the most unique tile out there. If you get a simple tile and have it laid diagonally this will not only open up the space but it will make your bathroom look more luxurious. In an interview with Realtor.com, Kevin Sawyers a San Francisco based founder of Sawyers Design states that “material selections are very important, but how you use specific materials is paramount.”

Classy Containers

One easy way to class up a space is to get rid of all the things that make it look cheap. So we recommend rehoming all of your drugs and toiletries into nice mason jars, glass bottles, etc. Something to get rid of the ugly branding in the bathroom.

Think Expensive But Spend Less

Copper and brass have made a comeback in a big way because they add warmth and elegance to a space. In an interview with Realtor.com, Cecile Starin a San Francisco designer said: “The gold of yesteryear, which had a more greenish base, looks dated now… but fixtures in brushed gold in sleek shapes look warmer, new, and fresh.” In order to achieve this look with out spending a ton is to get metallic accent pieces like soap dishes, toothbrush holders, trash cans, and bowls. They will add the same effect without costing nearly as much.

Oversized Wall Pieces

Another great way to add luxury to your bathroom is to choose a large mirror with an interesting style or shape. An over sized mirror that extends all the way to the ceiling is a great way to make a statement and add some drama. If you have the wall space, another good addition is some oversized artwork. Just be sure that the artwork is framed correctly to prevent moisture from getting in.

Upscale Shower Curtains

An easy way to class up the bathroom is to change out your shower curtains. However, shower curtains can often look cheap, so we suggest looking at regular curtains meant for a bedroom. There are more styles and they are made with a better material so they will add a luxe factor to your bathroom.

 

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How to Naturally Kill Weeds

Florida is infamous for two things: insects and unpredictable rain storms. Just a few days ago we had a tropical storm in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon. Basically, we get a lot a rain in the summer, and with that much rain and sunlight chances are you are going to spending a lot of time maintaining your yard. Now everyone loves a lush green yard but weeds normally come along with that and they aren’t so great. So here are some ways to keep the weeds at bay in a way that is good for the environment.

Herbicides

Traditionally this what is used to fight the war on weeds. However, recently concerns have popped up in regards to if these chemicals were harmful to our health. The Environmental Protection Agency does ensure that all pesticides are safe and do not affect our health. The biggest risk into the person who is mixing the pesticides because they are most dangerous in their concentrated forms. So you only have to really worry about the health effects if you are doing the mixing.

Natural Alternatives

If you would prefer just going the natural route there are several ways to kill weeds without all the chemicals. There are some recipes online containing things like vinegar, cornmeal, and salt. However, these methods are usually not effective long term. There are some techniques that you can use to keep the weeds at bay.

  • Crowd out the bad! The best way to keep weeds from overpowering your yard is to keep a healthy yard. By using proper lawn maintenance habits like keeping your mower blade sharp and mowing in the morning and evening are good ways to keep a healthy yard. This, in turn, will help prevent weeds from sprouting.
  • No Bare Patches. If you have spots in your yard where the grass is dying and there is slowing a bare patch forming. Weeds are known to spout fast in these areas, so get the grass growing again as soon as possible.
  • Proper Watering. The best way to avoid weeds is to water for longer periods of time. If you water in short bursts this causes short roots which is the best condition for weeds to grow.
  • Handpick Weeds Correctly. Hnadpicking weeds is an obvious way to get rid of them. However, there is a right and a wrong way to doing this. The goal is to remove the entire root to ensure that the weed doesn’t grow back. So remove the weed slowly as to not break the root.

 

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The Year’s Most Popular Bedroom Paint Colors

When the latest design trends hit the market the areas of the home that receive the most love are the common areas like, the kitchen, the living room, and the patio. However, when it comes to the bedroom our inner designer goes out the window. We spend about a third of our lives in the bedroom so it’s surprising that we push it so far down on our to do list. So when choosing a paint color it is important to know which direction you want to go in. Do you want something that is fun and quirky or calm and tranquil? If you are having some trouble deciding which direction to go in, we have provided a list of the year’s most popular paint colors.

Gray

It is more common these days people are going with spa colors in the master bedroom. Gray pretty much goes with anything. It is a tranquil hue that you don’t have to worry about becoming oppressive or making the room feel smaller.

Taupe or Beige

If you want the tranquility of a gray color but want the room to still feel warm, go with a taupe or beige color. unlike in the past brown shades are not muddy and dull, in fact, they are being used more and more often. It is the perfect blend of warmth and sophistication.

Yellow

If you want your room to look like it has been kissed by the sun yellow may be the way to go. Yellow is often associated with happiness, whether you use it as an accent color or paint the walls it is a great color to bring brightness and happiness to the room.

Pale Blue

For the bedroom, you want the main color to create a soothing vibe that is ideal for sleeping. So use more daring shades with a pop of color. It is hard to go wrong with a light blue in the master or guest room.

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4 Creative Kitchen Island Ideas

The kitchen is often labeled the heart of the home and therefore the kitchen island is the natural gathering place. Kitchen islands have boomed in popularity over the years because they provide additional counter space and storage. They also come in a variety of different sizes and materials to accommodate your floor plan and style. We are going to go over some different styles of these islands to showcase just how different and useful they can be.

Built-in Booth

When an island is typically built, stools are typically the direction most people go in. However, you can design your island to have a built in booth. A kitchen island with this kind of seating creates a cozy gathering spot for family meals.

Homework Station

With a two-level designed island, this provides the perfect place for your kids to do their homework while dinner is being made. The only downside to this design is the clutter. With this island being a homework station clutter is inevitable. So the best thing to do it find a place to stash notebooks and school supplies that isn’t on the countertops.

More Storage

Everyone needs more storage in the kitchen. An island is a great place for extra drawers, shelves, wine racks, or glass-front cabinets. You can also install a wine fridge into your kitchen island. This will give you extra space in your refrigerator and give you a temperature-controlled environment for your most prized bottles of wine.

Cooktop or Sink

Beautiful Custom Kitchen Interior in a New House.Depending on your preference and design style you can choose between a cook top or a sink to be placed on your island. You can also add a grill or griddle on the island and use the main stove’s burners for regular pots and pans. Having an extra cooktop would be a great addition to a family who hosts Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other family gatherings. On the flip side, having an extra sink installed on the island could also be a huge bonus. In one sink you could be washing lettuce while the other is filling a pot. If you are big into cooking gourmet meals and you are really looking for a proper chef’s kitchen, either of these options would work for you.

 

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Wood Paneling Makeovers

If your home feels like it got suck in the 70’s because of the wood paneling on the wall, you have probably had several dreams or ripping it out. However, that can get quite pricey. Luckily for you, there are a few ways to make your home fresh that don’t involve quite as much work.

Paint or Whitewash

One of the easiest ways to freshen up any room is a good coat of paint. Many design experts agree that by painting your wood paneling white you bring new life to your room. It also gives it that cottage- feel that so many homeowners are after. If just plain white paint sounds a bit boring you can also opt to whitewash them. To create this look all you have to do is water down your paint. This causes the wood grains to show through and give a nice modern rustic feel.

Turn the Wood Panels into Regular Walls

So instead of ripping out the wood paneling to replace it with regular drywall, you will use drywall to disguise your wood paneling. This process requires a little more work and patience. If you get some drywall compound at a local home improvement store, you can use it to fill in the cracks your wood paneling creates. Once you sand, prime, and paint you should end up with walls that don’t remind you of wood paneling.

Cover Up & Hide

Another great solution to updating your wood paneling is to simply cover them up with art and shelves. By creating a gallery wall, with art hung salon-style, large mirror, and/or sculptures can distract from the wood paneling. You can also cover up your walls with shelving, bookshelves, or ceiling to floor curtains can also get the job done.

At the end of the day, there are several ways to get the look you desire!

 

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Interesting Facts About Paint

Paint is everywhere but most of us don’t pay it much attention. Plus, talking about sounds about as much fun as watching it dry. However, there are a lot of interesting things about paint that we are going to go over. So if you are thinking about freshening up your living room or repainting the trim after you read this you won’t think of paint the same way again.

Psychology of Paint

You may have noticed through your school years that typically every school is painted the same color, with a few variations. That is because most schools and prisons paint their walls light beige or taupe because it is known for its soothing effects on the brain. There is even a debate on whether the colors red and blue can make you smarter. The Journal of Experimental Psychology did a study that showed the color red can have a negative effect on the brain causing students to perform slightly worse on a test. Blue, however, was shown to have positive effects on the brain because it inspires creative thought and relaxation whereas red typically makes people anxious.

Painting Furniture Without Removing Hardware

The quickest way to paint furniture is to spray paint it. However, the only problem with this method is you want to avoid painting the hinges and handles. Typically the solution it to just remove it, but this can be quite time-consuming. So a way to cut back on time is to cover each hinge and handle with petroleum jelly. Once you are done painting, you can wide the jelly and the paint off and your hardware has been saved from the paint.

The Power of the Sun

It is important to not underestimate the power of the sun. So when you are deciding on what color to paint a room, consider how much sunlight is going to be hitting your walls. The more sunlight a wall gets the quicker the paint is going to fade. You can try to avoid this by trying to find UV-resistant paint or a more durable oil-based paint.

The Label Lies

No two gallons of paint is exactly the same color, even if they were mixed by the same person at the same time. The best way to diminish any differences is to mix all your paint together in one giant bucket. Once you do this, those subtle difference blend away.

60-30-10 Rule

In order to achieve a balanced color scheme in a room, interior designers follow the 60-30-10 rule. This means the about 60% of the room should be the dominant color, which is usually the color of the walls. Then 30% should be the secondary color, so this could be accented walls, built-ins, and furniture. Then finally the last 10% goes towards art and accessories.

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5 Home Maintenance Tips For July

In Florida it stays hot for 8 months out of the year, however, July normally marks the beginning of summer. The cookouts start and families are starting to go on vacations. So before you begin with you July festivities make sure you follow these 5 tips to ensure your home is ready for the summer as well.

Seal It Up

Air conditioners are running full blast and homeowners are looking for any way to save on their energy bills. One of the cheapest and easiest ways to do that is to that is seal up all cracks and openings in your home. By doing this you can not only save energy by keeping the cool air in, you are also improving the air quality, preventing moisture, and prolonging the life of your HVAC system. When sealing up your home be sure to look for leaks around doors, windows, attic access panels, canned lighting, electrical outlets, and switch plates. By sealing up your home you literally prevent money from flying out the window.

Hit the Deck

With all the cookouts and outdoor entertaining you are going to be doing you are going to want your deck and/or outdoor space to look it’s best. That means decluttering and blowing all the dead leaves away. You are also going to want to attend to your furniture. By using a mixture of water and dish detergent and scrubbing your furniture cushions and leaving them out to dry, they will be clean as a whistle. A good power wash for the deck and/or patio area wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

Don’t Forget the Pool

Being the main focus of the backyard and the center of attention for every party, you will want to make sure your pool is in tip top shape. You will want to test your pool’s pH levels weekly to make sure it stays between 7.2 – 7.8. In Florida, we typically don’t have a problem remembering our pool since 9 times out of 10 it is plenty hot to swim, but if you have been neglecting your pool or chemistry isn’t your forte you may want to consider hiring a pool maintenance company.

Window Inspections

If you have old or poorly installed windows your home could be leaking cool air and letting in bugs, which is never a good thing. So to ensure that doesn’t happen to you inspect your windows and make sure there are no gaps and the insect screen has no holes in it.

Water Heater Care

Flushing your water heater improves your unit’s efficiency and life span, just like changing your car’s oil. The water heater should be flushed at least once a year in order to clear out built-up sediment and minerals that could affect its performance.

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Do You Have a Licensed Contractor?

Summer is normally the time when people decide to take on a renovation. So whether you are gutting your kitchen or getting that new master bathroom you have been pining for, you will want to make sure your contractor is insured.

Why Does My Contractor Need to be Insured?

Contractors should have both liability insurance and worker’s compensation because as a homeowner the liability insurance will protect you if your contractor causes damage to your house. Meaning that if you hire an uninsured contractor to do a bathroom renovation and they damage a pipe which causes your house to flood, you are pretty much on your own to get the damages fixed. Plus, homeowners insurance typically won’t cover damage caused by an uninsured contractor, unless you specifically purchased the in-home employee coverage. Also, if one of the contractor’s employees got injured while renovating your home and didn’t have worker’s comp. you homeowner’s insurance would have to pay that hospital bill.

How Do I Know If My Contractor Is Insured?

Never assume that a contractor is insured. Each contractor can show that they are covered by showing you a Certificate of Liability Insurance. However, it is up to you to verify that the contractor’s policy has not expired. If you hire a fairly large company to do your renovation you have a pretty safe bet that they are licensed and insured, but when you hire a friend-of-a-friend you may want to check them out before you have them tearing walls down.

McDonough Construction is a Licensed & Insured Contractor!

Fear not we are licensed and insured, but Lakeland is littered with shady contractors who are promising cheap renovations. However, what they don’t tell you is if anything goes wrong they are not held liable. The bottom line is if your contractor has insurance, mistakes that cause damage can give you a headache but you can rest assured the problem will be taken care of. However, if your contractor doesn’t have insurance and damage is caused you are in for a nightmare.

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5 Genius Landscaping Tricks that Will Pay Off

A home with a gorgeous yard isn’t just easy on the eyes! Well-landscaped homes also sell for more money, but you don’t need to spring for a professional service. These cheap tricks will make your lawn look lush and rake in cash later.  In fact, well-landscaped homes sell for 5.5% to 12.7% more! First impressions mean everything when it comes to selling your home. So if you want to get top dollar you have to make a good first impression and an easy way to do that is by upgrading your curb appeal. Here are 5 tips that will help you get more money when selling your house.

Install Drought-Tolerant Plants

invest in some easy-care, drought-tolerant plants such as coneflowers, lantanas, or yarrows. Their ability to survive in dry conditions and need minimal need for water can be nice selling points to home buyers. Also, many landscaping experts suggest using naturally occurring plants in your area. Plus, this will keep your yard looking nice year-round!

Use Gravel or Granite

Instead of concrete, try a cheaper more natural looking alternative! Pea gravel will run around $30 per cubic yard. Versus concrete will cost $98 per cubic yard.

Buy Plants in Bulk

By choosing 3 varieties of plants for your garden instead of 10, you can buy in bulk and often save money. This will also give your landscaping more unity versus looking like a jungle.

Brighten Up Outdoor Lighting

Many home buyers schedule viewings in the evening since they work during the day. By having your home lit up at night and in the evening it increases the curb appeal of the home.

Hire a Landscaper … for Free

Landscape architects typically charge $70 to $150 an hour. However, many local garden centers provide landscaping consultations for free if you buy plants from them. That way you can get the advice you need from a professional and get flowers and other plants.

5 Tips for a Healthy Home

We often think of our homes as safe places, but they can be rather unhealthy. The Environmental Protection Agency has dubbed poor indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental health risks. From reducing plastic use to opting for hard surfaces for flooring and nontoxic materials, there are a plethora of things you can do right away to start reducing the toxic exposures you are unknowingly subjecting yourself to. Every improvement will make a difference in your health today, in the future, and in the health of our planet.

Don’t Ignore Mold

While you might be able to turn a blind eye to windows that need washing or lawns that need mowing, you don’t want to mess with mold. It is something you probably don’t want to think about, but ignoring it can lead to severe health problems. To keep mold at bay, the key is to reduce moisture in the home.

  • Check for leaky pipes or plumbing that could result in excess moisture, especially in poorly ventilated areas like the basement, attic, garage, and bathroom.
  • Always use an exhaust fan when showing, and leave it on even after you’re done. Investing in a small dehumidifier is another way to keep humidity levels in check.
  • Service your HVAC system. Rather than let dust and debris, a prime source for mold, sit all spring and summer in the filters and vent, clean the system now so it’s ready for next season.

Rid Your Home of Radon

A naturally occurring gas that causes lung cancer, radon can be found indoors and even in drinking water, but because it has no color, odor, or taste, you likely have no idea it’s there. It causes approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year, which is even more than the annual deaths caused by drunk driving. Most of it come from the soil under your home, forming as uranium breaks down and seeping up into your home.

Testing your home for radon is both easy and inexpensive. If high levels are found, radon reduction systems can reduce them.

Catch Carbon Monoxide

While most people know that smoke detectors are a must in any home, too often carbon monoxide detectors are overlooked. Unlike smoke, carbon monoxide has no taste, no color, and is poisonous. What makes carbon monoxide so dangerous is its ability to displace oxygen in the blood, which deprives your heart brain, and other vital organs of the oxygen needed to function properly. Prolonged exposure or large amounts of CO can overtake a person in minutes without warning. So long story short you need a carbon monoxide detector.

No Smoking

Not only is smoking bad for your body but it can have horrific effects on your home. Besides the stench, secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 substances, several of which are known to cause cancer. Just because smokers take their cigarettes out to the garage doesn’t necessarily help. Secondhand smoke has been shown to travel between rooms of a home, and even between apartment units.

Don’t Clean Your Home Sick

While dust and pests can cause problems of their own, the chemicals often used to get rid of them can be even more dangerous. For example, some pesticides can cause serious damage to a person’s nervous system and kidneys and even increase the risk of cancer, while many common household cleaners can release volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, which can cause serious health damage as well. The EPA recommends using nonchemical methods of pest control and cleaners without VOCs.