Some health problems are specific to a particular location only and dry cleaner contamination could be the reason for some of these health problems. While purchasing or renting a flat or house most people will look at the size, location,maintenance of the building, however the health related problems for the location become apparent after a longer period of time and can be far more difficult to fix compared to conventional problems related to plumbing, painting and electrical wiring . Initially the problems caused by chemical poisoning may be ignored, however in the long term these problems will be extremely dangerous and expensive for the health of those living in the area.
Having a dry cleaning business in the locality is usually considered to be an advantage as it is convenient to get dirty clothes cleaned quickly. However few are aware of the fact that dry cleaning process uses a large amount of the chemical perchloroethylene, which includes chlorine, and is a hazardous to human health, adversely affecting the nervous system of human beings. In the long term , exposure to large amounts of chlorine from dry cleaning or even chlorinated water can also damage the liver and increase the risk of cancer. Hence it is important for homes and businesses located in the vicinity of a dry cleaner,and the dry cleaner himself to periodically check if the environment is damaged by the chlorine from the perchloroethylene or other sources
While the latest dry cleaning equipment is designed so that there is no leakage of hazardous perchloroethylene, older dry cleaners will often find that the building and surrounding areas where they operated are polluted with perchloroethylene which can adversely affect the health of people living and working in the area. So it is recommended to ensure that the environmental damage is assessed professionally by firms specializing in environmental cleanup, especially when the property is to be sold. Then suitable measures can be taken to reduce the contamination levels at the dry cleaner and in the vicinity at the earliest, using specialized equipment to detect the pollutant and remove it from the premises.