Asbestos Tips and Healthy Options for Homeowners

The path to purchasing a new home is a huge accomplishment that requires additional responsibilities. For many, it is the investment of a lifetime, insuring you and your family will have a safe and healthy home for a long foreseeable future.

Many homes that are newly purchased may require remodeling or additional repairs. This is often the case with older homes, which still run with old, corrosive methods that were once used to build structures. Having the assistance of a reliable and experienced real estate agent can make this process smooth and easy.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used in construction applications for the greater part of the 20th century.  Through the U.S. and Canada, potential home buyers or those remodeling homes should be aware that homes built before 1980 may still harbor asbestos materials. This is not to make you alarmed because asbestos exposure is easily prevented by taking simple precautions. Many green, healthy options insulation options exist that make the use of asbestos obsolete.

If you locate any suspected asbestos, most experts advise to leave it alone. If you are having home renovations, performed, do not panic. A professional home inspector can determine the best course of action. In most cases, the best action is no action in regards to asbestos.

Home owners should find a certified inspector to determine if any harmful materials are present. The Environmental Protection Agency provides assistance and information on asbestos abatement and the regulations involved. If the inspector determines that a removal is needed, they must be performed by a licensed abatement contractor who is trained in handling dangerous substances. This process requires professional care and protective equipment. Once the process is complete, replacement options should be considered.

When asbestos deteriorates and its fibers become airborne, it has the potential of causing severe lung ailments such as malignant mesothelioma and asbestosis. Physician diagnosis has been a difficult task because of a long latency period and mesothelioma symptoms being so similar to other, less serious conditions.

Environmental stability is on the minds of many citizens throughout North America. Many are unaware to the fact that utilizing eco-sustainable forms of insulation not only provide healthy alternatives to asbestos, but can have positive economic benefits as well. There are now a multitude of healthy replacements to asbestos such as cotton fiber and lcynene. These options should be considered upon removal.  Studies show that the use of recycled building materials can reduce annual energy costs by 25 percent!

Cotton fiber is made from recycled batted material and treated to be flame resistant. With the implementation of these recycled materials, waste is also decreasing in landfills. These options will provide a safe and healthy home, free of any damaging materials.

Information provided by: Mesothelioma Cancer Center