If you are thinking about buying an older home, it is important to look at all environmental hazards that are present in older homes. Older homes usually can have asbestos, lead, and radon. Poor quality Indoor Air Quality can lead to environmental older home that may affect asthma and allergy. Some of these factors are right in front of you while others are invisible and odorless. Let’s look at some of these topics in older homes.
Asbestos only becomes a problem when the fibers become air and are then inhaled into the lungs. Asbestos has been around for a long time and there is a lot of it out there. Recently, we examined a 1960 home and found asbestos in the kitchen floor tiles and behind the old Wall Heater Unit. If you decide to purchase this type of home, it is important that it be inspected and tested for asbestos. It is very common that you can find asbestos fibers in older homes in plaster and drywall. Most homes built after 1978 are generally considered to be Asbestos Free, but sometimes we find it in homes as late as 1982. Remember to always try to be sure. If you have any questions about asbestos, go to the EPA Website for more information on Asbestos.
Lead has been common in the pipe since ancient times. In Roman times, they even use it to make drinking goblets and water pipes lead. I often wonder if the Roman Empire actually fell due to lead poisoning. Most older homes have lead paint and lead soldered joints of pipe. I remember even make lead soldering pipe in 1984. So, lead pipe can be just about anywhere because lead soldering was for many years. Lead Paint becomes a problem when paint chips are made by children, breathing sanding dust from wooden surfaces or demolition of lead paint walls. It is important to have your home tested for lead in water and the surface of the building. This is especially true if you have young children who like to chew on it. For more information about the issue, check with the EPA about the contaminants in your home.
Radon is an invisible, odorless gas that can cause cancer, according to all the latest information. It goes home from the soil under the home because of the natural process of radioactive decay. If you go to the EPA Website, you will see the radon map showing the local concentration of radon in the United States. Is is important to have your home tested for radon, it is odorless and invisible and you need to know about your home. If you have any questions about radon, go to the EPA Website for the latest Radon.
Finally, asbestos, lead and radon are Environmental hazards that can affect asthma and allergy. These risks should be tested with permission Environmental Inspector to see if they are in your home. If you care about them, go to the EPA Website to learn more about them. If you feel that you are getting ill from this Environmental hazards, contact your doctor immediately.
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