Asbestos and Home Inspections

Submitted by AaronLore on Mon, 01/17/2011 - 16:07.

 

 
Asbestos Exposure Prevention: Home Inspections a Great First Step
Used for a large portion of the 20th century, asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that became an ideal application for construction and building applications. Due to its high durability and flame resistant qualities, this combination of characteristics made asbestos a very useful material as a form of insulation, piping, roofing and flooring.
However, it was discovered that this mineral is extremely toxic and hazardous to one’s health, causing several terminal health conditions. This is why homeowners should contact a professional home inspector to have their residence evaluated for contamination.
Asbestos Info & Home Inspections
 
Although purchasing or renovating a home can be a complicated path, receiving a professional home inspection is something that cannot be understated. To protect your investment, professional consultants can provide an evaluation of the home. Consultants will identify material defects in structures and components of the home, in adherence to or exceeding national, state, and industry regulations and standards.
 
Technological advances have made the home inspection industry into a valuable process that rapidly study areas of concern in your property. Having your residence inspected for asbestos is an effective way to discover if there is any risk of asbestos exposure within your home and could very well be one of the most important steps to prevent this from occurring.
 
Many homes and buildings built prior to 1980 may still harbor asbestos, but even homes built in the 1990’s may contain asbestos in vermiculite insulation. Although Vermiculite alone does not contain asbestos, it came from one single mine that contained a large amount of asbestos. When vermiculite insulation is tainted by impurities such as asbestos, it can also be harmful.
 
Asbestos that is disturbed or damaged due to age is known as “friable” asbestos. This is a serious concern because its toxic fibers can easily circulate and become inhaled. The best advice is to leave any suspected asbestos un-disturbed until evaluated by a professional. Normally, asbestos can appear in:
Roof shingles, pipe coverings, dry wall board & popcorn ceilings, attic insulation, joint compounds & electrical wires, gaskets, furnace cement & fire brick
 
Asbestos fibers are strong and thin, so when inhaled it can become lodged in ones chest and lung cavity.Exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of a serious illness known as mesothelioma. Due to a long latency period of 20 to 50 years for the disease to develop, a mesothelioma survival rate is not as positive as one would hope.
 
Healthy Tips & Green Alternatives
 
Removal of asbestos in public facilities homes must be performed by licensed abatement contractors. Hire an asbestos contractor by checking their references and comparing what they promise to do. These inspectors will assess the situation and oversee the work of all contractors involved and determine whether suspicious materials are present.
 
Due to expanding technology and long term cost efficiency evolving at a large rate, the need for environmentally sustainable and healthy building materials is growing as well. Green alternatives to asbestos include the use of lcynene foam, cotton fiber and cellulose.
 
Cotton fiber is made from recycled batted material and treated to be fireproof. A water based spray polyurethane foam, lcynene features no toxic components. Many cities in the United States have begun adapting to the green paradigm in hopes of instilling environmentally sustainable building products that achieve a healthy home.
 
With the right amount of awareness and a certifiable home inspection, it is completely avoidable and preventable to keep yourself and your family away from asbestos!
 
 Information from:
Joe Lederman
Social Media Coordinator
 
 

Submitted by AaronLore on Mon, 01/17/2011 - 16:07.