Sunday, January 04, 2009

Asbestos Removal Leads to Healthy Home

There a number of things worth considering in the real estate industry.

If you are a potential homeowner or are remodeling or foreclosing an older home, it is important to hire professionals to examine the property for toxic building materials. Homes built before 1980 have a strong chance of containing asbestos. Citizens of Florida should be aware that exposure to asbestos can produce significant health concerns. If you are interesting in saving money, remodeling or improving your carbon footprint, here is some valuable information to get you on that track.

Predominantly used throughout the 20th century in many industrial products such as insulation, roofing, piping, brake linings and flooring products, inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause a severe lung-ailment known as mesothelioma, a form of cancer that takes the lives of thousands every year. Medical research has suggested that symptoms of the disease may not appear for 20 to 50 years.

Florida has a large number of big cities, where asbestos problems have become a problem. In 1999, there were 125 reported deaths from mesothelioma. Further asbestos related lung-illnesses and respiratory problems have contributed to fatalities in Florida. Public service groups such as the Florida Department of State Health Services have initiated an asbestos program that provides services to prevent occupational and environmental illness through detection and control of asbestos materials.

The removal of asbestos in public facilities and homes must be completed by a professional asbestos abatement contractor. Once the removal is complete, green alternatives should be considered, such as: cotton fiber, Lcynene and Cellulose. Permits are required for the abatement of asbestos projects when levels exceed the normal trigger levels. The type of professional will depend on the type of product and what needs to be done to correct the problem.

With increasing technology and public initiatives, green alternatives exist which allow for an asbestos free environment. The United States Environmental Program states that the use of recycled building materials such as cotton fiber insulation can reduce energy use by 25 to 35 percent. These asbestos alternatives will not only reduce energy costs, but allow for a clean, healthy home, free of health damaging materials.

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