There’s all sorts of hazards that a home might contain. You might be in earthquake territory (which is pretty much all of San Francisco), you might be in a high radon area, and you might have two of the MOST common hazards we see here in the City – lead and asbestos.
The folks from www.asbestos.com contacted me to see if I’d be willing to share their advice on asbestos with you… and since it sounds spooky and scary, and it IS almost Halloween, I couldn’t think of a better time to post this.
From the writers at www.asbestos.com:
Living in the 21st century, many cities are adapting to the new green paradigm, updating old homes and buildings to suit the needs of a healthier environment and home. With a growing amount of education and technology in eco-sustainable resources, the state of California is leading the way towards a green paradigm of building and construction. It is important to take note of the consequences of improper building materials and environmental degradation.
Many homes, buildings and public facilities built prior to 1980 may still contain asbestos and other hazardous materials. The mineral’s flame resistant and durable qualities once made it an ideal choice for insulation, piping and roofing by manufacturers. Asbestos exposure can be easily prevented by taking simple precautions. This obsolete building material can easily be replaced with green methods of insulation that can even reduce annual energy costs!
Asbestos Tips and Info
If any asbestos is suspected or located in the home, the best advice is to leave it un-disturbed and un-touched until a professional can determine the proper course of action. Many times the simplest and easiest way of dealing with asbestos IS leaving it undisturbed, and better yet, encapsulated. Disturbing asbestos in good condition may cause its fibers to be released into the air. Prolonged exposure to airborne asbestos fibers can potentially lead to the development of related lung ailments such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of asbestos cancer that accounts for three percent of cancer diagnoses in the United States. Due to the fact many mesothelioma symptoms are similar to less serious ailments, Diagnosis of mesothelioma is one of the more difficult tasks physicians encounter.
If asbestos should be removed, it is recommended homeowners have licensed abatement contractors perform the removal. They are licensed and trained in handling hazardous materials.