Guest Post: Home Owner Asbestos Prevention & Healthy Green Options

Lots of older homes in our area have asbestos tile floors (particularly in the basement) and many have asbestos siding. In many cases, there’s no risk to the owner, but it’s worth reading more about in this guest post from the folks as Asbestos.com:

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.

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was a prominent building application throughout the 20th century. If your home was built before 1980, there is a chance it may contain asbestos.

Potential Virginia home owners or those seeking to remodel older homes should not be devastatingly worried because with proper precautions, exposure to asbestos will be prevented easily.

In Arlington, VA, many asbestos problems have been associated with siding and tiles. Used heavily in homes and buildings until its ban in the 1970’s, asbestos siding can become a health concern when its shingles are damaged. If they are left un-disturbed, they are not a serious problem. The risk involved with asbestos materials is the chance that they become damaged and its fibers become airborne.

If suspected asbestos materials are located in your home, most experts will recommend to leave it alone. Unless sawed, cut or disturbed, asbestos products are probably not going to release its fibers. With a growing amount of education and awareness, there are now many green health alternatives that make the use of asbestos obsolete.

Consistent and long term exposure to asbestos has been known to cause rare, but severe lung ailments such as asbestosis and pleural mesothelioma cancer. The asbestos scandal was one of the joint corporate and industry cover-ups in the 20th century. Research has indicated it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for mesothelioma to develop, making mesothelioma cancer prognosis a difficult task.

GREEN Alternatives Benefit Home Owners

Many home owners and real estate personnel are unaware to the fact that environmentally sustainable products can also reduce annual energy costs by 25 to 35 percent. Many U.S. cities have created lumberyards which re-store where you can purchase recycled building materials that are authentically strong and inexpensive. Green alternatives to asbestos include the use of cotton fiber, lcynene foam and cellulose.

These eco-friendly options will continue to see their popularity rise as many home owners are seeking ways to not only reduce their carbon footprint, but reduce their energy bills. These asbestos alternatives allow for a healthy, safe home, free of health damaging materials.

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2 thoughts on “Guest Post: Home Owner Asbestos Prevention & Healthy Green Options

  1. Does anyone know about asbestos in attic insulation? I had a crawl-space access hatch cracked open in my closet in Fairlington for several months. I sealed it off properly after I became concerned that maybe insulation fibers were blowing into my closet and bedroom.

  2. Hey there,

    If you believe you may have asbestos insulation, any disturbance has the potential to release its fibers in the air.

    The Environmental Protection Agency suggests:

    – Asbestos insulation should be left undisturbed in your attic.
    – Limit the amount of accessories and items stored.
    – Do not allow children’s access.
    – If you plan to remodel or conduct renovations, hire professionals to handle asbestos to safely remove the material. Removing asbestos by yourself can potentially spread fibers throughout your home and your family will be at risk of inhaling asbestos dust.

    It is not always an easy process to determine whether or not a particular insulation contains asbestos. Anyone who is unsure about the insulation in their home should have the materials in question tested by an inspector.

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