Asbestos Prevention Tips

Posted on June 2, 2009 | by Denny Oh

In the San Diego real estate industry, many additional responsibilities may arise for those purchasing homes. The state of California provides a great environment for active lifestyles and is regarded as one of the top states to call home. Known for a large industrial history, Californias economy has had success in areas such as ship-building, mining and power generation. These industries found many usages for asbestos, as the material has fire and heat resistant qualities.

Although asbestos exposure does not always pose health risks, it is still highly recommended that home buyers determine if asbestos containing

building materials are present. Exposure to asbestos is easily avoidable by taking simple precautions.

Potential San Diego home buyers or those seeking to remodel homes should be aware that many homes and buildings may still contain asbestos materials. If any suspected asbestos is located, do not touch or disturb it as this can break its fibers down and make it become airborne. A professional home inspector can determine the validity of danger and determine the best course of action to take. Many green and healthy alternatives exist that replace the need for asbestos entirely.

Frequent exposure to asbestos may lead to the development of a rare, but severe lung ailment known as mesothelioma. Research demonstrates that over 2,000 to 3,000 cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Mesothelioma treatment has varied affects on patients and many variables can affect patient prognosis. These include latency period, age of diagnosis and cigarette smoking. Due to the fact many mesothelioma symptoms are similar to less serious ailments, diagnosis is one of the more difficult tasks physicians encounter.

If a home inspector deems the asbestos harmful, removal must be undertaken by a licensed abatement contractor. These contractors are trained in the handling and disposal of asbestos in public facilities and homes. The California Environmental Protection Agency reports many sources of naturally occurring asbestos emissions throughout the state.  Despite knowledge of the states asbestos problems, many communities throughout California still find themselves constructed atop asbestos deposits.

In the 21st century, there is no need to put yourselves and your families at risk at the hands of asbestos. In California, construction practices are upgrading methods to suit better lighting, heating, cooling systems and environmentally habitable insulation. The move to a greener lifestyle in San Diego is helping lead the nation in change to more energy and healthy forms of building products.

Green options such as cotton fiber, cellulose and lcynene should be given consideration as replacements to asbestos.  These options have been shown to reduce annual energy costs in the home by 25 percent. Cotton fiber is also becoming a favorite insulation method. Made from recycled batted material, it is then treated to be fireproof. Water based spray polyurethane foam, lcynene, is a healthy insulation which contains no toxic components.

Tax breaks are being offered through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009. This package extends energy efficiency tax incentives first enacted in 2005 and even creates some new ones for those who remodel their homes using eco-friendly materials.

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3 Comments

  1. I haven’t read a real estate article about asbestos in awhile. Thanks for this informative blog and for not letting us forget about this important issue.

  2. Denny Oh says:

    Thanks Mark. It’s rare that we come across it, but it’s good stuff to know!

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