Buying An Older Home? 2 Dangers That May Be Lurking Inside

If you are buying an older home, you need to take extra steps to ensure it is in good condition. Older homes may also have dangers that you cannot see or smell but they are there, and these dangers can cause health problems with your family. Before anything like this happens, below are two of these dangers and what you can do about them.

1. Asbestos

No matter if the older home has high or low amounts of asbestos, you and/or your family members can become sick by breathing the asbestos in. If high amounts of asbestos are breathed in, this can cause death. At lower amounts, asbestos will cause great health problems, such as problems breathing.

High exposures to asbestos can also cause a rare type of cancer called mesothelioma. This can cause cancer in your chest, abdomen, and heart. This does depend on how long you are exposed to asbestos, the type of working environment you work in, such as working inside with poor ventilation, and the type of asbestos you are exposed to.

Asbestos may be found in roof shingles, roof flashing, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, insulation around fireplaces, pipes, boilers, and ducts, and pipe cement. Insulation used to insulate the home may also have asbestos, such as the insulation in your walls, ceiling, attic, etc.

Hire an asbestos removal company to come to your home and test for asbestos before you move in. They have special equipment they use to detect if there is asbestos and how much. If found, the company will offer to clean the home for you to remove the asbestos. This may include removing flooring, insulation, walls, etc., but in the end, you will have a healthy home.

2. Mold and Mildew

Mold and mildew will grow in any area that is damp and dark. This could be in areas in the bathroom, basement, and more. Mold and mildew releases mold spores into the air. When you and your family are in the home, you breathe in these mold spores, and you will then start having health problems, such as respiratory problems, allergies, etc.

There are mold remediation companies that will come to your home and test it for mold and mildew. They will check the home from top to bottom, including around all plumbing, in the attic, basements, inside ductwork, and in the crawl space. If any mold and mildew are found it is important that the spores are killed. The company has chemicals they use to do this. Once the mold and mildew are gone, the company will determine where the wetness is coming from and repair this, so the mold and mildew will not grow back again.

Talk with a company like GREEN CLOVER ASBESTOS if you have questions about any of this information.