Thursday, May 14, 2009

Beach Cities: Homeowner Information about asbestos

I was recently asked to pass along information about Mesothelioma from the Mesothelioma Cancer Center. The cancer center, as a public service, wanted to try and get information to the public about problems that might be found in homes built before 1980 that still have asbestos.

Asbestos becomes a problem only if it becomes friable... that is crunbling. If the asbestos product is in good condition then there is no problem. Hi-Tech Environmental Services in Manhattan Beach will test any material you think might contain asbestos. They are very inexpensive and quick. They will also remove asbestos products.

Below is the article from the Center:

Homeowners Implementing Green Alternatives to Asbestos in the Home:

The state of California provides a great environment for active lifestyles and is regarded as one of the top states to call home. The path to owning a home is an exciting time for everyone, but one that will bring additional responsibilities. Utilized in thousands of construction and building applications throughout the 20th century, asbestos was a highly regarded mineral due to its heat resistant properties.

Potential Manhattan Beach or South Bay Real Estate home buyers or those remodeling older homes should be aware that homes built before 1980 may still contain asbestos. Due to a steady progression of technology and green sustainable methods, there are many ways to ensure your home or property is asbestos free.

With a variety of home materials on the market still not banned b the federal government, there has been an overwhelming amount of concerned citizens regarding asbestos exposure. California is one of many states implementing sustainable methods of construction. Many new homes that are foreclosed may require renovation or repairs, especially in areas susceptible to natural disasters. This process may require inspection for hazardous materials.

Asbestos exposure is easily prevented by taking simple precautions. Although un-damaged asbestos does not pose any harm, you should be aware that the inhlation of airborne asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma, a severe lung ailment associated with asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma treatment has varied affects on individuals, with many factors impacting physician prognosis. These include age of diagnosis, latency period and age of diagnosis.

The amount of asbestos-related incidents in the last few decades has lead to asbestos lawyer firms advocating victim rights around the U.S. The negligence involved with the asbestos scandal has been one of greed and dishonesty. Manufacturers of asbestos were aware of its toxic qualities, but repressed this information from the public.

If any asbestos is suspected, the best advice is to leave it un-disturbed. . Sometimes the best action is no action. A home inspector can determine the proper course of action. Asbestos removal in public facilities, homes and workplaces must be undertaken by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. The removal of asbestos is a finite process that must be done by a professional.

Green alternatives to asbestos include the use of lcynene foam, cotton fiber and cellulose. Cotton fiber is made from recycled batted material and treated to be fireproof. A water based spray polyurethane foam, lcynene features no toxic components.

Recently, congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law. Included in this act were extensions to the tax incentives placed for energy efficiency in 2005, as well as new credits for homeowners who remodel or build using eco-sustainable methods. Existing homes are eligible for a series of efficiency measures that pertain to the home shell (Insulation, Windows, Sealing) worth 30% of the installed cost (materials only, labor is not included in the credit basis).

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