Friday, October 30, 2009

Asbestos and your Home - Courtesy of Jamie Woodend

If you are thinking of buying a home built before the 70's chances are it
may have some asbestos in it. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was used in
construction applications for the greater part of the 20th century. Often
appearing as insulation, piping, roofing, flooring and other items asbestos
in most forms is not dangerous, it is the dust that contains deadly fibers.

Exposure to damaged airborne asbestos fibers can lead to the development of
a severe lung ailment known as mesothelioma. Diagnosis of this
asbestos-related lung illness is a difficult task due to a long latency
period and many symptoms mimicking less serious ailments.

If you locate any suspected asbestos in the home, most experts suggest
leaving it un-disturbed until a home inspector can examine your property,
take evaluations and determine the safest course of action. Sometimes the
best action is no action at all. Disturbing asbestos in good condition may
cause its fibers to be released into the air.

There are companies that can assess, survey and remove asbestos with
qualified asbestos abatement professionals. With a professional staff, they
can help determine if you have asbestos and assist you in determining the
most logical method of managing the problem- disposal or removal. Most work
under provincial and federal regulations to ensure no health concerns arise
from improper removal.

If the home you are thinking of purchasing (or currently own) contains
asbestos don't panic but make inform choices.

Jamie Woodend
Sales Representative
Remax a-b Realty Ltd Brokerage
88 Wellington Street
Stratford, Ontario, N5A 2L2
519-273-2821 ext 229 Office
519-949-0345 Cell

Ben Sage, Sales Representative. Re/Max a-b Realty Ltd., Brokerage. 519-536-7535. 521 Dundas St., Woodstock, ON

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