Have you ever wondered how lead can affect our body because of its toxic characteristic?
Anemia, weakness, paralysis of the wrists and ankles, constipation, are all symptoms of lead poisoning; to a great degree, it is dangerous to children because their brains are still developing. Lead can damage the brain which can result to impaired memory, delayed motor development, and crippled hearing and balance. Lead can also cause hypertension; it is very toxic and it accumulates in the body over a period of time.
Prior to 1978 lead can be found in most homes because of the lead based paint used in them; in water pipes, solder on doors and windows, in some wood surfaces of the house. Toys are not spared from this toxicity. Even today some homes still pose some dangers of this toxic material.
The LBPHRA or The Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act was passed in 1992 to mitigate the dangers of this toxic material in homes. It requires sellers to tell buyers or renters about any known lead hazards; buyers have 10 days to inspect for lead-based paint.
There are several services offered which can help home buyers make sure that they are buying a home that is free of lead poisoning. A paint inspection service can conduct an assessment and tell the homebuyer of lead or other contaminants that they find in the paint. Another option for buyers is the risk assessment service which can point out any lead exposure problem and will give recommendations on how to remove the hazard.
Another dangerous material that can harm you in your home is the asbestos. Asbestos is a component of many construction materials because it is fireproof. It is commonly found in insulation, which covers water heaters, ducts, and furnaces. It can also be used in floor tiles, linoleum floors, wallboard material, pipes and for exterior siding and roofing. Asbestos is particularly dangerous when breathed because it can cause lung disease called asbestosis and cancer. There are other problems that can be caused by asbestos when breathed as well. How asbestos can harm you is through its dust in the air especially when doing some renovation or remodeling in the home. Asbestos in construction materials when still in its new state is not harmful, but as it undergoes degradation thru time, tiny particles emit to the atmosphere as dust and this can enter your body thru the lungs by inhalation.
Lead-based paint poisoning and exposure to asbestos are environmental hazards that you must have to contend with though they are now somewhat mitigated in their severity, thanks to the concerned individuals who are always vigilant in the fight against environmental dangers. As a homebuyer or owner it is always a good idea to be aware of the dangers of all kinds of environment and home hazards.
If you are really into buying an older home, make sure that you have it tested for these two dangerous toxic materials and have the house completely decontaminated before you occupy it.
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