As we’ve talked about in previous blogs, such as Buying a Home Built Before 1990? It May Contain Asbestos, the rules around asbestos regulation in private homes is murky, with the need for inspection and abatement largely left up to the individual. This can lead to heated debates when the home is sold for the health hazards it poses to the new buyers. What isn’t murky is the laws surrounding asbestos in schools. Acts such as AHERA law down strict guidelines for schools to follow, and allow the EPA to enforce them with civil suits and fines. [Read more…] about The Federal Regulations for Asbestos in School Buildings
Asbestos has had a long and complicated relationship with construction in the US. Not only in its use in everything from fire-retardant blankets to vinyl flooring, but in how it’s regulated in the United States. These factors, combined with poor record keeping from homeowners, real estate, and home renovation contractors means that it’s always uncertain when buying an older home if there’s asbestos or not. In this blog, we’re going to look at the contributing factors to this problem. [Read more…] about Buying a Home Built Before 1990? It May Contain Asbestos
When it comes to older homes prior to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s 1977 ban on the use of lead paints in residential properties and public buildings, they may contain lead paint. While not inherently dangerous, if this lead paint flakes or is chipped off and consumed (or exposed during renovations) it can cause significant health issues, especially in developing children. But why iss there lead in paint in the first place? [Read more…] about Lead Remediation: Why Is There Lead in Paint?