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Question for real estate owners: Would you Mr. and Mrs. Buyer purchase a home with asbestos that is "friable" or not properly wrapped on pipes?
I am not really sure that seller's in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, and other Hampton Roads communities understand the potential danger and "fear" that buyers may have when considering homes that have asbestos especially those where it has deteriorated and become potentially "airborne".
"Friable Asbestos" can be defined as: When asbestos is crushed it disperses a dusting of microscopic fibers in the air that can remain for very long periods of time. These fibers can be unknowingly inhaled and permanently lodged in lung and other body tissues, yet symptoms might not appear for 20 years or more. Inhaling the fibers has been linked to cancer and asbestosis, a chronic lung disease similar in symptoms to emphysema. Unfortunately there is no known safe level of exposure, which is why asbestos remains a concern today.
As a new real estate homeowner or potential seller, it is not likely that you are acquainted with the inner materials of a home.
However, most Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, and Hampton Roads buyers seek an updated home inspection before closing on a new property.
It is important to reassure buyers that the home is safe and does not contain any potential health hazards. These inspections are critical to clearing hurdles down the road that may slow the sale of property.
One of the most common surprises new homeowners and sellers confront is asbestos in older structures.
Indeed, asbestos containing materials (ACMs) are now banned for use in the United States but many older buildings still contain these products, which are generally safe, but homeowners should be aware of where they are and when they become hazardous.
Asbestos was included in thousands of construction products and still exists in nearly 80% of homes built prior to 1978.
Common asbestos materials include attic insulation, ceiling tiles, and pipe lining.
Asbestos was particularly adept at insulation and prevention of temperature transfer and was used extensively until adverse health effects began to manifest in those who worked with the material frequently.
It is only when asbestos containing materials are compromised or very old that they become hazardous.
Asbestos products under these conditions are rendered “friable.” Home inspection companies should be able to identify these circumstances and advise you on a course of action. When asbestos material is friable, asbestos fibers can be released into the air, potentially endangering those in the area.
Inhaled asbestos fibers lodge in the body’s inner tissue and have been conclusively linked to the rare cancer, mesothelioma, commonly referred to as asbestos cancer, in addition to many other respiratory disorders.
There are few options for mesothelioma treatment or curative therapies for other conditions caused by sustained asbestos exposures. Homeowners need to be aware of potential hazards that may exist so they may be able to avoid potentially harmful effects of hazardous asbestos.
Again, most asbestos containing materials will not pose an immediate hazard and an informed buyer will not be turned off by their presence if they’re reassured of their safety by a professional opinion.
These simple precautions can be taken to assure that both sides know that they and their families will be happy and healthy in their new home.
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.