WARNING: Does Your North Georgia Mountain Home Contain Asbestos?

The Mountain Life Team Blogger January 27, 2009

Are you taking the necessary precautions when purchasing a North Georgia Mountain Home built before 1980. With the rise of Foreclosures especially in the Blairsville Georgia area that seem to have more homes built during this time than say Blue Ridge or Ellijay Georgia, Buyer’s need to be more aware of the dangers of Asbestos.

Asbestos Removal and Greener Alternatives

AsbestosThere are many things to consider when remodeling or purchasing an older home. Homes built before 1980 have the strong likelihood of containing 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. If you are interested in saving money, remodeling and improving your carbon footprint, here is some information to get you on the right track.Used in millions of homes throughout the last quarter of the 20th century, asbestos insulation can become a real dilemma for homeowners due to causing a variety of health problems, including Peritoneal Mesothelioma and Malignant Mesothelioma. These types of cancer take the lives of thousands each year. Non-regulated asbestos material can be legally performed by homeowners, regular contractors, or licensed asbestos abatement contractors as long as the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) are not violated. Asbestos removal in public facilities, homes and workplaces must be undertaken by a licensed asbestos abatement contractor. Once the removal is complete, green insulation options should be given serious consideration, such as: Cellulose, Cotton Fiber and Lcynene.

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC), in a study conducted in 2003, estimated a savings of $50-$65 per square foot for well-constructed green buildings in the U.S. (see table below) during that year. The numbers continue to improve as more eco-friendly options become available, and those kinds of figures have finally begun to attract those who thought eco-friendly construction was just a bunch of hogwash.If you have any questions that you would like for me to help with, please Contact Me or you can give me a call at 706.633.8186 and I will be glad to discuss any concerns you may have. This is a very serious matter and I hope that you will be wise in your decisions when purchasing a home, and I would be grateful for the opportunity to advise you when purchasing a home here in beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

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