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Inspecting Older Homes

Inspecting Older Homes Anyone interested in buying a home built prior to 1980 should be aware of the following: While the materials used were standard at the time of construction, since that time some materials have been shown to be unsafe or problematic. For example, asbestos and lead paint, both commonly used throughout older homes, […]

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Asbestos and Home Inspection

Asbestos poses a serious health problem if it becomes airborne and the fibers attach themselves to the lungs. Inhaling or ingesting asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaques and lung cancer. Asbestos was a common building product and can be found throughout houses built prior to 1980 in insulation, plaster, 9” x 9” floor […]

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Lead in Older Homes

LEAD IN OLDER HOMES If you are interested in buying a home that was built prior to 1978, be aware that its interior and exterior surfaces may have lead paint, a toxic metal that can cause serious health problems if ingested or lead dust is inhaled. This hazard is of special concern if children are […]

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Radon and You

The U.S. Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Surgeon General, Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as well as health organizations including the American Lung Association, the Center of Disease Control and the American Medical Association agree that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. if you smoke and your home has high […]

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