Purchasing a new home is one of the major milestones in your life. Purchasing a home is a big deal and can be very exciting, but after all of the inspections are completed, and before you sign the final papers, you should think about a couple things. Below Colorado Hazardous Environmental will discuss asbestos and lead paint testing to ensure you start your new home out on the right foot!
Asbestos is still being found in new homes throughout the United States. While asbestos is not completely banned, it does have tight regulations, but some imported materials contain asbestos. If you are purchasing a newer home, you should still have an asbestos test completed. These tests are very comprehensive and will determine if your home contains asbestos. You should have the test completed before purchasing the home, as if the home does have asbestos, you can work with the seller to remove the asbestos before the final purchase. Asbestos abatement can be a bit costly, so it is important to have the abatement taken care of by the seller or the price adjusted to accommodate the removal.
Surprisingly, there is still lead paint in homes. We are finding lead paint in both older and newer homes in the United States. While lead paint is not a huge problem, it can cause major health problems for children, the elderly, and pregnant women. If you are planning to have any of the above in your home, you should have a lead paint test completed. This is a quick test and can provide you with peace of mind down the road. While lead paint removal is not as costly or dangerous as asbestos, you should still have the testing completed before you sign the final papers for your new home.
Above are two items that are usually forgotten when inspections are completed. We want you to be aware of the dangers and ensure the safety of your family. Two simple tests can save you from a life of illnesses.