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Asbestos Cancer

Mesothelioma Guide provides up to date information and resources for people

who have developed mesothelioma as a result of being exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos can be found in older homes and buildings and was commonly used as

a fire retardant around wires and in walls.

Is Asbestos In Your Home?

This page from the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources illustrates, graphically, just how many potential sources there are in your home for asbestos.

Naturally Occurring Asbestos

Surprisingly enough, asbestos occurs naturally around the region. Fairfax County alone has an 11 square mile area where asbestos will be an issue when you do any sort of excavation.  This site has a map showing the most concentrated areas (the orange areas).  Dig up the wrong soil and send asbestos laden dust onto an adjoining property, like a school yard for example, and you're just asking for a law suit.

Molds and Moisture

If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles & carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced.

Make sure lead safety is a part of your renovation

Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. Children six years old and younger are most susceptible to the effects of lead. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.
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