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Does the age of my home increase or decrease the possible environmental problems it may contain?

The age of a structure can be a major factor in the possible environmental hazards you may encounter there. It can make you exposure chances lessened or it can increase them - It’s really dependent on the type of exposure you’re talking about.

Mold - Mold development is actually more likely to be present in a newer structure. These have tighter air flow restriction (for energy savings) and the materials used today allow more rapid mold growth than those used 50 years ago. Today’s structures are being built with more “composite” materials (particle boards, OSB decking, etc.). The process used in manufacturing these composite materials actually makes it easier for mold to take hold on them. The materials are partially digested in the manufacturing process and it also provides minuscule crags and crannies for it to take hold.

The real concern for control of mold is moisture. It’s the only part of mold development that we can control. Construction methods and materials used today can not be changed. Without moisture elevations there would be no fear of mold growth. So - The easiest way to control mold is to control moisture elevations. If you find a leak - deal with it promptly, dry the whetted materials quickly and completely, and you shouldn’t have to worry about mold growth. A 24 hour delay can mean the difference between a mold growth situation - or a simple drying situation. If you’re not sure of how to proceed - Call Westlife. We will be happy to help you prevent mold growth.

Asbestos - Asbestos is more likely to be present in an older home - usually built after WWII, when the asbestos industry was looking for a replacement market after war production was curtailed - BUT it can be present in a structure built now. Yes - I said NOW! When the asbestos regulations went into effect asbestos was NOT banned (as most people think). Asbestos was simply REGULATED. Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) can be and ARE in many new buildings built today! That means that a building owner needs to be aware of the location, amount and condition of ACMs that are present in their building. EPA also regulates how and where disposal of asbestos is to be performed, and by whom. There are some exclusions for dealing with asbestos that are only available to a homeowner - if you want to know these exclusions - call Westlife.

Lead Paint - US lead regulations went into effect in the late 1970’s. Since that time the use of Lead Paint has been banned (unlike asbestos). The most likely buildings to contain lead paint contamination are those built prior to 1978, but those built close to that time could also be contaminated, because of use of old stocks of paint. Lead paints can be dangerous, especially for growing children. It affects their ability to process thoughts, accumulates in their growing bones, and can affect them for their entire life - once its effects take hold in their bodies.

Many different contractors now fall under the EPA Lead Safe regulations (painters, electricians, plumbers, etc.), that were not regulated before 2010. If you’re having any work done in your home that may allow lead dust to be released and introduced into your interior air - make sure the contractor you’re using is Certified Lead Safe before they begin work.

The amount of lead dust, equivalent to the volume contained in a single packet of Sweet ‘N Low, evenly spread over a 1200 sq ft home, is enough to affect a child adversely. Don’t take chances with your child’s health - or your own health. Be Lead Safe!

Westlife is there for you when you need solid, scientific, or regulatory advice. It’s our specialty, and our duty to our clients to provide the most complete and comprehensive information on their environmental concerns that our industry can provide. Sometimes this changes, as today’s environmental industry is always working on newer and better way to protect our clients. Westlife is on top of these changes and will always provide you with the most up to date information available.

Give Westlife a call when you have environmental concerns. We can help advise you on the best way to proceed with them.

Westlife offers free phone consultations.

The only cost to you could simply be the cost of a call.

Isn’t your family’s health worth it?

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