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Monday, June 18, 2018  

Environmental Concerns

In real estate today, several environmental issues are the concerns of potential investors, developers, lenders, and homeowners. A lack of understanding can be intimidating and frightening, and may result in substantial risk to many different parties. Below are explanations of predominating environmental issues, and links to organizations that can provide you with the information you need to make healthy, confident decisions in your real estate transactions.


Mainstream Environmental Concerns

Asbestos Electromagnetic Fields Lead-based Paint Mold (Black Mold) Methyl Tertia-Butyl Ether Polychlorinated Biphenyls Radon Gas Underground Storage Tanks


Mold reproduces by airborne spores which can cause allergic reactions in some people, especially asthmatics. Warm, dark, moist areas are optimal for mold growth, and can be found in places like bathrooms and basements.

Black mold (stachybotrys chartarum) is a green-black mold that occurs in areas where there is a high concentration of cellulose. These areas can include the paper backing of insulation, drywall and sheet rock, and even wood where moisture or seepage may collect.

The ultimate solution to prevent mold in homes is to control moisture. Repair items such as faulty plumbing, siding or roofing materials that may be allowing entry. After this has been addressed one should begin to address removal.

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