We are going to talk about the threat of hazardous building material you might do not realize can affect your health.
1. Asbestos material
Asbestos is one of the standard material that used in old houses. Asbestos is a name of the silicate fiber mineral. The asbestos name is derived from its use in the light of the wick. Due to its ability as fire-resistant, asbestos has been used in many applications.
However, the inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to various diseases, including cancer. For that reason, most of the asbestos utilization has been banned in many countries.
Asbestos is a fragile material, and it’s easy to crumble and spread into the air. It becomes highly dangerous once we inhale the fibers. Many old houses utilized the equipment as part of the building construction, such as the insulation ducting, in the ceiling, and within the wall coverings.
Although seemingly trivial, BEWARE! Asbestos can be harmful to your health and all the people around you and the surrounding environment.
2. The humidity caused by the water will be a problem
It will cause the emergence of mold, moss, and bacteria. The dampness behind the wall or components made of wood often requires you to do a major overhaul and replace the parts made of wood that has rotted and termite-infested.
Remember, it’s quite difficult to detect how severe the parts of an old house that have been infiltrated by termites. And as long as there are termites in your wooden house component, the risk of premature weathering will still be there. A termite is like a time bomb for your old house.
3. The lead material is kind of heavy metal elements which become particular interest due to its poisonous factor to humans.
Lead (Pb) can enter the body through the consumption of food, drink, air, water, and contaminated dust Pb. There are two sources of potentially dangerous poisoning area in older homes, such as the installation of pipes and paint interior and exterior.
In the era before the 1940s most commonly used metal pipes made of lead, and then replaced with galvanized pipe. However, even after using galvanized pipe, it still contained lead. Lead is also commonly used as one of the materials for (solder) copper connector until the mid-1980s, then replaced with tin which has a lower melting point. While as paint on the interior/exterior, though often not recognized as one of the old house renovation problems, the potential danger lies in the possibility of lead flake or powder paint is ingested by a child. Sanding the walls of the old house was at risk of spreading lead dust into the air and contaminated the surrounding soil and environment.
4. Septic tank.
The homeowner of an old house may not know what surprises are waiting for him on the ground until the excavation process conducted. Besides, old wells, septic tanks or sewage holding tank, you might found a basement room under your old house. Perhaps, it used for hiding or some warehouse. Beware! It’s because the basement might have become home to numerous reptiles or insects.
That is the information about the hazardous material that might be laying around within your property. Hopefully, this article can give you useful knowledge and insight about the dangerous material.