Neighborhood Environmental Reports
Whether you are buying or selling a home—or both—you are likely to have a thorough home inspection before you make any decisions. Most people are familiar with termites, lead paint and wet basements. But what about “environmental hazards”?
Developed exclusively for home buyers and sellers, the EDR Neighborhood Environmental Report™ identifies potential environmental risks such as leaking underground tanks, landfills and toxic waste sites on or near a property that may threaten a family’s health or the value of their investment. It is generated from the largest collection of local, state and federal hazard records in the U.S. by the country’s most trusted source of environmental risk information.
Also includes a Flood Zone Map! View a Sample report here.
The term “asbestos” has been given to six naturally occurring mineral fibers that have been used for commercial purposes. It can be found in hundreds of countries on just about every continent. These very fine fibers are separable, hundreds of times thinner than human hairs, and too small to be seen with the naked eye.
Why is Asbestos Used?
The mineral’s innate resistance to heat and fire is what has made asbestos so valuable in both industrial and domestic products. Another valuable feature is its reluctance to conduct electricity. The fibers are fine, flexible and can be spun into thread and woven into cloth that is flameproof, difficult to tear, and carries excellent insulation properties. It is virtually indestructible by heat, salt water, corrosive chemicals (especially alkalies), and any chemical or biological process. The fibers mix well into other materials, such as asphalt or cement, and make such products stronger, more flexible, and fire-retardant. They do not dissolve or evaporate with water, which makes the light fibers easy to mix.
Why is asbestos so Dangerous?
The fact that asbestos is composed of readily separated fibers is what contributes to the easy inhalation and ingestion of asbestos. The shape of these fibers reacts negatively with human tissue and biological processes. When inhaled or swallowed, these fibers can become lodged in the tissues of the linings of organs, most commonly the lungs and digestive system. Over time, the lodged fibers cause inflammation and cellular damage, which can eventually lead to a variety of terminal diseases.There is a lot to be said for having the peace of mind that comes with knowing a property is free from any potential environmental hazards. A check for such hazards protects your family’s health, as well as your investment. As a result, today there is a growing demand by consumers for more in-depth information about environmental conditions in and around a home.
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