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Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can separate into very fine fibers. The fibers are heat-resistant and extremely durable, and, because of these qualities, asbestos has become very useful in construction.
However, Asbestos can cause diseases.
Carbon Monoxide and Smoke
Carbon Monoxide is an invisible and almost odorless gas given off in combustion. It can be accompanied with smoke.
Owners must provide carbon dioxide and smoke detectors whenever selling or renting a residence.
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that contains lead. Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.
Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting, buying, or renovating pre-1978 housing.
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided.
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems.
You can't see radon. And you can't smell it or taste it. But Radon may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That's because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today.
Fuel oil tanks were usually buried in the ground next to the home. After a few decades corrosion can cause leaks in oil tanks and lines. If a leak is detected the tank and all contaminated soil around it must be removed before a property can be sold.
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