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July 31, 2009 – (RealEstateRama) — The path to home ownership is a fast paced reality that is renowned to be one of the great American traditions. It is also one that will require additional responsibilities. In many instances, newly bought homes may need to be renovated or repaired. This can be a problem because older homes can still possess obsolete methods of construction that if disturbed, can release toxins into the air.

The state of Oklahoma is no stranger to asbestos problems. Many industries that utilized electricity, fire and corrosive materials had great use for asbestos. Potential home buyers in Oklahoma or those remodeling older homes should be aware that homes constructed prior to 1980 can still contain asbestos. Not only are there green alternatives to asbestos, but they can even save you money!

As a real estate worker or homeowner, you should be aware that exposure to asbestos is easily prevented by taking simple precautions. If any suspected asbestos is located, the best thing to do is leave it alone as disturbing it could cause its fibers to become airborne. The frequent inhalation of asbestos fibers can cause a rare, but severe form of asbestos lung cancer known as mesothelioma.

The amount of asbestos-related incidents in the last few decades has lead to mesothelioma attorneys advocating victim rights around the U.S. The negligence involved with the asbestos scandal has been one of greed and dishonesty. Manufacturers of asbestos were aware of its toxic qualities, but repressed this information from the public.

It is recommended for home owners or remodelers to hire professional inspectors who can determine the legitimacy of danger if any asbestos materials are present. If removal is deemed necessary, it must be performed by a licensed abatement contractor who is licensed in dealing with hazardous materials. Once the removal is completed, homeowners must seek out eco-friendly options as insulation replacements.

With public initiatives and technology increasing, there are many alternatives to old building materials. These recycled building materials include the use of lcynene, cotton fiber and cellulose. Cotton fiber is made from recycled batted material and treated to be fireproof. Research suggests that the use of recycled building materials can reduce energy costs in the home up to 25 percent annually. Not only will these asbestos alternatives reduce energy costs, they allow a lifestyle that promotes a clean, free of health damaging materials.

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