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5 Environmental Hazards Found on Properties

When buying a new home or property it is best to know what you are getting into before the papers are finalized. Knowing what factors to look for on the property is key when it comes to a new piece of land or a new home. There are several environmental hazards that can be lurking on your land and you are not even aware of it. Being diligent in your research and learning about the property before you sign can save you time and money in the long run.

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While there are several potential environmental hazards that can be lurking nearby, here are a few to get you started. Make sure to check with your real estate agent, the land records and any complaints filed about the area to be sure you have done your due diligence. Make sure to take the time to truly investigate your property before you move in. This will be well worth it if you find a potential problem beforehand. Take a look at some problems that may be lurking and how they can affect you.

Ground Water Contamination

Make sure you know where your water is coming from and the potential it has to be contaminated. Check the surrounding area for runoff and possible pollution zones. If the groundwater is contaminated it can cause illness in your family when you drink it. You may want to test the water samples in the home or around the property to insure your water is safe and secure. You can also talk with your local water department to see what areas they know of that have possible contamination problems.

Hazardous Waste Problems

Unfortunately not everyone practices safe waste disposal procedures. This can lead to hazardous waste materials being on your property. When there are possible dump sites on your land it can lead to a lot of problems. You could have contamination get into your water or it could draw unwanted pests to your home area. Make sure to check the land and area around the home to insure no waste has been disposed of on the property.

Asbestos

While it is not used now like before, asbestos can still be lurking in some older homes and properties. This material was once used to help insulate and fireproof buildings and homes. This means it could still be lurking on your property or potential home you wish to purchase. This material has been known to cause cancer or respiratory illness. It can be very dangerous to people that are around it for any lengths of time. Some products have been banned but not all have so there may be some in your home still. It’s best to have it checked and phased out if there is asbestos in the home.

Lead

This is another hazard that could be lurking in your home. Depending on the last time it was painted, you could have lead based paint or items in your potential home. This can cause major health problems with lead poisoning if you are not careful. Be sure to check your home and the area around your home for possible lead contamination areas.

These are just a few of the potential environmental hazards that can wreak havoc on you and your family’s health. Be sure to check thoroughly before buying a property or moving into a new home. There are others to be concerned with as well. Check your property records to make sure that there are no complaints or warnings about the area. Be sure to ask questions and have your concerns cleared up before moving in. You will save yourself a lot of problems in the long run.

Make sure to use all your environmental data resources to insure your home is safe and secure to live in. Being proactive in learning about your home and future property can save you time and money in the long run.

 

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