It’s well known now that exposure to asbestos can lead to a variety of health problems. One of the most serious is mesothelioma, a form of cancer that most commonly affects the lung, and many employers are now finding themselves the subject of mesothelioma compensation claims from people exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
Asbestos was also a common material used in the building of houses between the 1930s and 1990s, and as a result it’s essential that house-buyers ensure that a proper check is carried out on a prospective new home – or even an existing home prior to a renovation.
Here are some simple tips on what to look for before committing to buy:
1. Check the taps
Water is a fundamental necessity of any house. Go round your new house and check the taps for water pressure and performance. Check for discoloured water and give it a taste test.
2. Examine the hot water system
A broken hot water system can be very expensive to fix, and can therefore be the trigger for some people to sell their house. Check the system for leaks and rust and make enquiries about its last service. You don’t want to be picking up an expensive bill as soon as you move in.
3. Search for damp
Damp can be easily spotted – bubbling paint or soft walls – but also easily concealed by the buyer. It can be an exceptionally expensive thing to fix, so make sure your damp search hits every nook and cranny.
4. Look for mould
The most likely room in the house to have mould is the bathroom, and if left untreated can require the replacement of a wall or ceiling. It can’t just be painted over, so keep an eye out for it.
5. Assess asbestos risk
Some of the areas you’re likely to find asbestos in a house include the loft insulation, pipe cladding and wall panelling. It’s normally completely safe, but becomes unsafe if it is exposed. The best advice is to hire a specialist to clarify its location and assess any risk.
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