Pay It Forward!!! Connecticut Green Alternatives & Asbestos Prevention

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Dagny's Real Estate

Please Pay It Forward!!

I attended Rain Camp all day yesterday --  WHAT AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF GREAT INFORMATION!   Well Done!!   I enjoyed every minute!   

Rain Camp is an event run by the Active Rain (it's a real estate site) group. It's focus yesterday was on the new social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) and how to use them to our benefit. I certainly learned a lot, but also know how much I do not know...... I NEED another Rain Camp tomorrow!

I returned home on the shuttle (first time - I'll admit I was nervous...) from Grand Central, and then the Metro-North train (first time for me- we always drive in) to find a request for me to send out a blog.  The train rides turned out to be quite alright, a little crowded, and I never got lost.

I received an email from a fellow named Paul James at the Mesothelioma Center for the Connecticut Department of Public Health.  He is the National Awareness Coordinator (paul@asbestos.com), and was asking me to please pass on this information about asbestos in our homes in my blogs.   He had read my blogs, and said he thought that if I would put this information into my blog, it would be spread to a greater number of the viewing public.  That is just what they had been discussing at the event yesterday.

An absolutely wonderful opportunity to pass on some important and relevant information.

As we get further and further away from the era when asbestos was used more frequently, fewer and fewer new home owners are aware of the dangers hidden in asbestos.   So many of the homes around us contain asbestos, in popcorn ceilings, insulation, heating systems, siding, roofing, linoleum, and many more areas we never think of.    So many people just change the flooring without realizing that they are ripping up asbestos, and then just  take it to the dump - another NO-NO!   There are ways and places to dispose of asbestos.  If you suspect that your home may have asbestos, and you would like to remove it, please take care of the environment for our children, and DO IT PROPERLY!   Just send an email to Paul (above) and he will guide you.

 

So, in hopes that you will take the time to read this through, and hopefully even pay it forward to some friends, I am writing this into a blog for all to share.

PAY  IT  FORWARD!!!

 

 Connecticut Green Alternatives & Asbestos PreventionAsbestos in your home

 

Located in the Northeastern part of the United States, Connecticut is one of the top states to call home.   The path to purchasing a home is one of the more exciting and rewarding times in one’s life, but it is also one that can bring additional responsibilities into play.    Many older homes may need inspections, renovations and additional repairs. With several things on the agenda, having the assistance of a reliable and honest Connecticut real estate agent will make this process easy and stress free.    

Unaware to many home buyers, many homes built prior to 1980 may still contain obsolete building materials such as asbestos that can potentially cause severe health risks.    Building or remodeling your homes with eco-friendly materials can lower utility and water bills, achieve federal tax credits, higher real estate value, purer air quality, reduced waste sent to landfills and conservation of natural resources.

Asbestos

Asbestos is the name given for a group of fibrous minerals that were mined for their qualities as fire resistant, insulation and high durability.    Asbestos may still appear in roof shingles, dry wall, attic insulation, popcorn ceilings, joint compounds and electrical wires.  It’s flame resistant and durable qualities made it an ideal choice for many industries. Homes built before 1980 may still contain asbestos materials.   There are now many eco-sustainable options that make the use of asbestos obsolete.

Tips & Important Info

If any asbestos is located in your home, the best thing to do is leave it un-disturbed until a home inspector can determine the best course of action.    In many situations, the best action is no action.    Asbestos that is disturbed or damaged due to age is known as “friable” asbestos.    This is a concern because its toxic fibers can easily circulate and become inhaled.    The removal of asbestos must be performed by licensed abatement contractors who are trained in handling dangerous materials.

Although asbestos exposure does not always lead a related illness, long term inhalation of its fibers can cause a rare but severe ailment known as malignant mesothelioma.    Asbestos-related illnesses may not appear until 20 to 50 years after exposure, which makes mesothelioma diagnosis even more difficult.

The removal of asbestos must be performed by licensed abatement contractors who are trained in handling dangerous materials.    They work under state and federal regulations to ensure no health concerns arise from improper removal.

Green Building

The Connecticut Department of Public Health is committed to protecting the public from asbestos-containing materials by educating and assisting with asbestos removal, transport and disposal.     The removal of hazardous substances must be performed by professional abatement contractors who are trained in these matters.     Eco-friendly options must be considered when the removal is complete.

Green building is the consequence of a design that will increase energy efficiency, water and have a direct impact on your health and the environment.       By building green, you will immediately see the multitude of positive health, economic and environmental benefits, such as: conserving natural resources, energy sustainability, increased property value and improve your quality of life.

Environmentally safe alternatives to asbestos include the use of cotton fiber, lycnene and cellulose.     Cotton fiber is quickly becoming a favorite for home builders and renovators.     Made from recycled batted material, it is also treated to be fireproof.     Research has demonstrated that the use of eco-friendly insulation alternatives can reduce annual energy costs by 25 percent.     There is no need for any products used in construction to be made from asbestos, yet over 3,000 work and home-based materials still contain this toxin.

Connecticut Green Alternatives & Asbestos Prevention

http://localism.com/neighbor/dagnyeason 

Please take the time to pay it forward!!!

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Renee L. Norton
Birmingham, AL

Thanks for the post.  I wasn't aware of the presence of asbestos in all of the areas you listed.

Jan 13, 2010 10:19 PM #1
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Renee L. Norton
Birmingham, AL

Thanks for the post.  I wasn't aware of the presence of asbestos in all of the areas you listed.

Jan 13, 2010 10:20 PM #2
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Renee L. Norton
Birmingham, AL

Thanks for the post.  I wasn't aware of the presence of asbestos in all of the areas you listed.

Jan 13, 2010 10:20 PM #3
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Dagny Eason
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Renee - When you really check out the picture, - it's amazing, isn't it?  Thanks for checking in!

Jan 13, 2010 10:57 PM #4
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Melinda (Mel) Peterson
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Dagny - the picture is a great tutorial and very helpful in identifying sources of asbestos.

Jan 13, 2010 11:02 PM #5
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Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
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Hi Dagny -- Good information to publish. I routinely show homes 60-90 years old and we run into this issue quite a bit.  I routinely see friable asbestos, lead dust on sills, and other issues.  Radon is also an issue in Northeast Ohio, so there are many things a buyer needs to consider and potentially mitigate the risk.

Jan 16, 2010 11:40 PM #6
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Dagny Eason
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Thanks Melinda-  It is a great source, I agree....  easy to show clients

Chris - we have the same out here in the Northeast - lots of older homes, as you can well imagine, some dating back into the early 1700's, and most with asbestos.

Jan 17, 2010 07:21 AM #7
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Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester

Hi Dagny, this is great information. I am glad that you put this out. I am bookmarking your post for future referene.

I wish I was able to join the Active Rain boot camp too. Hopefully they will do it again and I can attend.

Jan 18, 2010 09:06 PM #8
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Bill Carroll
The Hamptons Edge Real Estate Co. - Westhampton, NY
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Hi Dagny, I like the way you immediately were able to incorporate what we learned into something so useful.

Jan 19, 2010 07:35 AM #9
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Patricia Kennedy
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Dagny, we see so much of the stuff in this area.  There are lots of old houses that have been renovated over the years when it was used a lot.  My old place had a bunch on the basement floor tile before we had it removed.  Can't be too careful, and when in doubt, get it tested.

Jan 19, 2010 06:29 PM #10
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Jane Peters
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There you go, see how this thing called Active Rain works.  And what a chance to do some good and have people recognize you at the same time.

Jan 21, 2010 11:17 PM #11
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Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
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Birgit-  hanks for checking in....  love to meet you sometime - we're so close!   Thanks for your comments!

 Bill - I saw you were also at the Rain Camp - sorry that I didn't get to meet you!  maybe next time!

Patricia - What a great honor to have a comment from you!  That was so great to see you up on stage with such great insight!  

Jane - Thanks!  It is fun, and i think I have perhaps started a little addiction.....   Hope your rains aren't too awful out there!   Our daughter's in Manhattan Beach ....

Jan 22, 2010 12:05 AM #12
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Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester

Dagny, indeed - would love to meet you!

I have created a new Group of Active Rain - "Realtors and Home Stagers Information Exhange" and would like to add your blog post there as I think this is also an important topic Home Stagers should be aware of. Would you mind if I re-blogged it - or if you would like to post it there - that would be even better.

Thanks much!

 

Jan 22, 2010 07:47 AM #13
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Dagny Eason
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Thanks!   I just added it - what a great place to reblog it!  And, thanks for the suggestion to post it there, and join.

Jan 22, 2010 09:09 AM #14
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Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester

Thanks Dagny for posting your blog entry on the new Realtors and Home Stagers Information Exchange Group. It is such a great post and important topic we all need to be aware of!!!

Welcome on board of the Group!

Jan 22, 2010 09:34 PM #15
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Welcome to the rain...we haven't had a camp here...hope we do...blog on...learn lots...share much...enjoy !

Jan 24, 2010 07:21 AM #16
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That's the first asbestos map I've seen that actually includes car brake linings!

Feb 01, 2010 11:50 AM #17
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Sally and david - Thanks for checking in!    Yes, Rain Camp was awesome!  I took notes for a friend who couldn't come, and it ended up being 25 pages!

Russell, - yes, brake linings???   and gaskets?????

Feb 01, 2010 04:20 PM #18
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Dagny Eason
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Sally and david - Thanks for checking in!    Yes, Rain Camp was awesome!  I took notes for a friend who couldn't come, and it ended up being 25 pages!

Russell, - yes, brake linings???   and gaskets?????

Feb 01, 2010 04:22 PM #19
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