Terre Haute Real Estate Lawyers Discuss Toxins in Homes

by Staff | May 8th, 2015

Contaminated Homes

Buying or renting a new home can be an exciting time in a person’s life; however, that excitement can quickly be extinguished if toxins contaminate the home. Our Terre Haute real estate lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to tell you about a couple of the most dangerous contaminants that can be found in a home and what you can do to reduce your risk of exposure

Mold

There are countless strains of fungus that may be growing in a home at any given time, but exposure to one particular type—mold—could put a resident’s health at risk. Respiratory diseases and infections can occur as a result of breathing in mold, as can immune system suppression.

Controlling moisture in your home is one of the best ways to prevent mold growth. This can be achieved by sealing areas in the home that may be exposed to water. Running a dehumidifier in high-moisture areas of a home may also be beneficial.

Methamphetamine Chemicals

Indiana was second in the nation last year when it came to methamphetamine laboratory seizures. Many of these drug manufacturing operations are set up in homes and the chemicals that are used to make the drug can linger for months—even years.

According to the Indianapolis Star, the laws regarding disclosure that methamphetamine was made or used in a home are broad, so it’s crucial that you have any potential new home tested for the presence of the drug or its derivatives.

Use Precaution

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’ve seen the effects exposure to toxic substances in a home can have on an individual. When buying or renting a home, you have a right to know about any problems with the property, such as the presence of mold or dangerous chemicals. Our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers hope this information can help keep you and your loved ones safe.

 

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