What Hidden Dangers are Lurking in Your Older Home?

What Hidden Dangers are Lurking in Your Older Home?
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    When you buy a home that is a few decades old, you have to be aware that there are some dangers lurking beneath the surface.

    It's one of the main reasons why you should have an inspection before you buy an old home.


However, what if you don’t buy it? Whether you’ve been living in the home for 50 years or you’ve inherited it, you have to know what dangers may be present.

While you can choose to have a state-certified inspector come in at any time, it’s also a good idea to be in the know of what may be present. It will allow you to operate with care whenever you do a renovation or take on a DIY project.


Asbestos was a popular building material throughout the 1960s and 1970s because it allowed homes to be more resistant to fire. However, when asbestos becomes airborne, it can lead to accumulating in your lungs.

That’s when you’re more likely to develop mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. At Asbestos.Net, there is a lot of information to help you with the diagnosis and to learn more about asbestos in your home.

Depending on the materials used in construction, asbestos can be found in insulation, floor tiles, siding, and more.


Lead paint was used to paint homes – and if your home was built before 1960, there’s a good chance that you have lead paint in some part of your home. It’s when there are chipping and friction issues that you have to worry about.

It can result in lead poisoning. This is when you have to look at hiring a professional who understands the problems with lead paint to not only test your home but also helps you with its removal.

Faulty Wiring

You have more power demands now than homes were intended to have when they were built in the 1950s and 19650s. When an electrical system is put to the test, it can result in electrical fires.

Additionally, wires may be frayed or incorrectly grounded. If you have noticed that your circuit breakers trip frequently or your lights flicker often, it may be that your electrical system needs to be updated.

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New Building Codes

There are some other things that you might want to think about, too. Building codes change from time to time. You may have old circuit breakers, insufficient GFCI outlets, and more.

Certain materials are no longer used because enough research has shown that they can be dangerous. This means that you’ll want to slowly make improvements and replacements.

Periodically, you’ll want to have electricians, plumbers, and other professionals out to your home. Have them conduct a full investigation to determine if you’re up to code.

Then, establish a plan to ensure you have done everything that is necessary to be fully compliant.

other valuable tips:

Once you know about the dangers inside your home, it’s easier to take action. Asbestos, lead, faulty wiring, and other issues could be hiding.

Your home may have good bones, so address the issues and move forward. It will be what will allow you to continue loving your home for decades to come.

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