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This is a follow up to my blog post on March 25th, “Toxic Drywall Could Be Largest Lawsuit In US History!” This blog post produced record high amount of views and comments. We really tapped into a very important topic for the consumer.
The good news is that the Columbus Dispatch is reporting that it appears there is NO Chinese drywall in the Columbus, Ohio area. The Columbus Dispatch did a thorough job of interviewing new home builders, home contractors, drywall suppliers and it appears that no toxic Chinese drywall made it to the Central Ohio area.
The Bad news is that the toxic Chinese drywall is definitely in the United States. In 2005, Chinese manufacturers shipped 500 million pounds of drywall mainly to southern gulf coast states of Florida, Louisiana & Texas. Chinese drywall smells like “rotten eggs” and is being blamed for damaging furnaces and electrical wiring, tarnishing jewelry and possibly sickening families. So the potential is still there for toxic Chinese drywall to be the largest lawsuit in US history. Just be happy that it is not in our area.
Congratulations to Andrew Show for being the only Exclusive (true) Buyer Broker in the State of Ohio that has obtained the National Association of Realtors (NAR) GREEN certified designation. (NAR Green Council)
Consumer demand for real estate professionals that are GREEN knowledgeable is exploding. More home buyers are requiring their Buyer Agents to understand Green building principles and the financial advantages of properties that are energy efficient and ecologically friendly to the environment.
Again, Congratulations Andy!
The volatile, toxic nature of manufacturing “meth” makes it a very serious health issue. For every pound of methamphetamine (crank) manufactured there is six pounds of toxic waste and residue left behind. In addition to the hazardous waste concerns, the making of “crank” in a drug lab is highly susceptible to explosions and fires. Trust me, you don’t want to be living in a former drug lab home or even near a drug lab. It is not going to be very good for your safety, home appreciation or resale value.
It would definitely be nice to make sure your new home wasn’t a former drug lab for Meth. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) thinks the same way. This is why they have started the National Clandenstine Labortary Register, a great web site that will allow you to look up houses in your state that have been identified as meth labs.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is still trying to set guidelines & procedures on how to deal with drug lab homes. It seems NAR can’t figure out how to properly disclose drug homes and/or how to set standards for cleaning up drug homes. As of August 2008 NAR has no policy in place to deal with this issue.
So, take a second to review the registry to see if your new dream home was a former drug home. While your looking, you also might want to check other addresses of family members, friends, co-workers, etc. Lucky for us, it appears the higher concentration of drug homes are located in the southern states.
We’ve had reason in recent days to re-investigate the risks of radon gas to our health. We got a lot of help from Elizabeth James, radon maven. [Thanks, Liz!]
The news is not good!
Radon, you will remember, is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas—the product of decomposing uranium deep in the earth.
That can’t be good.
You’re right, it’s not.
According to the U. S. EPA online radon is a very serious threat to our health.
Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Radon is responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths every year. About 2,900 of these deaths occur among people who have never smoked. [emphasis mine, ed.]
It’s everywhere. But, mostly, it’s in your house!
A silent, invisible, odorless, tasteless, radioactive killer gas is sneaking into my home to give me cancer? R-I-G-H-T!
Sounds like another eco-maniacal greenie off the deep end doesn’t it?
(BTW, our sincerest apology to all ecologically concerned individuals whom we may have just offended. We’re just trying to drive home a point here—not make a political statement. Really.)
And there’s more bad news.
You are at a greater risk of dangerous exposure to this killer stuff here in central Ohio than most other places!
This is serious business, and you need to find out more about the risk to you and your family and what you can do about it.
Do it because there are reasonable ways to reduce exposure. Do it because you want to be here for your grandchildren. (Okay, here’s the real reason. Simon says “Do it.”)
The EPA has a free booklet available on line that provide excellent general information. There is an additional free publication that addresses the special concerns of those considering buying or selling a home.
Possibly the best source of good information about radon in the central Ohio area is our new friend Elizabeth
James at the Ohio Department of Health. (You were wondering when we were going to get back to her, didn’t you? Thanks for staying with us.)
Call Liz at 800-523-4439 and ask her some questions about this stuff. She’s an expert. Find out how serious this really is…and what you can do about it.
Go ahead call her…she’s really nice.
Tell her we said “Hi”.
You smokers with children. [You know who you are.] Stop smoking now and call Liz. Your risk is like 100 times worse! No kidding. Do it right now.
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 offers generous energy tax credits to consumers and businesses that purchase fuel efficient cars and/or energy efficient items for their home. Homeowners can receive a tax credit up to $500. Homeowners that purchase and install certain energy efficient products for their home such as; windows, exterior doors, heating and cooling systems, water heaters, storm doors, insulation, etc. (see chart for more information) prior to the end of the year will be eligible for the tax credits. The energy tax credit program is scheduled to end December 31, 2007. So HURRY up and ACT now! A tax credit is more beneficial than a tax deduction. A tax credit reduces your actual tax amount due “dollar for dollar”. A tax credit can provide substantial savings to the homeowner. Click here for more information about tax credits from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Good luck and stop procrastinating. Uncle Sam wants to give you money for going GREEN!
Another great, informative web site to check out is the Energy Star Program.