The regulations behind how homes are built and designed have changed over the years, taking into account things that weren’t previously thought through. It is especially important to learn these things, and how they will affect your home today. If you live in an older home, or are looking to build a new home, learn how these changes will impact your living situation. Those living in homes prior to some regulations may want to consider making specific upgrades to make their homes safer, or more efficient.
Mining of asbestos goes back thousands of years, long before the damaging effects were discovered. It wasn’t until the 1800s that it was mined on a large scale. It was during this time that the material was used in homes as a source of insulation often put on the ceiling.
It wasn’t until the early 1900s that a death was attributed to asbestos. Early deaths related to the lungs were linked back to the mineral. Although these discoveries had been made, the companies mining asbestos tried their best to keep it from the general public.
Until the mid-1980s, asbestos was used as insulation and a protection for roofs against fire in homes. When the truth about its damaging effects became more widespread, it became banned from use. If your house plans were built before this time, have an inspector look for asbestos, and get the problem taken care of immediately.
Windows are one of the most important things for your home. Not only is it an issue of safety in case of an emergency situation, but they are pleasant, and better for adding light to the home. If your home is older than a couple of decades, your windows are most likely single pane, very thin. Even though you aren’t required to have a double pane window, the advantages are all there. You can create a more energy efficient home through making this simple change.
The windows in the basement are a huge issue. To have a bedroom downstairs, an egress window is required, one that is big enough to escape through. This regulation has been changed for safety purposes in case of a fire. During a remodel, consider enlarging your old house’s windows to make this possible.
Today we all know how toxic lead paint can be. If you are living in a home that was built prior to 1977, make sure to get it checked for the possibility of lead paint. It wasn’t until this point that it was banned in the United States.
It wasn’t just the structure of homes that were using lead paint, but toys, furniture, and other objects. If you do live in a home that was built before the regulation went into effect, there are rules put into place as of 2010 that dictate how the problem should be taken care of. Follow the EPA regulations for these tasks.
There are many changes that have been made to regulations for your home. Make sure that wherever you are living, it is a safe environment. Learn why certain regulations were made, and how they will protect you and your family from a homeowner’s worst case situations.