The house I purchased last year (in which I live) has a greenhouse attached
to its South side. Since the house was used, I hired an inspector come out
before I decided to buy it.
The external wall of the house (internal of the greenhouse) has asbestos
plates. The inspector said this is fine and I needen't worry about it.
However, my girlfriend is telling me she gets headaches when she is out in
the greenhouse working on plants, and today she said she wasn't feeling well
when we were both out there (that she was having breathing problems). I was
fine, but I don't spend as much time in there as she does.
The venitlation in the greenhouse isn't that great (I need to do some
rewiring for the exhaust fan and the top windows that should open).
Should I be worried about these asbestos plates? There is one in particular
that looks like it had a thick screw going into it at one point, and when
(the screw was) removed caused some cracking. I know with asbetos in general
there is no problem unless the plates are cracked and dust is released and
inhaled. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have included a link to 2
pictures I took for better reference on what I'm talking about.
She obviously has allergies to mold, or plants, or whats in the dirt,
or is affected by chemicals in the greenhouse. Is it a gravel floor
maybe pesticide or something non harmfull was spilled. The asbestos is
not the problem. Ventilation is.
What you have is a very common asbestos siding that has been used for many
years. It won't cause headaches. The only danger is if you cut it or break
it and inhale the fine dust from it.
Good chance she is exposed to some sort of chemicals used for the plants.
Insecticides, fertilizers, etc will give off some fumes. Not to mention the
plants themselves and all the mold spores and stuff.
Before working out there she should probably run a fan for a few minutes to
get a couple of air changes.
Kinch, you aren't much of a chemist or physician. She could be affected
by heat/humidity (less oxygen), pollen, chemicals. At this time of year,
there probably isn't a gas heater working to heat the greenhouse, but...
I was at a friend's house once, with 7 other people (four adults, four
children). The moment I entered the house my eyes started to burn.
Have not experienced anything like it, before or since. Nobody else was
bothered. It didn't let up until we went home, and we had discussed all
kinds of possibilities. It felt like someone had sprayed vinegar in my
eyes. Next day, at work, I mentioned it to one of the maintenance
supervisors. He said they have a cracked thingamajigger on their gas
furnace. I called friend and told her. She called gas company. Gas
company checked the furnace and would not let her back in the house
because the CO level was too high. My parents told me when I was a kid
that I was "too sensitive". Must be part canary :o)
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