Sarah and her family just inherited her mother’s home. She and her family decided to leave their rental and move right in. The move went smoothly and they have now been living in the home for a few months. One morning, while enjoying her first cup of coffee, Sarah ran across an article on the internet entitled, The Health Hazards of Asbestos Exposure. The more Sarah read, the more she began to ask herself, “I wonder if my house has asbestos?” Here is what to do when you think your home has asbestos
Consider the Age of Your Home
The likelihood of your home having some asbestos if it was built before 1980 is high. Even into the late 70’s, asbestos was being used in basements around boilers and pipes. Tile floors, siding, cement sheeting and shingles all had asbestos containing materials up until the 70’s. However, loose insulation was being used until the late 80’s that contained vermiculite. This substance is very similar to asbestos and is no longer used.
I good rule of thumb is to not begin any remodeling on your home if you think it may contain asbestos. Asbestos is harmful when it becomes airborne. Demolition could break any of the sealant or substrate that was used to contain the asbestos. As a result, what was once contained and harmless now has become airborne. Once asbestos enters the lungs, there is the potential for respiratory illnesses, including cancer.
Have Your House Tested
For real peace of mind, contact the professionals at 1st Choice for asbestos testing. A thorough test of airborne asbestos is conducted. They look for problem areas where asbestos containing material may have become brittle or disturbed and help you decide what your next step should be. Above all — never attempt to remove asbestos containing materials yourself. Asbestos removal is not a DIY project. Special equipment is required and removal should always be performed by professionals.
If you have any further questions as to what to do when you think your home has asbestos, please contact the asbestos testing professionals at 1st Choice. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding keeping your home safe.