A part of being a homeowner is making repairs on your home and in some instances, remodeling it. If you live in older home, built before the early to mid 1980s, you’ll want to make sure its asbestos-free before starting any projects. If it contains asbestos, it’s important to get it abated before any repairs or remodeling or it could end up severely impacting the health of anyone in your home.
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Where is Asbestos Located in Homes?
Prior to strict regulations enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos was used in abundance during construction projects on residential homes and commercial buildings. The most common places to find the dangerous mineral in residential homes include:
- Ceiling tiles
- Floor tiles
- Patching compound and textured paint (banned in 1977)
- Roofing shingles
- Insulation (this typically applies to homes built between 1930-1950)
- Hot water pipes
- Furnaces (both oil and coal)
- Walls and flooring surrounding wood-burning stoves
- Patching and joint compounds
If you’re unsure if asbestos is in your home, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) states that you should never touch or disturb anything, meaning: do not start home repairs or any renovation projects until you know for sure. Asbestos is the most dangerous when disturbed but generally doesn’t cause a problem when left alone. It’s the fibers in asbestos that pose the most dangerous risks. They’re microscopic, odorless, and tasteless, and can be easily inhaled or ingested unbeknownst to you.
How to Check for Asbestos
Unless you’re a certified asbestos professional, you probably won’t be able to tell if your home has asbestos or not. However, if you see pipes in your home that have grey or white insulation remnants along the fittings, that can possibly indicate asbestos. However, the remnants could also be other materials, so your safest bet is to search for a qualified asbestos inspection professional or perhaps even an environmental consulting firm.
If Your Home Has Asbestos
Keep in mind that there’s no need to panic if it’s determined that asbestos is in your home, but also remember, as previously mentioned, that you’ll need to halt any repair or renovation plans until the asbestos is abated. When home repairs and renovation projects begin, asbestos can get easily disturbed and the tiny asbestos fibers can permeate up to 75 feet, sometimes more, throughout the air.
Numerous, in-depth studies have confirmed that inhaling asbestos fibers can lead to life-threatening illnesses, such as malignant mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that’s primarily causes by asbestos fibers attacking the linings of major organs.
Tips to Remember
The following tips can help keep you safe from asbestos until a professional can inspect and abate it.
- Never drill holes or saw into any walls until you’re certain your home either doesn’t have asbestos or until it’s been abated.
- Don’t strip your waxed floors with power strippers or abrasive pads.
- Stay out of your attic, and never let your children (or anyone else) play in insulated attics.
- Don’t do repairs on old furnaces or other older appliances. Even small repair can result in disturbing asbestos.
- Before hiring an asbestos professional, the EPA recommends that make you sure they’re accredited by the state. Some states don’t require state-accreditation before becoming a professional asbestos inspector, but having that guarantee will ensure better chances of you hiring someone reputable and reliable.
- If any area of home has been damaged, limit activities in that area until you can get it inspected.
Additional Help and Resources for Asbestos Victims
If you’ve been injured by asbestos, keep in mind that there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for considerable compensation. Remember to fill out our from to get your free Financial Compensation Packet, with information on asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in your area. If you have questions or need additional assistance, contact us at 800-793-4540.