Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in rocks and soil. Asbestos is used in many building projects because it is comprised of microscopic fibers that are resistant to fire and doesn’t break down.
Until the 1970s, homes and other buildings were often built with asbestos used in insulation and other building materials. A ban was made on the product due to its highly dangerous properties: when inhaled or when people were exposed to asbestos for long periods of time, it was a leading factor in many health illnesses like mesothelioma.
Since the final ban of the 1980s, buildings are rarely built with the mineral although it is often used in the shipping industry and thousands of products are still made with asbestos as part of their composition.
Your home may contain asbestos, which can be very dangerous. Here are four signs your home may have asbestos in it and why hiring a professional to remove materials containing the mineral is best.
You Have Old Flooring Tile
If you have any older flooring tile in your home, such as your kitchen, laundry room, or basement, then it may have asbestos in it. Not all tile was created with the fire-resistant and durable material, but certain shapes of tile were. The best way to tell if you have asbestos-laden tile is to have it professionally tested by an asbestos removal expert.
You Have an Old Home
If your home was built before the 1970s or even the early 80s before the ban on asbestos was fully in effect, your home may have the material in its insulation or pipes.
Your home may be especially at risk if very few upgrades have been made on it since it was originally built. Upgrades such as expanding rooms, replacing the roof, or redoing the interior insulation may have reduced your current asbestos risk, but there may be parts of the material still existing in your home.
You can inquire about the history of your home by visiting your local city hall. There you can gain access to any building permits or remodels that have been listed on your home.
To know if your asbestos risk is still high, you should have a professional asbestos removal expert do a test on different areas of your home. If levels of asbestos are found, you will need to follow the instructions and guidance of the removal expert, which can include evacuating your home until it is safe to enter again.
You Have Older Attic Insulation
Some insulation commonly used in attics contains vermiculite that may be contaminated with asbestos. If your attic insulation has not been replaced or you have simply had new insulation sprayed over the old, you may have an asbestos problem. Since asbestos cannot be seen with the naked eye nor smelled, you will not know for sure if you have contaminated attic insulation unless you have it professionally tested.
Why You Should Hire a Professional Asbestos Removal Expert
Asbestos is highly dangerous when exposed to, and can get inside your body via your nasal cavities or your mouth. Its fibers have been linked to lung cancer and mesothelioma, as well as other breathing issues. You should never expose yourself to an asbestos-ridden area by attempting to discover the odorless material yourself.
A professional asbestos removal expert will restrict and secure areas of your home while they perform the testing and removal process, thus reducing any chance of exposure.
Depending on how severe your asbestos problem may be, there is a strong likelihood you will be asked to evacuate your home until the removal process is complete. For all your asbestos questions and concerns, trust our team of experts at Kascon LLC to assist you in keeping your home safe.