Many homeowners worry about asbestos exposure within their homes. After hearing horror stories of exposure during remodels, renovations, and standard living, you might be wondering, “Is there asbestos in my home?”
We have devised a few simple questions you can ask yourself to determine how much danger asbestos poses to you and your family:
When was my home built?
Homes built before the 1990’s still contain asbestos-containing construction materials and products, today. Roofing, floor tiles, insulation, and even wiring can contain asbestos fibers. If you are planning a remodel or renovation of an older home, hiring professionals to test for asbestos and get rid of it properly will ensure safety for everyone involved.
Are any building materials breaking down or falling apart?
If asbestos-containing material is currently in good condition and contained such that fibers cannot be released, then it may not be dangerous at this time. However, the situation should be monitored for signs of asbestos deterioration and damage. Friable asbestos can be easily crumbled, reduced to a fine powder, and then become airborne for your family to breathe in. Friable asbestos is dangerous asbestos.
Am I or a family member suffering from symptoms of asbestos-related diseases?
This one is the toughest question to ask, and hardest to answer. The symptoms of asbestos-related diseases can remain dormant for years, or even decades. Many of those diagnosed with mesothelioma or asbestosis were exposed to asbestos as a child or from years of working at the same blue-collar jobs, and their symptoms are often mistaken for other respiratory issues. It could be a long time before you or a family member begins to experience symptoms that could lead to a diagnosis.
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