If you own an older home or building, chances are good that asbestos was used in it when it was built, and might have even been used in later renovations. Asbestos is a mineral that was popular as a building material for decades in the U.S. up until the 1980s, largely because of its resistance to fire. However, it was later found that fibers that can slough off from asbestos can cause serious lung diseases. The material was banned for use in the U.S., and there are rules about remodeling properties that contain it. Here are some things you should know about asbestos in your home.
Asbestos was most likely used in floor and ceiling tiles and in insulation. If you plan to do a renovation to your home or business building, you will want to know if you have asbestos present. Hiring an inspector that specializes in asbestos inspections will help you to make sure to know if asbestos is present.
If you do have asbestos present in the areas being remodeled, then it is best to hire a licensed contractor who specializes in asbestos removal and remediation. Such a contractor will first remove asbestos before disturbing the area to help cut down on the risk that any of it will cause a hazard. Having to have asbestos removed will add time and money to your project, but it is necessary for the safety of the people living or working in a building as well as the workers doing the renovation.
The good news is that asbestos is usually not a hazard just being present in a building. So as long as you do not disturb the areas containing asbestos or they are not damaged, there is little or no risk of you inhaling asbestos fibers and getting sick.
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