Anyone who suspects their home may be contaminated with loose-fill asbestos insulation will often worry and then panic. After all, it is one of the most dangerous forms of asbestos and, if found, does need to be removed.
Before you begin worrying about what to do if your home is contaminated with loose-fill asbestos insulation, however, first you need to find out if it is. Once you know that, you can then decide what to do about it.
Testing your home for loose-fill asbestos insulation — Arranging for testing is the first thing you should do.
In most areas of the world, there are local companies that specialize in testing for asbestos, and most of them can come to your home and do the testing for you within just a couple of days of hiring them. You can also buy your own at-home testing kit, and take the samples yourself if you like.
How do you receive the results? — Whether you decide to pay someone to test your home for loose-fill asbestos insulation, or test yourself, the end result is the same.
The samples that are taken will be sent to a lab that will test them for asbestos. Most labs are able to complete their analysis in just 24 hours, so you will usually receive the results extremely quickly.
What should you do if the results are positive? — If you do discover your home does have loose-fill asbestos insulation in its ceilings, floors and walls, the testing company will talk to you about your options.
In most cases, safe removal of the asbestos can be carried out in just a couple of days. The worst case scenario is that there is so much asbestos in your home, the only thing to be done is to have it demolished. The latter, however, is a rare occurrence.