If your home was built before 1980, there is a chance that it might contain asbestos. While residences are far less likely to have asbestos placed inside the structure compared to offices and facilities, many asbestos-based products, such as floor and ceiling tiles, siding, pipe cement, roof shingles, flashing, and insulation, may contain asbestos.
When the items or products containing asbestos start to decay, it may release the asbestos into the atmosphere. If it is inhaled over several years, the asbestos may cause mesothelioma, a fast-moving form of cancer. Thus, its identification and removal are extremely important. Here are the top five sources of asbestos that you may find in your home:
- Floor & Ceiling Tiles
- Insulation around Pipes, Furnaces, and Ducts
- Roof Shingles
- Transit Pipes with Asbestos
If your home was built before 1980 and has not been renovated to remove asbestos, you will need to have your home tested. This is especially true if similar homes in your neighborhood tested positive for the presence of asbestos.
How to Check for Asbestos?
You cannot do a visual inspection because identifying asbestos requires lab testing. Thus, you will need to contact a professional company that specializes in the identification and safe removal of asbestos. The first step will be to do a general survey of the home while finding out information about its construction. This will help them locate where asbestos is likely to be found.
If any asbestos is discovered, it will be isolated from the rest of the home so that no more particles will enter into the air. The asbestos is then safely removed from the home, and once the air is checked, the area where the asbestos resided can be re-entered. The removal process may be short or long depending on how much asbestos is discovered.
Another concern is the condition of the asbestos when it is found in the home. If it is still wrapped and intact, there may be very little to any asbestos particles in the atmosphere. However, if the wrapping is torn or the asbestos is directly exposed, then it may be present in the home, and it will need to be removed professionally.
Why Choose Brickley Environmental?
When you consider the danger that asbestos presents to you and your family, getting it removed quickly is paramount to the protection of your health. If you suspect that your home is contaminated with asbestos, please call the professionals at Brickley Environmental. We offer the best in asbestos detection and removal services so that it is removed from your residence quickly and safely and does no more harm.