Hiring a professional to take care of asbestos in your home is the only way to ensure that you do not expose yourself or your family to deadly asbestos fibers. Many homeowners run into asbestos in the process of buying an older home, or during a remodel or renovation to a home they have lived in for years.
Ultimately, houses built before 1980 have been constructed with asbestos materials, so hiring a trained professional to remove that asbestos is good idea. Contact your regional Environmental Protection Agency office, your local health department, and the Better Business Bureau, for a list of professionals in your area.
The EPA also recommends that the asbestos professional who performs the abatement work be independent from the contractor who initially inspects your home for asbestos contamination. This helps ensure that only the necessary work is done.