We see it all of the time: homeowners updating their houses with beautiful remodeling projects. But what happens when those projects become fatal situations? Many people do not stop to think that asbestos might be present in those old materials they are disturbing during renovations. Exposure to asbestos can lead to deadly diseases, like asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma.
Homeowners should be sure to have their homes professionally tested for asbestos before attempting to disturb any materials that might contain the substance. This includes:
- roof shingles
- vermiculite attic insulation
- ceiling tiles
- and more…
In some cases, asbestos-containing materials are in good condition, and are not friable – meaning easily crumbled or breaking down. Some homeowners choose to seal asbestos flooring or ceilings that are not deteriorating, but the only permanent solution to asbestos in the home is removal by a professional abatement team.
Many homeowners are not trained to properly handle or dispose of asbestos-containing materials. If friable asbestos fibers become airborne, they can be breathed or ingested by you and/or your family, which can lead to serious illnesses.