Asbestos has been used for centuries in different materials, including construction. Asbestos insulation is one of the most commonly found asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos fibers are not only strong but also fire-resistant and easily bondable. This made asbestos perfect for products like insulation. Unfortunately, we are still seeing older, remodeled, and even newer homes with asbestos insulation. Below we will discuss asbestos insulation further so that you can be more knowledgeable on the dangerous fiber.
Older and Remodeled Homes
Older properties are likely to contain asbestos in many parts of the construction. If you own an older home, it is important that you look into having an asbestos inspection or test completed on the property. Remodeled homes are trickier, as many of the asbestos-containing materials were most likely removed during remodeling. One of the main areas not usually remodeled is the insulation of the home. Insulation is usually kept, meaning your newly remodeled home may still have asbestos insulation and be a danger to you and your family. If you own a home, it is always essential to have it checked for asbestos-containing materials.
While there are laws and regulations on asbestos, we are still finding construction products that contain asbestos. Even trace amounts of asbestos can cause devastating illnesses such as cancer. If your newer home was never tested for asbestos, now is the time. Your new home could have asbestos in the insulation, as well as other areas of the property.
Asbestos testing is a thorough test that is only completed by licensed and certified asbestos abatement professionals. To ensure the safety of your family, have an asbestos inspection and test completed. This test will show you if there is any asbestos on the property. If there is, you can plan to have it removed before anyone is exposed to asbestos fibers.