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Asbestos Inspection

See if your home is safe with an asbestos inspection

Asbestos is a mineral that was commonly used in building materials between the 1940s & 1970s because of its exceptional fire-retardant properties. This continued until the 1970s, when scientists began to realize the servere downside to asbestos. Tiny fibers in asbestos can seriously damage the lung when breathed in, causing lung diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer. Because of this, most modern building materials do not use asbestos, but there are still many older homes filled with it.

Before you panic, there is one key point to note. Asbestos is most dangerous when it is disturbed. If kept sealed in tiling or siding, it shouldn’t be a threat, at least not until said tiling or siding is somehow disturbed. A professional asbestos inspection can help you identify any asbestos before it becomes a danger.

When should I get an asbestos inspection?

  • Remodeling: If you are planning to remodel your home and it is older, then it is vital that you have an asbestos inspection. In fact, you are often required to have this inspection by law. Why? When remodeling, you are likely to disturb many older building materials, and while asbestos might be safely sealed in your tiles for now, that sealing could fail if those tiles are cut or moved, exposing you to these dangerous substances.
  • Old insulation: While most materials containing asbestos are unlikely to disintegrate if not disturbed, insulation is a different story. If you have old insulation with asbestos, it’s very easy for it to disintegrate and begin to release asbestos fibers. If you have old insulation, it is always a good idea to check just in case.
  • Concerned for the future: If you don’t have old insulation and aren’t planning a remodel, it still isn’t a bad idea to have an asbestos inspection. This will give you some much-needed peace of mind and would prepare you if you ever did decide on a remodel. That said, it should be noted that testing for asbestos requires taking samples from the building materials which will cause slight damage to parts of the home, so if your house is in good condition, then it might not be necessary.

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