Asbestos is known for its ability to go undetected. We cannot see the small fiber and symptoms take decades to show themselves, so it is hard to tell if your home contains this hazardous mineral. It is also almost impossible to know if you have been exposed until it is too late. Specialized testing should be completed on all homes, as it is always possible that there are trace amounts of fibers. Your basement and attic are usually overlooked when it comes to most types of maintenance and remodels, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t asbestos lurking about.
Basements can contain asbestos in several different areas. Your basement is a very common place to have asbestos-containing materials. Below are some of the more common places that should be checked.
• Wire Coatings
These are areas that should not be disturbed until an asbestos test is completed.
Attics can be full of asbestos. When we check for asbestos, the attic is one of the more common places to find asbestos. Your attic contains many materials that are known to contain asbestos. Some of the items include:
• Flooring and Tile
• Pipe Coverings
• Fireproofing Materials
If you have never had your home tested for asbestos, now is the time. It is important that you never try to do a remodel or remove any materials until an asbestos test has been completed. This type of test is very thorough, as the entire home is checked for asbestos-containing materials. If your home does contain asbestos, it will need to be removed by a certified asbestos removal company. It would be best if you never attempted to remove asbestos from your home, as the fibers are tiny and can cling to clothing and move through the area, exposing everyone in your household. Professional asbestos removal companies have suits and equipment to remove asbestos safely.