Your basement or attic could have hazardous materials without you knowing. Asbestos is commonly found in these areas, and rodents love to make nests in basements and attics. Below, we will discuss the hazards of asbestos in insulation, as well as rodents in the home.
Insulation and Asbestos
Homes that were built before the late 1980s are known to have asbestos in the insulation. Unfortunately, we are still seeing newer homes with asbestos in the insulation. Asbestos is very hazardous, especially in insulation, as older insulation breaks down, it can cause asbestos fibers to enter your home and expose everyone inside. If you have never had your home tested for asbestos, it should be tested, as the only way to know if there is asbestos in your insulation, is through an asbestos test.
Rodents are always looking for the perfect place to nest and live. Homes are a paradise for rodents, as it contains warmth, food, and water. If rodents enter your home, they will stay until they are professionally removed. Rodents will eat your food and leave infected urine and feces behind. Rodents are quick and can easily contaminate your entire home. They also use anything for nests, meaning they could use your insulation. If that insulation contains asbestos, the rodents could release asbestos fibers into your home.
As you can see, rodents and asbestos are both a serious problem, but combined, they can wreak havoc on your home and health. If your home has never been tested for asbestos, now is a perfect time. If you hear scratching or clawing noises at night, hire someone to check for rodents. A licensed hazardous materials removal company should only remove a rodent infestation and asbestos. Asbestos can cause cancer and even death. Rodents can cause illnesses such as viruses. Be smart and have your home checked.