If you are a homeowner, the idea that your home may be at risk for asbestos can be both troubling and scary. Not only does this contaminant present a hazard to everyone living in your house, but if the threat proves to be true, you will not be able to sell your home until it has been dealt with appropriately. A potential buyer is not going to want to take over a property that has this type of hazard attached to it.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a type of mineral that is made up of bundles of natural fibers. It was used in construction and manufacturing as a fire-retardant material and was added to insulation, roofing materials, shingles, panels, pipes and ducts in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The production of materials containing asbestos was banned in 1978 in the U.S., but the use of these materials was allowed until it was used up by builders and installers, which was up to approximately 1986.
It can still be found in homes, buildings and products manufactured before the ban was issued, unless the asbestos was specifically removed.
Where You May Find Asbestos In Your Home
Asbestos was used in a number of building materials used to manufacture older homes, such as:
- Insulation around older-model furnaces and wood-burning stoves
- Material used for insulation in walls and attics (installed up to 1990)
- Paint and wall-patching compounds used up to 1977
- Siding, shingles and roofing materials
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Ashes or embers on logs used in gas fireplaces
When The Risk For Asbestos Becomes A Problem
The asbestos may not present an immediate health threat. This substance is usually not harmful when exposure is limited to small amounts, and many people are exposed to low levels of asbestos without realizing it.
However, when it’s is disturbed, such as during a remodel or renovation, it will cause a dangerous issue for you and your family. Even with no renovation, an aging home that’s built before 1986, due to brittle materials, will also increase the risk of it being released. The best way to find out whether you need to be concerned about asbestos levels in your home is to be proactive and have your home tested for.
Asbestos Removal In Atlanta
If you do discover that your home is contaminated, contact the experts at XSI Disaster Services for assistance. We are your first choice for asbestos removal in Atlanta. With a team of fully trained and certified professionals ready to help you, we will remove and dispose of the asbestos from your home safely.
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