Asbestos may not be the first thing you think of during a home improvement project, but it should be at the top of your list. This dangerous substance can be lurking in almost any room in your home and can cause long-term damage to your health.
What Is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a mineral made of heat-resistant fibers. For many years, manufacturers used this substance in building materials because it is such a good insulator. Adding this chemical to cloth and cement and other materials made them much stronger.
Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?
When asbestos-containing materials are disturbed or damaged, they can release those strong, heat-resistant fibers, and people nearby may inhale them. According to the EPA, you may increase your risk of lung disease, including mesothelioma, if you are exposed.
Home repairs and remodels are common causes of asbestos exposure.
Where Might I Find Asbestos?
- Homes Built Before 1980
- Floor Tiles
- Popcorn Ceilings
- Pipes Wrapped In Insulation
Should I Hire A Professional To Test My Home?
Asbestos is hard to identify visually. It can look like tiny fuzzy bits of cloth in plastic or cement, but it is hard to verify its existence without professional testing. Although there are kits that allow you to collect your own samples, there’s always a chance you may unintentionally disturb the area while sampling and release fibers into the air. Why risk it?
What If The Pro Finds Asbestos In My Home?
Sometimes the asbestos-containing area can simply be sealed or covered up. Other situations require the removal of the problem materials. A professional can tell you which option is best for you and help you develop a remediation plan that includes re-testing after your cleanup contractor is finished.
Professional Asbestos Testing In Monterey
Give yourself the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you or your contractor completed your remodel or repair safely. Don’t risk your health and your future. We can help you identify existing issues with asbestos in your home or business. Contact us at M3 Environmental in Monterey to schedule testing today.