If you buy a home, you may be questioning whether or not you want to undergo asbestos testing. This article will provide several different factors that you should consider when entertaining the idea of having your home tested for asbestos.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a material that was commonly used in insulating homes and office buildings up until the 1970’s when it was determined to have carcinogen properties when inhaled. Asbestos was lauded for its cheap cost and the high quality of its material as an insulate and was commonly used up until its ill health effects were noted. Asbestos is damaging when inhaled and generally it is kept behind walls. However, during construction or renovations it is dislodged in the air and, if inhaled, can lead to lung cancer.
When should you have your home inspected for Asbestos?
It is best to use a common sense approach to handling asbestos. If your home is built after asbestos was banned by the federal government, then you probably do not need to be concerned with it. However, if your home is dated to a period when asbestos was currently used then you should consider if the home was previously tested. If you are moving into a home and have no history, it is a good idea to ask the old home owner and have them sign a form verifying that it was tested and is asbestos free. If they hired a firm to remove asbestos then it is a good idea to get a copy of this report.
In addition, if you are having any sort of construction done in your home, and in particular removing drywall that makes your insulation exposed to the home interior, then it is likely a good time to have this asbestos testing done in your home.