When to Test for Asbestos

4Asbestos is a known cancer causing substance that was banned as a construction material in home and commercial buildings once it’s nature became known. Until then, however, it was an insulation material that was widely used in homes and buildings due to its highly efficient insulation properties and its ability to be a cheap and efficient solution for home heating and cooling issues.

Getting Rid of Asbestos

Most homes and buildings do not have asbestos in them due to the long term ban on the substance and due to the fact that most homeowners would be sufficiently concerned to have it removed. Asbestos is cancerous when inhaled and since insulation is commonly behind your walls the risk is muted unless your walls are removed in construction or a hole appears in your walls. Asbestos is removed by professionals who are trained in the process of removing the substance and can certify that your home is asbestos free as a result.

When Should You Have Asbestos Removed

If you are aware that your home has asbestos you should have it removed as soon as possible. The health risk is simply too significant to risk the well being of your family and loved ones with its presence. However you may not know about whether or not there is asbestos in your home and that is a major concern. Having your home tested can be expensive but should be done in the following circumstances. When you first move into a new home you should consider having the home inspected for asbestos if the home was first build at a time period in which asbestos was commonly used and the sellers can’t provide an inspection certificate. If you are having construction done and your insulation is visible it may be a good time for an asbestos test at low cost to you.

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