People ask us all the time, “How do I know if my house has asbestos?”. First things first, don’t panic. Asbestos is only harmful when it becomes airborne, or in our industry terms, when it is “friable” asbestos. Asbestos in roof tiles, shingles, siding, floor tiles, insulation, around pipes and fireplaces, as well as boilers will not be harmful as long as the material isn’t disturbed.
How Do I Check For Asbestos In My Home?
Generally speaking, you can’t determine wether or not you have asbestos in your home by
visually inspecting it. The best way to find out if the material contains asbestos fibers is to have them tested by a lab. If you think that there is asbestos in your home, please get it tested. Give us a call at 480-568-8228 for a recommendation on an asbestos testing company.
What Do I Do If I Find Asbestos In My House?
It really depends on where the asbestos is found. If the asbestos is friable, that means that it can easily be crushed into a powder and become airborne, it is more of a serious threat. If the asbestos containing material is non-friable, or the material is bound to another material in a way that makes it difficult to become airborne, then it is less of a threat.
If the asbestos containing materials are in a good condition, and not in major traffic areas, then the need to get the asbestos removed may not be as urgent. But, if the ACM (asbestos
containing materials) are in a bad condition, friable, and in a heavy traffic area, we would
suggest getting it removed as soon as possible.
There are some situations where it may be better to encapsulate, or seal asbestos rather then remove it. For example, if there is simply a tear in insulation surrounding a pipe, and the surrounding insulation is in good shape, we can seal the tear with an encapsulant spray, a lag cloth, or bridging encapsulation.
While it is possible for a homeowner to remove their own asbestos, their are certain risks
involved. When you remove asbestos, the contaminated area needs to be sealed off, and
monitored for the safety of the workers, and the inhabitants of the building. Please give us a call at 480-568-8228 if we can help you remove asbestos from home.