Does Your Home Contain Asbestos?

      At one time or another, you might have run across the fear that your home might contain Asbestos. If you are living in an old home or are thinking about purchasing an older home it is important to know if Asbestos is present. It is good to protect yourself and loved ones from Asbestos.

 

 

What is Asbestos?

     Asbestos occurs naturally as a mineral substance. This substance can be made into fluffy consistencies and can take form as soft fibers, which are very flexible and very resistant to heat. Asbestos can be mixed with cloth, paper, cement, plastic, and a variety of other materials. Asbestos was very popular in older building materials because it would make them stronger. Asbestos seemed to be good at the time but it became known as a very highly toxic material.

 

How Does Asbestos Get in the Air

     If you are planning on remodeling an old home built between 1888-1977 there is a chance that Asbestos is contained in some of the building materials. When building materials containing Asbestos is disturbed it releases small microscopic Asbestos fibers into the air. It is important to have your home tested for asbestos before any remolding takes place. Asbestos was banned in 1977 so if the home was built after 1977 there should be no Asbestos present. Asbestos regulations vary from state to state.

 

Why Is Asbestos Exposure Bad?

      Being exposed to Asbestos can cause major health problems. Asbestos is known to cause lung cancer, COPD, Fibrotic Lung Disease, and other various types of cancer.

 

 

When In Doubt Have Your Home Tested

      If you have any doubts that your home contains Asbestos it is important to have it tested. AIRSAFE makes it easy to have your home tested for Asbestos. They charge a low flat rate fee per sample and the fee is the same for each sample being tested. It only takes 5 days to know the results of each sample. AIRSAFE testing kits allow you to test for Asbestos yourself. This ensures results in 5 days without having to involve anyone else in the testing process. AIRSAFE test kits are available internationally and provide peace of mind for you and your family.

 

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