Simple Ways to Check for Asbestos in Your Home

If you have just moved in (or you are planning to move in) into an older house, there are various things you might want to have checked first.

The roof shingles, the plumbing, the electrical wiring are just some of the parts of your soon-to-be house you should check. Apart from that, signs of damage, mold or mildew infestation, as well as the presence of asbestos are also important matters you need to have inspected.

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Mold and mildew would have a huge impact on the appearance of your home – and, to make things worse, they can spread rather fast. On the other hand, asbestos can put your family’s health at risk.

If the property you would be relocating to was built before the 1990s, there’s a high possibility that asbestos was used in building some parts of your property. It’s imperative that you find out as soon as possible if there’s asbestos in your home to determine if you need to have it removed.

Asbestos, when intact, isn’t generally dangerous. However, once asbestos gets damaged and asbestos fibers get released into the air, it becomes dangerous. Asbestos inhalation can lead to fatal, mostly incurable diseases.

The best way for you to know if your property has exposed asbestos-laden parts is to call on a professional asbestos testing company to conduct a thorough inspection of your property.

Some homeowners prefer to do the testing themselves using an asbestos testing kit. But how do you know that you even need to buy an asbestos testing kit?

Luckily, there are simple signs you can look for to get a hint if your home has asbestos materials.

Aside from the year the house was constructed, you can check for any part of the home that is breaking apart. Walls, ceilings, and pipes that are crumbling or showing major signs of deterioration are just some of the red flags you should look out for.

Old vinyl flooring that has cracks in them can also be a sign that there’s asbestos in your home.

If you suspect that asbestos-filled materials were used to build your home, call an asbestos removal company immediately.