Asbestos can be present in older buildings, from the vinyl floors to the popcorn ceilings. Due to its ubiquitous use, many buildings built before the 1990s may contain asbestos. Many asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in homes are in places that pose no immediate danger – they may have even been discovered before and left in place or encapsulated. However, while having asbestos in your home is always a risk, below are the times you are at the biggest danger of exposure, and when testing makes the most sense.
Before You Move In: Home Inspection
Before you move into a new home, you’ve hopefully had a home inspection of the place. Most home inspectors know when investigating a home built before the 1990s to check for possible ACMs. If they do find something they think is possibly an asbestos product, make sure to get it tested.
Home Improvement: Testing Before Renovations
Planning on a new kitchen, hardwood flooring, or finally finishing that attic or basement? This is the time asbestos can rear its head, putting both you and your contractors at risk. Get suspect materials checked (check out our floor-by-floor breakdown of ACMs) ahead of time. Check out our blog, Finding Hazardous Building Materials While Renovating for more information on asbestos and other hazardous materials.
Property Damage: After an Accident or Disaster
Whether from man-made or mother nature, if parts of your home are damaged due to an accident or disaster, you’re looking at debris removal, renovations, or even demolition (see below). Asbestos can be released during the damage or materials weakened causing asbestos to start to get into the air. Learn more about the risks of asbestos exposure during building damage here.
Hazard to the Community: Before Demolitions
If you have a building that is going to be the site of a partial or full demolition, it’s important to have your building inspected first. If the ACM is above a certain threshold (usually above 35 cubic feet of ACM that could become friable during demolition), you have to have the asbestos removed first. Our blog, Avoiding Asbestos Hazards When Demolishing a Building, has more details.
It’s time to put your fears to rest and get your building tested for asbestos. Fiber Control, Inc. specializes in the procedures for dealing with asbestos and other hazardous materials. If you’re in Massachusetts or New Hampshire and need asbestos inspection and abatement, we can help. Contact us today.