Prior to being banned by the EPA in 1978, asbestos was used in many building materials used in home construction, from floor and ceiling tiles to insulation. Asbestos was a tough and inexpensive material, and while it was banned from being used in new construction, the material may remain in older homes. If your home was built before 1980 and you think it may contain asbestos, follow these steps to detect and have it removed from your home.
How Can I Tell If My Home Has Asbestos?
When you first purchased your home, you will have undergone an inspection and received paperwork with important information about the structure, such as the year it was built. If the year listed falls before 1986, contact a professional immediately to have your home inspected. Your roofing and flooring materials may also be contaminated. Flat, corrugated roofs may contain white asbestos, while large vinyl tiles from home construction or remodeling projects in the 1980s may contain traces. While cleaning your ceilings, check your light bases and vent covers for signs of asbestos. Older ceilings may have been constructed with cement sheets containing asbestos. The material was also used in pipe insulation.
What Do I Do If My Home Has Asbestos?
If you think your home may have been contaminated by asbestos, do not attempt to remove it yourself. If the suspected asbestos does not have visible wear and tear or any damage you can see, do not disturb it. If the material is jostled, fibers may fall and you may breathe it in, which can cause critical health problems. Contact a professional who will have the proper equipment to remove the asbestos without risking damage to you or your home.
Asbestos Abatement in Lawrence, Boston & Framingham, MA
If you find asbestos in your home, contact Infinity Abatement immediately. We will go to your home, identify the source of the issue and provide a free estimate for abatement and removal. Infinity Abatement can be reached by calling or texting 978-994-8734 or by filling out our online contact form.