Asbestos has long been known to be tied with mesothelioma, a rare but deadly cancer that spurs the development of tumors on linings surrounding vital organs. Asbestos, while not used in construction today, is still known to exist inside numerous older homes. Although not dangerous in a non-agitated state, it remains somewhat worrisome to know that your home can still contain dangerous fibers which can be dispersed into the air during sloppy renovation projects or accidents such as fires.
Typically, we find asbestos wrapped around pipes or duct work when opening or removing walls. Sometimes older floor or ceiling tiles or other building materials can contain Asbestos. If you are concerned that your home may contain Asbestos, testing is fairly easy and inexpensive at local labs. The results only take a few days to report and then you know what you are dealing with.
Special steps are taken during an abatement to completely eliminate the possibility of Asbestos fibers being released into the air. These fibers are difficult to detect as they are microscopic and are not accompanied by any particular taste or smell. The potential dangers in the removal process mean that this is in no way a DIY job. You need to hire a company that specializes in Asbestos abatement and disposal.
Removing Asbestos and properly disposing of it is not inexpensive but if it brings peace of mind to you and your family, it is well worth the exercise. Once removed by a reputable company, you will get a certificate of abatement to show that the material has been removed, which can also help you in the future when it comes time to sell your home.