Does Your Old House Harbor Asbestos?
Older houses offer a certain charm that new homes often lack. They don’t feature the cookie cutter design that residences in new construction tracts have but boast a unique, distinctive appearance. Many people often think that older construction methods were better than modern-day building practices. However, if your dream home is an older house, built prior to 1980, there is significant chance that it may contain asbestos.
Building materials in older houses often harbor dangerous asbestos-filled materials. It is not uncommon to find asbestos in older floor tiles, roof shingles, flooring, ceiling tiles, siding, insulation, pipe cement, and joint compound used in sheet rock. Asbestos that is not disturbed does not pose a health hazard, but during renovations the dust of the asbestos material becomes airborne. If the home’s ceilings contain asbestos, the simple oscillating movements of a ceiling fan is frequently enough to make particles of asbestos airborne. Once in the air, humans can readily inhale the asbestos-laden dust.
Asbestos has been shown to cause lung cancers such as mesothelioma. A lung condition known as ‘asbestosis’ may also arise from long-term exposure. Frequently, symptoms of asbestos exposure do not readily materialize, but may not occur for 20 or 30 years. After such a long duration, it is often hard for the person to tell where his asbestos exposure occurred if he has lived in numerous older homes or worked in a field such as shipbuilding which put many at risk for asbestos ingestion.
If your dream home might have asbestos, you will need to have a home inspector look over the residence thoroughly to determine if anything in the house might hold the potential of carrying asbestos. If asbestos is found in the home, you will need to have asbestos abatement performed by a professional. At Construction 911, we can help you learn more about asbestos abatement. Please contact us with any questions.