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Asbestos is a naturally occurring group of fibrous minerals once widely used in insulation and other building materials. Although it is now banned due to its carcinogens and adverse health effects, many older properties still have asbestos-containing materials (ACMs). Exposure can cause serious health issues, so it’s essential to test for and mitigate asbestos in the home if you suspect it’s a problem.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a group of minerals composed of thin fibers that are strong, heat-resistant, and resistant to chemical damage. These properties make asbestos ideal for use as insulation or fireproofing materials. Unfortunately, when these fibers are inhaled or ingested, they can cause serious health problems such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.

Where in the Home Can Asbestos Be Found?

Asbestos may be in many places around the home, including insulation material, ceiling tiles, floor tiles, heating systems, shingles, siding, drywall joint compounds, patching compounds, and more. Older homes built before 1980 are more likely to have ACMs than newer houses. The EPA banned most of these products in 1989.

How to Test for Asbestos in the Home

If you suspect that your home contains ACMs, there are DIY kits available that allow you to take samples and send them off for testing. However, it’s best to hire a professional to test for these materials because they are trained to collect samples properly without risking contamination or exposure. Furthermore, the results from a professional test will be more reliable than a DIY kit.

Hire a Professional to Mitigate Asbestos in the Home

It’s essential to hire a professional to remove asbestos-containing materials from your home. They know how to do so safely and effectively. Additionally, some states require homeowners to hire licensed professionals if they renovate a property containing asbestos. Research local laws before attempting any work involving asbestos on your own.

Given the potential health risks associated with exposure to asbestos, it’s crucial to know if there are any ACMs in your home (and how best to deal with them) before you begin renovation projects or repairs. Testing for asbestos should always be conducted by a professional who knows how to collect samples safely and efficiently without increasing the risk of exposure.

Hire licensed professionals to mitigate asbestos-containing materials because they know how to properly remove and dispose of the waste. Educating yourself about the dangers of asbestos will help keep your family and property safe.

M&T Inspection Services offers inspection services, including asbestos sampling, in Indianapolis. Contact us to request an appointment.