Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in construction materials for many years due to its fire-resistant properties. Unfortunately, exposure to asbestos fibers can cause serious health problems, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, and asbestosis. For this reason, it is essential that proper asbestos safety protocols are followed when working on older homes that may contain asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).

Identifying Asbestos-Containing Materials

Before any work is done on an older home, it is important to identify if there are any ACMs present. This can be done by hiring a professional asbestos inspector or by taking a sample of the material and having it tested at an accredited laboratory. Common ACMs found in older homes include:

It is important to note that ACMs are not always easy to identify by sight alone, and many materials that were commonly used in older homes may contain asbestos. Therefore, it is best to err on the side of caution and assume that any material that was installed prior to the 1980s may contain asbestos.

Proper Asbestos Safety Precautions

If ACMs are identified in an older home, it is important to take proper safety precautions before any work is done. This includes:

Asbestos Safety for Homeowners

If you are a homeowner who is planning to do some work on an older home that may contain asbestos, there are some important safety precautions that you should take: