Homes built before the 1980s could expose homeowners, their families and others to asbestos possibly hiding in cement, floor tiles, insulation, walls and pipes. Our Guide to Asbestos in the Home can help protect you and others from exposure.
In the 21st century home renovations have become popular, many homeowners are knocking down ceilings and walls, and tearing out floor tiles etc. But in their efforts to upgrade their older homes, they might unknowingly be contaminating the air they breathe with toxic asbestos fibres.
Our Guide to Asbestos in the Home offers information about asbestos, its dangers, what to do if you suspect it’s in your home, the dos and don’ts when handling asbestos!
Is Asbestos in your house Dangerous?
Well, Yes! When residential construction products made with asbestos are damaged, those fibres become airborne which means they can be a danger do anyone who inhales! If this is left for years, people may develop a cancer known as mesothelioma.
Where can it be found in your house?
Asbestos can be found In areas such as: Cement, textured paint, roof shingles, pipes, ceiling and floor tiles, spray on insulation.
Common exposure scenarios:
Attic Renovation, Brake Dust, Drilling in a wall, Removing Floor Tiles, Ceiling Removal, Cutting insulation on pipes.
What Can I Do About Asbestos when it’s in my Home?
If you find something in your home that you suspect may be asbestos, leave it alone and don’t touch! Limit access to the area is advised until a professional can confirm.
Do’s and Don’ts:
If you own an older home, take every precaution to avoid damaging materials that may contain asbestos.
- Don’t saw, scrape, drill materials.
- Don’t sweep, hoover dust debris that may contain asbestos.
- Don’t perform any work on or near asbestos.
- Don’t dispose of asbestos materials with normal waste
- Avoid any contact with asbestos
- Only hire professionals for removal and major repair.
- Take every precaution not to damage any materials that may contain asbestos