As a home inspector, one of the most common questions I'm asked is about Asbestos identification and removal.
Ever since the word Mesothelioma became a house-hold word, the fear factor has risen exponentially. What many people fail to understand is that the majority of asbestos-related cancers are due to exposure in factories that manufacture asbestos products or employees who install it. Few experience its ill effects at home.
There are however three main areas of concern in a home:
Floor Tiles Attic Insulation Pipe Insulation
Identification Tips: Asbestos floor tiles tend to be around 8" square. Asbestos insulation looks and feels granular. Asbestos wrap appears white.
Asbestos in a home only becomes a health risk when it becomes damaged, which releases the microscopic fibers that can be inhaled.
The best advice we give homeowners is if the asbestos is intact, leave it alone. If it is damaged, have an asbestos specialist repair it or remove it entirely.
Remember, asbestos need not be a grave concern, but if you'd like to rid it from your home, have a company certified to handle it for you.