What Every Homeowner Needs to Know About Asbestos Containment and Removal

7 June 2016
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


Asbestos is not always understood by homeowners, many of whom may think that simply having it in the home is a danger or who may think that it's only used as an insulating material in the attic. Understanding some basics about the material and about its containment and the removal of the substance, as well as where it can be found, can be needed to ensure your home is safe for you and your family. Note a few facts about asbestos and discuss it with a removal company if it's been found in your home.

It can be found just about anywhere in the home

Asbestos has been added to many different types of compounds to give them resiliency and strength. This can include different joint compounds, grout, and the like. Asbestos is even used in the automotive industry for brake linings and other such products. Don't assume that if you've had your attic inspected for asbestos, it won't be found in other areas of the home as well.

Other materials are not always a danger, but should be inspected anyway

Asbestos is only dangerous when you breathe in its fibers. When it's added to materials like joint compound or grout, it's not likely to become loose and airborne. However, these materials can break down over time and, depending on their composition, they may release some fibers in the air. It's good to know that you're usually safe if these materials are in the home, but you may still want all areas of your house inspected if the home is very old, just to note their condition and overall risk factors. This can be especially true if the materials used for construction have not been replaced or upgraded.

Factors to consider when deciding between containment versus removal

You don't always need asbestos or asbestos-containing materials removed from your home, but note if keeping it contained might affect the property values. If you ever decide to sell your home, having asbestos may lower its overall value. Your neighbors may also assume there is a risk of their property being contaminated with loose fibers from your home's asbestos, and it may be good to consider if keeping asbestos in the home might cause some discord in the neighborhood. Consider too that containment options should be inspected regularly to ensure they're in good condition and nothing has come loose. While the decision may be yours when it comes to asbestos containment or removal, don't overlook these factors in making that decision.

For more information, contact a local company like Mendelssohn Construction.