Is Asbestos Lurking in Your Home?
Most homeowners live blissfully unaware for decades not knowing that asbestos is present in their homes. Often, and unfortunately, asbestos is only discovered after a beloved family member falls victim to one of dozens of asbestos-related conditions.
Asbestos is found in many different areas of the home and in many different materials. Asbestos may reside within flooring, troweled-on plaster walls and ceilings, roofing, siding, and insulation of your home. Pre-1980 homes and buildings are more likely to harbor asbestos, but newer homes are not necessarily guaranteed an asbestos-free environment. Prior to demolition or renovation of older structures, it is prudent to have a qualified asbestos inspection to determine the absence or presence of asbestos containing building materials (ACBM’s) or presumed asbestos containing materials (PACM’s).
Because of its high health risk and its pervasive use in older home construction, the American Lung Association strongly recommends contracting asbestos-certified professionals to inspect, gather, and test samples. This ensures that you and your family will minimize your exposure to this harmful substance. If you suspect asbestos in your home, it’s important that you chose a competent and certified asbestos professional to identify and design a safe and responsible action plan. Additionally, the EPA recommends hiring an asbestos inspection contractor who is independent of the contractor who will perform any asbestos remediation work. This will protect you, the homeowner, from unnecessary work being performed.
Call ESA to speak to a Certified Asbestos Building Inspector. ESA’s chief inspector has more than 30 years of experience conducting asbestos building inspections and surveys. Our asbestos inspectors can help you identify asbestos hazards before they become a liability.