Does my House Have Asbestos?
There have been about 45,000 American deaths due to asbestos-related diseases since 1979. There are between 2000 and 3000 new cases of Mesothelioma diagnosed every year. Asbestos exposure is very serious, so the most fundamental question you probably have about it is, “Does my home have asbestos?”
The height of asbestos usage in home construction was from the 1930s through 1980. The vast majority of builders stopped using asbestos products by 1980, but homeowners should be aware that a few did continue using it into the 1980s. If you own or are considering purchasing a house build in the 1980s or earlier, there are a number of potential sources for asbestos:
- Popcorn ceiling is one of the most common asbestos laden product found in older homes.
- Homes built between 1930 and 1950 likely contain asbestos insulation.
- Homes built before 1977 often contain asbestos laden textured paints and patching compounds.
- For its fire-retardant properties, asbestos was used to line walls and floors around wood burning stoves.
- Vinyl floor tiles, older stop tops, and artificial ash found in fireplaces may also contain asbestos
This is hardly a comprehensive list of products in your home that could contain asbestos. Asbestos removal is not a DIY project. Besides the danger and difficulty associated with asbestos removal, you need a trained professional just to identify all of the potential asbestos laden products. Though generally safe if undisturbed, when products containing asbestos are damaged they becomes very dangerous to anyone exposed to them.
Remtech Environmental specializes in asbestos removal. If you suspect your home contains asbestos products, call us before you repair or renovate.