Almost every homeowner makes renovations to their home over time, what’s the big deal about minor renovations; why would renovations be deadly to the occupants?
One word ASBESTOS!
Most homes built between 1950 and the mid 1980’s were built with asbestos containing materials.
Asbestos containing materials used in construction during those years included:
Drywall compound (mud), textured (Popcorn) ceilings, insulation, siding, flooring, fire proofing, and pipe insulation to mention a few.
In other words, some older homes are like living in an asbestos box.
Don’t panic, surprisingly asbestos is not that much of a threat, as it’s only dangerous when it’s airborne.
So you could live in an asbestos filled home your whole life, and never suffer a serious life threatening exposure; because left undisturbed the fibers don’t become airborne.
Asbestos is a fibrous material that when disturbed can become airborne, the microscopic fibers have very sharp ends and edges; and when inhaled, irritate and scar the mesothelial layer of your lungs, which can lead to Mesothelioma a deadly form of lung cancer.
So what do I do?
DON’T DISTURB IT
If your home was built between 1950 and 1990 there is likely some asbestos in your home. Don’t start any kind of renovation before having the materials tested by a qualified lab, you may need an asbestos remediation company to safely remove and properly bag the hazardous waste, into bags that meet required standards.
If you decide to do it yourself, make sure to educate yourself as you could be creating a bigger problem by spreading the asbestos containing materials, and or exposing occupants to this health time bomb.
Once the materials have been properly bagged comes the next problem, finding somewhere to legally dispose of this regulated hazardous material.
You will also need to hire an asbestos disposal company to transport and safely dispose of the asbestos.
Protect yourself, don’t let your next renovation slowly sicken and kill you and your family.