What You Need to Know About Remodeling a House With Asbestos
Many of the homes in America were built early on, and individuals are purchasing them for home remodeling purposes. Online resources have made DIY projects a regular occurrence in households, but when dealing with an older building, you might be up against asbestos, which can be toxic If not removed properly.
Asbestos was once commonly used as an insulation material, and it was not until many years later that it was shown to cause cancer, so it is essential to understand key factors when dealing with this product. Here is more information from your experts at LBR Partners!
Chances Are Your Home Already Has It
Unless you have a brand new home, it is very possible that there is asbestos in different areas of the structure. This material was commonly used in house siding insulation, support beams, floor tiles, roof shingles, and drywall due to its fire-resistant nature and affordability.
To help with identification, it will generally be white or gray, and occasionally blue in color and may look like a plaster or cement sheeting. Be mindful that moving asbestos slightly can disturb it, and even the smallest fiber can cause potential health issues.
A few things to keep in mind if you suspect you have asbestos in your home:
- Leave any of the suspected materials alone and undamaged
- Avoid the material as much as possible
- Do not dust or vacuum debris that has asbestos
- Do not try to level or sand asbestos flooring
Asbestos Testing Is Crucial
Before doing any home renovations, if you suspect there is asbestos, you need to find a specialist who can gather samples that will be tested. If it is in your home, you do not want to remove the asbestos yourself, because it can be hazardous to your health. It is recommended that you create a plan for the removal safely with a professional company.
Choose a Professional for Asbestos Removal
DIY is great if you understand all the rules and regulations around safety and proper removal, but because each state has EPA regulations, this might be too much to take on yourself.
Hiring professional remodelers ensures that any materials that might contain asbestos are removed from your home safely during the renovation process, so you do not have to worry about the health of your household.
LBR Partners: Professional and Locally Owned Home Remodelers
Asbestos can be a potentially dangerous material to encounter without the proper training, so you want to ensure you take all the appropriate steps for any project, such as a master bathroom renovation.
Finding a qualified and experienced company to help you with these projects is essential, and whether you are looking for a kitchen upgrade or a basement finishing transition, LBR Partners is here to help.
We are a husband and wife team who understands the logistics to create a streamlined look our clients love, so contact us online or give us a call at 763-432-3908 today.