If you find asbestos you have to remove it! Or maybe not? Sometimes leaving the asbestos alone is actually the best thing. Even if asbestos is in your home, this is usually NOT a serious problem. The mere presence of asbestos in a home or a building is not hazardous. The danger is that asbestos materials may become damaged over time. Damaged asbestos may release asbestos fibers into the air and become a health hazard. You may need to have a professional come and do a ‘survey’ to determine the presence and condition of ACM [asbestos containing material] in your home. After that you may need remediation, however THE BEST THING TO DO WITH ASBESTOS MATERIAL IN GOOD CONDITION IS TO LEAVE IT ALONE! Disturbing it may create a health hazard where none existed before. 1
Homes built between 1930 and 1950 may also have asbestos in the Attic and wall insulation known as vermiculite.
In the US, most homes built in the 80’s are most likely asbestos free however there is never any guarantee…. and though an asbestos professional may be able to recognize asbestos, you probably can't. You may be able to guess if your home is 50 years old and there is a solid whitish jacket over your furnace or heating pipes, it is probably asbestos. But to know for sure, especially with manufactured materials like floor tiles, wallboard or siding, you need to have testing done.
Are you overwhelmed yet? Not to worry - MeritCorp can help. Just call or email and we will get you connected with our Environmental Professional. They will determine what, if any asbestos is in your home and help you make the decisions about how to handle it. Just call or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org