We have no doubt you’ve heard of asbestos.
Widely regarded as a silent villain that hides deep within the recesses of your walls, it’s often characterized as simply lying in wait to cause health complications in those unfortunate enough to be in its presence.
And… this is sort of true. Really, asbestos only becomes dangerous when it becomes fragile and exposed — like during a home renovation.
So, if you’re a homeowner, what do you really need to know about asbestos and where it lurks?
A (Questionably) Helpful Reputation in History
A naturally occurring mineral that is resistant to heat, corrosion, and even electricity, asbestos is somewhat of an omnipresent material that, contrary to popular belief, is still widely used in homes today.
Specifically, asbestos “[has] been used for decades in thousands of commercial products, such as insulation and fireproofing materials, automotive brakes and textile products, and cement and wallboard materials,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains.
The problem? Asbestos may become a health hazard to your loved ones if they breathe it in.
“If products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny asbestos fibers are released into the air,” the National Cancer Institute warns. “When asbestos fibers are breathed in, they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time.”
Hunting for Home-Related Hazards
If you’re wondering where, exactly, asbestos might be found in your home, you’ll want to think deep beneath the surface.
After all, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), asbestos can be found in:
- Attic insulation
- Wall insulation
- Vinyl flooring products
- Shingles used in roofing and siding
- Textured paint and patching compounds
- Heat-resistant fabrics
- Pipe insulation
- And more
Consequently, should you choose to undergo any repairs or renovations in your home, you’ll need the help of professionals who are trained to locate and handle asbestos. Otherwise, you risk exposing yourself — in addition to your family and friends — to the carcinogenic fibers that lurk within.
How Can Luce Air Quality Help?
If you’re a homeowner with concerns regarding damaged property or an upcoming renovation, we recommend you undergo an asbestos survey for precautionary measures. After all, nothing is more important than the health and safety of your loved ones.
And that’s why Luce Air Quality is ready and waiting to help you assess your property for asbestos-containing materials!
Our team of certified and licensed indoor environmental experts can help you accurately determine both the location(s) and quantity of asbestos in your home. In other words, we’re looking forward to helping you breathe a healthy sigh of relief!
To learn more, reach out to our team today by calling (904) 803-1014!