Asbestos was once thought to be a great building material due to its ability to insulate homes and its fire retardant properties. It was frequently used across America until the late 1970s. That’s when it was discovered that asbestos can cause serious illness or even death. If you think that you have asbestos in your Colorado Springs home, you need to take proper steps to make sure that it doesn’t harm you or your family. 

Check the Age of Your Home

If you think your home may have asbestos, it’s a good idea to check when your home was built. Asbestos was frequently used in construction until 1977, when its use was banned in different building materials. If your home was built before 1980, there is a good chance that at least some asbestos was used in the construction of your home. If your home was built after 1980, then your home may be asbestos-free. However, the use of asbestos wasn’t completely banned until 1989, so there is still a chance that some asbestos was used in the construction. 

Check Areas of Your Home That May Have Asbestos

If your home has asbestos, you need to check the areas where it may have been used to make sure it is intact and undamaged. Exposed or damaged asbestos fibers can become airborne, which can cause damage to the lungs when they are inhaled. Asbestos was frequently used to insulate attics and pipes and was also used to strengthen floor and ceiling tiles, which means that your home could have multiple areas where asbestos was used. Asbestos can be found in the following areas:

  • Textured Paint
  • Vermiculite Insulation
  • Roofing
  • Floor and ceiling tiles

If you suspect that an area of your home may have asbestos, be sure to visually inspect the area. If you don’t see any damage or wear, then it is likely that the asbestos isn’t causing any problems because the fibers are not exposed. However, if you see any wear or damage like cracking or flaking, the asbestos fibers may be exposed. This can cause serious health issues. It is very important that you do not touch or disturb any material that might have asbestos in it. This can cause the fibers to become airborne, which is very dangerous to your health and your family. 

Have Materials Tested for Asbestos

Although you can identify areas and materials that might have asbestos, it is impossible to tell for certain if materials have asbestos. To be certain about whether or not something has asbestos in it, you’ll need asbestos testing done by a lab. 

Gathering the material yourself can be dangerous because collecting the material can disturb the asbestos fibers and send them into the air, which can cause damage to your lungs. If you think there is asbestos in the material in your home, you will need a professional company that specializes in asbestos removal to collect the material and send it off to a lab for asbestos testing. 

These professionals are trained in handling asbestos and will collect the material without spreading asbestos around your home or harming you or your family. 

Hire a Company to Remove the Dangerous Material

Once you’ve determined that your home has asbestos, you will need a company to collect the material and properly dispose of it. These seasoned professionals are trained on how to properly remove the material without harming themselves or your family. They use specialized protective equipment like respirators and protective suits. Make sure to use a local company that is familiar with the houses in the area and their construction; they will know what areas and materials are more likely to contain asbestos. 

If you have questions about asbestos or believe you have asbestos in your Colorado Springs home, visit our blog or contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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