What You Need to Know About Asbestos in the Home


| 7/8/2017 2:54:00 PM


Asbestos Siding Brick Home

Photo by Natalie Blackburn

Whether you’re a current homeowner, or a prospective homebuyer, you have probably heard about asbestos. This fibrous mineral that has been mined for centuries and used for its heat and fire resistant properties can be linked to diseases including asbestosis and mesothelioma.

There is a misconception today that asbestos has been banned and there is no longer much of a danger posed by asbestos. However, the opposite seems to be the truth — despite limited use since the early 1980s, there has continued to be a lasting impact over the last 30 years.

You might find yourself wondering, should I buy a house with asbestos in it? What if my home already has asbestos? Is it safe for my family? This article will provide all you need to know about asbestos along with advice on how to move forward with it in a home.



History of Asbestos and It’ Health Effects

Asbestos was used frequently in buildings and homes built before the 1980s for its heat and fire-resistant properties. Combined with its’ natural strength, asbestos became the go-to material used at military bases, schools, homes, automobiles, and commercial and industrial sites.



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