What You Should Know About Asbestos

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What You Should Know About Asbestos

It’s a Mineral! Asbestos has been used in building materials for a long, long time due to it’s ability to resist heat and fire, resist decay and be a good insulator. All good things right? Until it begins to flake apart and we begin to breath the fibers. The fibers have barbs which hurt our lungs leading to more serious health issues. But…there is good news. We can live with it as long as it is properly sealed and kept in place.

What You Should Know About Asbestos

When is it a Problem?

  • When it is damaged and no longer fully intact. This allows the fibers to circulate in the air. You may see this condition noted as “friable” on a home inspection report.
  • Look for: broken or loose floor tiles, damaged tape on ductwork, damaged wraps on boiler pipes in older homes, loose insulation
  • In most cases, it’s better to cover or seal it to put a protective layer between it and you (a new layer of flooring for example).
  • If it must be removed, it’s better to contact a person that has experience with asbestos removal so they can take necessary precautions to limit exposure to airborne particles.
  • If asbestos is found in an attic area, it is best to cover with another type of insulation (leaving the asbestos layer as it is). You also should not use that area for storage or allow children to play in that area.

Call a professional if you have any questions:

  • Peak Environment- 248-792-9443
  • Mando Construction – 586-531-4740