Asbestos is a mineral fiber that can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to many products to strengthen them and provide fire resistance and heat insulation. If disturbed, asbestos material may release asbestos fibers which can be inhaled into the lungs. Asbestos material that crumbles easily if handled or which has been scraped, sawed, or sanded into a powder is more likely to create a health hazard. Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma (cancer of lining of chest and abdominal cavity), and asbestosis (lungs scarred with the tissue). Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos insulation. Most of today‘s products do not contain asbestos. If asbestos material is more than slightly damaged or you plan changes that might disturb it, you require a professional for repair and removal. Before home remodeling, find out if asbestos is present.
Excerpts from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “Asbestos and Vermiculite“.
The Environmental Hazard Lurking in Your Home: Asbestos
Asbestos is a dangerous material that was once commonly used in building construction due to its insulating and fire-resistant properties. However, it’s now known to be a serious health hazard that can cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, and other respiratory diseases. Asbestos fibers are so small that they can easily be inhaled into the lungs, where they accumulate over time and can cause significant damage.
At Accu-Spec Home Inspections, PC in Knoxville TN, we understand the importance of identifying potential hazards in your home. That’s why we offer comprehensive asbestos testing as part of our home inspection services. Our certified inspectors will thoroughly examine your property for any signs of asbestos-containing materials and provide you with a detailed report on their findings. If we do find asbestos in your home, we’ll work with you to develop a plan for safe removal or encapsulation to minimize the risk of exposure.
Don’t take chances with your health or the health of your family. Contact us today at Accu-Spec Home Inspections, PC to schedule an inspection and ensure the safety of your home.