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How Common Is Asbestos In Houses?

Making way for new beginnings often means saying goodbye to the old, and in the realm of homes and buildings, this farewell might come with its own set of challenges. Older homes in Texas and beyond might harbor an unwelcome guest in the modern era: asbestos.

Once praised for its fire resistance and durability, this building material has a darker side that poses health risks, making its removal a critical step before any demolition project.

Asbestos In Houses - Once A Popular Building Material

Asbestos in houses was common in homes constructed before the 1980s. Homes or structures built during or before this period have a fair chance of containing asbestos. It could lurk in floor tiles, insulation, roof shingles, siding, and even the joint compound used on seams between pieces of drywall. 

There are six types of asbestos, including crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite. When disturbed, these substances pose a severe health risk, releasing fibers that can cause respiratory issues and lung diseases, including cancer.

The importance of asbestos abatement—removing or mitigating asbestos materials—cannot be overstated when renovating or demolishing an older home. This concern, combined with the added potential of having lead paint, makes older homes more challenging to demolish. 

Learn more about the basics of asbestos abatement.

Compliant asbestos removal adheres to regulations while protecting the health, welfare, and safety of workers, residents, and the surrounding community.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q: How do I determine if my home has asbestos?

A: Professional asbestos testing is the surest way to determine whether your home contains asbestos. Experts take samples of suspected materials and determine whether asbestos is present.

Q: Is asbestos always a risk? 

A: When disturbed, asbestos risks releasing harmful fibers into the air. If undisturbed, materials with asbestos may not pose an immediate risk. However, it's always best to consult professionals about potential risks and removal.

Q: Can I remove asbestos myself? 

A: Due to the health risks involved, asbestos removal is not a DIY project. Professional asbestos abatement teams have the necessary training, equipment, and certification to safely remove asbestos, following state and federal regulations.

Q: What happens after asbestos is confirmed to be in my home?

A: An asbestos abatement plan will be created if asbestos is detected. Customized abatement plans determine the best approach for removing or remediating. The goal is to manage the asbestos safely before demolition or renovation begins.

Professional Asbestos Removal

Undoubtedly, asbestos in homes is a concerning legacy of past construction practices. However, addressing it head-on with professional abatement ensures everyone's safety. 

If you're embarking on a demolition project in Texas and beyond, Lloyd Nabors works as your partner to remediate asbestos and other hazardous materials. Contact us to start the conversation. 

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