Asbestos In The Home

asbestos in the home
I did not think about asbestos in homes for a long time because I thought that was a thing from the past. And fortunately it is a thing from the past but not so far in the past that we can ignore it.
 
Many people live in houses built before 1980 and those houses can still contain asbestos in some of the old building materials.
 
Before that date is was perfectly normal to use materials that contain asbestos in areas around ducts, pipes and boilers in insulation.
There are also roofing and floor material that are in older houses that contain asbestos.
 

When is Asbestos dangerous

When asbestos parts become airborne by damaging the material they are in it is very dangerous for our health.
As long as they are embedded in the same material there is no danger for us.

Where can you have asbestos in your older home

I think it is safe to say that if your house is built before 1975 the change that there is asbestos used it pretty big.
It is mostly commonly found in the thermal insulation but also can be found in many other household materials like:

  • Vinyl flooring
  • Roofing materials
  • Fiber cement siding
  • Some types of linoleum

Video on where you might have asbestos at home

I found this video with some examples of products that can contain asbestos that are used in houses.
 

How do you test for asbestos in your home

If you know that you have asbestos in your home it is very important to keep an eye on it and regularly check for damaging.
Repair can be done by sealing the surface to contain the asbestos fibers in there.
There are specialized contractors to remove asbestos, but it only have to be removed if it becomes air born.

 

Home asbestos test kit

home test kit for asbestosI have found this test in several stores and online. It works like this.

  • You order the test kit
  • You take a sample
  • You send it in
  • Results can be viewed online

I have looked at several asbestos test kits from different companies but this was one I found that does not have any hidden fees. It even comes with a pair of gloves so you don’t have to touch the sample with your hands.
 
Other kits I have found you had to pay separate fees after ordering the kit.
 
You can find this home asbestos test kit here. Or click on the picture.
There are two options for this kit.

  • 1 business day
  • This means that after sending in your test kit you test result will be available after 1 day. Of course depending on the time the sample is received at the lab location. After 3 pm is considered the next business day.

  • 5 business days
  • This is the cheaper option and it will just take a few days more to get the results back. But it will save you about 40 dollar.

 
I found over 230 customer reviews of this company and asbestos testing kit. I found an average of 4.8 stars our of 5 for this product.

Questions I found about this asbestos test kit

Q: How much material do you need?
A: If you can fill up the included bag up to 1/4 there is enough material to run the test.
 
Q: What material can you test?
A: basically anything can be tested as long as there is enough material.
 
Q: How dangerous is it to take a sample?
A: The sampling instruction state that you should wet the surface before taking a sample. This will prevent fibers from becoming released in the air.
 
Q: What will be included in the results?
A: The test result will give you the type of asbestos and the percentage found in the sample.
 

My take on asbestos testing for the home

If you live in an older home and like to remodel I would suggest to take samples and have them tested.
As long as the material that you suspect to have asbestos in it is not damaged it seems to me, after reading a lot of information, that you do not have to worry about it.
 
If you do some work on an area that might contain asbestos you should wet it first to makes sure the parts do not get airborne.
There are many factors that affect the air quality in our house and asbestos is one that probably can have a huge impact on our health.
 
If you would like to be sure than I can recommend the test I talked about after reading a lot of the reviews.

Can you do asbestos removal yourself?

According to the Occupational Health & Safety Regulations 2007 Part 4.3 Division 7 Subdivision 2, an unlicensed person may remove non-friable asbestos material if the area does not exceed 10m2 and the total time over which the removal is performed does not exceed one hour in any 7-day period.

‘Friable’ is used to refer to asbestos-containing materials that can be easily reduced to powder by hand, when dry. These materials are more likely to release measurable levels of asbestos into the airborne environment when disturbed, and generally pose a greater risk to health. In my opinion most types will release some type of powder and asbestos should be removed by a professional.

I found a great resource on how to find a professional to take care of your asbestos removal and the risks of doing it yourself.
Yo can find it on this link: https://www.asbestos.com/abatement-guide/

Sources:
www.asbestosnetwork.com/Health-Issues/
www.thisoldhouse.com/more/what-you-need-to-know-about-asbestos
www.cpsc.gov/safety-education/safety-guides/home/asbestos-home
www.asbestos.com/abatement-guide/
www.thebreakthroughgroup.com.au/asbestos-removal/friable-vs-non-friable-asbestos.php

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