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Understanding Asbestos Risks in Older Homes

Updated: Mar 30

Asbestos, once a common construction material, poses significant health risks, particularly in homes built before the 1980s. This mineral, found in various building materials such as cement, floor tiles, insulation, and pipes, can become airborne if disturbed, leading to serious illnesses including mesothelioma, a cancer affecting the lining of the lungs, abdomen, or heart.

For homeowners undertaking renovations or maintenance in older properties, awareness and caution are paramount. Asbestos exposure typically occurs through DIY renovations or activities that disturb asbestos-containing materials, such as attic insulation, drywall, or floor tiles. It's crucial to recognize potential asbestos before starting any work, as disturbing these materials can release toxic fibers into the air.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises testing for asbestos if your home contains damaged building materials or if you plan on remodeling. If asbestos is suspected, it's best to avoid disturbing the material and consult a trained, accredited asbestos professional for confirmation and removal if necessary.

Homeowners must prioritize safety by being informed about the presence of asbestos in their homes and taking appropriate measures to handle it safely. While professional asbestos abatement can be costly, it ensures the health and safety of everyone involved, making it a worthy investment for peace of mind.

For those concerned about asbestos in their homes, the original article by Michelle Whitmer provides a comprehensive guide on identifying asbestos risks, handling asbestos-containing materials, and the importance of professional testing and removal. For more detailed information, visit The Mesothelioma Center at or

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