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Small Home Changes Can Improve Your Family's Health

My husband and I both suffer from allergies and asthma and, unfortunately, two of our children inherited our health problems. Living with both can be a struggle, but we take every step we can to keep our family healthy. One spring, when our seasonal allergies were especially bad, we decided to finally have our carpeting replaced with natural tile flooring and that was a great decision. Even though it seemed like we vacuumed constantly, I guess our carpets harbored more dust and mites than we ever expected! Since then, we have invested in other upgrades to improve our family's health, including antimicrobial kitchen counter tops. I enjoy helping others, so I decided to start a blog to share what we have learned about home upgrades and renovations. I plan to post on a variety of topics, so there will be something of interest to everyone!

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How To Find Asbestos in Your Home

If your home contains asbestos, you will need to have the asbestos removed by professionals. But before you can know that it is essential to remove asbestos, you will need to identify whether you have asbestos in your home in the first place. Sometimes, it can be difficult to know if you are truly safe, so you will also need to take extra precautions when performing your own DIY project.

Sometimes It's Hard To Tell if a Product Has Asbestos

You will not be able to determine whether a material has asbestos in it simply by looking at it unless it has a label indicating the presence of the mineral. However, if you can identify the brand of the product in your home, you might be able to research whether it contains asbestos.

If you don't know whether a material contains asbestos, treat it as to it does and do not perform any action that could cause the material to break up and release asbestos fibers. Instead, contact a contractor who has training on how to work with asbestos, such as one from a company like IRS Environmental of WA Inc.

Leave alone Products with Asbestos

When you do find something that contains asbestos, but it is in good condition, leave it alone. The product will usually not be harmful in its intact state, but you should ascertain whether it contains asbestos so that if renovations must be performed on your home, the workers responsible for the renovations can take steps to avoid asbestos exposure.

Look for Common Sources of Asbestos

While asbestos can be found in surprising places, you should begin by determining if your home contains any products that contain asbestos. Some home roofs and siding are made using cement that contains asbestos. If your home was built before the 1950s, your insulation might contain asbestos. Textured paint used in many homes contained asbestos until it was banned in 1977. Vinyl floor tiles and vinyl sheet adhesives have contained asbestos. Pipes found in old homes might also contain it. Therefore, if you have any of these features, you should find out if they contain asbestos and assume they do if you cannot verify it. The challenge with identifying asbestos is that the material is often mixed with other materials, so you may need the help of an expert.

Additional sources can include these:

  • Plaster
  • Window Caulk
  • Linoleum
  • Some types of paint

Always Wear Protective Equipment

Even if you are not sure if there is asbestos in your home, when you are performing renovations, you should put on coveralls, a face mask and eye protection. Wearing the right equipment will reduce the risk that you will come in contact with asbestos.