Asbestos in the Home

Used in various construction and industrial applications throughout the 20th century, asbestos is a fibrous mineral who’s flame resistant and durable qualities transformed the material as the insulation standard for homes. It was later discovered that asbestos had several health deteriorating qualities and this information remained hidden from the public for decades.

Asbestos is usually found as a form of insulation for piping, roofing and flooring. Many older homes built before 1980 may still contain asbestos. Even homes built after 1980 still have a chance of harboring asbestos due to vermiculite insulation that came from a mine that contained a large amount of asbestos.

By taking simple precautions, you can ensure that asbestos exposure will not occur in your home. Receiving a professional home inspection can be beneficial to property owners looking to keep their homes and families safe.

According to the experts, the general rule of thumb is if the asbestos is in good shape, it's posing no apparent risk. If it's in bad shape, it could be a problem. Normally, asbestos can appear in roof shingles, attic insulation, pipe coverings, joint compounds, electrical wires, furnace cement, fire brick and gaskets.

Homes may require structural inspections or renovations and a professional home inspector can identify the materials and provide an expert consultation for you. Technological advances have made the home inspection industry into a valuable process that rapidly study areas of concern in your property

A home inspection is extremely important in a variety of scenarios. In order to protect your investment, professional consultants can provide an evaluation of the home. Consultants will identify material defects structures and components of the home, in adherence to or exceeding national, state, and industry regulations and standards.

Hidden from the public for decades, exposure to asbestos can lead to the development of many health ailments such as Mesothelioma please see( With limited treatments available, this form of asbestos lung cancer usually receives poor prognosis from physicians. This makes a mesothelioma survival rate not as positive as one would hope. With the right amount of awareness and a home inspection, it is completely avoidable and preventable to keep yourself away from asbestos!

It is recommended for homeowners to leave any suspected asbestos alone, as this can takes its fibers airborne. Removal of asbestos in public facilities, workplaces and homes must be performed by licensed abatement contractors who are trained in handling toxic substances. A professional home inspection is worth the price of achieving a healthy home and will determine the proper course of action.

The California Indoor Air Quality Program has an asbestos program that can assists homeowners with pertinent information in regards to the usefulness of a home inspection and the safe removal of asbestos. (If necessary) These types of public programs help protect and promote the physical and environmental health of citizens in New Jersey from asbestos exposure.

There are many green, Eco-friendly materials that replace the need for asbestos and can reduce energy costs annually such as: cotton fiber, lcynene foam and cellulose. Cotton fiber is quickly becoming a favorite for home builders and renovators. Made from recycled batted material, it is also treated to be fireproof.  The U.S. Green Building Council conducted a study which estimated a new savings of $50-$65 per square foot for positively constructed green homes and buildings.

If you are a home owner and suspect that asbestos is present, make sure to call a home inspector immediately to determine the proper course of action.  With the right amount of awareness and a home inspection, it is completely avoidable and preventable to keep yourself away from asbestos!