Housebuilding Tips February 2008: Identifying asbestos danger in older homes
A part of house building is home remodeling and asbestos danger can be very real. When we’re taking out the old materials, we need to be cautious and avoid airborne particles and dust.
One of the big, bad boys of airborne particles is asbestos.There are many health problems arising from the use of asbestos products from our past.
Asbestos is an exceptionally strong and heat resistant substance. It was used in many products such as insulation, tiles, brake pads, motors, and many home construction products.
It is still used in most countries, but in the United States, it is isn’t used due to the health risks it has caused.
The most important thing to realize about asbestos is that it only causes problems when it becomes airborne. This happens when it is cut, broken, burned, or even disturbed.
Older homes that have asbestos products such as insulation are fine as long as the asbestos material is intact and not breaking or coming apart.
It’s expensive to have removed professionally, but that’s the best way to have it removed. Remodeling projects on older homes often yield small amounts of asbestos products. This is where we need to be extra careful.
Simple painters masks aren’t good enough to keep the particles out. Vacuum cleaners will get the larger particles, but will stir up the smaller, more dangerous particles and make them airborne.
Eventually, it can cause death, so it’s really important to avoid asbestos when you’re working on older homes. There is no indication or suffering at first. That is why people don’t even know they are being contaminated.
Over 4 million visitors to this site since it was born!
My newsletter keeps you up to date on home construction and design ideas.
I just wanted to say that I love your website. My husband and I followed your instructions on building our own home. Most of the work we did ourselves, but not all. We saved $90,000 in labor costs and now have a beautiful home that we own.
--Sue and Les Carrigan, Draper, Utah
I built my own home doing all my own labor. My house costs me around $70,000 for materials. It took me 8 months to build and is about 2,000 square feet. I didn't think I could do it, but your house web site encouraged me. I used all the info you had.
Benny Luis Lopez,
I can't thank you enough for your free information web site about home building. I was looking for Electrical wiring diagrams when I found your site. It was very helpful.
Little Rock, Arkansas
My wife and I lost our home to foreclosure but we kept a plot of land to start over. We are halfway through the construction of our house. Your website gave us hope to start over and build a house with low payments. We are in our late 60's but we find it rewarding to put so much effort into a project that will reward us for years to come.
Name respectfully withheld