Asbestos Precautions

This home was passed down to this family, but it may be more trouble than it's worth. Asbestos has popped up in the popcorn ceiling.

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This inspection involves a 1968 custom contemporary ranch in Phoenix. This family home has been passed to a new generation, but it may be more trouble than it's worth. House detective David Swartz will have to make the call. But he may have found some trouble popping up with the home's popcorn ceiling when he discovers what might be asbestos.

Asbestos is a mineral that was commonly used in building materials until 1980. It’s strong, fire resistant, and a good insulator. But if asbestos fibers are released into the air, they can pose quite a health hazard.

Asbestos can be found almost anywhere in older homes, including in insulation, flooring, siding, and roofing materials. Sometimes pipes in old homes were sometimes wrapped with asbestos. Products containing asbestos are occasionally labeled, but most of the time they’re not.

First of all, don't panic if you suspect asbestos could be in your home. Just be sure the proper precautions are taken to prevent the asbestos fibers from becoming airborne.

  • Consult with a qualified remediation company if you suspect asbestos is present in your home.
  • Check areas regularly where you suspect asbestos may be present. Look for signs of wear and tear but don’t touch it.
  • Consider having the asbestos encapsulated. This will insure that the fibers will not become airborne.
  • If you’re considering renovating your home, and it’s an older home, talk with someone knowledgeable about asbestos. A demolition could expose an asbestos problem you weren’t aware of.

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