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How to Deal with Asbestos in your Home

By Ben Levy

Asbestos is a fiber material that used to be added to provide insulation and fire resistance to homes and buildings. Breathing high levels of asbestos fibers can cause several serious health problems including cancer. If your home was built before or during the 1970s there may be asbestos in your home. Any home that was built before the 1970s should be inspected for asbestos before purchase.

Most products containing asbestos are not a risk if they are in good condition, but many homeowners have them removed regardless in order to prevent future health risks. There are two ways to deal with asbestos in your home: repair and removal.

Repair is often less expensive but can make removal in the future more difficult and costly. The materials can be repaired in one of two ways. It can be treated with a sealant that binds the asbestos fibers together so they cannot be released or it can be covered with a protective wrap or jacket.

Removal can be very expensive but maybe required by state law or local regulations. All removal and repair of materials must be left up to a trained professional since there is a high risk of asbestos fibers being released.

If there are any damaged asbestos materials in your home you should call a professional right away to discuss your options for removal and repair. Do not attempt to remove or repair materials containing asbestos yourself. If repairs or removal are not done properly it could increase the health risks to you and your family.

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