Asbestos is a mineral material that was used in products and homes to provide fire resistance and insulation. While not initially a problem, asbestos that has been disturbed or damaged can release fibers in the air and cause major health issues such as mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer. Because we know how dangerous the material can be, most products today do not contain asbestos. But, many homes and buildings built prior to the 1970s could still contain the material.
It’s important to get your home tested for asbestos so you can decide the next steps. If you don’t know asbestos is in your home, you won’t know to have the material removed. Besides homes built before 1970, asbestos can be found in:
- Some roofing and siding shingles
- Some vinyl tile flooring and adhesives
- Textured paint and patching compounds used before they were banned in 1977
- Older stove-top pads
- Insulation in oil and coal furnaces
- Walls and floors around wood burning stoves
- Artificial ashes and embers sold for gas fireplaces
If you suspect asbestos is present, JM Inspections, LLC can test your west Pittston, PA, home and let you know if the material is present. If you do come across asbestos in your home, do not touch or attempt to remove the material by yourself. Without proper protection and expertise, you could damage the asbestos further, causing fibers to be released into the air.
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We have over 20 years of experience in asbestos testing and inspections of other materials. In addition to asbestos, we can also inspect for termites and perform radon tests in your home. Call JM Inspections in west Pittston, PA, so we can give you peace of mind.