You've probably heard of asbestos before. You probably even know it's bad for you! But...what is it? The definition of asbestos is "a heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in fire-resistant and insulating materials such as brake linings."
Asbestos is most commonly found in homes built before 1980, in places like pipe cement, floor tiles, ceiling tiles, insulation (around boilers, ducts, pipes, sheeting, fireplaces), siding, and roof shingles. It was used in many homes and businesses before the risks associated with it were discovered.
If you think your home has asbestos, we recommend taking these precautionary steps:
- Well maintained and undamaged asbestos can remain as long as it is not disturbed. If you are remodeling your home and believe it has asbestos, it is essential to call in professionals.
- Do not dust, sweep, sand, or saw in areas or on material that contains asbestos.
- Do not move materials, or walk through an area that could contain asbestos particles.
Asbestos is a harmful material that can cause lifelong complications. If your house has asbestos, it is best to call a professional to help remove it. ServiceMaster by Ayotte contracts with certified professionals that are trained in the classroom and on the job to take all precautions necessary to safely remove the asbestos from your home. If you are interested in having samples taken, give us a call!