Asbestos is known to cause lung cancer. Homes built in the 1970’s or earlier likely have asbestos somewhere in the house. Be safe and test!

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What is Asbestos?

Simply stated, asbestos is a mineral fiber found in rock and soil. Many years ago, manufacturers added this mineral fiber to a diverse range of products to give it strength and add resistance to heat and fire.

Building materials frequently contained asbestos due to the tremendous benefits it provided. Some of the benefits include its sound absorption capabilities, its chemical, fire, and heat resistance, and the fact that it was inexpensive to produce.

Put all of these together and you had a very popular product that builders installed all over the place.

Today, fewer products contain asbestos than in the 1970’s, and for good reason. However, many of the old products containing asbestos can still be found in homes and businesses across America.

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The Problem with Asbestos

Many studies confirmed that high-level exposure to asbestos leads to increased risk of lung cancer. There is a direct correlation between how much asbestos fibers one inhales and the risk of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs.

The risk is even higher for smokers who inhale asbestos fibers. Unfortunately, the symptoms do not present for 20 to 30 years after the first exposure.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has great information about the health effects of asbestos. In addition, you may visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Is Asbestos in Your Home?

If you have an older home, perhaps built before 1970, it is quite likely that you have asbestos somewhere in it. Thousands of building products, and even appliances, contained this harmful substance.

However, don’t think that your home is asbestos free if it was built after 1970. Many people believe asbestos has been completely banned in America, but it has not. The only way to know for sure if your home has asbestos materials in it is to have it tested.

Some of the products containing asbestos include home siding, wall insulation, ceiling tiles, soundproofing materials, insulation in stoves, clothes dryers, and many more.

Do You Need Residential Asbestos Testing?

You need asbestos testing if your home was built in the early 1970’s or before. It is likely that asbestos is in your home. Homes built after that time are less likely to have widespread asbestos, but it is not guaranteed since asbestos is not banned outright.

However, if your home was built about that time, asbestos testing may be needed just to be sure. Asbestos can only be correctly identified under the lens of a special microscope.

Are you looking for commercial asbestos testing?

How much does residential asbestos testing cost?

1st Choice Home Inspections charges $350.00 for asbestos testing, which includes two samples. Additional samples are $75.00 each.

If your home is located outside of the immediate Knoxville area, an additional charge may be added.

What You Need to Do

1st Choice Home Inspections offers residential asbestos testing services. Give us a call today to arrange a time to test your home for asbestos.

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