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What to do if You Find Asbestos in Your Home

What to do if You Find Asbestos in Your Home

It can be a terrifying experience to discover that you have asbestos in your home. Asbestos is hazardous and can be incredibly dangerous to your and your family’s health. It’s important to immediately contact an asbestos contractor in order to limit your exposure, and keep the danger to a minimum.

Asbestos can be contained and mitigated when utilizing an experienced contractor. If you find that you have asbestos in your home you should always take the appropriate steps to keep yourself and your family safe from exposure.


  • Handle any renovations carefully, especially if you aware of asbestos in your home. The slightest disruption in building materials that contain asbestos could cause exposure. Ideally, hire an asbestos contractor who is experienced making renovations of the type that you need.
  • Some building materials are made up of asbestos- approach this with caution.
  • If you are aware that your home has materials containing asbestos, always be careful and take proper safety measures to prevent exposure. However, you will need to have a comprehensive understanding of those safety measures. You will also need specialized equipment for handling materials containing asbestos.

Leave It Alone

  • If you suspect you have asbestos in your home it is important to inspect your entire home to determine how much is present. Only do this through visual observations rather than disturbing it.
  • Materials containing asbestos should never be handled by an untrained professional.
  • Handling the contaminated material puts you at risk to release dangerous particles into the air and puts your health at risk.
  • If the material contaminated with asbestos is not damaged, often it does not pose a risk to you.
  • You do not want to disturb the asbestos materials, to prevent this, leave them alone.
  • Disturbing the materials puts you and your loved ones at risk as it could cause asbestos to be released into the air that you breathe.
  • Do not panic, simply contact a professional who can help you mitigate the hazard.

Observe for Signs of Damage

  • It’s important to always check for asbestos on a regular basis.
  • Again, do not disturb any materials that you suspect may contain asbestos.
  • If you have materials in your home that contain asbestos, conduct regular, visual inspections where those materials are present.
  • Asbestos can be scary and cause huge health concerns. By monitoring your home regularly, it is possible to prevent further exposure.  

Contact a Professional for Help

  • Asbestos home remediation should be turned over to asbestos professionals.
  • You can remediate asbestos within the home by reaching out to professionals for renovation help.  
  • A professional will be able to remove any asbestos without exposing themselves, or your home.
  • A professional will also be able to limit you and your family from being exposed to asbestos unnecessarily.  

Rest assured that you will be able to feel safe in your home again with the work of a qualified asbestos contractor. You may be entitled to receive a settlement if you were exposed to asbestos in your home or work as the result of another person’s negligence.

A personal injury attorney can review your circumstances and provide guidance that can help you decide if pursuing a claim is the best next step for you.


Thanks to our friends and contributors from Nielsen Environmental for their insight into asbestos removal.