Finding a Healthy Home
Lead-based paint in the home
Mold inside the home
Asbestos in the home
Radon in the home
Building a good record
What laws apply?
Credit histories for women
Maintaining credit records
Once you've selected a lender
Requirements and Income Limits
Asbestos in the Home
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was commonly used in a variety of building construction materials for insulation and as a fire retardant.
Most products made today do not contain asbestos. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
have banned several asbestos products, and manufacturers have voluntarily
agreed to limit the use of others. Any products made that still contain
asbestos are required to be clearly labeled. However, many types of building
products and insulation materials made before the 1970s contain asbestos-
These products include pipe and furnace insulation
Periodically inspect the material for damage or deterioration. Properly dispose of damaged or worn asbestos gloves, stove-top pads, or ironing board covers. Check with appropriate officials on how to properly handle and dispose of those materials.
The only way to tell if an object contains asbestos by looking at it is if the material is labeled. Otherwise, you should have it sampled and analyzed by a qualified professional. Until you receive the results, treat the material as if it contains asbestos. Samples should be extracted only by qualified professionals. If improperly done, extracting samples can be more hazardous than leaving the material undisturbed.
If the asbestos material is more than slightly damaged, or if you are going to make changes in your home that might disturb the asbestos, repair or removal by a professional is needed. Repair usually means either covering or sealing the asbestos material. Covering involves placing a protective wrap over or around the material that contains the asbestos to prevent the release of fibers. Sealing involves treating the material with a sealant that either binds the asbestos fibers together or coats the material so fibers are not released. Repair is usually cheaper than removal, but may make it more difficult to remove later if the need arises.
How do I know if asbestos is present?
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