Frequently Asked Asbestos Questions
You may have heard commercials telling you about the dangers of Asbestos and how it is linked to deadly diseases. Is this really true? Could it really be in your home? Yes and yes. These are just the beginning of asbestos-related questions that many homeowners in the Detroit area have for us at Clean Cut Abatement. Let’s discuss some of the most common:
What exactly is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally-occuring mineral fiber. The only way to positively identify Asbestos is through a microscope. So, even if something looks like Asbestos, you still need professionals to come in and test it. Never attempt to touch or remove it on your own.
What was it used in?
Asbestos was often added to products to increase their strength and to provide heat and fire resistance. Asbestos may be found in cement roofing and siding shingles, insulation, textured paint, wall and ceiling joints, vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring, tiling adhesive, hot water pipe wrap, furnace insulation, and “Popcorn” ceiling material. In general, houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos used in their insulation. However, homes built as late as 1977 may have asbestos in paint and wall/ceiling joints.
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Why is it dangerous?
When Asbestos was discovered to be a carcinogen, meaning it causes cancers, the Environmental Protection Agency enacted strict Asbestos regulations and its use sharply declined in the late 1970s. Breathing high levels of Asbestos fibers can lead to lung cancer, specifically mesothelioma, and asbestosis, in which the lungs become scarred with fibrous tissue.
What is ever removed?
Removing Asbestos is known as “Asbestos Abatement.” The use of Asbestos in construction was banned in 1977. However, it was never forcibly removed from existing structures where it was already in place.
Where is it now?
You can still find Asbestos anywhere that it was placed before 1977 that has yet to be removed. If this applies to your house, then Asbestos could be in your home.
What can be done about it?
You need a professional team to come to your home to carefully and legally remove it. Call Clean Cut Abatement today to schedule a consultation for Asbestos removal at 1 (800) 975-1697. We are fully equipped to handle any sized project, anywhere in Detroit and the surrounding areas.
Will my homeowners insurance cover it?
The short answer to this question is that it depend on your policy itself. When it comes to the inspection, removal, and abatement of Asbestos, some homeowners policies may not cover the removal if it isn’t currently posing a threat. This is because dormant Asbestos isn’t as dangerous as when it releases fibers into the air. However, if you’re planning to renovate the house and it will be disturbed, then it absolutely needs to go and your policy should cover it.
When you are concerned about Asbestos and Asbestos abatement, there is only one Detroit-area company to call- Clean Cut Abatement. Call us today and feel good breathing in your home again!