If we told you that there was a material out there that was both fire retardant and an excellent source of insulation, what would you say? Would you jump at the opportunity to have such a material used in your home? Well, for most of the twentieth century, home builders and homeowners did. The only problem: this magical material was and is Asbestos.
Now banned in more than 50 countries, asbestos can be found in attic and wall insulation, ceiling tiles, duct tape, roofing and siding, paint, and much more. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, health issues are not far behind. According to the World Health Organization, asbestos exposure leads to these three diseases – Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, and Lung cancer – killing more than 107,000 people annually.
So you have one question. “Do I need to worry about asbestos?”
Odds are that if you live in a home built before 1980, there is probably some level is asbestos in your home. Now, this doesn’t mean that your family is in any immediate danger. Asbestos only becomes a problem if it becomes airborne and gets into your lungs in high doses.
“Everyone is exposed to asbestos at some time during their life,” explains the National Cancer Institute. “People who become ill from asbestos are usually those who are exposed to it on a regular basis, most often in a job where they work directly with the material or through substantial environmental contact.”
DO I NEED TO WORRY ABOUT ASBESTOS?
Yes and no. As we said, asbestos is everywhere (or close to it) and does not pose an immediate threat to you and your family. But that doesn’t mean it should not be dealt with. Quite the contrary, actually. If you believe you have asbestos in your home, you should have it removed by a professional. Do not mess with it yourself.
REPLACING ATTIC INSULATION
When you call Minnick’s, one of our technicians will visit your home to determine what type of insulation you currently have, and if it should be removed. Minnick’s installs two types of insulation: Spray Foam Insulation and Cellulose Insulation.
Spray foam or cellulose insulation can make all the difference in the comfort of your home, and at the same time, these materials can reduce pollen and other irritants, improving indoor air quality.
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