Asbestos is something that no homeowner would want in their home.
Health concerns regarding the mineral-based material, which was a staple of construction from the industrial revolution until well into the 20th Century, have grown exponentially over the past few decades. It was often used to insulate wall and plumbing.
Health risks from being exposed to asbestos dust include mesothelioma (a fatal cancer of the lining of the lungs) and asbestosis (a debilitating scarring of the lungs). It is becoming increasingly difficult for home-owners to sell properties in which asbestos is found, and can incur many large costs.
The exposed asbestos must be either encapsulated or fully removed. Encapsulation is cheaper, but may dramatically reduce the property’s value, so if you plan to sell your home in the future, you would be advised to seek a professional in Asbestos removal.