How Do I Know If I Have Asbestos in My Home?
The only way to be sure your home is free of asbestos is to have it tested, but there are a few warning signs that your home might contain the substance.5 Those include:
If your home was built before 1980, there’s a chance it might contain asbestos.
If your home contains vermiculite insulation, you might have asbestos as well. If you’re unsure, it’s a good idea to get it tested.
If you have vinyl flooring that was installed between 1950 and 1980, there’s a chance asbestos was used in the creation of the materials or the installation process.
If you have corrugated roofing in an older house, there's a chance asbestos is present.
If the walls of your pre-1980s home were constructed using cement sheets, there’s a chance asbestos was used in their manufacture.
Keep in mind, though, that while you never want to be around asbestos, it’s particularly dangerous if particles become airborne. That means if you’re ever doing any rehab or renovation work in a home that might have asbestos, you need to be especially careful.