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What to Do if You Suspect Asbestos

May 21, 2019

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Asbestos was not the perfect home insulation solution. We all know that asbestos is extremely dangerous and can cause a variety of health problems, including cancer. However, it’s still legal to use it in the United States although it’s highly regulated.

Asbestos was a very popular material that was used in building and home insulation up through the 1970s. Some builders continued to use it into the 1990s. It is fire, electrical, and sound-proof. Combined with its low cost, it seemed like the perfect insulation.

Of course, we all know that was wrong. In the ’70s asbestos became linked with cancer and mesothelioma, and after the Clean Air Act builders were no longer allowed to use it as insulation. However, it remained on the market and continues to be used in a variety of non-insulation applications.

Knowing what to do if you suspect asbestos in your home is vital, especially if you have an older home and think you might have this material in your home.


Have Professionals Remove Asbestos Insulation

If you have asbestos insulation in your home, you should have it professionally removed as soon as possible. Never try to hand this material on your own. A removal company can safely take asbestos out of your home, allowing you to replace the insulation.

To replace your insulation, let Reeves Insulation help you determine what’s best for your home. From fiberglass to cellulose to spray foam, there are a variety of safe and effective home insulation products you can use.

There are options available across a range of prices and energy savings, so let us help you find the right insulation for your comfort and budget.


Leave Products in Good Condition Alone

Other than insulation, you may have asbestos in other products in your home. Ceilings, floor tiles, and even shingles may contain the material in an older home. If these materials are in good condition and will not be disturbed, there’s no reason to mess with them.

As long as the asbestos fibers are contained and the area will not be affected by renovation and is not showing any damage, there is no danger from the material.

On the other hand, if you see damage, such as a tear in pipe insulation that may contain asbestos, contact a certified asbestos contractor right away. They may be able to repair the problem and wrap the insulation to protect you from additional issues.

Insulation is loose, which is why that type of asbestos is always a hazard even if there’s no renovation or disturbance.


Stay Safe With Proper Home Insulation

Having a home with proper insulation helps you stay comfortable and save significantly on your energy costs. However, it’s also important that your insulation be safe and appropriate for your home.

If you’d like help with improving your home insulation, we’re here to help. While we don’t remove asbestos, we do help homeowners put in appropriate insulation to help them save money while being cozy in winter and cool in the summer.

Interested in how we can help you stop drafts, decrease sound transfer, and improve the energy quality of your home? Contact us for more information today!

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Reeves Insulation has been in business, in the Batesville area, for over 30 years offering insulation, replacement windows, air sealing, and weatherization. Owner, Marvin Reeves started in the general contracting industry and his background has transferred over to Insulation and Home Energy Conservation, providing homeowners and businesses energy efficiency services to lower energy bills. Our business is family owned and operated and our goal is to provide you the best job at an affordable cost.