It is important to use good safety and work practices when remodeling or renovating a home to minimize or prevent your exposure to asbestos that could be associated with various building materials, mold that could be growing in areas where there is excess moisture or other potential indoor air problems.

The following are some good ideas to consider:

  1. Correct whatever may be causing the problem. For example, if ceiling texture is delaminating check to see if there is an underlying moisture problem.  This is especially a concern if you suspect that there may be asbestos in the ceiling texture.
  2. Lead based paint is a potential hazard in homes built before 1978. Unless a lead-based paint inspection shows otherwise, you should treat paint in homes built before 1978 as if contains lead. Exposing anyone to lead dust, especially children, is harmful.
  3. Consider the potential presence of asbestos. Many types of common building materials such as floor tile, sheet flooring, joint compounds or textures may contain asbestos.  If a project requires disturbing areas that contain asbestos, use an asbestos professional or contact your health department for advice before proceeding.
  4. Identify areas of mold growth. Mold may cause certain health affects and symptoms such as allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. The key to mold control is moisture control. It is important to dry damaged areas and items within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If mold is a problem in your home, clean up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of water. Wash mold off hard surfaces with detergent and water, and dry completely. Absorbent materials (such as ceiling tiles and carpet) that become moldy may have to be replaced. If a project is likely to expose large areas of microbial growth, consult with an environmental professional about adequate protective measures.


The presence of asbestos in the home is a lot more dangerous than some might think. It can cause several specific illnesses including cancer and other respiratory diseases. Asbestos has been used extensively in many home and commercial building applications because of it’s unique properties.  These unique properties also make it dangerous. 

There is a wide list of illnesses that one can possibly get from exposure to asbestos.  For example, persons with exposure to asbestos  can develop asbestosis, a condition that consists of shortness of breath, chest pain and other symptoms. These symptoms or conditions may take years to manifest after the exposure to asbestos occurs and may be related to frequency and amount of exposure although the evidence is inconclusive regarding whether a single exposure can cause problems.

Removing the asbestos content inside your house may seem like child’s play to those who think you can safely just rip out materials that have asbestos.  However, it is not as simple as just removing asbestos contaminated tiles or insulation. The process of removal can be tricky. Be careful when reading information online. Here are tips or “myths” that you might see online about how to safely remove the asbestos anywhere but might actually be more detrimental.

·         Myth: Take classes in asbestos removal and have training – if there are any places that hold such classes around your area, you can go take these classes and know the proper ways of getting the asbestos from the ceiling and any other surface.
Fact: Learning to remove asbestos from the house require licensed professional. If you do not plan on investing on an asbestos removal career or company then it is unlikely for one to get certification to remove asbestos.  Experience means a lot when you are removing asbestos containing materials

·         Myth: When removing the asbestos, be fully protected – the cardinal rule to all things in safety, removing all asbestos needs a face mask of good quality so that you will not get asbestos (if not all, only little asbestos content) into your system.
Fact: Of course being fully protected is important. Getting masks and other gear is necessary. However, it is the actual removal process that is tricky because you might end up releasing more asbestos in the air and render the living space unsafe for a long time.  Again, this is work for professional asbestos abatement companies.

Here’s what you need to consider.  First of all, test the material for asbestos.  Find a licensed or accredited laboratory that analyzes materials for asbestos and ask them how to collect a sample safely so that you can send it to them for analysis.  If the material turns out to contain asbestos, then the only safe thing to do is to work with professional asbestos removal companies.  It always pays to work with professionals who have experience evaluating areas which contain the asbestos and then removing the materials.

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