Before you start ripping into your home, it is important to check for hidden danger before you start older house remodeling. You probably know you should check for mold and mildew in, under and around your home. You probably also know you should check for Radon gas before you start planning a remodel. What many homeowners don’t think about before they start remodeling an older house is the possibility that they will be tearing into asbestos. And asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma cancer and other respiratory conditions.
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One of the reasons asbestos can be so dangerous to your family and workers is that it is often hidden from immediate sight. Asbestos might be in the insulation around pipes or your water heater connections. It might be in insulation wrapped around some of your duct work. And it can be in materials that insulate wires. 
In some cases, asbestos might have been in the materials used for walls and ceilings in older buildings. Use of asbestos for insulation is now illegal in the U.S. But it was widely used during the 20th century. Asbestos was a material of choice for many years because it was inexpensive, fire-retardant, and has excellent insulating capability. 
If you are planning to renovate your home and it was built before the 1980s, you should check for hidden danger before you start older house remodeling. If you think there might be asbestos in your home, you should immediate have the house professionally inspected. Asbestos must be removed carefully to prevent fibers from breaking loose and entering the atmosphere your family is breathing. Contractor Selection Workbook
It is important to check for asbestos in your home before you start remodeling an older house for several reasons. The first is to protect your family. You don’t want to risk cutting into a wall that contains asbestos. If asbestos is found, it must be removed under guidelines to protect both your family and the workers who remove it. The second reason for checking early is that finding and removing asbestos will impact the cost of your remodel and needs to be considered when setting a budget for the project. Finally, discovering asbestos after a remodeling project begins will cause lengthy delays and affect the schedule for the project. Your contractor will need to know this work must be done before setting a schedule for the actual remodel.

Because asbestos was so widely used before the latter part of the 20th century, it is critical when remodeling an older house to check and deal with asbestos removal immediately and properly. If you check for this hidden danger before you start older house remodeling you will be able to protect your family, budget correctly, and keep your project on schedule.

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