Because asbestos is so dangerous, you should notify your contractor of this and have it checked before you sign a contract and commit to a price for the remodeling project.

You should never try to work with any material yourself if you believe contains asbestos.

You will then need to check on local requirements for removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. Your local building codes and inspections department can explain to you everything you need to know about removing asbestos-laden construction materials. These laws and regulations should be strictly obeyed because of the danger to your family and anyone who works in your home. In addition to federal laws and regulations, there are often additional state and local laws relevant to materials containing asbestos.

You can find a wealth of information from the Environmental Protection Agency at www.epa.gov. If the material you suspect of containing asbestos is damaged in any way, it should be sealed off immediately, and anyone who goes near it should wear a mask.