Asbestos Concerns

As you begin your house hunting search, the last thing you want to hear is asbestos. Some sales agreements mention asbestos by saying “the buyer is aware asbestos may be used in the construction of this home.” This may seem unnerving, especially if you’re a first time home buyer.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is used in many homes as a type of insulation, often found in attics. It once had multiple uses that included siding, tape wrapping for furnace air ducts and could even be used in “popcorn” ceilings.

What are the Health Risks of Asbestos?

Asbestos is known to cause cancer when tiny particles are released into the air. If you are exposed, by breathing in the particles released in the air, you can be susceptible to lung diseases like mesothelioma and lung cancer.

How Do I Know If Asbestos is in My DC Area Home?

Your home inspector can let you know if asbestos is present in easily accessible areas like siding, taping, and insulation, and recommend remedies if necessary. There are several remedies that range from the simple to the complex. More information on asbestos can be found if you click here.