Asbestos was once widely used in more than 3,000 different building materials in homes and buildings. Even today, asbestos has not been banned from all consumer products. Asbestos is a hazardous substance and symptoms from exposure often occur decades later. Asbestos is known to cause lung diseases such as lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma, and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure.
Disturbing asbestos in your home during a renovation could result in exposure to this harmful material. Furthermore, disturbance of asbestos containing materials could potentially expose family members and spread contamination, which can also increase costs and delay your project. It is always recommended to use North Carolina accredited individuals to safely abate asbestos. The only sure way to know if asbestos is present in your home is with a thorough inspection including laboratory analysis. Are you a homeowner? Learn more about asbestos.
Worried about asbestos in your home? Search for an NC Accredited Asbestos Inspector in your area. Contractors who are not accredited can find more information about discipline specific training from the Health Hazards Control Unit.
Learn more from the Health Hazards Control Unit and the Asbestos Hazard Management Program.