Many older homes have “great bones.” That means they were build to last. They are solid, with some very cool features. However, asbestos can be a problem during home renovation. This dangerous and highly toxic substance is a considerable health risk. It can be in old insulation or even on the outer siding on the house. Home owners and contractors need to take great care when starting a remodel project.
Probably the most common place that home owners encounter asbestos is when replacing insulation. As the old stuff is pulled out of the house, it will release dust and particles that are inhaled. On a limited scale, like a single house renovation, it may not be a problem. However, contractors who make their living restoring old homes may see health problems down the line in the form of certain lung cancers. Wearing the proper protective gear is a must, and making sure that all safety and protection protocols are being followed is the only way to go. This certainly makes the project more expensive, but the health outcome far outweighs the cost of removing asbestos from an old home.
The asbestos siding on older homes is not as dangerous because it’s highly unlikely that it will break off in a capacity that produces a problem. In fact, many people just leave it there, and they are fine living in the home. Even so, all health concerns around asbestos should be addessed and taken very seriously. These old homes deserve to be restored, but not at the risk of permanently damaging someone’s health.