Asbestos is a dangerous substance that can lead to serious health issues after exposure. However, it was also once a common building material before anyone knew about its health risks.
The Mesothelioma Center explains that it is possible homes still contain this substance.
If you live in a new home, built recently, then you probably have nothing to worry about when it comes to asbestos because building guidelines do not allow its use. But if your home was built before 1980, you should be cautious. It may contain the substance in certain areas. It largely depends on exactly when your home was built and if any work has been done on the home in addition to the original build.
If your home could potentially contain asbestos, it is essential that you get an inspection before you do any type of renovation. You want to identify if you have the substance in your home and where exactly it is in the building. Generally, if you do not bother the asbestos, it is of little hazard to you. However, there is the potential for some uses to allow asbestos to get into the air and become a danger even if you do not bother it.
Typically, you can expect to find asbestos in roofing, insulation, some paint and floor tiles and under siding sheets. But keep in mind, it may also be in other areas, such as window putty, duct lining, range hoods, fireplace logs and clothes dryers.
You should always wear protective gear when doing any type of home project just in case there is asbestos. It is still legal in some applications, so even if you have a newer home, it is better to be safe than to expose yourself unknowingly.