Four DIY Home Projects That Might Involve The Risk Of Asbestos

Posted on: 12 May 2015


If you are planning on doing remodeling on your home, it is a good idea to have asbestos testing be a part of any project. With DIY home remodeling becoming more popular, it is important to protect yourself and know the risks, especially if your home was built in the 1970's or earlier. Here are four standard DIY projects that should involve asbestos testing.

1. Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Popcorn ceilings can be removed and smoothed over with a sprayer and scraper, and many homeowners will take this project on themselves. There is a chance that asbestos may be lurking in the paint and insulation materials, and can be unsafe when disrupted. Make sure to have an inspector test for asbestos, in case you should call in a professional for this project.

2. Ripping Up Old Linoleum

If you are hoping to put in new carpets or hardwood floors, you might want to rip up old linoleum that has been there for years. You may even discover old linoleum by accident, hidden by carpeting. This can be a danger zone for asbestos and should not be disrupted if found during your project. If you want to pull up old linoleum, make sure to have this tested beforehand, even if you must halt your project in the meantime.

3. Taking Down Old Paint or Wallpaper

Taking down old wallpaper or sanding off old paint might seem like a harmless DIY project. If nothing has been updated in decades, you might come in contact with asbestos paint or sealant. Have your walls tested so that you don't put yourself at risk. Get advice on how to proceed if asbestos is identified.

4. Replacing Floor Heaters or Windows

If you are replacing a structure that is built into your home, such as a window or floor heater, the insulation around these items may have been made with asbestos. Before disrupting and removing parts of your home that are built into the wall or structure of your home, have appropriate testing taken into account.

These days, lots of homeowners are doing remodeling themselves without the help of professionals. This can be a great way to save money, but don't put your health at risk just to save a buck. For smaller home projects, there is still a chance that you can come in contact with asbestos. Make sure that your home is tested before you proceed for the health and safety of you and your family.

For more information about asbestos testing, contact Vancouver Hazmat Solution or a similar company.