How Can Asbestos Be Identified?

Asbestos is something that all homeowners never wish to find. However, if you’re moving into an older house, it may be something you will need to check for to ensure the safety of you and your family. Luckily, if you’re moving to Denver or the surrounding areas, our team at B&R Environmental Services offers asbestos testing and abatement services, allowing you to live in a home that is asbestos-free! Continue reading to learn how you can identify asbestos, and reach out to our team for assistance!

Image of a basement with insulation hanging from the ceiling

Know Where to Find It

The first thing you should keep in mind if you’re worried about finding asbestos in your home is where you can find it. There are a few common places where asbestos can be found in older homes, and if you’re worried that you have asbestos, it’s best to have a professional check these areas first. The most common places to find asbestos include:

  • Textured paints

  • Siding shingles

  • Fireplaces or wood stoves

  • Attic insulation

  • Vinyl floor tiles

Image of a wall after wallpaper has been removed and piled on the floor

Know the Possible Signs

While knowing the most common places to find asbestos can be helpful, especially if you’re waiting on a professional to do an inspection, it can also be helpful to know the possible signs that you may have asbestos. There may be some areas of your home where the signs may not be as obvious, but some of the most common signs that there is asbestos growing in your home are:

  • Cracked siding

  • Damaged shingles

  • Crumbling drywall

  • Brittle ceiling tiles or coatings

  • Discolored or cracked floor tiles

If you notice any of these signs in your home, it’s a good idea to call a professional to perform asbestos testing as soon as possible.

Image of water damage and mold growth near a window

Check for Tears, Abrasions, or Water Damage

Normal wear and tear on a house is expected, but if you notice some of the areas of your home are showing more damage than normal wear and tear, it could be cause for concern. Look for tears, abrasions, or water damage in your home, and if you find them, try to limit the amount of time you spend in that part of your home until you can have the area inspected and tested by a professional.

Home inspector inspecting siding

Get a Professional Inspection

The best way to know whether or not you have asbestos in your home is to have it inspected by a professional. A professional is well versed in the signs of asbestos, and they can perform tests to determine whether or not the health of you and your family is in danger.

In Need of Asbestos Testing?

At B&R Environmental Services, we offer asbestos testing and abatement to residents of Denver and the surrounding areas. Don’t risk your health or the health of your family. Get expert assistance from our team today!

Contact Us