What should you do if you have found mold or asbestos during your home renovation? This is a common problem faced by homeowners and contractors who are opening walls, ceilings, and basements as part of a home renovation project.
In terms of asbestos, it will usually only be found in homes that were built prior to 1990 as construction materials and insulation that contained asbestos were used until the mid 1980s.
With mold, the age of the homes does not matter as mold forms with moisture and can occur anytime if proper care is not taken regarding water entry and moisture levels in the home.
The challenge of mold and asbestos removal is that it requires trained and insured experts who know how to handle these toxic materials to protect health and safety for the homeowners and the renovators.
What are the dangers of asbestos during home renovation?
While asbestos was used in home construction due to its insulating ability and durability, it was found to be toxic for human respiration. Possible health issues from asbestos exposure include mesothelioma, asbestosis, allergies and possibly even lung cancer.
What are the dangers of mold during home renovation?
Mold can damage human health and the health of your home. As a fungus that releases toxic spores, mold is dangerous for human respiration and can lead to health issues such as, allergies, breathing problems, and skin irritations.
Left untreated, mold can also damage the structural integrity of your home by eating away at insulation, drywall, flooring and carpet.
Mold also poses an additional problem in that it is not easily found. Mold can lay hidden behind walls or under flooring and this allows it to escape visual detection prior to home renovations. Once you start to open walls and remove flooring, especially in basements, there is a chance that mold can be found, and this will put a stop to all renovation work until the substance is removed properly.