Many Ohio residents buy older homes for a variety of reasons. What they may not consider when making the purchase is that older homes could contain toxic materials. Even if they are aware of the concern, they may miss one important source of potential health issues — the home’s siding. Some older homes have a cement-type siding that could result in asbestos exposure.
As late as the 1970s asbestos-reinforced concrete was still used as siding for houses. As long as products containing asbestos are intact and left alone, they should not present any danger. Even if the exterior is left untouched, pressure washing it could damage the siding, which could release dust and/or fibers from this toxic substance.
Part of purchasing an older home for many people is making use of its “good bones” and remodeling, which often requires some demolition. Disturbing this type of siding could present a potentially significant health hazard. Instead, the siding could simply be covered with another type of siding. However, for those who insist on removing the cement siding, certain precautions should be taken. It may even be necessary to call in asbestos-removal specialists who understand how to properly remove and dispose of the materials.
An older Ohio home can provide a great deal of joy to a family, but it can also present certain health hazards. The risk of asbestos exposure from damaged cement siding should not be taken lightly. Before moving forward with any demolition or remodeling of a home that contains products made with asbestos, it would be a good idea to contact a professional in order to make sure no one is at risk, especially you and your family.