What should be done about Asbestos in your Home/Business?

If you think asbestos may be in your home, don't panic.  Usually the best thing is to leave asbestos material that is in good condition alone.  Generally, material in good condition will not release asbestos fibers.  Check material regularly if you suspect it may contain asbestos.  Don't touch it, but look for signs of wear or damage such as tears, abrasions, or water damage.  Damaged material may release asbestos fibers.  This is particularly true if you often disturb it by hitting, rubbing, or handling it, or if it is exposed to extreme vibration or air flow.  Sometimes the best way to deal with slightly damaged material is to limit access to the area and not touch or disturb it.  Discard damaged or worn asbestos gloves, stove-top pads, or ironing board covers.  Check with local health, environmental, or other appropriate officials to find out proper handling and disposal procedures.  If asbestos material is more than slightly damaged, or if you are going to make changes in your home that might disturb it, repair or removal by a professional is needed.  Before you have your commercial building or house demolished or remodeled, find out whether asbestos materials are present by having an asbestos inspection performed.