Help me do some risk analysis about asbestos siding and ceiling tiles.
February 18, 2009 6:36 AM Subscribe
A house I'm considering buying has asbestos siding and possibly asbestos ceiling tiles as well. What are the real dangers, and what considerations I should take into account in making my decision?
Assume for the sake of the question that I know for sure that the ceiling tiles are asbestos. I *do* know for sure that the siding is.
I'm a first time home buyer, and so feel pretty ignorant about potential house issues. What I've learned from the internets about asbestos is typically that it's OK as long as you don't disturb it. That doesn't reassure me very well, though.
What makes it become disturbed? If I install a ceiling fan will it put me at risk? How about if I accidentally scrape the ceiling when moving in furniture, etc.? What if I accidentally scratch the side of the house with, say, a garden tool? How would I know if I need to replace either the ceiling tiles or the siding? How much of a total pain in the rear and/or expensive would it be to do so?
If it matters, the location is Durham, NC, and the house was built in 1943.