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July 23, 2013IA |  By: Snyder

Summer Remodeling Asbestos

July is Asbestos Awareness Month.

Left in place, its not dangerous, but a home repair or remodeling project might disturb it, which would cause small fibers to stay in the air and cause all sorts of diseases, including cancer. Asbestos was widely used to insulate homes up until the early '80'. Many older homes in the midwest are loaded with it. Air Quality Supervisor with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Brian Hutchins, says many products in the home are likely to contain dangerous asbestos fibers, and home repair or remodeling are almost sure to uncover it.

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Hutchins advice is to call in a professional and have suspicious items tested. If it is asbestos, it has to be handled with care.

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Hutchins says they will place the asbestos in special bags for disposal in a landfill. For more information on products that contain asbestos, go to www.iowadnr.gov/InsideDNR/RegulatoryAir/Asbestos.aspx.