What to Do About Asbestos

You can't detect asbestos on sight alone. Don't touch suspected asbestos in good condition. Avoid touching or exposing your family to any damaged asbestos, and test any suspected asbestos before remodeling.

Hire somebody to test the asbestos, then somebody else to remediate. Otherwise, the testers may find overestimate the asbestos content to drive up their charges. Don't worry if the remediation doesn't actually remove all the asbestos. Professional repairs typically involve covering the material or applying a sealant that binds the fibers. Removal can be more expensive. Either way, don't try it at home. Leave it to the experts.