We had A repipe job done on our home 5 years ago. I was stupid and did not research the company before they destroyed drywall thoughout the house. After the pipes were replaced they informed me that they do not repair the drywall and it is my job to do so. My question is that it has been 5 years since this has happened and the drywall is cut out all over the home. since it has asbestos is there a danger to those living in the household? Any comments would be appreciated!
OK, let's take about 10 steps back...
To answer the question of danger:
The danger of asbestos is the airborne fibers. When they get in the air, they can eventually get into your lungs, where they become lodged and never leave. Over time (long time) and continued exposure, it can eventually turn into cancer.
So, for asbestos to be dangerous, there are a few variables:
So, yes, it is dangerous, but not quite as bad as most people think. In fact, in the US, many regions now allow homeowners to deal with small amounts of asbestos on their own.
DIY safety tips:
For bigger projects, you absolutely need to look into getting licenses abatement performed.
That covers the basic physical dangers.
On to the economic dangers...
If the drywall does, indeed, contain asbestos, and you now know this, you are legally obligated (at least in the USA) to report this when you go to sell the house. Having a house full of asbestos based sheetrock will make your house unsellable. As such, you likely need to talk to an expert...probably a contractor as well as a lawyer.
You may end up having to walk away from the house as a full-house abatement can be prohibitively expensive. I'd suggest just burning it down to the ground but, well, it's full of asbestos so even that won't work (that's a bit of a joke...don't seriously burn the house down...)
I agree with Keith, though...bring in a home inspector expert first. I can't say I've heard of asbestos being used in sheetrock products, though I'm sure it was at one point. You're also going to want to test other materials...popcorn ceiling finishes, wall insulations, floor tiles, attic insulation, siding, roofing, pipe insulation, etc.