We purchased a house built in the 60's about a month ago. Had a general inspection done prior to going to contract and was told that there were no red flags seen regarding Asbestos.
- Insulation: Layer of Balsam Wool with Blown in Cellulose
- Walls: Sheetrock
- Floors: Oak
- Siding: Vinyl
- Roof: Asphalt
- Ceiling is flat sheetrock
- Plumbing is Copper or Pex
- HVAC is updated
We had some electrical work done to add high hats, outlets and switches replaced etc. Few older windows replaced and was waiting to paint. We did a thorough cleaning and moved our stuff in so we could be settled for Christmas.
Everything was great until we decided to run an air test in the house after the mess of Cellulose falling from the high hats. The inspector took a few other wall samples around the house while they were exposed.
The two PCM Air Samples taken came back at <.003 fibers per cubic cm and .005 cubic cm. Sheetrock came back clear but of the samples of Spackle one was 3% and 2 others 1.5%. which was devastating to hear. Neither of us have heard of Spackle containing Asbestos before researching more about it online.
We have two small children and my wife is destroyed to hear that our dream house has become a nightmare. She is staying at her parents with the kids until we figure out what we're going to do. I realize the air samples are well below what is considered safe but even the slight presence and knowing that the spackle contains Asbestos is a big problem.
I just want to clear the house out, and have the walls and ceilings abated professionally down to the studs. My wife seems to think that could make things worse by releasing additional fibers. Air samples only need to come back at .01 fiber/cm3 to deem the house safe. The abatement company could just do all the work and say well this is what we guarantee.
At the same time I wouldn't mind fixing a few issues with pillowing ceilings and under insulated walls. Redo the Master Bath and update the built ins.
I'm afraid that if we leave it - regardless of it being undisturbed or not, we'll always know it's there and every time we go to hang a picture or put a shelf up etc it'll be like a bad penny. We plan on living at this house for a long time.
I need some guidance and direction! Thank You.