My husband, myself, and our 3 small children (age 5 and under) own an old brick home that was built at some point in the 1800's--unfortunately, we have not been able to find the date or even the decade. Based on some other information, we believe it may have been built shortly after 1825,although its architecture (gothic revival) might indicate a later date.
ANYWAY, the home was last decorated in 1971, and has TONS of wallpaper that needs to be removed. In some cases it peels right off, in others it requires a lot of scraping. The shape of the plaster underneath also varies: in some rooms it is solid and beautiful, in others it needs some fairly minor repair filling cracks or adding screws and washers to get is flush against the wall.) We are not demolishing the walls, just removing wallpaper (possibly doing some sanding) and then priming and painting.
So my question is: what is the liklihood that the plaster walls contain asbestos? Is this is a major concern? Should we bother getting it tested? How should we proceed with this project?
I appreciate your advice!!