As a homeowner, there are things you always have to be careful of. Depending on when your home was built and what materials were used, you may have asbestos in your home without even realizing it. Of course you know asbestos is a danger to your health and the health of your family, but you probably did not know that there are well over 3,000 products containing asbestos. The only real way to be sure the threat of asbestos exposure is avoided, as are the dangerous health effects, is to remove all the asbestos from your home. Because even removing asbestos can be dangerous, you should be sure to hire a licensed asbestos removal contractor to do the job.
Why You Should Test for Asbestos
Asbestos is highly toxic and in the past, it was commonly used in home building materials such as flooring, ceiling materials, insulation, cement, joint compound and much more. Therefore, when you own a home, it is important for you to test for asbestos before doing any repair jobs or improvements. You will want to text any structure that was completed before 1980 for asbestos just to be safe. If you do not, you can jeopardize your own health as well as the health of your family. You want to be sure you will not be inhaling any airborne asbestos fibers as they can cause mesothelioma.
What Happens During Asbestos Removal
If you have materials in your home that tested positive for asbestos, you’re going to want to have them removed by a professional. The professional will recommend the best removal or containment method for you and can ensure the job is done as safely as possible. The asbestos removal contractor will also determine whether or not you will need an HSE license to do the job in case asbestos fibers will be released into the air. You’ll learn about what is needed for the removal, how it will be done and how the materials will be disposed of.
Once the job is complete and the asbestos is removed, you will be able to perform the renovations you had planned. Your home will much be much safer and healthier to live in and you can be at ease knowing your family is not at risk of mesothelioma.