Residential Asbestos Removal Dangers

November 24th, 2014 | in Asbestos

asbestos removalAsbestos lurks in many places in older houses and residential complexes. Historically, it was used in construction, insulation, and building materials, back when people did not understand its risks. These days, the dangers and risks of asbestos are well known, and so, homeowners and residential property owners are seeking out professional asbestos removal companies when abatement is required.

Usually, if asbestos is not disturbed, the risk factors are low. A home inspector will often tell homeowners to not touch any asbestos located within the building. However, avoiding asbestos is not as simple as staying away from affected areas. 

Basic household repairs and renovations can disturb asbestos fibres and release them into the air, where they can be breathed by children, pets, and other occupants. How can this happen? If parts of your home begin to deteriorate or become damaged, if materials are sanded, scraped, or broken, and even through drilling holes in surfaces to innocently install fixtures.

The best thing you can do, if you live in an older home, is contact an experienced, reputable asbestos abatement and removal company. Even if you only suspect you have an asbestos problem and do not know for sure, it is worth making a call and having a professional asbestos inspector visit.

Asbestos abatement and removal professionals can advise you on what is the best course of action in your home. They may suggest removing the material completely, sealing it, or covering it up. This depends on the severity of damage and the scope of any home improvement projects that infringe on the affected area. 

Asbestos in your home is not cause for immediate panic, but should be looked after as soon as possible. The potential serious risks with asbestos exposure are simply not worth taking.

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