Safe Asbestos Handling: What To Do If You Find It

Posted on: 11 May 2016

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that was once a popular building material for insulation, shingles, and siding as well as ceiling and floor tiles. If asbestos becomes disturbed by being crumbled or broken down, it becomes airborne and can potentially be breathed into the lungs. When this mineral enters your lungs, your risk for lung cancer and a fatal condition called mesothelioma increases significantly. If you encounter asbestos in your home or workplace, here are some important practices everyone should follow.

If You Find Asbestos

If you find material in or outside of your home that you think may contain asbestos, it's best to have a sample sent off to a laboratory for testing before you perform any work. Do not move any materials that could potentially contain asbestos, and never use a saw or hammer nails into the surface of anything that could potentially contain it until you're positive it is asbestos-free. If the sample comes back as being positive for asbestos, be sure you contact a licensed professional abatement or removal company before you do any kind of demolition work to your home. 

The Removal Process

A professional asbestos removal company will schedule a time to come to your home and begin the removal process. Everyone, including pets, will need to be removed during the abatement period so workers can secure the area and remove everything safely. Workers are specially trained to handle this hazardous material and have the knowledge and resources to get it out completely in a safe manner. The removal company employees will usually wear a protective suit and mask to avoid breathing in any particles during the process. Depending on how much asbestos is found, it can take several hours to a full day or more to completely remove it.

If You Do Not Have Asbestos Removed

In most cases, asbestos is harmless until it's been disturbed. You can live safely in your home even if it is covered with asbestos siding or you find insulation around pipes that contain asbestos. It is essential that you avoid scrubbing surfaces made of asbestos, or else it can disrupt the particles and become a health hazard. Never sand anything containing asbestos, and do not cut it with a sharp object or drill holes into it. When the time comes and you want to do remodeling or work on any area of your home that contains asbestos, it should always be done a company like mould remediation services from Clean Air Services Inc that specializes in dealing with this material so you can keep yourself and your family safe. 

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