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How to Safely Remove Asbestos

4/27/2013 8:58:09 AM | by Anonymous

Asbestos Insulation Materials

Asbestos came on the scene in a dramatic way because of its toughness, as well as its chemical and heat resistance. Up until the 1980s it was used in all types of building materials, including those used for homes. If asbestos is disturbed in any was such as by sanding or drilling, it can produce hazardous dust.


Renovation workers can breathe this dust during renovations causing potentially deadly consequences. Homeowners not aware that the dust has been created can breathe it in for months or years without their knowledge. The end result for many who are now victims has been the dreadful disease, mesothelioma, as well as lung cancer.


Asbestos containing building materials can be somewhat camouflaged. For instance, drywall with asbestos looks just like drywall without it. So it is with many building materials.


Homes constructed prior to 1980 will probably contain some asbestos in the building materials. It is important to protect yourself from asbestos contamination during renovation or demolition in your home. The most prudent thing to do is have your house surveyed by a qualified asbestos inspector.


The asbestos inspector will collect samples from suspected building products in the home. They will then be tested for asbestos in a lab.


Where Asbestos Was Typically Used

Any building materials, including drywall may contain asbestos. Asbestos based drywall compound is common in homes built prior to 1990. This is a finishing coat that is applied to the seams, nail impressions, screw holes and edges. The finished product provides a smooth service for painting.


Numerous older flooring products were manufactured with asbestos. Older homes may have several layers of asbestos floor material, including sheet flooring. That means that a great deal of asbestos was encased in this type flooring tile for years.


Asbestos is commonly found in older fireplaces. It is generally in the hidden compounds used for completing the construction and sealed within the bricks, rocks and mantle material. This is generally an area considered contained and may not need to be disturbed to remain safe.


In older homes built using boilers or gas heaters, asbestos was commonly used for both wall material and duct work. Wall material in heater rooms was asbestos because of its heat resistant qualities. The material easily stood the test of time as a sealer on the hot ducts.


While houses are now insulated primarily with fiberglass products, houses built before 1980 were commonly insulated with asbestos. Sometimes there is more than one layer of insulation. That is typical when it has initially been blown, then later covered with sheets of insulation. It is common to have loose fill product covered with fiberglass sheet material.


Getting Your Asbestos Removed Professionally

To ensure your and your family's safety, asbestos containing materials must be removed from your home by specially trained workers. They should be trained in asbestos removal, be wearing protective clothing, and should perform the removal wearing respirators.


Unless you are properly trained, don't try it yourself. Before you work on your house with questionable materials get it properly surveyed.


Is it necessary to remove asbestos in every case?

In some cases, professionals agree that solid asbestos building materials, in good condition, are safe to leave in place. Instead of going through the risk of removing it, the solution is often to overlay it with new materials. It all depends on the type materials, where they are located and what condition they are in.


In summary, it is the fibrous, airborne asbestos in your home that is dangerous. Knowing that, if you need renovations, contact companies that are experienced and licensed in asbestos containment and removal.


Either or both of those processes may be required. Consequently, the companies you work with should be able to determine the necessity of either. They will then safely perform the work properly with minimal risk to the workers or the inhabitants of the home.


Author Bio: This has been a guest post from Aware1, who are the best disposal experts of asbestos Victoria has to offer. If you're worried about possible asbestos contamination on your house, give them a bell to see what's up.

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