What To Do If Your Home Has Asbestos

What To Do If Your Home Has Asbestos

Asbestos is a frightening substance that, when inhaled in high amounts and/or over long periods of time, can lead to respiratory illnesses, including mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer, and death. Therefore, steps need to always be taken to ensure that every property you own doesn’t contain asbestos (or that, if there is asbestos in the building, that it’s properly maintained in order to be safe).

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If you found out that your home has asbestos and you’re wondering what you should do, continue reading to learn a few tips. Remember that the sooner you act, the less you and your family will be exposed to this toxic element and the less likely it is that you’ll become ill as a result of exposure.

Don’t Panic

The first you need to do if you realise that there’s asbestos inside your home is to remain calm without panicking. This is because any materials that contain asbestos won’t be harmful to you if they aren’t disturbed or damaged in any way. Therefore, simply leaving these materials alone is the best course of action to take. But, again, you should be certain that the materials that contain the asbestos are in good condition and won’t be disturbed. This will prevent the release of asbestos fibres into the air, which, when inhaled, are dangerous.

Also, be sure to keep a close eye on any of the asbestos that’s in your home, as wear and damage over time will need to be addressed to maintain your family’s safety. Never touch it, hit it, rub it, or handle it as you look for abrasions, tears, and signs of water damage.

Call in the Experts

In the event that you feel really uncomfortable with the fact that you have asbestos in your home and you want to have it completely removed and replaced with a safe material, it’s best to call in the experts. It’s also necessary to call asbestos removal experts whenever you’re planning on remodelling or making drastic changes to your property. Again, you don’t want to disturb or damage the asbestos-containing materials in your home because doing so could release its harmful fibres.

Buildings that are Most Likely to Have Asbestos

Certain types of buildings and materials are more likely to have asbestos. For example, houses that were constructed between 1930 and 1950 might contain insulation that’s made of asbestos. In addition, asbestos may be found in the textured paint that was popular decades ago, as well as within patching compounds that were used on ceiling joints and walls, until these were banned from use in 1977.

Certain types of siding shingles and roofing materials may contain asbestos cement.  If you have shingles like that on your home it would be best to contact Style by Carden Roofing to get those removed and replaced. Artificial embers and ashes that are sold for gas-fired fireplaces might also contain asbestos, as can older items, like stovetop pads, vinyl tiles, and the backing found on vinyl sheet flooring or adhesives.

If you find asbestos in your home, there’s no need to panic, as it may not be causing a health hazard of any kind. Keep a level head, assess the danger, and call in experts whenever you’re in doubt.

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