Even if the homeowner is particularly skilled in DIY projects around the home, he must never be tempted to undertake asbestos removal because only professionals can handle the task safely and efficiently. Before asbestos is removed from the property, the professionals will test and analyze the surroundings to determine the most appropriate and safest method of removal.
The removal of asbestos must be handled with great care because it has toxic substances that are called carcinogens. Professionals usually identify the condition of asbestos prior to removal because once it is already worn or damaged; it poses greater risks to humans and pets. Asbestos fibres can flake off or become airborne making it highly possible for people to inhale the toxic substances. People who have been exposed to asbestos are at risk of developing asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.
If you have recently bought a new home, it is very unlikely to contain asbestos because the material has been banned since 1980. However, if you have invested in an old home, you’d better ask the professionals to check whether there is asbestos insulation, flooring, ceiling tiles, shingles or sidings. If you are going to remodel or renovate the old home, make sure that only professionals will handle asbestos removal because they know how to properly dispose of the material.
It is very likely that you have been exposed to asbestos if the home was build before the mid-80 where asbestos is often used for attic insulation, piping insulation and floor or ceiling tiles. There are also risks of exposure if you have participated in recovery efforts where asbestos materials have been disturbed or damaged.
If it is an emergency situation, make sure that there is a mask that will adequately cover the mouth and nose to prevent inhalation of toxic substances. The emergency kit must also contain lots of water because wet asbestos is less likely to become airborne.
There are established and safe systems for asbestos removal to ensure that no one will be at risk of exposure. Highly skilled contractors that were professionally trained will remove the hazardous asbestos material from residential properties, manufacturing companies and state-owned facilities.