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April 2018

Renovation Projects and Asbestos

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Asbestos has become more and more concerning since the affects have been seen. It has been determined that asbestos exposure causes severe illnesses. Unfortunately, many homes and businesses still contain asbestos. Exposure happens when a person does not know the area they are renovating contains this mineral. Once the asbestos-containing materials have been disturbed, they can float throughout the area and expose everyone. Asbestos cannot be seen, as it is a tiny fiber. The fiber can attach to your clothing or move throughout your HVAC system affecting people in other areas of your property.

What Items Could Contain Asbestos?

Many materials in your home could contain asbestos. Each area of your home could have asbestos-containing materials that could become friable as soon as you start your remodels. If you are thinking of doing a renovation to your home or business, check with an asbestos removal professional first. They have the knowledge and tools to ensure you keep you and your family safe. Below are some of the more common items that could contain asbestos:

  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Plaster
  • Cement Pipes
  • Cement Siding
  • Insulation
  • Tiles
  • Drywall
  • Roofing
  • Caulking
  • Electric Wire Insulation
  • Chalkboards
  • Pipe Insulation
  • Fireproof Materials
  • HVAC Duct Installations
  • Paints

Above are just some of the items in your home or business that could contain asbestos. Before doing a remodel or any renovation, have your home checked for asbestos. A simple test completed by an asbestos removal professional could save your life. Asbestos doesn’t harm unless it is broken down through wear and tear or remodels. Once it is in the air, it can easily move throughout your home or business, affecting everyone in its path! If you are not wearing the proper ventilation suits, you could expose yourself and other people around you. Be safe-Have your home or business checked before you begin a remodel.

Asbestos- What is it?

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Asbestos has been in the media for years, but what is it? Is it really dangerous and hazardous to our health? Asbestos Abatement Services has the answers to all of your questions. Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral. It was used for years before it was found to be dangerous to humans. Asbestos fibers were used in construction materials because it is heat resistant, durable, and cost effective. Below are a some of the materials that have and could still contain asbestos. 

  • Building Insulation
  • Electric Insulation
  • Flooring
  • Roofs
  • Caulking
  • Coatings
  • Drywall
  • Joint Filler Compound
  • Stucco
  • Plaster
  • Popcorn Ceilings
  • Certain Cements
  • Fire Blankets

Health Concerns

There are many health concerns that accompany asbestos. From respiratory problems to certain types of cancer, asbestos is nothing to play with. Asbestos fibers are dangerous to both humans and animals and was put into many construction materials into the 2000s. Older asbestos-containing materials that broke down from age or were disturbed from remodels, exposed many people. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is only caused from asbestos exposure, it can attack your lungs, stomach, and heart. Asbestosis and respiratory problems are also very common with asbestos exposure. If you have respiratory problems that last year-round, then you should be checked for asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Testing

Asbestos testing is the only way to know for sure if your home or business contains asbestos. These tests should only be completed by certified professionals. These tests will determine if your home is safe, or if you need removal services. If you do need to have asbestos removed from your home, they will help to devise a plan to remove the hazardous substance quickly and safely. You should never try to do this yourself as certain equipment, tools, suits, and licensing is needed to remove and dispose of asbestos!