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November 2019

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Asbestos Removal During the Winter – Is it Possible?

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We all know the dangers of asbestos. We have heard it causes mesothelioma and even death, but what do you know about asbestos removal? Can asbestos be removed during the Winter? Do I need to wait to have it removed? Do I hire a professional? Below, we have all the answers you need to know about asbestos removal during the winter months.

Can We Remove it During the Winter?

Asbestos can be removed year-round. Asbestos is a very dangerous fiber that has strict laws and regulations. If your property has asbestos-containing materials, they need to be removed at once. Waiting to remove asbestos from your property is never a good idea. During the time you are waiting, it could become damaged. Once damaged it becomes airborne and can float to other areas of your home and expose your entire family.

Should I wait till it is Warmer to Remove the Asbestos?

As we said above, never wait to remove asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos is such a hazard to you and your family. Asbestos exposure can be deadly. You should never wait until the weather seems nice to remove asbestos. Asbestos abatement companies have the proper equipment to remove asbestos year round safely. It is our job, and we know how to do it each season. If you have asbestos, have a certified asbestos abatement company remove it as soon as possible.

While removing asbestos during the Winter has its own set of challenges, it can be done correctly. Never try to remove asbestos unless you have the correct licenses for removal. It is illegal to remove or dispose of asbestos without the proper certifications. If your home contains asbestos, contact your local asbestos removal specialist. They will form a plan and begin the safe removal of asbestos from your property, whether it be Winter or Summer, they have the tools and equipment for removal!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Asbestos!

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Asbestos may be banned in the United States, but it is still being found in older properties and some products. Asbestos Abatement Services has five facts that you may not know about asbestos. Asbestos education is vital to ensure that asbestos exposure stays at a minimum.

Some Products Still Contain Asbestos

While we do know some construction materials still contain asbestos, some products are not construction related that have asbestos. Toys, makeup, powder, and tape have recently been found to contain asbestos fibers. Most of these products are not made in the United States. However, it is important to know that some items may contain asbestos without you knowing. It is essential to do research and be better educated on asbestos.

Asbestos is Not a Real Threat Until it is Friable

Friable asbestos is asbestos-containing materials that have become damaged through a remodel, or from wear and tear. Once asbestos-containing materials become friable, you and your family can be exposed to asbestos. All asbestos must be removed from your property before it becomes friable. Once friable, it becomes airborne and can be ingested by anyone in the vicinity.

Asbestos Exposure Does Not Have Immediate Symptoms

Asbestos fibers tend to stay dormant in your body for decades. No one is sure why, but it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for asbestos to show up in the form of mesothelioma or asbestosis. This is what makes asbestos so dangerous. You cannot tell if you have been exposed.

Asbestos Does Not Exit Your Body

Once asbestos fiber enters your body, they don’t leave. The fibers stay in your lungs or stomach and wait to attack your body. Never try to remove asbestos from your property, you could become exposed.

Asbestos Grows Naturally

Asbestos is grown naturally and is mined in other countries. Many countries still use asbestos despite the health concerns that are known throughout the world.

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Winter Items that Could Contain Asbestos

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Did you know asbestos is not just used in construction materials? When we hear about asbestos, it always talks about building materials, but asbestos has been used in other items over the years. Early on, it was used in pottery and textiles, then building materials, but it was also used in everyday household items. Below, we will discuss a few winter items that may contain asbestos fibers.

Holiday Decorations

Older holiday decorations are known to contain asbestos fibers. This is especially the case for decorations that contain lighting. Asbestos is heat resistant, making it the best fiber to use around hot lights. It is also cheap and strong, and this is two things you look for in holiday decorations. If you own any older holiday decorations, it may be time to throw them out and purchase new ones.

Electric Blankets

Most people will not turn down an electric blanket, especially during the winter, but maybe you should! Older electric blankets contain asbestos. It was used to insulate the blanket because of its ability to be heat resistant. If you have an electric blanket that was bought in the 80s or 90s, throw it out!

Gloves

Everyone loves sitting by a warm fire, but no one really enjoys building them. Fireproof gloves are often used to ensure your hands are not burned when making a fire. Older gloves contained asbestos fibers because it protected your hands from the fire. Do yourself a favor and look into purchasing a newer set of fireproof gloves.

Tape

Certain types of tape have been known to have asbestos. Asbestos fibers were found as late as 2007 in some tapes. If your tape is older, throw it out. Check any types of adhesives before purchasing. While asbestos fibers are illegal, it is still being found in some items.