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Will My Insurance Cover Asbestos Removal?

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Learning that your property contains asbestos is a terrifying feeling. No one wants a toxic material in their home. Your home should be your safe place and to find you have a fiber that can cause cancer in your home is devastating. Asbestos has been found in many areas around homes, including:
• Insulation
• Walls
• Flooring
• Roofing
• Adhesives
• Popcorn Ceilings
• Gaskets
• Textured Walls

Once you learn that you have asbestos in your home, your instinct will be to have it removed as soon as possible. This is the wisest decision you can make. Once you have overcome the shock of finding asbestos on your property, you will begin to think of the cost. Asbestos removal is not cheap. You may wonder if you can remove it yourself. The answer is no. A licensed company can only complete asbestos removal. It is illegal to remove asbestos without the proper license because of how dangerous it is.

Will My Insurance Cover Asbestos Removal?

n most cases, insurance companies do not cover the cost of asbestos removal. However, there are some circumstances where your homeowner insurance may pay for your asbestos removal. It is best to contact a professional asbestos removal company. They will be able to check with your insurance to see if they can file a claim. If your property has been damaged by flooding, storm damages, or tornadoes, your policy may cover the safe removal and replacement of asbestos-containing materials.

While asbestos abatement can be costly, it is also necessary to protect you and your family from asbestos exposure. It is best to work with a certified asbestos abatement professional. They will be able to create a plan and work with your budget on the safe removal of asbestos from your home.

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Are There Alternatives To Asbestos Removal?

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As an advocate for asbestos research and education, it is important to us that you receive all the facts about asbestos and its dangerous effects on people. We have seen a lot of people discussing alternatives to asbestos removal. While some may believe this is the right course of action, we can assure you that asbestos should permanently be removed from properties. Asbestos exposure is a health risk. With asbestos being such a risk with mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other severe illnesses, why would you even consider keeping it inside your home or business?

Can I Live With Asbestos In My Home?

While it is true that asbestos that has not been disturbed is not of immediate danger, it can quickly turn friable, which means it is of immediate danger. Non-friable asbestos is asbestos-containing materials that are still intact and in good condition. Friable asbestos is when the asbestos has become damaged or disturbed through remodels, construction, or other means. Friable asbestos could expose you at any moment. While you could live with asbestos for a limited amount of time, it is not the best decision for you or your family. It only takes one instance of asbestos exposure to have mesothelioma.

Sealing Asbestos

Encasement of asbestos, also known as sealing, is just a quick fix. Sealing asbestos-containing materials only delays the asbestos from becoming friable. This option is not a viable choice for most people. It is not only costly but does not last forever. You will eventually need to have the asbestos removed, meaning you are still at risk, even when the asbestos has been sealed.

Asbestos in your home or business is a severe problem that should be handled promptly. Asbestos exposure can be deadly. When dealing with such a hazardous material, it is vital that you contact a certified asbestos abatement company for the safe removal of asbestos from your property.

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The Top Places You Will Find Asbestos In Your Home

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Your home has a lot of different materials that were used during the building process. It is no surprise that your house could have asbestos in several different areas of the property. Asbestos Abatement Services wants you always to be prepared and knowledgeable of asbestos and its harmful effects. Below, we will discuss the top places you may find asbestos in the home.
Insulation in Walls and Attics

Insulation is the most commonly found asbestos-containing material. We see a lot of insulation that contains asbestos. Older homes are at more of a risk, as it was the first choice for insulation for decades. If your home is older and has not had the insulation replaced, it will likely contain the harmful fiber known as asbestos.

Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Walls

Popcorn ceilings and textured walls were popular during the 80s and 90s. Most homes were built with one or the other, or even both! Today, most textured walls are created using sand, but asbestos was the choice for many years. If your property contains popcorn ceiling or textured walls, contact an asbestos abatement professional before attempting removal.

Drywall

Drywall is used for most walls in your home. It is a scary thought that all the walls in your home could contain asbestos, but this could very well be the case. Asbestos was used in all types of wallboards, including drywall and panels.

Gaskets For Hot Water Heaters and HVAC Units

Asbestos was used because of its resistance to heat. This made asbestos perfect for gaskets and other packings for HVAC units, hot water heaters, and other areas that could become hot.

Floor Tile

Flooring, especially floor tiles, used asbestos fibers because they were durable and could stand up to the everyday wear and tear that flooring receives. If your property has older floor tiles, it is best to have them tested before removing them.

Roofing

As we stated above, asbestos was used because it was heat resistant. This should come as no surprise that it was used in roofing shingles. We see roofing shingles on newer and older properties that contain asbestos.
If you are looking to remodel your older property, contact an asbestos professional for an inspection. Asbestos exposure can cause lasting effects on your health for years to come.

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4 Facts About Asbestos That You Need To Know!

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We all know that asbestos causes mesothelioma. It is in the news, and we see many commercials from lawyers about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, but what else do you know? Asbestos Abatement Services has four facts that you should know about asbestos. Knowing more about asbestos can help to protect you and your family from exposure in the future!

Asbestos Occurs Naturally

Asbestos is not manufactured. Asbestos grows naturally throughout the United States and other countries. Asbestos is mined from the Earth, which is why miners are commonly diagnosed with illnesses stemming from asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers are tiny and deadly. Asbestos comes in different forms, and all are considered carcinogenic, which means they are very hazardous to your health.

Asbestos Is Used In Other Items

We all know that asbestos was used in construction for decades, but did you know that it was used in other items as well? Asbestos has been found in makeup, talcum powder, school supplies, holiday ornaments, and other fire-resistant items like electric blankets. Asbestos was even used in firefighters’ equipment!

Illnesses From Asbestos Exposure Can Take Years Before Symptoms Occur

Once asbestos enters your body, it attaches to your lungs and abdomen, where it sits for decades. Asbestos exposure is so dangerous because you never know you have been exposed until years later. Asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma can take 20 or more years to show symptoms. Asbestosis and pleural thickening happen over time and can take several years to show. If you believe you have been exposed to the dangerous fiber, let your doctor know immediately.

Asbestos Is Classified By Friable and Non-Friable

Asbestos comes in many forms, but it is classified in properties as friable and non-friable. Both are equally dangerous, but friable is of immediate danger to you. Friable asbestos is asbestos that has been disturbed. This can occur from normal wear and tear or from remodels. Non-friable asbestos has not been damaged but can become friable at any moment. All asbestos fibers are hazardous and can cause severe illnesses and death.
If your home or business has asbestos, there is no time like the present for removal!