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October 2021

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Asbestos Decontamination – Why A Trained Professional is Needed!

By Asbestos Information, Hazardous Materials InformationNo Comments

As we all see in the media, asbestos exposure causes cancer, specifically mesothelioma. We know asbestos is a carcinogen and is still seen in older homes throughout the United States. Asbestos is deadly, and there are laws in place on federal and state levels about asbestos decontamination. Below, we will discuss asbestos decontamination and the importance of a certified asbestos abatement professional.

When asbestos abatement professionals begin a job, they start by sealing off the area. Once sealed, they bring in equipment and negative pressure machines to ensure no asbestos fibers can escape. They also seal off HVAC vents and wear respirators and suits to ensure that asbestos fibers do not attach to them or enter their bodies.

Once they remove the asbestos-containing materials, they will start sealing them and safely removing them from the property. Once they have removed the materials to a safe location, they will go through a decontamination process. This process is an extremely important part of the removal process because it ensures no asbestos fibers escape the immediate area. All equipment, tools, clothing, and workers will go through the decontamination process before they can leave the site.

By doing this, they prevent the asbestos fibers from exposing anyone in the immediate area. They will then take the asbestos-containing materials to a disposal location, where they present their licenses and certifications for disposal. It is unlawful to remove or attempt the removal of asbestos without the correct permits. These laws are in place to protect people from the harmful effects of asbestos exposure, including cancer and possible death.
If you have asbestos on your property, contact an asbestos abatement professional so that they can safely eliminate the asbestos and ensure your home and family are safe.

For sale sign outside a home on the market

My Home Has Asbestos – Can I Sell It?

By Asbestos Regulations, Household InfoNo Comments

It is finally time to sell your home, but it is an older home, and it contains asbestos. What do you do? If you know that the home has asbestos, it must be disclosed to the buyer without a shadow of a doubt. If you do not disclose the information, you can be sued. When selling a home, you will need to have a property inspection completed. These inspections do not generally check for asbestos, but the buyer may want an asbestos test if the home is older.

What If I Am Unsure of Asbestos On The Property?

If you do not know for sure, you can have an asbestos test completed. You can also let the buyer decide if they want an inspection. It is best for you to have one completed because of the time and money it can save in the long run. If the buyer wants a test and it comes back that there is asbestos on the property, you may be asked to remove the asbestos or sell the home for a lower price to cover the asbestos removal.

Asbestos is highly hazardous and a danger to everyone that enters the home. If you are still living in the home, it is crucial to have a test completed if the home is older. Older homes could have asbestos in the insulation, roofing, tiles, walls, textured ceilings, and even adhesives. While we stated it is legal to sell a home containing asbestos, it is best to have it checked before putting your home on the market. You never want to unknowingly cause someone to become exposed to such a dangerous fiber. Asbestos causes cancer and other respiratory issues that can cause lifelong illnesses.

Hire a professional asbestos abatement company such as Asbestos Abatement Services for all your testing, inspection, and removal needs.