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Asbestos and Renovations

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Remodeling and Home Construction Could Disturb Asbestos – Has Your Home Had an Asbestos Inspection?

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Remodeling and home construction are usually exciting and also a little stressful. This is especially the case if you are doing most of it yourself. Did you know that you could disturb asbestos fibers when you start home remodels and addons? Asbestos is not a huge concern when it is not damaged, but once damaged, asbestos fibers can become detached and float through the air and infect you and your family. Asbestos fibers are microscopic, making it easy for the tiny particles to be in dust or the air. Is there a way to prevent disturbing asbestos? Find out more below!

How Can I Prevent Disturbing Asbestos?

The only way to not disturb asbestos-containing materials is by not touching it and damaging it in any way. Once the materials become damaged or worn down, the asbestos becomes friable, meaning it can expose you. If you are wanting to start a home remodel and have not yet had an asbestos inspection, now is the time.

What is an Asbestos Inspection?

An asbestos inspection is a test that is completed by an asbestos abatement professional. They will go around your home and take samples of different materials. Once all samples have been gathered, they will be sent off to a lab for testing. These tests are highly accurate and can determine if there is any asbestos in the materials. Asbestos tests are especially important because they can be the one thing that can stop you from being exposed to asbestos. If your asbestos test comes back negative, you can go about your remodel and not worry about asbestos exposure.

If your asbestos test comes back positive, your asbestos abatement professional will discuss options with you and make a plan to remove the asbestos from your property as soon as possible. You will also be asked not to start any remodels or construction until the asbestos has been removed. Any remodeling or construction could disturb the asbestos and put you at risk for asbestos exposure.

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Burning and Asbestos – Information You Need to Know!

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Spring and Summer are the perfect time for cleaning up debris from the nasty Winter. It is additionally a time for remodels and renovations. Many rural areas allow people to burn debris and rubble. This can be great for some, but also dangerous. Many rules and regulations are put in place to ensure that no one is exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos-containing materials can range from flooring to shingles and walls. During renovations, a lot of the materials you remove could contain asbestos. How do you know? What should you do? If your home has never had an asbestos inspection, that is where you start. A certified asbestos abatement professional will be able to test your home and give you the answers you need. If your home does have asbestos, it will need to be removed by a professional.

Before you begin any renovations or remodels, hire a professional to test your home for asbestos. This way, you know that you and your family are safe. You will also know if it is safe to burn the materials you accumulate during a remodel. Burning asbestos-containing materials is punishable by law and can carry a hefty fine. Asbestos exposure causes cancer and possibly death. Asbestos is very small and cannot be seen, making it even more difficult to know if you have been exposed.

Before you burn any debris from your home, think about the danger it could cause to you and your family. Burning is also illegal in some areas. If you are thinking of burning debris, contact your local fire department first. They will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you can burn, make sure the materials are asbestos-free. You never want to endanger your family, neighbors, or friends to asbestos, as it is deadly.

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Illegal Dumping of Asbestos – It is A Problem

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Asbestos is understood to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and respiratory illnesses, yet it is still being mishandled. All the dangers have caused regulations and laws to be put in place to protect people from asbestos exposure, yet those laws are not being followed. Asbestos removal requires special licensing, as does the disposal of asbestos. Without the licenses, you cannot legally remove or dispose of any asbestos-containing materials.

In the United States, we are seeing people illegally dumping asbestos. This is punishable by a fine as it is illegal, but it is also putting people at risk. Asbestos exposure can occur from even trace amounts of asbestos fibers. Some do not know they are removing asbestos-containing materials, but more often than not, it is known. Commercial properties must have their buildings tested for asbestos before any remodels, or demolition is completed.

We see a lot of contractors and businesses bypass this crucial step and continue with the remodel or demolition. While this may be saving them a small amount of money, it could be endangering the lives of many people. Illegally removing asbestos does not just harm the contractors and other workers, but it can harm innocent people who live or work nearby.

Asbestos fibers can soar through the air and enter homes and businesses in the vicinity. On top of that, once removed, workers will dispose of it. This can lead to further exposure. Workers will pick up and remove the trash and debris and may unknowingly be exposed to asbestos.

Until asbestos is banned in the United States, and people follow the regulations and rules, there will be a chance of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is highly dangerous and should be treated as a danger to everyone. If you own a business, make sure to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the United States. It could save many lives. Always hire a professional asbestos removal company!

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Asbestos Dangers During Major Home Remodels

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Home remodels can be very exciting, but at the same time, dangerous. Yes, all home remodels come with dangers, but homes with asbestos-containing materials can cause exposure and death. It is important to know your home’s condition and asbestos status before jumping into any remodels. Most contractors are hired to complete a job and will not even question if you have asbestos. If you are unsure, it is important to contact an asbestos professional to have your home checked. This is for the safety of everyone.

Remodeling your home often disturbs certain areas that are prone to contain asbestos. Surprisingly, almost every area of your home could contain asbestos materials. Some of those areas are as follows:
• Roofing
• Insulation
• Flooring and Tile
• Wallpaper
• Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Walls

As you can see, most areas of your home could contain asbestos. When remodeling, you are usually removing or updating at least a couple of the items listed above. If the home has not been tested for asbestos, you can easily release the fibers into the air, where they can travel through your air ducts to other areas of your home.

It is also illegal to remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials. For your safety and the safety of everyone around you, have the home checked prior to remodeling. Asbestos-containing materials are generally not harmful until they are disturbed or worn down and broken. These items are often times destroyed as they are being removed for remodels, releasing asbestos-containing particles into the air. Asbestos is usually found in older homes, but some newer homes have been found to contain asbestos. This is why we recommend all homes and businesses have an asbestos inspection and test completed before remodeling or demolition. Asbestos is known to cause life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer and respiratory failure.