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Remodels and Asbestos

Construction at residential house, back deck being recontructed and repaired

Remodels are an exciting time for everyone involved. You are making your home look the way you have always wanted, but with remodels can come some dangers. We know you understand the normal dangers like injuries from construction, but what about asbestos exposure? Asbestos exposure is a serious problem when it comes to remodels. Remodels consist of demolishing parts of your home and rebuilding. During this process, you can disturb asbestos-containing materials and expose your self to the asbestos.

Is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos is highly hazardous to your health. Asbestos causes Mesothelioma and lung cancer. It can also cause severe respiratory problems and possibly death. Many homes were built using asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos exposure is so dangerous that it has been banned in construction materials and some laws are in place to ensure worker safety.

What Should I Do?

If you are starting a remodel, it is important to look at the age of your home. Is your home newly built? Was it built within the last ten years? If so, then you are probably safe. If your home was build decades ago, you are likely in trouble and will need to have the home checked for asbestos. Asbestos testing is only completed by certified asbestos abatement professionals such as Asbestos Abatement Services. This test will determine if you can safely remodel or if you will need professional asbestos removal.

Asbestos abatement is a dangerous process and should only be completed by certified and licensed professionals. Asbestos Abatement professionals have the proper tools, respirators, and suits to ensure all asbestos is safely removed and properly disposed of. Before you start your next remodel to make sure you step back and look at the age and condition of your home. It is best to be safe than sorry years later.

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