Winter is here, and so is the copious amounts of snow. This year’s snowfall has been more than normal. Many are worried about the snow damaging their property. Unfortunately, this is not the only thing you must worry about. Asbestos exposure during the winter is a real concern. Asbestos exposure is always dangerous, but winter snow can lead to disturbing these hazardous mineral fibers. We know you have questions and Asbestos Abatement Services has the answers! Check out some tips to keep your home asbestos-free this winter!
How can Winter Snow Lead to Asbestos Exposure?
The answer falls in a grey area. Your home could have asbestos that has not been damaged. This substance doesn’t pose a danger until it is damaged or broken down. Asbestos can become damaged by winter snow. The weight of ice and snow can lead to roof damages. Melting snow can also lead to leaks inside your home. Water damages can cause asbestos-containing materials to break down. It is important that you monitor your home during the winter to ensure you do not have any damages.
What Happens if I do Have Winter Damages?
If your home does receive damages from a winter snow, it is important that you call a professional to not only repair the problems but to check for asbestos-containing materials. A roofing shingle or insulation could contain asbestos fibers. It only takes one tiny asbestos fiber to enter your body and expose you. Asbestos exposure is very serious and should never be taken lightly. If your home is older, it is crucial that you have it checked for asbestos.
Before a winter storm, you should have your home checked for asbestos. If you fail to do so, it is crucial that you have the home checked as soon as any damages occur. Damages can not only lead to structural damages for your home, but it can lead to severe illnesses down the road, if your home does contain asbestos. Be safe this winter-Have your home checked for asbestos!