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Avoid Trying To Remove Asbestos On Your Own: Here's Why

If you are the type of person who prefers to take on home projects yourself, when you discover hidden asbestos lurking in your home you might be tempted to remove it and replace it with a more benign material yourself. However, regardless of how confident and skilled you are, trying to remove asbestos on your own is never a good idea. If you encounter asbestos in your home, your best bet is to call in a professional company that has been trained in asbestos removal for a number of good reasons. 

Access To Labs

Asbestos can be present almost anywhere in the home. For a very long time asbestos was a popular option for use in roofing materials, insulation, floor tiles, decorative texturing and siding due to it's inexpensive cost as well as its durability. Although you might think that you have no asbestos in your home, the problem is that you can't be sure just by looking at it. 

In order to determine whether or not there really is asbestos in your home, samples need to be taken of each area suspected of containing asbestos and then sent to a lab to determine if they contain asbestos or not. Asbestos labs need to be able to look at samples underneath a high-powered microscope to determine if asbestos is present. Since asbestos is composed of microscopic fibers, a professional lab can determine the presence of asbestos just by a visual examination. These skilled professionals know what to look for and won't accidentally overlook the presence of asbestos. 

On top of access to labs, asbestos abatement professionals have been trained so that they can safely take a small sample. Anytime you disturb asbestos, whether by cracking it, cutting it or hitting it, the small fibers that cause so many health problems are released into the air and can compromise your or your family's health. 

Knows When To Act 

Contrary to popular opinion, not all asbestos needs to be removed. Asbestos, when left undisturbed, causes no health problems or risks. The danger begins when the asbestos is damaged or moved and starts to break up, releasing small fibers that can be easily inhaled into the air. If you have no plans to remodel and there is asbestos in your home in a location where it will never be disturbed, it isn't imperative to have it removed. However, you might feel uneasy just knowing that asbestos is present in your home, regardless of how undisturbed it is, and want to have it removed anyway. The professional asbestos removers will be able to talk to you about the risks and dangers, and help you make the best choice. 

Not only that, but asbestos doesn't always have to be removed. In some instances, asbestos can be rendered harmless by taking measures such as sealing or covering up the asbestos. If you feel unsafe with asbestos in your home, but the asbestos is not damaged or cracked, sealing or covering may be the best option for you. 

Trained In Precautionary Measures

The most important reason to hire a professional company to remove asbestos from your home is due to the extensive precautionary measures that they are trained in. Asbestos, when removed, starts to break apart and asbestos dust starts to fill the area. If the proper precautions are not taken, this dust can easily start to spread throughout your home without you even realizing it.

Asbestos professionals will take the proper steps to keep the rest of your house free from asbestos particles by doing a few things:

  • Completely sealing off the area where they are removing the asbestos
  • Removing the protective gear they wear while removing asbestos before exiting the sealed area
  • Ensuring that your heating or air is turned off when work begins
  • Using extra measures, such as moistening the asbestos and not breaking it into small pieces, to decrease the amount of fibers released into the air