Asbestos: How To Stay Safe
Asbestos was so widely used in the past that its presence still remains in thousands of older buildings, including schools and homes. Though it’s important to remember that asbestos is technically not an immediate threat as long as the materials are left intact and aren’t disturbed in some way, the threat of exposure remains a lurking danger until all the asbestos is properly removed.
With this in mind, one of the most common ways people face a single or limited exposure to asbestos is through some DIY home project. Homes built before 1980 are more than likely to contain asbestos somewhere, like the floor tiles, roofing or insulation. So the unknowing homeowner that decides to tear down a wall or rip up some old flooring may end up releasing asbestos fibers into the air.
Since even a single exposure can potentially lead to mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases, it’s important to be aware of all the potential health effects of exposure and know where asbestos can commonly be found. Asbestos poses a severe health threat, even in a certified asbestos inspector will be able to perform a visual inspection of the home, as well as carefully take some samples of any suspected materials for testing. If they find asbestos is present, the inspector should provide you with a written evaluation that details where the mineral can be found and its extent in the home.
Additionally, the asbestos inspector can make recommendations for how to correct the situation or prevent damage to any so far undisturbed asbestos. If corrections in the form of abatement (complete removal of the materials containing asbestos) or encapsulation (fully covering and sealing off asbestos materials) are necessary, an asbestos inspector can return after the work is done to ensure the area has been properly cleaned and is not a danger.
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