Many of us do not know what to do when we discover that our home might have asbestos. It can be hard to decide what the next step should be. The good news is, however, that you may not have to do anything at all. Whether asbestos needs to be removed depends on the condition of the surfaces it is in and what plans you have for your home.
Asbestos becomes dangerous when it is damaged. This can happen through normal wear and tear, or it can occur during construction and remodeling.
Asbestos was used in tile, insulation and other areas. If you have a surface in your home that might be asbestos, it may be safe to leave it undisturbed. Asbestos is not dangerous if the surface is in good condition, without a chips, cracks or flaking. If the material is coming apart, it will need to be safely removed. Damaged asbestos can become airborne and can be inhaled, causing respiratory issues.
Sometimes, when people are installing new insulation in their homes, it will become apparent that old asbestos insulation had been used in the past. In these cases, asbestos should be removed by a qualified asbestos removal professional here in the Chicago area.
Asbestos is often discovered during construction on your home, such as the reconstruction work that may need to be done after water or mold damage. It can also be discovered if you are having remodeling done on your home.
It is not safe to remove asbestos yourself. Without proper equipment and training, you may disturb asbestos fibers, which can make it possible to inhale them.
A qualified asbestos removal team will use special equipment to remove all asbestos from your home. In many cases, it is possible to continue living in the home while the removal is being performed. The area that is being treated can be sealed off so that fibers do not get into the air in other parts of your home. Specialized filters are used to ensure that no dust gets out of the home during removal.
Trained asbestos removal experts can ensure that the material is completely removed from the home and that is safe to continue whatever project uncovered this hazard.
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