Your home is usually considered one of the safest places you can feel secure and comfortable. If that house is older and built between the 1930s and 1970s though, you may have an unseen risk that could cause you and your family physical harm just by being exposed to it. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral material that was used to strengthen products such as insulation but was later found to cause lung cancer in individuals after being exposed to it. It still may lurk in your home in shingles and siding, floor tiles and insulation. If so, you may have to consider hiring an asbestos removal team to eliminate the risks this dangerous material presents.
If asbestos material is located in some building materials around your home, it doesn’t automatically indicate that you’re health is at risk. Materials built with asbestos in them that are secure and not exposed to the air may be safe to humans as long as their integrity stays intact. If these materials are harmed or disrupted in any way though, the possibility of them releasing hazardous asbestos fibers into the air is increased. Tiny asbestos fibers are an enemy of the lungs. Breathing in this hazardous material can cause a number of deadly health problems including lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis which is a scarring of the lungs. An increase in the likelihood of developing other types of cancers also increases with exposure to asbestos fibers. There are solutions and remedies that can be taken before these type of nasty problems occur.
Before considering asbestos removal, you want to identify materials around the home that contain this potential killer. This isn’t always an easy thing to do. A professional company is trained in identifying this hazardous material and determining if you have any exposed areas inside of your home. If you do, one way of taking care of the exposed area is by closing up the spot with a sealing substance that stops the asbestos from getting into the air. Another option involves placing a protective cover around the exposure to lock in the hazardous fibers. Unfortunately, these may be only temporary fixes that require complete asbestos removal in the future.
You really don’t want to go it alone if removal becomes your only option. Removing asbestos is a tricky procedure and requires techniques that only trained professionals should handle. Don’t ever just rip off asbestos from areas with exposure. Contact a company that is knowledgeable about asbestos exposure and have them remove this material in a safe and secure manner.