Many residential and commercial buildings contain a product known as asbestos, which was commonly used in roofing materials, insulation, ceiling tiles, floor tiles and a range of other building materials. In the 1970’s, it was discovered that asbestos was a potentially life-threatening material if humans inhaled the materials. For this reason, regulations have required asbestos be removed from any buildings. One of the most common ways asbestos is discovered is during a remodeling project; however, most financial institutes also require an inspection for asbestos when you apply for a home loan. Asbestos is extremely dangerous and must be removed by professional cleaners.
If you are considering buying a home or if you suspect asbestos is in your current home, the first step is to have an inspection. A company specializing in asbestos removal can do the inspection for you. Samples will be taken from various areas of the home and sent to a lab for examination. If asbestos is found in the home, in some situations it may not need to be removed, such as if it is in good condition and in an area that will not be disturbed. However, if the asbestos is found to be in poor condition, which often means it has already been disturbed in some way, it will need to be removed by professional cleaners that specialize in asbestos removal.
It is extremely important to not attempt to the asbestos removal on your own. There are specific rules and regulations in place that professional cleaners are aware of. A professional asbestos removal company has the appropriate equipment to safely remove the asbestos without risking the health of themselves, your family and the environment. When asbestos is disturbed, the materials become airborne, which poses a risk to anyone in the vicinity of the materials. Once asbestos has become airborne it is extremely difficult to contain and it will pose a health risk to the outside environment. Asbestos removal companies are required to wear protective clothing, including masks to prevent the materials from entering the lungs. If you attempt to remove the material without the appropriate equipment and protective clothing, you are risking a violation of the state as well as risking your health.
If you are considering a remodeling project for a home that was built prior to 1970, it is extremely important to have an inspection for asbestos before beginning any work. If you are on a budget, do not risk the consequences of removing asbestos yourself. Instead, get several estimates from licensed and certified companies specializing in asbestos removal in your area. Asbestos removal is a dirty, hard and dangerous job that should be left to professional cleaners.