We are all trying to live healthier, fitter, and more active lives but all that hard work will be for nothing if at the end of the day, and your gym session, you come home to a house that has an asbestos problem!
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It may only be small traces but hazardous none the less and an issue that requires immediate attention. It is not something that will rectify itself or go away unless physically taken care of and professionally removed.
Never try to get rid of asbestos yourself, it’s likely you will not have the correct equipment or attire, but any inhalation of the fibers no matter how small or insignificant you feel it may be is detrimental to your health and more importantly your lungs.
What is it?
It is tricky to try to understand the exact meaning of the word but essentially history books and data have put it down to a compilation of minerals made up of long fibers, they act as a great insulator and the reason why it was used in so many builds and construction back in the day.
Asbestos was known to strengthen ceramic pots and various pottery items as early as the stone ages, images depicting these have been found on walls and rocks, and traces of the material have been found in both Roman and Greek cultures for various purposes. It is however banned in most countries globally due to its toxic and harmful side effects.
An interesting read and article can be found here detailing an in-depth tale about its history, uses, and etymology.
How it Occurs
This was a sought after and regularly used material in the building of homes and offices centuries ago because it was inflammable, resistant to heat, and excellent at conducting and maintaining heat for insulation. If your home dates back to the late 70s and early 1980s it is likely to contain some traces of asbestos. It was used in tiles, cement, roof shingles, and even textured paint, the issue comes when homeowners are looking to and beginning to upgrade their homes by knocking down walls or stripping paint.
These processes essentially break the asbestos fibers which then get released into the air and you begin inhaling them unknowingly, and you wouldn’t see any repercussions till years later when you become extremely ill or have signs of cancer. The fibers are minute and embed themselves into the lung lining till a large chunk is covered and infected.
See what others have to say on the topic in this link, facts and information are coming out all the time as technology allows us to dig deeper into the history books and artifacts, and the more you know the better your awareness of signs and symptoms if you or someone you know has been exposed to asbestos.
Getting Rid of It
This is the tricky part, as mentioned please do not attempt to do the removal yourself thinking a pair of marigold wash gloves and a painter’s mask will suffice, they will not.
You need professional servicemen who know how to correctly, safely, and completely remove the affected areas and materials and then also to dispose of them safely and following environmental regulations and processes.
Finding the right company may be daunting and taking the initial step can be overwhelming, where to begin, how, and who is up to the task. Research into the procedure will help give you peace of mind and check that the firm you find, offer and can deliver on the services you need.
What to Look for in an Asbestos Removal Company
There is plenty of business out there claiming to be able to help you with your home situation, advertising offers that seem too good to be true (and aren’t they usually?) and for a fraction of the price of other companies. Ensuring you have chosen a legal and legitimate company ensures you are covered not only by your insurance for work carried out but that no traces will be left behind.
Some may specialize in basic asbestos removal while others may provide demolition and renovation services, it is all determined by what you need and what you are looking for.
The main factor, if it isn’t already shown on their company webpage, is to make sure they are licensed and qualified to carry out the required work. When booking a consultation to discuss your needs and concerns you want to feel comfortable, be reassured you are in capable hands, and who have the customer care you deserve.
To get you started on the right foot check out this website and get not only expert advice and guidance from professionals, who have been in the industry for more than a decade, but will also show you the care and customer detailing needed to give you peace of mind.
Too many times businesses claiming to be the ‘best’ often let you down and essentially end up costing you more in the long run when needing to hire yet another firm to come in and rectify the damage that the previous company conducted. Rather take your time and do proper research to get the job done right the first time around.
A Final Thought
When it comes to asbestos, the safety of yourself and your family is no laughing matter or one that should be taken lightly. If you have any doubts as to the safety of the home it is better to have an assessment carried out to be sure and to have the report printed out and signed by both parties. As my granny always liked to quote whenever she could throw it into the mix, ‘it’s better to be safe than sorry.’ And although I have heard that speech about 10,000 times while growing up it still rings true today.
You can’t put a price on your life and those around you, it is just not worth it when it could be easily preventable.