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Do You Know What to Do about Asbestos in Your Home?

How To Handle Asbestos In Your Home

by Stephen Kreutzer

Asbestos has been related with many debilitating diseases. Asbestos was once a widely used building material because it is strong and durable. If you live in a home that is over 20 years old there is a possibility that there is asbestos in your home. Asbestos was banned from being used in 1985, but asbestos already in place remains unless removed.
If you suspect there is asbestos in your home there are some things you can do.

 

Asbestos is not harmful unless it is disturbed, such as during remodeling. So the first thing to do is to stay calm. Even if you have asbestos in your home you may not have been exposed to its harmful effects. Asbestos can not be identified form appearance alone, so it is important to call an inspector to test the area of suspicion. Most often asbestos can be found in roofs, wall panels, pipes and bath panels. If you suspect asbestos it is best to let a professional handle the situation. It is important not to disturb the area until after testing.


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There are a few different ways to deal with and remove asbestos from your home. Sealing or asbestos encapsulation is where undamaged asbestos is coated with a substance that prevents the asbestos fibers from becoming airborne. If the asbestos is not intact and is crumbling or damaged then it should be covered or remove. It is important to seek the help of a professional in this matter.


Be very careful when removing asbestos from your home because it can be harmful when not removed in a safe way.