How to Safely and Efficiently Remove Asbestos from your House

 

Do you suspect that you have asbestos in your home? Why not submit your home for asbestos testing? In Vancouver, all you need to do is call a reliable professional asbestos tester. When the test returns positive, then it’s time to go for asbestos removal.

What to Do if You Have Asbestos in Your Home?

If you strongly believe that asbestos is present in your home, make sure not to touch it. It is a risk to the health of all living in your home if you disturb it and it produces dust. The dust contains asbestos fibers which are hazardous to the lungs.

Often times, asbestos materials in the home are only dangerous when it’s damaged. If it is still intact, you can leave it in place and replace it only when you see signs of deterioration. For example, if you have a ceiling that is made of asbestos materials but is coated with paint, it won’t post any problem as long as the pain is in good shape and the ceiling does not deteriorate.

To know if the material is still good, check for the following:

  • Is the material still in good condition? You can easily see it with bare eyes because it will show signs of deterioration.
  • Does it show signs of deterioration like chipping? Chipping happens when you hit the asbestos material with something hard. If the chipping is small, you can just seal it with glue or paint.
  • Does its current state still comply with the laws and safety procedures concerning asbestos?

If the answer to the following questions is no, then you should consider contacting an asbestos professional.

Again, avoid handling this situation yourself. The risk associated with handling this type of material is just too much and it far exceeds the benefits that you will get if you do it yourself. Although you can legally remove asbestos from your property, the risk is not worth it. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you better call the professionals.

What if You Accidentally Break Materials Containing Asbestos?

If you accidentally break materials containing asbestos, the best thing to do is to wipe yourself with a wet cloth. This will remove all the dust that may have gone to your body and can potentially cause harm. Cover your nose with a mask and remove the materials containing asbestos and throw it in the garbage bin.

You have to avoid using a normal vacuum cleaner because this cannot filter all the dust particles and it will release more asbestos particles in the air. When asbestos containing materials get cracked, make sure to seal it with paint or PVA glue. But if the damage is really significant, you have to remove the entire thing and replace it. Make sure to contact a professional to do it for you.

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