Coming into contact with broken or damaged asbestos can have serious health consequences for people, especially if the contact is prolonged. Therefore, it is important to take all of the necessary precautions if you know that there is asbestos in your home. You should be aware that even minimal exposure can lead to the onset of asbestos related diseases in the future, so even if you do not notice any symptoms now, you should not hesitate to ask for expert advice on asbestos testing and asbestos removal from your property.
Is asbestos removal essential?
Not every household that discovers asbestos will require full asbestos removal, in fact, often asbestos is not even discovered until there is a flood, or fire damage than needs restoration. In some cases, the best option is to treat the asbestos to reduce the risks, leave it in place and then continue to monitor it. This method is normally used if the asbestos is discovered intact or with minimal damage. In these cases, it may be safer and more cost effective to leave the asbestos where it is. Of course, it may require full removal at a later stage. If the asbestos is already broken or crumbling when it is discovered, it is important that you consider prompt removal.
Can I remove asbestos myself?
No! It is very important that you do not attempt asbestos removal yourself, unless you are a professional. Ineffective removal of asbestos can do more harm than good. If stable asbestos is not handled correctly during the removal process it can become damaged, and this is when asbestos starts to pose a health risk. Asbestos removal experts understand the best way to handle asbestos to minimise risks during the removal process. They will also wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Without this PPE, you should not attempt to handle any dangerous substance. These experts also know how to dispose of asbestos correctly.
What happens after asbestos removal?
Once the asbestos has been removed it will need to be disposed of correctly. It is important that it is disposed of correctly and according to local regulations, or else you (or the removal company) may be breaking the law. It is illegal to dispose of asbestos in many public refuge areas, because the product could easily be disturbed and could pose a risk to the public. If you pay for professional asbestos removal, the company which you use should understand the appropriate disposal regulations in your area. In most circumstances, the waste must be disposed of in sealed containers, and clearly marked, so that it will not be disturbed by accident.
Will further testing be required?
In most cases, you will not require further asbestos testing at your home, because the company will help to ensure that all asbestos has been removed. However, if you do decide to leave some in situ, as this is the safer option, you should monitor this. If you have discovered asbestos in one area of your home, you may require asbestos testing in other areas of your home to confirm whether asbestos is present in the area.
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