You may have heard a lot about this dangerous fiber called asbestos but why is it so necessary to remove it from your house if it’s there? Asbestos is a product of six minerals that occur naturally. Small fibers that are often composed of thinner microscopic fibrils can be released into the atmosphere and become airborne and cause so many severe health issues if they enter someone’s organism. Inhaling these fibers can cause lung cancer and asbestosis.
In the past, this material was used for building purposes because it was a strong insulator and fire and electricity resistant. despite the fact that it was a health hazard, asbestos kept being used by people to build and this became a serious problem until they finally banned it and made using it illegal in many countries.
After studies and research on people that were highly exposed to asbestos fibers throughout their lives, it is sure that the risk of lung cancer, fibrosis, asbestosis, and mesothelioma leads to a major increase. If you smoke, this risk is even higher.
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Why Do You Need To Remove Asbestos From Your Home
(How to manage an asbestos problem)
Note:If the asbestos material is not damaged and is in good condition, please do not disturb it to avoid further problems. If it really needs to be removed then the best you can do is hire professionals to handle its removal safely.
Being a health hazard, if damaged this material should quickly be removed or repaired. Exposure to this material will cause severe issues with your health so don’t neglect it.
How is asbestos repaired? One of the wais is encapsulating the material using sealants to bind asbestos fibers together so they don’t travel by air. The other way is to cover the material that contains asbestos to prevent them from spreading.
How is asbestos removed? If it is really required and is the last option then you should consider removing the material instead of repairing it. The process of removal contains a big risk of fiber release. The only way to achieve non-toxic and dangerous results is by hiring specialists that will take care of and finish the job with responsibility.
If you hire a professional asbestos removal company, make sure they will inspect the area making a complete visual examination and a careful collection of samples so the lab will give an accurate diagnosis of the problem. If it is present then the inspector should provide you with a plan for the best solution.
The removal process
A licensed professional will perform an inspection to test any potentially dangerous asbestos-containing product. Individuals with no safety equipment should not touch the toxic materials. Then the inspector will determine if it only needs encapsulation or complete removal of the materials. After the inspection, the professionals will decide what will happen next. If it only needs to be encapsulated then a coat of sealant will be applied to the asbestos materials, preventing the fibers from becoming dangerous. If the damage is severe and the removal is necessary, the process will continue with prepping the area. This includes turning off any ventilation system to prevent fibers from circulating into the air, covering the work area with plastic sheets, clean and vacuums the space after removal, and place all dangerous damaged asbestos into containers that are sealed tight. The team that will do the work should be wearing safe coveralls with masks and then clean properly and decontaminate after finishing the job. After the removal is done, the asbestos materials will be disposed to a landfill that is qualified to receive this kind of waste.
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