Did you know that one of the most dangerous minerals in the world might be hiding in your home?
Asbestos, a fibrous silicate mineral, has been linked to many health horrors, including:
- Lung cancer
- Heart failure
If your house or business location was built before the 1980s, there is a high chance that asbestos is lurking somewhere inside.
Asbestos is not something that home and business owners think about on a daily basis, but it should be.
Exposure to even a small amount of this deadly mineral could easily result in death.
The Most Common Places Where Asbestos Mineral Hides
The first step to discovering the location of asbestos is to focus on the most common materials in which asbestos was once commonly added.
Because of its ability to resist heat, increase the strength of materials, and high insulation properties, asbestos can commonly be found in:
- Insulation (especially around pipes and boilers)
- Acoustical plaster
- Joint compounds
- Fire curtains
- Flooring tile glue
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Roofing shingles
Unfortunately, at the time when asbestos was used, there were no labeling requirements in the U.S. This means that you cannot tell if any part of your home contains asbestos by simply looking at suspicious areas. There are no product labels of those times that would reveal the presence of asbestos.
So, the logical question to ask yourself is, how do you know if asbestos is actually present in your environment?
How to Discover the Presence of Asbestos
Sadly, most people don’t think about the presence of asbestos until they develop symptoms of exposure to it. By then, it could be too late for your health and the health of your loved ones and even pets.
The best way to begin the search for this deadly fiber is to hire a professional for the job in the form of a special asbestos inspector.
Never attempt to search for asbestos on your own.
A professional contractor will arrive at your home in specialized gear that protects them from asbestos exposure. Once they arrive at your location, they will begin the asbestos abatement process, which includes:
- Covering and sealing potential areas where asbestos may be hiding.
- Isolating all potential asbestos materials with a sturdy barrier to prevent any further damage.
- Spraying the material with a sealant to trap the deadly fibers.
- A complete clean up after asbestos abatement is done to ensure that no further danger exists on the property.
This is the only way to ensure that your home is completely free of any asbestos and safe for everyone to live in.
If you have any suspicion of the presence of asbestos, there are some things that you must do while you wait for professionals to arrive.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones Before Experts Arrive
As soon as you suspect that asbestos might be present in your home, it is essential that you follow these rules:
- Keep yourself, children, and pets away from the suspicious area.
- Do not attempt to clean, dust, or vacuum any areas that may contain asbestos.
- Understand that any material which contains asbestos must be removed and replaced with a safe version.
Remove yourself from the dangerous environment immediately while you wait for asbestos experts to arrive.
RidAway Will Handle the Entire Process of Asbestos Removal for You
It is terrifying to live with the fear of having asbestos present in your home or business.
Luckily, professional contractors at RidAway exist specifically for the purpose of ensuring that as many homes as possible are cleared of this dangerous mineral immediately.
Our team works with experts to plan and perform the dangerous task of asbestos removal without causing any further health hazards along the way.
Nothing is more important than your health and that of your loved ones.