Having asbestos in your home may not be as dangerous as removing it yourself. That’s because undisturbed and undamaged asbestos isn’t likely to pose any health risks. If all the asbestos-containing materials in your home are in good condition, it might be best to leave them alone.
But if you notice visible signs of wear or damage, it’s imperative to call in professionals to inspect the materials and remove asbestos from your home. Here’s why.
Removing the asbestos yourself is dangerous
No laws or regulations prevent you from removing asbestos from your home. However, going down the DIY road is not a way to protect yourself and your loved ones from possible asbestos exposure.
Asbestos becomes hazardous only when its toxic fibers become airborne. That can happen when asbestos-containing materials crack or become friable due to water damage, extreme airflow, or other disturbances like cutting, sawing, drilling, sanding, or scraping (for example, in remodeling or renovation projects).
Mishandling asbestos can lead to exposure to a chemical that can cause severe respiratory problems and even terminal diseases.Inhaling or swallowing asbestos fibers can lead to asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma. The worst part is perhaps that the symptoms of an asbestos-related disease typically show up about 40 years after asbestos exposure.
Professionals Know How to Handle Asbestos Safely
Professionals who handle asbestos have received the proper training to remove and dispose of this toxic substance and have a state license to operate under all federal regulations.
That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that homeowners hire trained and accredited asbestos inspectors and contractors to prevent asbestos exposure.
Asbestos inspectors can inspect your home, take samples of damaged asbestos-containing materials for testing, and recommend proper steps for repairing or replacing the materials. Asbestos contractors can then repair or remove and dispose of them safely and effectively, ensuring you stay out of harm’s way.
Protect Your Family with RidAway
At RidAway, we offer expert asbestos abatement services, including industrial safety protection, 100% asbestos removal, and free insulation installation.
Our trained, certified, and licensed specialists are experienced in asbestos removal and follow all federal, state, and local regulations for safely handling, removing, and disposing of asbestos. We can remove this toxic substance from your home in no time and help protect your family’s health and safety.Contact us today to get a free quote, schedule an asbestos inspection and removal, and eliminate the risk of living with this hazardous substance that threatens your health.