Tips For Avoiding Asbestos When Making Home Improvements
Making home improvements or renovations is exciting, but there are a few challenges that go along with it. One of those challenges is knowing how to avoid asbestos. It doesn’t matter how old or new your home is, you should know how to avoid it. Here are a few tips to help you avoid asbestos when making home improvements.
1. Contact An Inspection Company – There are inspection companies that specialize in inspecting properties for asbestos, and you should contact an inspection company before you start any renovations. If there are any potentially dangerous products that contain asbestos, then they will let you know. It doesn’t matter how old your home is or new it is, you should always hire a professional because then you’ll be aware of any asbestos that may be present within your property.
2. Do Not Handle Asbestos – Once the inspection company tells you there is no asbestos present in any products/materials in your home, then go ahead with your home renovations. However, if there is asbestos present in any material in your home, then do not handle it. Only licensed professionals should handle materials that contain it because there is too much risk involved with handling it.
Professionals undergo special training to remove and replace items that have asbestos, and they do it in a way that causes no exposure threat. The work site will be cleaned by the professionals after they have removed all of the hazards containing asbestos. Once the premises has been deemed safe, then you can start your renovations without worrying about a serious threat of asbestos exposure.
3. Always Assume – Even if a professional has removed asbestos materials, you should just assume that there is asbestos present in materials such as insulation, roofing materials and so forth. If you assume that such materials contain asbestos, then you’re going to work very carefully around them. The last thing you want is to damage certain building materials while doing renovations because this may lead to you being exposed to asbestos.
Also, be aware of your surroundings. If you suspect there is material that has been damaged and it contains asbestos, then stay calm and don’t try to handle it yourself. Instead, contact a licensed professional as soon as possible. They will remove it and dispose of it properly.
4. Avoid Sanding Asbestos Flooring – You want to not sand asbestos flooring because his may lead to it spreading. Make sure you don’t sand its backing too, and if flooring that contains it needs to be replaced, then buy new floor covering and install it over the asbestos flooring. This may not be possible, but if it is, then do that instead of sanding the flooring or backing.
5. Don’t Sweep Away Debris – If there is debris that needs to be swept away or vacuumed, then only do so if you are 100% sure there is no asbestos in it. If you are not sure whether or not there is asbestos in the debris, then do not sweep it, vacuum it or dust it because this may cause it to spread throughout the air. It doesn’t take much to disturb asbestos, and if you sweep debris that contains it, or dust or vacuum it, then you could be putting yourself and the rest of the occupants at a serious risk of being exposed to asbestos and you could end up with serious health issues in the future.
Now you know how to avoid asbestos when making home improvements. Those are only a few ways to do it. Just keep those tips in mind when you make your home improvements.