If your house was built before 1990 there is a great chance that it was built with asbestos. Asbestos are minerals that were very popular in the past in insulating homes and establishments because it is versatile, inexpensive, long-lasting and fire-resistant. However it has been long banned because it was revealed that asbestos exposure can cause a lot of medical problems.
Is the insulation in your house made from asbestos? Then you are at risk of exposure. No matter how careful you are, you and your family are not completely safe from the harmful effects of asbestos unless you resort to asbestos removal or asbestos abatement. At the end of the day, the only way to ensure that you will not get sick because of asbestos-exposure is to live in a house with no asbestos at all.
If you are still in doubt as to whether or not you should proceed and get rid of all traces of asbestos in your home, below are outstanding health benefits of asbestos removal:
You can eliminate the chances of breathing contaminated air.
Needless to say, asbestos is toxic. Unfortunately, they cannot easily be detected in the air because its fibers are very fine. Moreover, the minute asbestos fibers can remain in the air for hours. If you live in a house with asbestos, you may not be aware that you are already breathing contaminated air. This risk is eliminated once asbestos is removed from your home.
You can prevent Asbestosis
Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition that is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. Naturally, the risk would be eliminated if your house is asbestos-free.
You can lessen the risk of acquiring Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer that targets the lining of the lungs or the abdominal cavity. There are medical studies confirming the positive link between asbestos exposure and Mesothelioma. Ultimately, ensuring that you and your family is not exposed to asbestos at home will lessen the risk of acquiring this form of cancer.
There is nothing in the world that you should risk your health for or more importantly, the lives of your loved ones. That is why if you are set on carrying out asbestos abatement, you should let professionals handle it. Even if you think that you have the ability to do it yourself, acquiring the services of people who have the skills, experience, and knowledge is always best especially if the negative consequences will affect your health.
Asbestos disposal refers to the process of getting rid of asbestos or other asbestos containing items in a safe way. Asbestos is natural fibrous mineral. Many corporations used it for building and insulation materials. Asbestos was also used widely in fireproofing, pipe covering, cement, refractory materials, gaskets, floor tiles and joint compounds between 1890 and 1970. Exposure to asbestos particles is the reason behind many diseases including life-threatening cancer called mesothelioma. Looking at the harmful effects of asbestos exposure, no one can underestimate the importance of safe removal and disposal of asbestos.
It is better to dispose off some asbestos containing appliances such as oven rather than trying to separate the asbestos from it for disposal because separation of asbestos may prove to be very expensive and it can be hazardous. In some cases instead of complete removal of asbestos, we can seal the exposed insulation. Sealing minimizes the further risk of formation of airborne particles. Experts believe that Inhalation of asbestos fibers is much more likely when the asbestos is fragmented and airborne. Therefore, only a specialist should handle the process of asbestos disposal.
If you are planning the asbestos disposal process, then you should read the detailed instructions called Asbestos Removal Procedures for Home Owners of Utah State Department of Environmental Quality. Following are some recommendations to make asbestos disposal safe.
1. You must wet the friable asbestos containing material and place it in properly labeled leak-tight containers before shipping.
2. Only certified asbestos personnel must handle the regulated asbestos containing material.
3. You should not carry on the process of asbestos disposal during the periods of high wind.
4. Entry of unauthorized personnel must be strictly prohibited during the asbestos disposal process.
5. Friable asbestos and Category II non- friable asbestos-containing material should be covered by the end of each operating day with at least six inches of non- asbestos containing material such as soil. Category 1 non- friable asbestos containing material may be spread prior to being covered, but shall be covered by the end of each operating day with at least six inches of compacted non-asbestos containing material such as soil
6. You must maintain the records and file them to notify future landowners or interested parties, the locations and quantities of the asbestos waste buried at the site. A notice on the deed to the property must state that the site is subject to regulation and should include precautions against any attempt to disturb that area.