Old homes, lovely as they are, post a serious health threat to its inhabitants due to the threat of asbestos. Houses built post World War II up to before 2003 all have the possibility of having asbestos as part of the house. If you suspect that your house has asbestos, or if you have positively identified it in your home, do not deal with it yourself.
Tips on how to live in a house with asbestos
1. Stay Calm
Finding asbestos in your home should not be something that would because you needles fear and panic. Do not let kids in that part of the house for a while until you contact a professional contractor that will be able to tell you how to deal with it for the time being.
2. Leave it be in the meantime
Asbestos is a material that is easily pulverized when disturbed, especially if it is used in pure form. Avoid touching it as much as possible, and do not attempt any DIY removal or repairs by yourself. Asbestos becomes air born when punched, drilled, or sawed, so better be on the safe side and leave the dirty work to the professionals.
Hosing down roofs, garage panels, walls and ceilings are also prohibited as the simple pressure of the hose along with scrubbing can agitate and release asbestos in the air. As a general rule do not do the following by yourself on suspected materials:
● Break down
● Sand down
● Tear apart
3. Have your house inspected by a Professional
Identifying parts of your house with asbestos can be tricky, and it is best to leave the naming of household parts to professionals. Samples and tests are to be done to confirm the presence of asbestos, as well as the amount of the material used for construction.
4. Call for a professional immediately
Asbestos will not cause you any harm as long as it is not disturbed. On the other hand, if you see holes, tears, or any form of damage to a suspected structure, it is best to call a professional immediately and prohibit access to that part of the house by anyone.
There is no need to leave your house just because there’s a threat of asbestos. You and your family will still be safe as long as a professional contractor will be the one to do repair, reseal, or remove asbestos for you. The degree of work to be done depends on the integrity of material, and professional contractors will give you a clear cut list of what should be done to help ensure that you are protected from asbestos exposure.
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