There has been a lot of discussion of asbestos and the problems it causes in homes because of the potential risk to your health and that of your family. The material was used in so many different ways in the 1970's that it can be hard to know if you have any in your home or not. Doing a visual check of your home is not the best solution because unless you know what you are looking for, you may not even see it. So, what do you do if you suspect you still have some asbestos in your home?
Inspection Of Your Home
The first step if you suspect there is asbestos in your home is to have it inspected. Since there are tests that need to be done and samples that need to be collected, it is probably best to have an asbestos removal service come and take a look at the products in your home that may contain asbestos, Where can it be found? In insulation for heating systems and pips, in tiles used on the ceiling and floors of homes, in the siding outside, the roof shingles, some pipe cement, and even in some joint compound used on the seams between sheets of sheetrock on the walls. The most common is in insulation products but there are literally so many possibilities that if your home was built in the 1970's and never checked, you should have an inspection done.
Removing The Asbestos From A Home
Because the potential health risks with deteriorating asbestos are so high, if your home is found to contain asbestos, it should be removed right away. The process is not easy and it can become very hazardous if you are not prepared to do it right. Contractors that specialize in asbestos removal will seal off the house and work is special suits with respirators as they remove the materials containing the asbestos. Once the material has been removed, the contractor will dispose of it according to local regulations and requirements. The air in the home must be tested after the removal is complete to ensure that it is safe to return. If there is still asbestos fibers in the air, they need to be removed and the air cleared of asbestos dust by the contractor.
Liability And Responsibility
Determining who is responsible for any asbestos used in your home is tough. In some areas, you might be able to go after the builder for damages but since many of these homes were built in the 1970's, there may be a limit to the time you had to file a claim against them or their company. And since the material was used so widely in the building industry, it is not as though the material was used in any way other than with good intentions and as a way to make homes warmer, and more efficient. Suing the builder is most likely not an option but if you need help with the abatement, there are some programs out there for people that need help removing the asbestos from their homes.
If you suspect that you have asbestos in your home, visit GREEN CLOVER ASBESTOS.