Despite the generally negative opinion of asbestos and the health concerns associated with the exposure to fibers, if the asbestos containing material is in good condition, it is often best not to disturb it. If leaving asbestos containing material in your home isn't an option, then asbestos removal may be a solution, although this can be quite costly. If the asbestos material is damaged beyond repair, then removal is your only option and should be conducted by a certified professional.
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Asbestos in the HomeIf a test comes back positive for asbestos, don't panic. It's often considered best to leave the material alone if it's in good condition so as not to disturb the harmful fibers. There is no danger unless the material is damaged and releasing fibers due to being hit, rubbed, handled or exposed due to extreme vibration and airflow. If living with asbestos in your home has you on edge, or if you plan to renovate your home, disturbing the asbestos material, then asbestos abatement might be your best option.
Professional Asbestos RemovalAsbestos removal should be the last option for dealing with asbestos containing materials. Not only is removal quite expensive but it is also the most dangerous, posing the greatest risk. The removal or abatement procedure is complex, and must only be done a certified contractor. Improper removal could increase the health risks to you and your family. During a removal, you may be asked to temporarily relocate for your own safety. The removal uses high-efficiency particulate arresting vacuum cleaners preventing fibers being released into the air.
Asbestos DisposalMost professional contractors will also handle the disposal of all asbestos containing materials at no additional charge - although this is best discussed before signing the contract. Considered hazardous waste, asbestos is usually taken to landfill sites, but this depends on the region's environmental and waste management laws. If you choose to dispose of the asbestos yourself, you may want to consider recycling. Asbestos can be recycled to form harmless silicate glass, used in glassware and ceramics.
If there is asbestos in your home, don't panic and jump straight into a removal. It is advised that the company you choose to conduct the asbestos testing not be the same asbestos removal company, as this conflict of interest might end up costing you unnecessary removal fees when the material is best left in place. If removal is your only option, however, then it is best to contact the asbestos professionals for service you can trust.
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