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Why You Should Leave Asbestos Removal to the Professionals
The growing rate of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases is astounding. Many people have blamed cigarette smoke – second hand or otherwise – and the pollution all around us for such tragedies. However, some have failed to realize that there are factors that have contributed to these; and those factors are actually abundant and can be seen every day but we simply fail to acknowledge how hazardous they are to our health.
Asbestos is a type of building material that was used in the past because it has a high resistance to fire. People thought of it as a really beneficial innovation. However, overtime, they have discovered that once the fibers of the asbestos are inhaled, these could go directly into the lungs and cause complications; and may sometimes even lead to death. On the other hand, a person does not necessarily become ill the first time he inhales asbestos. Those who do become ill have probably been exposed to it for a long period of time. It is important to have such material removed from your home are any place where you constantly dwell as soon as you detect it. You can detect asbestos by finding out when your house was built and then inspecting the materials that were used to build it such wood panels, the floors, walls, ceilings, and more. Of course, you would also have to familiarize yourself with what asbestos looks. Go online or browse through relevant magazines to give you an idea.
Always bear in mind that you should only let a professional handle asbestos removal. Not only will you be exposing yourself to the long term effects of inhaling asbestos, but you may further damage parts of the asbestos which are already spread out. Some states and nations require homeowners to hire experts and not to handle the removal on their own due to safety reasons. A person has to undergo asbestos-removal training before he can deem himself an expert. He has to meet the qualifications set by the government (which is usually the one who administers such course); and pass the given exams. They are also required to take yearly refresher courses just to ensure that what they have learned from their training is retained and that they know the safety measures and other methods to administer when dealing with a removal project.
How do professionals remove asbestos?
1. Seal off the room where they will be removing the asbestos from
2. Remove as much as they can from the room itself
3. Cover certain materials that can no longer be removed with plastic
4. Wear the appropriate attire such as goggles, masks, overalls, gloves, boots, etc.
5. Wet the asbestos with water prior to placing it in plastic bags and disposing it. (Some would even use sophisticated vacuums to get rid of it. These are called High Efficiency Particulate Air filters or HEPA.)
6. Dispose the materials used in the removal of the asbestos unless they can still be salvaged (meaning that the asbestos can be wiped off of them)