It has been confirmed that exposure to asbestos increases your risk of developing cancer or respiratory complications. This is a very scary fact, given that asbestos is found in schools, commercial and even residential buildings. Many people have had asbestos removed from buildings, but there are still many more buildings with the substance.
Removing asbestos from a building is a dangerous activity and it is also quite expensive. Health complications usually arise when you are exposed to asbestos for a long time. When asbestos gets damaged or disturbed, it produces fibers that are released into the air. These fibers can then remain in the air for very many years. As such, if you are in a building with damaged asbestos, you may end up inhaling the fibers that complicate your respiratory system. You might even end up contracting lung cancer or asbestosis, which occurs when the lung tissues become scarred.
Types of asbestos
Friable asbestos is very dangerous because when it has dried, it is in powder form. You can also crush it into a powder by simply using your hands. This form of asbestos easily releases fibers into the air, and the risk of inhaling these fibers is very high. Non-friable asbestos on the other hand can be in the form of cement sheets or some other form that cannot be easily crushed into powder.
There are asbestos removers who are licensed to remove friable and non-friable asbestos, while there are those who are licensed to remove only non-friable asbestos. Asbestos removers should be well trained to remove the substance; they are licensed by the regulators of health and safety in their particular areas. Asbestos is thrown away at designated areas approved by the area council.
Testing for asbestos
To know whether you have asbestos in your home, you need a certified contractor to visit your home and take samples. The samples are then tested to confirm whether they contain asbestos. If it is confirmed that you have asbestos, it is best to have it removed for your own safety.
Once you decide you need asbestos removal performed, all you need to do is contact an asbestos removal company. They will visit the building where you need the asbestos removed to assess what will be needed for the removal.