Was your home built between 1950 and the late 80’s?
If so, do you realize your home probably has a fair amount of asbestos in it?
Asbestos was a very common and useful construction material during these years, used in sheetrock compound, linoleum flooring, vermiculite insulation, siding, roofing and many more places in both residential and commercial construction.
Unfortunately it wasn’t discovered until the mid 70’s, how asbestos could affect people’s health. Asbestos takes many years before the damage done to your lungs and respiratory tract are noticeable, by then it may well be too late to save your life.
Asbestos is associated with lung disease such as asbestosis caused by prolonged exposure, and lung cancers such as mesothelioma.
So what do you do?
Don’t panic, its important to realize the only time asbestos is dangerous, is when the microscopic fibers become airborne.
Learn where you are likely to find asbestos in your home, you may want to hire an asbestos expert to do testing, assess the situation and help you safely deal with this life threatening, hazardous material.
Before you start tearing into old drywall, stripping popcorn ceilings, disposing of vermiculite, flooring, siding, roofing.. learn about asbestos and how to safely remediate it from your home, without endangering lives.
Once inhaled there is little doctors can do to remove it, and it becomes a ticking time bomb.
Asbestos disposal is highly regulated; most disposal facilities will not accept asbestos containing materials, and require certified lab reports showing no asbestos content before accepting materials that commonly contain asbestos.
Hazardous waste also has requirements for specific thickness and type of disposal bags, often it must be double bagged, properly sealed and marked as Hazardous waste / Inhalation hazard before you can consider disposing of it.
If you have over a certain amount, you will probably need special permits and hazardous waste documentation before it can be transported.
Now you still have to find somewhere that will accept hazardous waste. In most cases it’s easiest to just call an expert asbestos disposal company, so it’s done right.
If not properly, safely, handled and disposed of, you could be criminally and financially responsible not only for environmental cleanup costs, but also for exposing workers or public to this dangerous material.Asbestos is serious business, asbestos experts work in hazmat suits and respirators for a reason.