How does Asbestos Removal work?
If you live in an older home, one that was built before the mid-1980s, then there’s a good chance you may have asbestos in it somewhere. Asbestos is a mineral that is resistant to fire, which made it a coveted ingredient in building supplies such as insulation, flooring and ceiling tiles for decades, until it was discovered that exposure to asbestos fibers can cause lung cancer and other serious lung ailments. It was phased out as a building material in the 1980s, but it likely lingers in millions of homes across the U.S. If you have such a home and want to do an extensive remodel, it’s a good idea to get the asbestos removed.
The asbestos removal process starts with an inspection and testing. A licensed contractor will take samples throughout your home to test for asbestos. If the test results are positive, then you will need to have the asbestos removed.
This is a complicated process that must be done by a contractor that is licensed in asbestos removal. There are many precautions that have to be taken to ensure the process is done right. The contractor will remove all asbestos-containing materials in the areas in which you plan to do remodeling and dispose of them properly.
Once the asbestos has been removed and the site is completely remediated, you can start your renovation process. Removing asbestos will add costs to your remodeling project, but the costs are well worth it to ensure the product is done safely and that your home is not contaminated with dangerous asbestos fibers. For more ideas read on asbestos testing.