The Home Fix-it Diva's Guide to Asbestos

Home Fix-it Divas

Asbestos can be found in any old home that was built with old materials. If you're looking to revamp that home, chances are that this is lurking in wait.

You must understand why you should steer clear of asbestos to keep your health, as well as that of your loved ones in check.

About Asbestos
Asbestos is a natural mineral that is resistant to heat and corrosion. It’s used in making products such as floor tiles, insulation for pipes, vehicle brakes, clutches, and building materials.

Composed of thin fibers, asbestos can become airborne. In this form, it’s toxic dust that would be dangerous to inhale.

Inhaling asbestos for a long time could result in mesothelioma; cancer that affects the lungs, heart, and abdomen.

Also, cleaning up in an area with asbestos greatly affects children and people with breathing problems. They are liable victims of asbestosis – inflammation of the lungs due to exposure to asbestos fibers.

Sounds scary, right?

Well, staying clear of places where asbestos might be found will significantly reduce your chances of being exposed to it. Such places include sites where manufacturing, renovation, repairs, and demolition take place.

Guides to Asbestos
Unfortunately, the deadly toxin can’t be seen with the eyes. However, there are things you can do to ensure your safety while activities that release asbestos are performed.

Protecting yourself is paramount.

Here are a few guides to follow –

  • If you suspect a leak of asbestos in any area of your home, inform the real estate managers or inspectors who should be able to apply a corrective measure.
  • Ban movement around the asbestos-infested area in your home if urgent. Until a contractor is called in, make sure no one is found in the surrounding area.
  • Before and after construction work, be sure to make preparations to leave your home with useful items you may need. Return only when officials say it’s safe to do so.
  • Don’t wait for your sagging ceiling or old, worn-out floor to collapse before seeking help. Check for cracks on pipes and other asbestos-prone places and invite a professional over.
  • Avoid contact with dangerous asbestos materials, especially during general home maintenance.
  • If you think you might have made contact with the fiber, clean yourself up immediately.
  • If you must go near it, use personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a mask, gloves, goggles, etc.
  • Be careful not to damage materials that may contain asbestos to avoid spreading asbestos. Whether it’s a repair attempt, however minor, hire a professional.
  • Avoid sweeping, vacuuming, scraping, or drilling materials where there may be asbestos.
  • Disposing asbestos alongside your household waste is detrimental to as many as may come close to it. Proper disposal is managed by a professional.
  • If you’re planning to demolish your old home, be sure to inform a regulatory agency in your area.
  • Unless repair and concealment prove impossible, don’t remove asbestos when not necessary. This is exposing yourself to the risky, airborne fiber.
  • Asbestos may be controlled through wetting of surface area, however, it doesn't totally subside as fibers might still be released from the water pressure. This requires you to be cautious.

Even after asbestos is removed, particles can cling onto properties in surrounding areas such as carpets, textiles, seats, clothing, and more.

It’d be a good idea to clean thoroughly after construction work or asbestos evacuation, preferably with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) vacuum. Although, it’s best in the hands of experts.

And that’s where we come in. When it comes to the repair, supply of materials, and expertise in all things home renovations or even general home maintenance, Home Fix-It Divas are ready to work.

Our team of home repair professionals is trained in dealing safely with asbestos. Some of our services include thorough inspections of your home for safety hazards, repair of damaged parts of your home, and generally ensuring your safety and good health in your home.

Reach out to us here for more information.