Asbestos can hide in almost any part of any home or public building. Asbestos insulation installed decades ago can suddenly crumble, releasing millions of unseen, microscopic fibers into the air (in industry parlance, becoming friable).
Once inhaled, these fibers act as tiny spears, puncturing and scarring the tissues of the lungs. This May result in asbestos, lung cancer, and/or any number of other respiratory problems. Most of the time, symptoms do not appear until decades later.
While you may have heard or read reports about “safe” asbestos, the reality is that there is no such thing. Even asbestos insulation appearing to be solid and in one piece (a condition known as non-friable) can deteriorate without warning.
The only safe options are:
- removal, or abatement
- sealing, or encapsulation
While Asbestos.net is the leading online source for information dealing with asbestos, asbestos cancer, and mesothelioma, due to the intricacies of the topic at hand we also publish a ‘sister site’ dedicated solely to the topic or asbestos removal and containment: Asbestos Abatement.
At Asbestos-Abatement.com, you will find all the information you need in order to understand the processes involved in making your home and/or place of business free of asbestos danger.
The site contains an abundance of information, all thoroughly researched and documented, covering virtually every aspect of dealing with the danger of asbestos. Beginning with a general overview of the subject, you will learn exactly where asbestos may be hiding in your home, office, or school and what licenses and/or permits are required by states and local communities when dealing with asbestos.
You will also find out what tools are used in dealing with asbestos, what protective gear is worn and why, how the job is undertaken, and why it is highly advisable to hire professional asbestos contractors to do the actual work.
Most people do not realize that many asbestos products are still legal in the U.S. As of the time of this writing, a bill has been passed in the U.S. Senate to ban all forms of asbestos; this has yet to be passed in the House of Representatives. However, even if this bill passes with a veto-proof majority, it will not take full effect for two years.
In the meantime, Asbestos-Abatement.com is where you can find out about the asbestos products still sold and installed in the home and how to determine the level of danger those products represent, as well as a detailed description of the products’ friability.
Although technically still legal, asbestos is classified as a toxic substance under federal rules. Asbestos-Abatement.com covers the specific procedures that must be followed by those who remove or seal asbestos, including information on which agencies must be notified and when, and what type of forms must be used.
Finally, you will understand exactly why the job of asbestos abatement should be undertaken by trained, licensed professionals – not the least is which is because of the legal liability untrained individuals face (which is also covered at Asbestos-Abatement.com). In addition, there is information that will help you in find and hire the right asbestos abatement company for the job–what to look for, what questions to ask and who and what to avoid.
If you suspect an asbestos problem in your home or business, visit Asbestos-Abatement.com before doing anything else.