Which Is Better: Removing Asbestos Or Leaving It Alone?

technician removing asbestosWhenever you hear asbestos mentioned in today’s world, it’s usually in a negative context. So it’s understandable that you would be nervous if you have it in your home or commercial building. After all, it’s a proven killer, isn’t it?

Asbestos is a natural material, however, and most who have been sickened by it where exposed over several years or even decades in an industrial environment. And it’s been found in homes across the industrialized world since the 1950s with few effects on homeowners.

But in the late 1980s and 1990s, it was discovered that asbestos — long known to be a useful material for insulation and preventing the spread of fires — is also very toxic to human lungs. Since it’s dangerous to be around, many people started removing it from their homes as soon as possible.

But removal in the wrong way can do more harm than good.

So what should you do about the asbestos that lines the walls and covers the floors and ceilings in your home or office? The asbestos removal procedure has its complications. Because asbestos is a fiber, small bits of it can fly into the air when an asbestos-containing material is disturbed, and it’s these free particles of asbestos that can get into your lungs can cause respiratory issues, diseases and cancer. That means that when someone tries to disturb asbestos, it actually becomes more dangerous.

In some cases, asbestos removal is expensive and time-consuming. That means that many people are torn between the financial impact and hassles of removing asbestos and the physical impact of not having something done. There’s nothing comfortable, after all, about living and working in a place that is very literally poisonous to you.

The first action to take if you think you have asbestos in your home or commercial building is to contact a San Diego asbestos removal company for asbestos testing. Professionals can determine if the materials in the building really are asbestos and what course of action makes the most sense. They can advise you about how much of the toxic substance is in your building and tell you what options are available for dealing with it. Just like windows can be changed out, so can hazardous building materials if the proper precautions are taken.

There were reasons why asbestos was used as a building material for decades, but those reasons have passed and times have changed. New information has shown that this isn’t a substance you want in your home or commercial building. And new protocols make its safe removal easier and more cost-effective than ever before.

When weighing the importance of having asbestos removal done or not, it makes sense to come down on the side of taking definitive action to protect those around you. Why not contact our professional asbestos abatement team at Orange Restoration and see what course of action makes the most sense for you?

Health trumps finances in almost every case, and we’ll be here for you when you’re ready to take smart and decisive action that will improve your structure’s health for you, those who are important to you and for generations to come.

 

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June 17, 2015 · David Pham · No Comments
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