Asbestos is a very harmful old construction material that was massively used in the last century. It was used massively for covering roofs, ceilings, polls and etc. Asbestos is fireproof. But as the research has shown asbestos is very cancerogenic. Many people that have worked at asbestos factories had developed lung cancer and many of the died. Asbestos is still a big problem in the whole world because it is widespread all around and in many older buildings can still be found. Now it is time to remove all asbestos from our surroundings before it is too late.
The biggest problem with asbestos is that it is brittle. After prolonged time small particles of asbestos can fall of asbestos plates, ceilings and polls. The asbestos dust if inhaled for a long time can seriously harm you and maybe even give you cancer. Also, the problem is that a lot of people are not aware of that problem. They don`t even know if they have asbestos in their home. And that is pretty dangerous if you live with asbestos materials in near proximity.
The important thing is that if you have asbestos in your home you don`t touch it or disturbed in any way. That is the best thing to do so you don`t create asbestos dust and asbestos fibers that are very dangerous. Also, you are pretty safe if the asbestos in your home is not damaged in any way. Especially if the material has not started brittle. Like internal asbestos cement sheet walls and ceilings that are in good condition and not damaged and also coated with paint. And if they are not showing any signs of degradation or damage than they are safe. If the material is in the good state you should not try to remove it. Best for you is to live it alone.
But if you really need to remove asbestos from your home you should consider some things:
If it is undamaged should you leave it alone? Probably yes because in that state asbestos does not present any danger to you or your family.
Do you know material alternatives to asbestos that do not contain asbestos? That is really important because you need to be sure that there is an alternative.
Are you able to comply with the law and safety procedures for working with asbestos? You need to be sure that you can comply with your local law about procedure asbestos.
Should you use professional asbestos removalist? You probably should use professional because they will do the job as good as possible, and with the lowest risk of contaminating your home with asbestos dust and fibers.
But If you really need to remove asbestos ceiling by yourself there are important notes that you should know:
You should now use power tools because they can create a lot of asbestos dust. Also, you should not use sanding discs because they will also create a lot of asbestos dust. You should not use any tools that use high-pressure air because they could blow the asbestos dust all around your home. Especially you should not walk on asbestos roofs because they are very brittle and you could fall down and seriously hurt yourself. You should work with asbestos in a well vented area. And ensure that material is wet down thoroughly so there is a little as possible a chance of creating asbestos dust. Also, you should test material so you can know if the material contains asbestos. And of course, you should protect your breathing organs and eyes from any exposure to the asbestos dust by using protective gear.
But the best option for loosely- bound asbestos is to call the professional. Because the risk with handling loosely-bound asbestos is much higher than with firmly-bound asbestos.
This just shows how dangerous asbestos can be and why should we remove it from our surroundings. There are a lot of brittle asbestos roofs all around us. They present a big danger for all of us. The people need to become aware of dangers of asbestos and what can it do to your health. Only then we will dispose of all asbestos that is treating us. The world without asbestos is the best world.