If you think asbestos is a hazardous material only used for insulation in buildings, think again. Asbestos particles can be found pretty much everywhere — in the rocks and soil, and even in the air we breathe every day. It’s pretty much unavoidable.
The good news is that the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases and cancer is extremely low for low-level short-term exposure in your home. That’s because the risk directly related to the amount of asbestos and length of exposure.
Asbestos becomes dangerous if it is no longer adequately contained in the material it came in (such as due to damage, being cut or drilled into during building work, home maintenance or wear and tear). For this reason, you should never undertake home maintenance on materials that may contain asbestos, or dispose of it yourself.
The professionals at Abacus Environment will handle your asbestos material professionally and safely. With over 15 years of experience, we have developed a reputation as an industry leader in asbestos testing and abatement.
A closer look
The highest risk of exposure to asbestos in the home is through home renovating, by cutting or drilling through asbestos-cement sheeting or sanding down asbestos-backed linoleum or tiles. Left undisturbed, these materials pose a negligible risk as long as they are in good condition and it is recommended that asbestos-containing material in good condition be left alone.
Be aware that there is also a low risk of exposure to asbestos fibers in a home where there are damaged or deteriorating asbestos-containing insulation, walls, ceiling or floor tiles. The longer you are exposed to asbestos fibers in the air, and the higher the concentration of the exposure, the greater the risk of developing asbestos-related diseases later on in life.
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The best way to deal with asbestos in your home — is to have us deal with it for you! Abacus Environment has built a reputation of being an industry leader in the field of asbestos testing and abatement. Call us today to get started with a free estimate.