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Commonly Asked Questions About Asbestos and Its Removal

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It's not good to find asbestos in your home as the material is very dangerous, and it can also lower your home's overall resale value. However, many homeowners don't understand how asbestos can and does come loose and become a danger, and how to address it when it is found. Note a few commonly asked questions about asbestos and its removal and then discuss these with an asbestos removal contractor if you still need information.

1. If asbestos is only harmful when inhaled, why have it removed?

It is true that you can choose to have asbestos contained in your home as it's only harmful when you inhale the fibers. However, keep in mind how easy it is for those fibers to become airborne during a construction project, when tools might create vibrations that shake the substance loose. Also, you may assume that you can go into an attic or other area with asbestos and wear a breathing mask and be safe, but what if you track those fibers into the home because they cling to your clothes or shoes or even your skin? Rather than assuming you're safe if you simply don't get near the fibers, consult with a removal expert about your choices and options.

2. Is it necessary to remove the building materials around asbestos?

While not true in every case, don't be surprised if a contractor tells you that it's best to remove wall studs, drywall, and even plumbing pipes that might have asbestos around them for insulation. This can be safer than trying to scrape or vacuum the asbestos away and risk causing it to become airborne and even missing some fibers. A contractor may feel that it's best to wrap up or contain those building materials and remove them, intact, so as to do a thorough and safe job. Replacing those materials completely can then ensure your overall safety.

3. Can't asbestos just be buried?

You may assume that if you own your property then you can simply bury asbestos and it won't be a danger, but you need to keep in mind local regulations that may forbid you from doing that, even on private property. You also need to note if the asbestos might come loose, no matter the type of container you use. That container might rust or corrode over time, or plastic might break down. Rather than risk this, call an asbestos professional to manage the substance for you.