When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.
Realizing that you have asbestos in your home can be very disturbing, since asbestos is linked to mesothelioma, a very deadly type of cancer. If you do have asbestos in your home and you want it to be removed, it's best that this is handled by a professional like ASBESTOP. Note a few questions to ask if you know that you have this substance in your home, so you can determine if it should even be removed and the best choice for doing this.
1. Is it properly contained behind walls or under floorboards?
Asbestos is only dangerous if it's inhaled, which means that if it's properly contained behind your walls or under floorboards then it's actually not dangerous, and it may be better to simply leave it.
It may still be disturbing to think that you have this substance in your home, but remember that having asbestos properly contained is like having a jug of rat poison in the home; as long as you don't drink the poison or come into contact with it, it's really not dangerous to you.
A professional asbestos removal company will be able to assess the containment of your asbestos and note if should be removed, or if it can simply be more properly contained in the home with plastic sheeting or other options.
2. Will you be remodeling in the future?
While the asbestos may be contained now, if you plan on doing any type of remodeling in the future you should consider having the substance removed beforehand.
Even if the remodeling work is not near the asbestos itself, the vibrations from sawing, hammering, and similar work can cause the asbestos to come loose and then become airborne. In turn, you increase your risk of inhaling the asbestos. If you're planning any major renovating or remodeling, consider having the asbestos removed now so that you know it's done when you're ready to start.
3. Will you be putting your home on the market?
While asbestos may be inert and not harmful when contained, if you're thinking of putting your home on the market you may want to think about having it removed.
New homebuyers may shy away from making offers if they know that there is asbestos, even if it's not actually dangerous to them. The price you pay for removal can be worth the investment if it means getting more offers or getting higher dollar offers than if you left the substance in your home.