Asbestos removal in progress – Asbestos has been closely linked to a rare cancer, mesothelioma, which attacks the linings of the lungs and abdomen. Photo Courtesy: Asbestos Testing
Home renovations may seem like a good idea initially, but there are some dangers associated with the process. What could possibly be wrong with improving the appearance and efficiency of a home? In theory, nothing is wrong with home renovations. In practice, home renovations can leave a person exposed to asbestos, radon, mold or mildew. If you are tackling home renovations yourself, there are several things you should know to prevent asbestos exposure and reduce the risk of developing any diseases related to asbestos exposure. Here are a couple of tips:
1. Perform a Test for Asbestos
Obtain a test for asbestos and test the home where renovations are planned. These tests are normally available at the local hardware store. If the test is negative for asbestos, begin the project and take normal safety precautions. If the test is positive, hire a company for asbestos removal, or rent the equipment necessary to remove asbestos. Aspirators, protective clothing, goggles and gloves are necessary to prevent the asbestos from entering the body through inhalation.
2. Secure the Asbestos Removal Service or the Protective Gear
Secure the asbestos removal service to safely remove the asbestos. Compare prices and effectiveness of the service. Ensure the company removes all of the asbestos and other hazardous chemicals, such as lead paint, from the home. When the entire building or home is gutted, home renovators can prepare and rebuild the home with safe and new building materials. This process is recommended by many experts.
3. Rebuild the Home with New Building Materials
Rebuild the home with new building materials to ensure its safety for your family. New building materials will not only make it safer but also more visually appealing. The home will improve the mood of the inhabitants and keep future generations free from asbestos exposure.
4. Check the Home for Asbestos and Other Toxins
Check the home for asbestos and other toxins. Tests are available to measure asbestos levels after construction is complete. These tests can be conducted by a professional service or conducted via an at-home over-the-counter test. If the asbestos levels are fine, your family can move into your new home and enjoy the newly renovated structure. If the asbestos levels are elevated, the process may have to be repeated to eliminate asbestos from the home.
How Asbestos Can Harm the Body
When asbestos is inhaled, it can become lodged in the internal tissues of the lungs, stomach or heart. Once inside the body, the mineral will lie dormant in the tissue because the body is unable to process the mineral. In 10 to 50 years, the tissue surrounding the mineral will become cancerous, and mesothelioma can form.
Consider How Home Renovations Can Reduce Risk of Asbestos Exposure
While there are risks associated with exposure to asbestos during home renovations, the risks are greater for living in a home and constantly inhaling the material. Proactive renovations can prevent exposure to asbestos and reduce the risk of developing mesothelioma. Consider home renovations to update your living space and make it asbestos-free.