The dangers of asbestos have been clear for many decades now. Everyone at some point breathes in traces of asbestos daily because it is naturally found in the environment. However, exposure to significant amounts of asbestos can have serious health problems on a person. This article focuses on fixing an asbestos problem. And subsequent ones will discuss what to do if you find asbestos in your home.
If you suspect that your home has asbestos material, understand that you do not always need to take action. It is true that asbestos exposure can lead to serious health problems. However, asbestos materials do not always pass a risk unless the fibres are disturbed and become airborne. If the asbestos material is likely to be disturbed or for your sanity, you can fix or remove the problem.
Fixing an asbestos problem
Generally, fixing an asbestos problem basically means you choose to covered or seal the asbestos material. Covering the asbestos material means enclosing it so as to prevent any fibres from being released into the air. An example of a covering or enclosing is by wrapping asbestos insulated piping with a protective jacket.
A sealant binds the asbestos fibres together or coats them with a material that prevents them from being released. The insulation around pipes and heating units is often repaired by way of a sealant.
It is important to remember that repairing is cheaper than removal, however, repairing can make future removal difficult and costly. Sealing and covering may seem like an easy job to do on your own. However, it is important to always let any repair work be done by a professional. This is because any improper handling of asbestos can create a new health hazard where none existed. Use your local directory to find professionals on removing or fixing asbestos problems.
If you are suffering the effects of asbestos exposure, speak to an asbestos attorney today for legal advice and representation.