If you have discovered that you home or other property contains asbestos, your first reaction is probably to want to rip it out as soon as possible. Unfortunately it is not that simple, and trying to remove asbestos can actually create a greater hazard than asbestos that is left undisturbed. Under no circumstances should you try to remove asbestos on your own.
Understand the Danger of Materials Containing Asbestos
The danger of asbestos can be a bit confusing. Undisturbed, intact products containing asbestos do not cause asbestos exposure and the fatal health problems that accompany it. It is the fibers that cause health problems. They can get into your system by inhalation or ingestion.
This is why it is so dangerous to try and remove it yourself. You will release more of the fibers into the air while trying to remove it. The building materials that you are trying to remove may not even be breaking down yet, and you can be setting the problem in motion when it was merely a potential hazard that was not yet active.
That being said, it is not a safe option to merely leave it alone. Materials containing asbestos are subject to be disturbed or to break down at any time. Some kind of action must be taken.
If you have discovered asbestos, you must call a professional to assess the situation and help you decide what action to take. In some cases it is better to seal off the asbestos than to try to remove it.
Why You Must Work With an Asbestos Abatement Professional
The primary concern, when dealing with asbestos, is safety. If you try to do it yourself, you can in effect be killing yourself, family members, and anyone else who enters your home or building.
Besides protecting your health, you also have to think about protecting yourself legally. Asbestos removal laws very from state to state. It is not permissible to simply rip it out and throw it in the garbage. In some areas you areas only licensed professionals can legally remove asbestos. There are also strict regulations on how asbestos materials must be handled and disposed of.
Hiring someone to remove asbestos is not always simple, either. It is very important that you check out your asbestos abatement contractor before the work begins. Make sure that you are working with a licensed professional, not just someone who is offering asbestos removal services.
If you have been exposed to asbestos in the past and have been diagnosed with any of the diseases related to it, you may very well deserve compensation. Click on your state on the above map to contact a mesothelioma lawyer in your state. Alternatively, please e-mail or call us at 1-877-LOSS RECOVER (567-7732) today to speak with a mesothelioma lawyer near you.