Do You Have Asbestos in Your Home?
If your home was built before 1975, you’re probably living in a cocoon of asbestos. Prior to 1975 most insulation was made with asbestos. Many of the heat pipe or water heater wrappings contained asbestos. Other housing materials containing asbestos were:
- Some Glues
- Window caulking and glazing
- Roofing materials
- Some forms of cement
- Corrugated panels
- Floor tiling
What can you do about the asbestos in your home?
Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?
Asbestos inhaled into the lungs may cause mesothelioma or a number of other cancers. However, asbestos is only dangerous under certain situations. If you believe you have asbestos in your home, it’s imperative to have your home inspected before you begin any makeovers. If your home contains asbestos, you could be at serious risk when renovating.
You may need to consider professional asbestos abatement.
Where can Asbestos Hide?
Asbestos becomes dangerous in the home when you disturb it. When disturbed, asbestos particles may be released into the surrounding environment. Some of the actions that disturb asbestos are:
- Removal of old tile flooring or linoleum, which is scraped and cut when removed.
- A renovation that disturbs old insulation.
- Disturbing or removal of bricks and similar materials.
- Disturbing the tape with which your pipes are wrapped.
- Removal of old windows which disturbs the caulking around them.
- Removal of old shingles on the roof.
- Replacing your old siding.
What to Do?
Before beginning any renovations around your home, have it tested for asbestos. If found, hire a professional to remove the asbestos. You may not think removing “just a little” material will cause risk for you and your family. Think again! If not handled properly, asbestos fibers can float anywhere in your home. You won’t see them. They’ll be a hidden danger. You could end up with a short, miserable lifetime of problems from just one fiber!
Who to Call?
For asbestos inspection and removal in the Wichita Falls, Texas area, call AOC Environmental. They’ve been successfully removing asbestos from area homes for more than 20 years. They can do quality renovations, too.
Don’t let asbestos become a hazard for your family. AOC Environmental will:
- Test for asbestos
- Remove asbestos
- Complete your renovations with high-quality craftsmanship
Call AOC Environmental at 940-692-8989.