With the plethora of fixer-upper television shows, buying an older home and restoring it has become popular for those looking to make anywhere from a little bit of extra cash to creating a sizeable income if successful. The one thing they rarely cover on those television shows, however, is the potential for asbestos to be in an older home and how to protect yourself. If you’ve purchased a home older than 1970, there is a high likelihood that there is asbestos somewhere.
If you are currently living in the home, there isn’t a great deal of risk as the material is technically safe as long as it is not damaged. If you’re going to be renovating, however, the chances of encountering it rises, putting you at risk of asbestosis and mesothelioma. It is a good idea to start with an asbestos inspection done by a company that offers full-service asbestos abatement. A certified inspector will check out the home and give you recommendations should they find asbestos. A full-service company will continue with the asbestos removal if found.
You won’t be able to reside in the home during the asbestos removal, and you should also remove all pets. The asbestos abatement team will cordon off the area with hazardous area markings as well as seal off the affected area from the rest of the home. They will also shut down the HVAC system. They will carefully remove the asbestos and perform cleanup following federal, state and local regulations, as well as dispose of the asbestos materials safely. You should follow-up with another inspection to re-evaluate the area to be certain the threat is completely abated before continuing with the renovation.
If you would like to know more about asbestos abatement or you’d like to have your home or investment property inspected, give us a call at Double D Construction Services, Inc. We offer full-service asbestos services as a certified and accredited asbestos contractor for everything from small projects up to total building demolition in severe cases. With over 22 years of experience, your property is in good hands.