Asbestos Removal Alternatives: We Don’t Recommend Them
Asbestos can be a hidden intruder in your home, office, or building. Although, living or working somewhere with intact asbestos isn’t necessarily an immediate health risk; it is important to know that most people who suffer from asbestos-related major health problems are exposed to the substance over long periods of time.
There are a number of places that asbestos can be found in your home and it was used in home construction for much of the 20th century. Products such as paint, fiberboard, siding, roof shingles, soundproofing tiles, floor tile, cement, insulation, and vermiculite, which is the small Styrofoam-like pellets found in potting soil, have all included asbestos at some point and some of these products are still in many homes.
Can I live with Asbestos?
One of the questions we often receive is what “If I don’t disturb the materials that contain asbestos, can I live with asbestos in my home.”
It is true that in its intact and undisturbed state, asbestos is not typically harmful to your health. It’s only when the fibers are released into the air that it becomes cancer-causing. However, its presence in your home is a problem waiting to happen.
Any number of unseen actions could take place to degrade the materials, causing asbestos particles to be released into the air without you ever knowing it.
Can I seal asbestos?
After telling homeowners this, we then are often asked: “Well, can I just seal the asbestos-containing materials.” Encasement (or sealing) includes using specially created products that are designed to coat asbestos-containing materials and bind the fibers together permanently.
The short answer is yes you can seal asbestos. However, this only delays the inevitable, which is that one day you will likely be forced to remove the asbestos-containing products should you try to sell your home.
Asbestos encasement typically costs 75 to 80 percent of the cost of asbestos removal. So, while you may seal it, you will be paying the cost of the initial sealing, the additional cost of having the sealing removed and the full cost of complete removal later on. So, what may seem like a cost-saving measure upfront will actually double your costs in the end.]
Asbestos Removal Near Me
If you have asbestos in your home, the most cost-effective and safest option is to remove it completely as soon as possible. If you can ensure it will be forever undisturbed, living with asbestos is possible. However, removal is the only way to have complete peace of mind.
Chicago asbestos removal company Asbestos Project Management is expert in testing and removing asbestos from homes, commercial units and municipal buildings and we’ve been doing it the right way for 40 years. Contact us today to receive a no-obligation asbestos removal quote.Back To Blog