Are you worried about asbestos in your home or business? How do you know if you should leave it alone or call an asbestos abatement company? Here’s the information you need to make the right decision for your health and safety.

Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos was once praised for its heat-resistant characteristics and ability to weave into fabrics and insulating materials. However, in the 1970s, it was discovered that asbestos fibers are extremely harmful when inhaled. Living and working in an environment filled with asbestos building materials can cause:

  • Inflammation
  • Lung scarring
  • Breathing problems
  • Lung cancer

Where is Asbestos Found?

Asbestos is commonly found in older buildings. Some examples of building materials that may contain asbestos include:

  • Ceiling tiles and popcorn ceilings
  • Drywall
  • Floor tiles
  • Attic insulation
  • Roof shingles
  • Plaster siding
  • Adhesives and joint compound
  • Vermiculite coatings
  • Plumbing and ductwork components

When to Call an Asbestos Cleanup Company

Do you suspect your property has asbestos? Plan to contact an asbestos removal contractor if any of the following statements are true:

  • The building was constructed before 1990. Most asbestos products were banned in the US in 1989, but homes and businesses were not required to remove existing asbestos. Your property is liable to have asbestos materials if it was built in the 1980s or earlier.
  • Some of the building materials are deteriorating. If asbestos is left undisturbed and remains in good condition, it isn’t harmful. However, as asbestos-containing drywall, popcorn ceilings, siding, or other materials begin to crumble, you are more likely to breathe in hazardous particles.
  • Your home or business has been damaged by a fire or flood. Charred roof shingles and waterlogged insulation are more likely to emit harmful particles into the air. If your home sustains fire or water damage, you should not only repair the damage—you should also remove all asbestos materials that may have been affected.
  • You’re planning to remodel your home or demolish your commercial building. Regulations require asbestos inspections before major home remodels or demolitions take place. If any asbestos is discovered, you have no choice but to hire an abatement company. Otherwise, you’re breaking the law and endangering the safety of others.
  • You’re about to sell your home. In many states, home sellers are required to disclose asbestos to potential buyers. You are not necessarily required to perform the abatement, but most prospects will turn and run when they learn your home has asbestos. That’s why it’s better to deal with the problem before you list your home on the market.

Because of the health risks and safety requirements involved, it’s vital to leave asbestos abatement to a qualified contractor. DKI has you covered. Our specialties range from mold and asbestos cleanup to water damage restoration to fire damage recovery, so we can handle all your disaster restoration needs. Call us at 877-533-0210 or contact us online to schedule the services you need.