If you are considering the purchase of an older house in disrepair with the intent of remodeling it, you'll need to be very careful to not expose yourself to asbestos. Asbestos can be found in a number of older building materials, such as flooring tiles and cement, because it has fire retardant and provided good insulation. However, it's since been banned from use in building materials due to the health risks involved.
Remodeling an older home can present a lot of challenges, particularly when there are building materials that contain asbestos. Here are precautions you need to take and what an asbestos abatement service can do for you.
Do Not Remove Any Building Materials Yourself
After you buy the house, do not get tempted into removing any building materials to see what lies beneath, such as a laminate floor over asbestos tiles. Unless the house has never been remodeled, you may not know what is beneath the layers of flooring and paint. It's best to assume that there is asbestos and avoid removing anything until you've had some testing done to determine whether or not there is indeed some asbestos-containing materials in the house.
Hire an Asbestos Abatement Service
If the tests for asbestos determine that there is asbestos in the house and you would like to completely gut and remodel the home, you'll need to hire an asbestos abatement service to do this job for you. Only people who are certified and licensed to remove asbestos can legally do so due to the health risks of asbestos. An asbestos abatement service can safely and effectively remove the asbestos from the home so you can then safely remodel the interior as a DIY project or by hiring a general contractor to do the remodel for you.
To remove the asbestos from the house, the abatement service will bring large air filtration equipment to the property. This equipment will capture the asbestos particulates that will inadvertently get released into the air as the building materials are being removed from the house, particularly when the materials need to be broken up before being removed, such as old flooring tiles.
The employees or contractors of the asbestos abatement service will wear personal protective equipment that will cover them from head to toe to prevent themselves from being exposed to asbestos. Included in this, is the use of respiratory protective equipment so they can avoid inhaling the asbestos fibers. You will not be able to enter the house while the asbestos is being removed.
For more information on asbestos abatement, contact a company near you.