It can be very stressful to discover that you have asbestos in your home due to the health issues associated with asbestos exposure. However, you need to handle the situation properly to ensure that your household's health is not affected.
The following are six mistakes to avoid if you think you may have asbestos in your home.
Procrastinating about contacting an asbestos testing and abatement company
The biggest mistake you can possibly make is ignoring the problem. You need to take care of asbestos in your home because the problem is not going to go away on its own. Contact an asbestos testing and abatement company right away to take care of the problem.
Failing to let everyone in your household know about the potential problem
You also need to make sure that everyone in your home knows that there may be asbestos. This way, they can steer clear of the area where asbestos is suspected to be and thereby avoid exposure.
Trying to remove building components that you think contain asbestos yourself
The best thing to do about the area of your home that you suspect contains asbestos is to stay away. Don't try to remove asbestos-containing materials yourself, or you could aggravate the problem. You also will likely expose yourself to the asbestos if you try to remove the affected materials yourself.
Allowing pets to go near areas or items in your home that you think might have asbestos on them.
You need to make sure that any pets you have in your home can't get at the asbestos. Your pet could go through the area and track asbestos throughout your home if you don't manage to keep your pet away. Tie up your pet or put up a physical barrier so that your pet can't get to the area.
Sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming around materials containing asbestos
You want to avoid any activities that are going to move things around or stir up dust around the asbestos. This could cause asbestos to spread even more throughout your home. If this happens, the problem will become worse and more effort will be required to remove the asbestos.
Being unavailable when your asbestos abatement service visits your home
It's best to be present when your home is inspected and asbestos testing is performed. This way, you can ask questions and express any concerns you have. You can also get advice from the asbestos abatement service about what you should or shouldn't do if asbestos is discovered.