Asbestos removal must be carried out by an appropriately licensed and qualified specialist as removal or demolition of asbestos materials is extremely dangerous. The removal of asbestos must be carefully managed and disposal must be carried out according to strict regulations.
Asbestos was commonly used in homes built pre-1991 for insulation, noise proofing, roofing, external wall cladding, fireproofing and internal wall linings. If you suspect you have asbestos materials in your home you should not touch it. An asbestos test can be carried out to confirm whether the materials do contain asbestos and can then be removed accordingly. Asbestos materials can be left within your home if they are well sealed and painted, but should they break or deteriorate then the extremely fine particles can become airborn and can cause severe resperatory damage. Asbestos related diseases include Mesothelioma, Asbestosis, Pleural Plaque and Lung Cancer.
If you are selling your home and you suspect or know that it contains asbestos then it is highly advisable that asbestos materials be professionally removed if practical. If this is not practical then it may be a good idea to obtain a quote for the removal and replacement of these items so purchasers are aware of additional costs when purchasing your property. Many purchasers are deterred by the presence of asbestos so removal of this product or at least up-to-date pricing and information may make purchase feel assured and more comfortable with purchasing your home.
If you have purchased a home and you either know it contains asbestos or suspect it contains asbestos it is advisable to have the asbestos removed and replaced with a safer material. If the asbestos is in good condition and is well sealed then you can leave it in place, however should it deteriorate or break then immediate removal is recommended.
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