Removal of Asbestos Roof

Asbestos Roof

Before the 1980s, asbestos was commonly used in building various commercial, residential, and industrial structures in Canada and other countries.

Asbestos was used to be mixed with other building materials such as cement to increase the strength of certain parts of the building.

Asbestos content is typically found on ceilings, insulation pipes, tiled floors, and roofs. And even though asbestos was banned in many countries after the 1980s, you can still find some old buildings having parts filled with asbestos intact today.

For roofs, asbestos was usually combined with other cement materials to increase durability. Asbestos containing roofs are generally great insulators, heat or fire resistant, and are incredibly sturdy.

Still, the harmful effects of asbestos outweigh the advantages this building material brings. Inhalation of asbestos can lead to serious respiratory problems such as Asbestosis. The good news is, it’s never too late to deal with asbestos because you can still reduce the chances of being exposed to it – by having it removed.

Compared to asbestos in pipes, asbestos roofs can be much easier to remove. However, just like any other asbestos-laden material, there is practically no need for you to remove if the asbestos is still solid and undamaged in any way.

But, even if you don’t remove the asbestos roof right now, there’s a great chance it will still deteriorate over time, just like any other roof materials. Roofs are constantly exposed to extreme heat from the sun, freezing cold from the snow, or getting soaked in heavy rainfall throughout the year.

Once the asbestos deteriorates and break apart, its fibers can be easily released in the air; and since your roof can be found on the exterior part of your home, its fibers can even be spread to your neighbors.

If you’re home is fairly old or if you suspect that there’s asbestos in your roof, call asbestos removal experts to have it checked right away. They will provide you expert advice on whether or not you should have the asbestos roof removed, or if you should just leave it alone for now.

Don’t try to remove the asbestos roof yourself. Aside from the dangers of exposure to it, you can even fall off from the roof.

How to Reduce Risks of Asbestos Exposure

Risks of Asbestos

Asbestos is a highly dangerous building material popularly used during the earlier years. Even though asbestos is toxic, it was widely used back then because of the numerous advantages it provides to structures.

However, upon the discovery of the dangers of asbestos to human health, the use of this harmful building material was banned in most countries.

Today, unless your job involves demolition of old buildings or other means to be directly in contact with asbestos, the possibility of getting exposed to this material is fairly low.

Still, it’s better to be safe than sorry. There are still some ways a person can inhale asbestos fibers unknowingly, such as passing by an old building being demolished. Older buildings have a higher chance of containing asbestos-laden materials. During demolition jobs of old structures, the disturbance of asbestos is likely to take place, resulting in asbestos particles and fibers getting released in the air.

To be able to reduce the risks of being exposed to asbestos, here are some things you can try:

Use wet rags when you wipe down items in your house. Asbestos fibers might flow in the air, and sometimes they could land on your home items, such as furniture. Using wet rags in cleaning ensure that the fibers won’t get blown away again and be at risk of getting inhaled.

Removing shoes or use doormats before you enter your home. If you have come across any asbestos particles outside, they can easily stick to your clothes, including your shoes. Wiping your shoes on doormats or removing them before you get inside your home lowers the chances of asbestos gaining entry to your house.

Staying away from objects possibly containing asbestos. If you live in an old house, you can’t discount the possibility that it was built using asbestos-filled materials. But asbestos only becomes dangerous once it gets disturbed. So, you should just stay away from any object in your household that may contain asbestos. This could include tiles, pipes, and vermiculite ceilings.

Ensuring That Your Home is Asbestos Free After Asbestos Removal

Asbestos Removal

Hiring certified asbestos removal specialists to remove all asbestos-containing materials form your home will still be the wisest and safest way to deal with any asbestos-related problem in your property.

A reputable asbestos removal or abatement company would ensure that all traces of asbestos are gone from your property via air quality testing after the removal task is completed. The professionals will also take care of the clean up of the work area as well as the disposal of the collected asbestos materials from your home.

The tricky thing about asbestos is that once they get disturbed, their fibers, dust, or particles may be released through the air, making it possible for anyone in the vicinity to inhale this harmful material.

No matter how great the asbestos removal company is, they will clean up the area where the asbestos was found but they would certainly NOT clean your entire home – that is not their responsibility. But since asbestos has the tendency to move from one area to another through the air, it’s imperative that you know how to clean up properly to ensure that no asbestos particle is left behind after the removal.

To minimize the amount of time you’ll spend cleaning up after asbestos removal, you can take some preparatory steps before the asbestos removal process even begins.

  1. Before the asbestos removal specialists arrive, you can cover your furniture items, especially the ones with fabric upholstery to prevent asbestos fibers from getting in.
  2. Close the doors of all the other rooms in the house that would not be accessed during the removal and cover the gaps under the doors.
  3. Cover the grass outside with plastic to prevent asbestos from getting trapped in them.
  4. If you are planning to oversee the actual asbestos removal, if you don’t have the proper protective clothing, it’s best if you wear clothing items you are ready to dispose of after use. While asbestos fibers may be washed off of clothes, it will require a special cleaning process for this to be done, so it’s better for you to simply throw away these clothes, or get a special asbestos protective suit. Or, better yet, just don’t try to get near the work area during the removal at all.