Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material used as insulation in homes built before the 1980s. It was later found that it could release cancerous fibers into the home when disturbed, either through natural disasters or remodels. Although it has since been banned in new constructions, it is important for homeowners to be conscious of its potential presence when renovating a home built after asbestos regulations were implemented. Let’s discuss how The Dan Company can help safely remove asbestos from your home and conduct safe and environmentally friendly renovations.
Important Asbestos Information
Before starting a home renovation, it is important to consider the areas where asbestos could lurk and to take proper precautions. If you find what you believe is asbestos in your home or suspect that it is present in your home, the following steps are recommended:
- Do not panic, as undisturbed asbestos is usually safe. It is best to leave the area untouched as you wait for professional help and make sure to keep children and pets away from the affected area.
- Do not sweep, vacuum, or clean asbestos debris; this will only trigger the fibers to spread further.
- Do not attempt to remove asbestos yourself! It is critical to contact a professional to handle the situation to avoid the spread of dangerous fibers. A professional wearing the proper equipment will conduct asbestos testing by taking samples.
Steps Towards an Environmentally Friendly Home Renovation
Don’t let the fear of asbestos disturbance stop you from renovating your home! With an experienced team like The Dan Company by your side, safe asbestos removal is possible. Here are some of the steps contractors take that lead to safe and even environmentally friendly asbestos removal:
- Identify contamination: The most common places for asbestos to be present in a home are in the flooring, insulation, roofing, exterior siding, and interior wall plaster. These areas will be tested for asbestos.
- Containment: Once detected, your contractor will be able to put together a remediation plan, and the abatement team will thoroughly prepare your home prior to removing the asbestos. This involves sealing the affected space and using special equipment and wet and dry methods to prevent airflow from the affected area.
- Removal: Asbestos materials are removed and placed into double plastic bags that are six mm thick.
- Recycling: Once properly removed and sealed, asbestos can be recycled at approved facilities, where it can be repurposed into various glass products that no longer contain harmful minerals.
- Renovation: After removal is completed and the area is retested for asbestos, your journey toward your dream home with The Dan Company can truly begin!
Here at The Dan Company, your safety is of paramount importance to us during and after our renovation process is over. The Dan Company is proud to be Your Nashville General Contractor. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at (615) 891-1572.