Now that the weather is warming up, everyone likes to start working on there home projects to improve the quality of their homes. This is the best time of year to tear down that wall, install new flooring, upgrade your bathrooms and many more home improvement projects that you have been itching to get to all winter long.
Many homeowners insist on doing many projects on their own, instead of hiring professional licensed contractors and taking the risk of health concerns just to save costs that could be incurred on DIY projects. At got mold?, we insist that our readers stay safe and have a thorough assessment performed prior to any demolition. Many older homes built prior to 1993 have asbestos inside the walls, attic, asbestos containing tile flooring, drywall joint compound, duct insulation, linoleum, textured ceilings etc. We encourage you not to attempt removal on your own until all possible materials are professionally tested and analyzed by an accredited laboratory.
Many people think that because asbestos stopped being used in industry many years ago, it’s no longer an issue, The problem today is that people can disturb asbestos in their homes without realizing it is there.
They embark on DIY projects — or hire a friend, or a few local lads to do some demolition work without an initial survey — and unwittingly expose themselves, workers and family to asbestos fibres.
The number of people dying each year from mesothelioma has nearly quadrupled in the past 30 years. The Department of Health estimates deaths will peak in 2016 because the danger of asbestos became widely known only in the mid-Seventies, and the time lag between exposure and diagnosis is, typically, 30 to 40 years.
Crucially, with asbestos remaining in millions of buildings across the country, many of us are still exposing ourselves to asbestos without realizing it. Asbestos materials in good condition are not a health risk and should be fine if you leave them alone. Simply check their condition from time to time to ensure they haven’t started to deteriorate. If you have to remove asbestos, it’s essential you use a reputable, licensed contractor who carries the appropriate liability and pollution liability insurance to handle and dispose of it properly.
For peace of mind on your summer home improvement projects call today so we can schedule you an appointment with a consultant. 1-888-909-6653