Risks Of Asbestos
Asbestos is no longer the best substance used in construction to provide insulation and fire proofing capabilities. This is because it has been linked to several respiratory diseases including lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. These diseases have been seen in people who were exposed to asbestos over long periods of time. People at risk are firefighters, asbestos miners and plumbers.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, you should lookout for signs such as persistent coughing, wheezing, chest pains and fatigue.
Where Is It Found?
Asbestos can be found in any part of the house, including the bathroom. In the bathroom, it can be found on hot water pipes, floor sheeting, wall linings, roofing, plaster boards and tile underlays.
Advantages Of Removing Asbestos
The one advantage associated with removing asbestos includes reducing the risk of developing diseases that are as a result of exposure to asbestos. Knowing that your home is asbestos-free gives you peace of mind.
There is no fixed amount of money you can pay for bathroom asbestos removal, simply because there are numerous factors to be considered. It will be more expensive to hire a contractor as opposed to removing the asbestos yourself. However, because of the skill required and the dangers involved, it is best to let a professional do the job for you. There are some asbestos removal companies websites that have a calculator which help you calculate the amount of money you could pay depending on the quantity of asbestos in your home. However, you can never truly rely on that until a physical assessment of your house is done.
The cost will also depend on how extensive the asbestos is. Furthermore, the company may factor in the distance to and from your home. It is important that you have all these facts down before you make a budget.
Safety Measures To Take
- If you want to be on site during the removal, it is important that both you and the professional are wearing the correct protective gear. This should involve a full face mask, metal capped shoes without laces, latex gloves and coveralls. All these should be disposable as you cannot wear them again, or else you would be risking the spread of asbestos to other parts of the house.
- If you live with other people in the house, or have a family, it is advised that you tell them to stay away during the removal process. Put up a barricade if possible.
- If you have air conditioning in your bathroom, shut it down. If even the smallest amount of asbestos becomes airborne, it can easily spread to other parts of the house.
- Make sure that any asbestos in bathroom is damp. It’s harder for wet asbestos to become airborne. Also, if there is some that has already been removed, do not touch it.
- Once through, all the asbestos waste should be placed into airtight plastic bags and disposed of at a bio-hazard dump site which has the facilities to deal with such toxic waste.