If there is asbestos in your home, removing it is not always the best option. Disturbed asbestos materials release fibers into the air, endangering you and people nearby. If it is not necessary to remove the asbestos, then it is probably safer to just leave it alone. If the asbestos-containing material is not cracked, damaged, or worn, the asbestos fibers should remain safely intact.
Another option to consider as an alternative to removing asbestos is repairing and encapsulating the damaged area. Small areas of exposed asbestos can often be sealed with duct tape or another material to prevent the release of fibers.
If you decide to remove the asbestos, you should hire a certified asbestos abatement contractor. These professionals have all the equipment and training necessary to safely remove and dispose of the asbestos. If you do it yourself, you must take proper precautions such as wetting the material before removal. Your state may have certain regulations and require you to complete some paperwork or obtain a permit. Be sure to check into your state’s regulations before attempting to remove asbestos.
There are many workers exposed to asbestos. If you are involved in asbestos removal in the workplace, it is your employer’s responsibility to provide adequate training and protective gear to minimize risk.
If you have become ill from exposure to asbestos, you may be eligible for compensation. Please contact the experienced Maryland asbestos lawyers at The Law Office of Brown | Kiely, LLP, today.