Property Manager MA: Asbestos

Property Manager MA

Property Manager MA: Asbestos

If you are doing home improvement, make sure you protect yourself from asbestos exposure. Asbestos is often used for insulation and as a fire retardant.  The problem with asbestos is that if it gets disturbed or damaged it can release particles in the air which can lead to lung disease. Lung disease takes years to occur and before you know it you can be sick.

Asbestos can be included within shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products,  cement products, paper products,  Hot water and steam pipes coated with asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape, Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets with asbestos insulation, Heat-resistant fabrics.

Asbestos at home

So if you have asbestos containing materials at home which aren’t damaged or disturbed then you are less likely to be at risk. However it is a good idea to get an expert/professional to inspect your home so that he can label any asbestos. They will save you the trouble and tell if you there is any asbestos within the premises. A good professional will also tell you about the options to safely handle it, repair or remove it.  They will also take samples and let you know of any preventative measures you need to take. Besides that a good professional will also do an evaluation. However make sure that a professional does not work for a firm which removes asbestos.

 

Property Manager MA: Asbestos Do’s and Dont’s

If there is any undamaged asbestos leave it alone as it could be a problem if you touch it.

If there is damaged material with asbestos in an area, limit your activities in that area till a professional can take care of it.

Make sure you avoid damaging asbestos containing material.

Get an expert/professional to get rid of asbestos at home and get them to do the sampling/repair work.

Don’t dust, sweep or vacuum debris that may contain asbestos.

Don’t saw, sand, scrape or drill holes in asbestos-containing materials.

If you have any asbestos flooring, don’t use abrasive pads, brushes or power strippers to strip wax from it.

Don’t every try to level asbestos flooring or its backing. When asbestos flooring needs to be replaced, install new floor covering over it if possible.

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