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Four Facts You Should Know Before Dealing With Asbestos In Home Renovations

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If you are planning on renovating your home, there are many hazardous materials you may run into, such as lead and asbestos. There may be asbestos-containing materials that you are aware of and others that you find through the renovation process. Knowing how to deal with these problems can help you stay safe while you renovate your home. Here are some tips to help you deal with the asbestos you find during renovation projects:

1. Plan Ahead With Information And Be Prepared For Dangers 

Before you start any home renovations, you will want to have a plan. If you know there is asbestos that needs to be removed, plan on working around it and removing it.  If you are not sure about materials, do work in other areas first while you are waiting for materials to be tested.

2. Use Appropriate Safety Gear To Deal With Any Construction Debris

When working with any type of construction debris, you will want to make sure you have the right safety gear. You will want to have boots, glasses and the appropriate clothing. Working in dusty areas or around chemicals, you will want to use masks. It is worth it to spend a little extra money and by quality masks with a built-in air filter, rather than the cheap masks used for doing lawn work.

3. Safely Working Around Areas That Contain Asbestos Materials

There may be times when you are working around an area that contains asbestos. It is a good idea to wear a jump suit and mask in these areas. Try not to disturb the asbestos-containing materials. You can cover them with plastic or sheathing to keep them protect and prevent air-borne dust particles.

4. Testing Materials That You Are Not Sure About For Asbestos

There are many different materials that can contain asbestos. This can include old siding, shingles and wall texturing, as well as insulation products. If you find materials you are not sure about, have them tested for asbestos. Do not work with any materials you are not sure about until you know if they contain asbestos or not.

These are some tips to help you stay safe while dealing with asbestos during renovations. If you need help with testing and removal of materials in your home, contact an asbestos abatement contractor to safely deal with these hazardous materials.  They can help you safely deal with asbestos materials you find during renovations.