Many of us rest easy, thinking that our builders or contractors do not use building materials that contain asbestos. However, many homeowners remain unaware of the usage of this material along with other building materials that are still in vogue in many parts of the world; indeed, many contractors might not follow the right norms or building codes that define the controlled use of this material.
Asbestos still in use
Even if you do not see asbestos sheets lying around construction sites, it might be hidden in different forms in other building materials as well as used in making other products. For instance, vinyl floor coverings, caulk, plaster, dust, tiles, cement, roofing materials, drywall, and insulation are some of the few instances that can be sited that are building materials that contain asbestos. Even some industrial glue or those that are used in home construction include asbestos.
It is true, however, that modern building materials have fewer chances of having asbestos included in them than older constructions that have been made in the forties or the seventies. However, even modern materials such as that used in insulation, vinyl tiles, as well as roofing materials, also might contain one percent of asbestos that also brings health risks.
However, building components that are left in their places will not be able to contaminate the air or pose risks to your health. However, the danger lies in bringing in fresh building materials or handling of the same that include asbestos as a component.
Precautions to take
If you are embarking on a DIY remodeling project that involves tearing down of certain walls, flooring or tiles and rebuilding them, you could be risking exposure to harmful asbestos particles and fibers. For instance, tearing down of walls would release such harmful particles in the air. Even if you wear masks it might still not be enough. It is necessary to douse all such areas with water to keep the fibers and particles from contaminating the air. It is advisable that you get a licensed and reliable contractor to perform the remodeling who would ensure all safety measures are taken and proceeds with caution and care in such endeavors.
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