What to do When Asbestos is in Your Home
Colorado Springs – December 10, 2019
Hundreds of people are being forced to leave their apartment building at two different Colorado Springs complexes after getting notice of asbestos in their buildings. The residents of The Thrive at the Incline, formally known as the Shannon Glen Apartments, and people living at Parks Edge, formally Pine Creek, have just a few days to move out.
What do you do if you suspect there is asbestos in your home or apartment?
It is important to know that many homes have asbestos in some of the building materials. The presence of asbestos-containing materials does not always mean there is reason for concern. It is when the material is disturbed by construction or damage and asbestos dust is released into the air that there is a reason to be cautious. In that case, you are better safe than sorry. Call a professional to assist you.
DO’s and DON’TS:
- DO avoid disturbing or damaging asbestos materials.
- DO have any work done by a qualified asbestos removal company.
- DON’T vacuum the area you are concerned about. This will just spread the dust.
- DON’T drill holes, use a saw or tear down any area you are concerned about.
Asbestos was used extensively in construction from the early 1940s to the 1970s. If your home was built during this time and you have damage to an area or are planning a construction project, be aware of possible asbestos contamination. Prolonged exposure to asbestos can lead to lung disease. These are some of the materials that asbestos is commonly found in:
- Vinyl floor tiles
- Window caulking and glazing
- HVAC duct insulations
- Some siding material
- Some forms of paint
Do not try and remove the asbestos on your own.
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