Having loose-fill asbestos in your home is dangerous. In some areas of the world, it is also against the law. Meaning, as soon as you discover you have this type of asbestos in your home, you must make arrangements to have it removed so it does not harm your health or that of anyone else that enters your home.
Why is loose-fill asbestos insulation dangerous? — Unlike the typical sheets of asbestos that were often used to insulate walls, attics and under floors, loose-fill asbestos insulation comes in tiny pieces.
What that means is it is far more likely that small pieces of asbestos will break off and escape into the air. When they do, they can be breathed in and can cause lung problems and even lung cancer.
What can you do about loose-fill asbestos insulation? — The main thing that must be done as soon as possible is to have the building tested for asbestos. There are many companies online that can arrange to come to your home or office building and test for it.
Testing takes only an hour or two, and results should be released by the lab within 24 to 48 hours.
If you do then discover that loose-fill asbestos insulation is in the walls, ceilings and floors of a building you spend time in, you must then arrange to have it removed.
Depending on how much is in there, how long it has been there and what condition it is in, an asbestos company will then give you options for how it must be removed.
All reputable asbestos companies will remove it in a safe way, and make sure to keep the surrounding neighborhood safe while it is being done. This will usually require tenting the building during the time the asbestos removal takes place.