What should you Do if your Home is Contaminated with Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation?

2Anyone who suspects their home may be contaminated with loose-fill asbestos insulation will often worry and then panic. After all, it is one of the most dangerous forms of asbestos and, if found, does need to be removed.

Before you begin worrying about what to do if your home is contaminated with loose-fill asbestos insulation, however, first you need to find out if it is. Once you know that, you can then decide what to do about it.

Testing your home for loose-fill asbestos insulation — Arranging for testing is the first thing you should do.

In most areas of the world, there are local companies that specialize in testing for asbestos, and most of them can come to your home and do the testing for you within just a couple of days of hiring them. You can also buy your own at-home testing kit, and take the samples yourself if you like.

How do you receive the results? — Whether you decide to pay someone to test your home for loose-fill asbestos insulation, or test yourself, the end result is the same.

The samples that are taken will be sent to a lab that will test them for asbestos. Most labs are able to complete their analysis in just 24 hours, so you will usually receive the results extremely quickly.

What should you do if the results are positive? — If you do discover your home does have loose-fill asbestos insulation in its ceilings, floors and walls, the testing company will talk to you about your options.

In most cases, safe removal of the asbestos can be carried out in just a couple of days. The worst case scenario is that there is so much asbestos in your home, the only thing to be done is to have it demolished. The latter, however, is a rare occurrence.

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What You Need to Know About Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation in Australia

2Do you live in Australia and think you may have loose-fill asbestos insulation in a building you live in or own? Are you wondering what you need to do about it?

If you do think you have loose-fill asbestos insulation in a building, under Australian law you must have it tested to find out. This is because it can be a very serious health hazard if it gets into the air.

How to get loose-fill asbestos insulation testing done? — There are companies around Australia that do testing for loose-fill asbestos insulation.

To arrange for testing, look for some of the companies on the Internet and get quotes for how much they charge for testing. In most cases, any loose-fill asbestos insulation testing is quite cheap, so do be sure to find out about the cost before you hire someone to do yours.

Once you have found a company whose prices you like, make arrangements to have them come by your home or office to do the testing.

How is loose-fill asbestos insulation testing done? — As loose-fill asbestos insulation can be anywhere in a building, a typical technician will test every room.

He will go around the building taking air samples in an attempt to find out if any loose-fill asbestos insulation has escaped into the air. He will also take samples of any insulation he finds under sinks or in wall cavities, as well as samples of any other materials he finds in sinks, in wall cracks, under floorboards and in attics.

How long to get the test results? — Once the testing has been completed, the samples will be taken to a lab for testing. This is usually complete within 24 hours, and the technician will then tell you the results.

Why you Need to Have Loose-Fill Asbestos Insulation Removed

If you suspect you have loose-fill asbestos insulation somewhere in your home, you must contact a company that specializes in loose-fill asbestos insulation removal.

This is because this type of asbestos can be very dangerous for your health and, if not removed in a timely manner, could cause you to have major health problems.

How to get loose-fill asbestos insulation removed — First, it depends on where you are living.

In some areas of the world, if loose-fill asbestos insulation is found in a home the only remedy for it is for the home to be demolished. In other areas, measures are put into place to remove the asbestos in a safe manner.

Check with your local authorities before calling a removal company to find out what the law is in your area.

Call an asbestos removal company — Once you know the law, your next step is to call an asbestos removal company and ask them about their procedures in testing for loose-fill asbestos insulation.

Most of the time it will entail a technician coming to your home, testing the air in your home, and then testing under the sink, in the attic and in any basement you may have. He will then take these samples to a lab where tests will be run on them.

If it is discovered that you do have loose-fill asbestos insulation in your home, you will be contacted and told about your options.

How long does it take to get rid of it? — If it is allowed by law to have it removed, the company will tell you how long it normally takes.

In most cases, it will require tenting your home and then having a crew come in to deal with it. This can take up to a week to complete, so do be prepared.