Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Before Renovating a Home in South Florida, Have It Tested for Asbestos

Home renovations may expose workers to asbestos.

Older homes often make great candidates for renovations and rebuilds. Many custom home builders purchase older homes that have fallen into disrepair or foreclosure, then demolish the existing structures or extensively renovate them. Likewise, house-flippers and investors may try to spruce up older homes. For safety, these companies and individuals should hire leading asbestos abatement south florida firms to test the structures for asbestos and to eliminate the substance if discovered, as many older houses contain asbestos in flooring, walls, roofing, ventilation and other areas. This asbestos could pose serious dangers to the health of those people working on the renovations and demolitions if disturbed.

In cities across South Florida such as West Palm Beach, companies offer asbestos testing and asbestos remediation services for commercial clients and residential customers alike. Construction companies, property managers, homebuyers and homeowners can search for businesses that perform asbestos removal west palm beach services by going on search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing. Before hiring such a firm to remove asbestos from a house, apartment building, townhouse or other structure, check to see if the company has a current license to perform the work. The state licenses companies in the asbestos abatement industry.

Asbestos fibers become particularly hazardous when they get dislodged and become airborne. People working on a structure may unknowingly ingest or inhale these unseen fibers, leading to severe and even potentially fatal health problems years or decades later. Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis, among other conditions.  

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