In the past, asbestos was frequently used in siding materials. Asbestos siding typically consists of Portland cement combined with asbestos. Asbestos was used as a siding material because of the durability and cost effectiveness of the resulting siding.
Obviously, homeowners with homes that are constructed from materials containing asbestos will have some health concerns. However, authorities like the EPA have stated that building materials containing asbestos do not need to be removed if they will not be damaged or disturbed by construction, remodeling projects, or other potential hazards.
Determining if siding contains asbestos
Homeowners may be uncertain if their siding contains asbestos or not. If there is uncertainty, it's important for an experienced asbestos professional to examine siding material before any remodel project begins. It's also important to look into the issue if damage to a home may have upset siding on a home that was constructed between the 1930's and the 1970's.
Building over asbestos siding
It's possible to build over asbestos siding to avoid the dangerous task of having to remove and dispose of this hazardous material. It is especially common for asbestos siding to be covered with shearing, foam insulation, and vinyl siding.
In general, the safest thing to do in regards to asbestos siding is leave it alone. However, having asbestos siding on a home can make it less attractive to buyers when it comes time to sell. Therefore, many homeowners may opt to have asbestos siding removed.
Removing asbestos siding
If it is decided that asbestos siding will be removed from a home, many precautions need to be taken to ensure the safety of the home's residents and of anyone else who may come into contact with the home during the removal procedure. The following are some important tips for maintaining safety throughout the siding project:
- Respirators must be worn- Those who are working on a home that is having asbestos siding removed need to wear respirators to prevent harmful asbestos particles from getting into the body.
- Warning signs should be posted- It's important to post signs around the worksite to keep neighbors and passers-by healthy. If no warning signs are posted, people may come close to the worksite and risk possible exposure to asbestos.
- Windows and doors should be kept closed- Homeowners can help keep asbestos particles out of the home by closing all openings to the home during the removal phase of a siding project.
- Asbestos must be properly disposed of- Special care must be taken in disposing of asbestos siding. A waste collection authority should be contacted for information on how asbestos siding should be handled and gotten rid of.
To learn more, contact a company like IRS Environmental of WA Inc. with any questions or concerns you have.