Asbestos fibers lurk behind our walls and ceilings, in our insulation and within our tiles. Asbestos can lie dormant in the fabric of our clothes and within the weave of our carpets. The danger lies when we inhale. In powder form, asbestos can settle into the mucosal lining of the nasal cavity. Over time, the asbestos may find its way into our chest, lungs and abdomen, and can lead to life-threatening diseases like asbestosis, mesothelioma and cancer.
Because asbestos fibers are so dangerous, homeowners should never replace their own insulation or fireproofing without the help of a construction expert. Licensed professionals understand the dangers associated with asbestos. Plumbers take precautions to prevent asbestos from attaching to your floors and carpets. Insulation installers take precautions to ensure that your home remains safe from further contamination by taking steps to prevent the powder from crumbling.
Perhaps even more importantly, professionals take steps to ensure that asbestos does not reach our landfills. The disposal of hazardous waste is a serious problem that affects thousands of people each year, and Indiana has laws outlining the proper methods to remove, handle and dispose asbestos. While the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has outlined the state and federal regulations in detail, it “strongly recommends that the asbestos be removed by professional asbestos removal contractors.”