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What You Need to Know About Asbestos Floor Tiles

Jun 14, 2008
If you have never had to deal with any sort of asbestos it can be a real worry. We hear all the time about how awful asbestos is and how it can give you asbestosis. Although it can be a very dangerous substance you don't need to over worry about it too much if you find it in your home. The reason asbestos has been used in the manufacture of floor tiles is because it's a very practical material in terms of being able to resist fire along with some other things.

With asbestos flooring you should know that there are basically two states it can be in. Either is can be non-friable which is where it is in a safe form and you don't need to worry about it. Whereas if it's friable it means that the spores of the asbestos can get into the air and therefore into your lungs.

Luckily if you do decide you want to get rid of your asbestos flooring tiles, it's a pretty easy job that can be done by specialist contractors. You should never attempt the removal yourself because safety gear needs to be worn such as goggles and respirator. The tiles can then be taken away in large bits and you should never try to saw or drill it because the asbestos can then get into the air.

Some people might think that it's too expensive to have the tiles removed professionally but this is not one expense you should try to cut out. In many places it's against the law to attempt the removal yourself and also the asbestos needs to be disposed of correctly and cannot simply be placed into the garbage. Instead the asbestos is placed into a good air-tight container which is then clearly marked so that people know what is inside.

Although asbestos can be perfectly safe if allowed to sit where it is undisturbed, it can be very dangerous if you start to poke about with it. This is why if you want to do any sort of home remodelling you should either stay well away from any asbestos in your home or you should have it professionally removed by a contractor. Many people have contracted asbestosis because of exposure to asbestos and this is why so many lawyers specialise in asbestos cases. If you have found out that you are suffering from this condition it is well worth contacting a local lawyer that deals with such cases because there is a good chance you will be able to claim for compensation.
About the Author
April Kerr often writes for Abestos Removal and Advice blog which has details of subjects such as asbestos attic insulation and how to remove asbestos floor tiles.
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