Removing asbestos is an arduous task and one that even the most experienced abatement crews have to carefully prepare for. With temperatures hovering above freezing and snow and ice coating the ground, winter can be a difficult time to carry out even the simplest of chores. If asbestos is suspected in one’s home, it can be a frightening prospect, but with harsh winter conditions outside, a homeowner may believe there’s nothing that can be immediately done. Oftentimes, these moments beg the question: Is it possible to remove asbestos in winter?
Is Wintertime Asbestos Removal Possible?
Despite the winter weather conditions, asbestos can be removed year-round. Oftentimes one can even experience an increased risk of asbestos in winter, such as while rummaging through the attic for holiday decorations or mounting lights over asbestos siding. If you encounter what appears to be asbestos in your home, you should contact an abatement company immediately and adhere to their recommendations. Waiting will only allow more opportunities for the asbestos materials to be damaged, becoming airborne and spreading to other areas of your home.
Should I Wait for Warmer Weather Before Removing Asbestos?
During asbestos removal, you and the other residents will have to evacuate the premises, which can be a hassle during winter. However, since asbestos is a substance extremely hazardous to your health, you shouldn’t ignore it until spring rolls around, especially if the asbestos is exposed and friable. Experienced asbestos abatement companies will have the equipment and experience necessary to remove and properly dispose of asbestos, regardless of the weather.
Is There Ever a Situation Where Could Wait to Remove Asbestos?
If the asbestos in your home is completely encapsulated with a low risk of disturbance or damage, you could potentially delay its removal. However, it’s strongly recommended you hire an asbestos contractor to inspect your home to ensure there’s no risk of asbestos fibers escaping the encapsulated area and contaminating the air.
Understanding that it’s not only possible to remove asbestos in winter but encouraged will help you make an informed decision should you suspect the dangerous material is present on your property. Of course, a key element of this decision is ensuring you hire an expert asbestos abatement company. At Fiber Control, Inc., our staff is dedicated to safely removing or remediating asbestos, along with other hazardous materials. If you’ve encountered what you may suspect is asbestos this winter, don’t hesitate to contact us today.