What is Asbestos?
History of Asbestos
Asbestos is hidden everywhere in plain sight. With a long history in the United States, it began being mined and manufactured before the Civil War. Predominantly used in building materials, asbestos was common in industrial settings and construction for decades. Cement works, roofing and exterior shingles, pipe insulation, fire retardants and much more were produced with asbestos due to its fire resistance and flexibility. The automobile and shipping industry were particularly impacted. Inside buildings and houses, the toxic mineral was used in surfacing supplies like plaster, caulking and joint compound and even sheetrock. People restoring properties often put down flooring tile in vinyl or linoleum, not knowing that they were installing a product that had massive dangers. Slowly, the first cases of asbestosis and mesothelioma were diagnosed. Finally, enough evidence was presented during the 1970s to successfully get the use of some asbestos products banned. As many people in the construction industry have noted, the regulations for resolving asbestos in older homes is stricter than the current manufacturing laws applied to asbestos. In order to completely rid your property of this common problem, you need a professional to do the job safely and lawfully. They will have an understanding of the history of asbestos and how its different forms are impacting your structure.
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Where is Asbestos Found?
Asbestos Inside Buildings
n order to resolve asbestos inside buildings, you must know where to look for it. Vermiculite attic insulation, old ceiling tiles, glues or mastic adhesive, boiler insulation, wallboards and other locations may be contaminated by asbestos. While this is intimidating, it can be contained and resolved for a lasting solution to a hazardous problem. Do not disturb interior asbestos without professional assistance, as air quality could be completely destroyed via airborne fibers and inhaled.
The exterior of homes and business may contain dangerous asbestos. In cement shingles and transite siding, asbestos must not be disturbed by untrained laborers. There are asbestos awareness health protocols for how to handle this issue. Usually, the problem comes up during rebuilding efforts or storm damage to roofing and siding. Repair is not the best option for asbestos outside that has damage. Do not touch it or attempt to replace it yourself.
What are the Health Risks of Asbestos?
There is simply too much health risk when it comes to asbestos and its diseases. The mesothelium membrane surrounds vital organs and actually lubricates them, allowing movement and harmony in the body. When cancer is found in this area, it is called mesothelioma and harms much more than the lungs. Aggressive and malignant cancers like mesothelioma come up when airborne asbestos fibers are breathed in and linger in the airways, lungs and more leading to scarring that will not heal. These fibers can also be ingested and cause abdominal cancer. Once airborne and in the body, asbestos will not leave the body for decades. Your body cannot process or rid itself of the fibers of this deadly mineral. Sadly, they can even reach the heart and cause pericardial mesothelioma.n.
Causing shortness of breath, pain, lung scarring and more, asbestosis is the name for a chronic lung condition caused by poisonous asbestos fibers. These symptoms start to crop up many years after asbestos exposure. Patients affected may even notice that their toes and fingers have a “clubbed” look, meaning they are broader and more pronounced in appearance. Industry workers are most commonly impacted due to their continuous contact with airborne mineral fibers. If you suspect you have a lung disease related to asbestos, it is absolutely essential that you see your physician immediately so they can assess your health.
What to do if you are remodeling and suspect Asbestos?
In a commercial property or home, asbestos becomes a serious problem when it has been damaged or if it is in an area of remodeling. Often, owners begin a renovation project and discover that they have an issue in their attic, roofing, shingles or walls and floors. If it is going to be disturbed in any way, licensed and certified specialists are critical to containing it, getting it disposed of properly, and resolving this hazardous situation for a long-term solution. Never put your family or employees at risk when it comes to asbestos. It is not a situation you can DIY for health and legal reasons. An expert asbestos service will have the awareness and knowledge to take care of you and your structure.
Do Not Disturb Asbestos Area without Testing
First, have the asbestos area tested for air quality and mineral type before beginning any project.
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