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December 2016

Your Home- How Asbestos Enters Your Body

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Asbestos can easily enter your body through a variety of ways. Many of the ways involve your home; however, it may enter your body through other means. Asbestos Abatement Services knows the importance of education when it comes to asbestos. Asbestos was still used in materials as late as the 1990s and even early 2000s. Below we will discuss places asbestos could be hidden and how you may encounter the dangerous fibers.

Where Could Asbestos be Hidden in My Home?

Asbestos was a prevalent material used in the construction of homes and commercial buildings. Asbestos could be lurking in open view, and you would never know. Asbestos testing is the best way to determine if you do have asbestos, but below we will tell you a few places asbestos fibers could be hiding.

  • Floor Tiles
  • Insulation
  • Shed and Garages
  • Adhesives for Wallpaper
  • Linings for Ceilings, Doors, and Walls
  • Popcorn Ceilings
  • Oven Gloves
  • Heaters
  • Crock Pots and Other Heating Appliances
  • Roofing
  • Fire and Electric Blankets

Asbestos remains dormant until it begins to break down. As this happens, it breaks apart and can easily move from one place to the other through the air or on clothing.

How Likely is it I become Exposed?

If there are asbestos materials in your home, it isn’t likely; it is when it will happen. Asbestos containing materials will eventually break down. This may happen either through wear and tear or home improvement projects. Asbestos is also easily transferred to your home through one’s clothing. If someone you know works in construction or deals with insulation, they could easily carry asbestos home. Once inside, the asbestos stays and exposes everyone in the area. The best thing you can do is have your home tested for asbestos. It is also important that anyone working in asbestos containing areas, wear specialized suits and change clothing before entering their home.

Asbestos Exposure can be Avoided – Simple Steps to Keep your Family Safe

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Asbestos exposure can easily be avoided with a few simple precautions. Most people don’t think of asbestos has being a problem. However, if you look at the news, it is a real problem, with deadly consequences. It is important to check your home and keep your family safe from asbestos. Asbestos Abatement Services has a few tips to keep you and your family healthy and safe.

Have your Home Tested

The best way to protect your family from asbestos is through a home asbestos test. This test should be done by a professional asbestos abatement company. The test is very reasonably priced and doesn’t take long to get the results. This way, you know for sure if your home has asbestos or not. If your home does, the professionals will be able to help you remove it safely.

Know Items that Could Contain Asbestos 

Many items could contain asbestos. It is important to know which types of items and where they could be. Below are some items that could contain asbestos fibers:

  • Adhesives
  • Caulking
  • Roofing
  • Tile
  • Insulation
  • Popcorn Spray Texture
  • Drywall
  • Wallpaper

As you can see, asbestos could be anywhere in your home. The only way to know for sure is to have a home asbestos test.

Let Professionals Handle Renovations

Instead of doing a remodel yourself, contact a professional. They will do your remodel safely, and you will avoid any asbestos dust or fibers. Once the fibers are disturbed, they go airborne and can travel through every room in your home. Professionals will take the time to ensure your home is safe.

If your Home has Asbestos, have it Removed

If you know that you have asbestos in your home, have it removed as soon as possible. If it isn’t disturbed, it isn’t a danger to you. However, it only takes one tile to break or wallpaper to come apart for the asbestos fibers to spread. The best way to keep your family safe is through removal. Have a professional asbestos abatement company remove the asbestos from your home. They have the proper suits and equipment to remove asbestos and ensure it is removed 100% safely.

Asbestos-Related Illnesses and How to Keep Healthy This Winter

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If you have an asbestos related illness, it is harder for you to stay healthy. Asbestos Abatement Services cares about you and wants you to stay as healthy as possible. Therefore, we have created a list of things you can do to keep yourself from getting sick this winter. Winter breeds illnesses, but for those with asbestos-related illnesses, being sick could be life threatening. Let us help you stay safe this winter!

  • Bundle Up

One of the best ways to keep healthy is by layering your clothes. By getting too cold, you are compromising your lungs and general health. Keep warm when you go outside by putting on a hat, gloves, and a scarf. If you are going to be outside for a while doing an activity, bring a blanket along.

  • Keep Your Lungs Safe

Asbestos related illnesses usually deal with the lungs. It is important to protect your lungs this winter. By breathing through your nose, you allow warmer air to enter your lungs. A cold blast of air could shock your lungs. Use a hood or scarf to protect your mouth and nose. Make sure you get a flu and pneumonia shot to protect you from serious illness. If you feel sick, see your doctor immediately, don’t hold off, hoping it will get better.

  • Keep your Heat On

Having your home’s temperature set at a regular warm temperature is important. If your home is too cold, it can cause your lungs to become inflamed. Make sure you dress warm and keep your home warm. If you get hot at night, turn it down, but don’t go below 66 degrees. You should also dress warmly when sleeping.

  • Be Active

Being active makes you healthier over all. Simple exercising in your home or short walks outside can do your immune system wonders. If you have a serious lung condition, don’t overdo it. A walk around your home could do wonders for your well-being.

  • Wash Your Hands Regularly

Always wash your hands. Germs are contacted most through touch. If you are out in public, wash your hands often and carry anti-bacterial hand sanitizer. This simple gesture could keep you from getting sick this winter.

Holiday Items Could Contain Asbestos

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Holidays should be a time of cheer. A time with friends and family, not a time of asbestos exposure. We all think of the obvious, lights and trees equal a bigger chance of a fire, but not asbestos exposure. Many items used during the holidays could contain asbestos. Asbestos Abatement Services has a list of items for you to check. By being knowledgeable, you could save you and your families lives.

  • Older Blankets

Asbestos fibers were used in older blankets because of the durability and the fire-resistant qualities. Electric blankets are especially prone to having asbestos fibers, because of the heat involved. If you have any older blankets, it may be time to throw them out. If they are worn or tattered, it is best to get rid of them and purchase new ones. If you have any hand me down blankets, it is important to check them.

  • Kitchen Items

Certain kitchen items were made with asbestos fibers. Heating products are more common to have asbestos has it is heat resistant and an excellent insulator. If you have an older crock pot, toaster oven, or popcorn popping machine, it may be time to upgrade.

  • Toys 

Toys have recently been linked to having asbestos and lead in them. These items were made in foreign countries, but imported to the United States. If you have any older toys or are thinking of using hand me down toys, make sure you check the products on the internet to ensure they are not laced with any asbestos or lead. Both can lead to serious health issues in children.

  • Heavy Duty Tape

Adhesives that are used to hang holiday decorations could contain asbestos fibers. Tape has been linked to asbestos in the recent past. This is alarming. Asbestos fibers help create a strong hold and are cheap to use. Use a different type of adhesive or check to ensure the tape you are using has not been linked to asbestos.

  • Certain Types of Gloves

Most gloves are safe from asbestos fibers. However, fireproof gloves are known to contain asbestos fibers. The fire resistance of asbestos makes it the go to for fireproof gloves. The fibers are also very durable. If you own a pair of gloves that are fireproof, check them. If they are older or have become worn, get rid of them.