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December 2017

Where Could Asbestos Be Inside your Home?

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Asbestos can be in many places in and around your home. How do you know where to look? Where are the most common places that this hazardous material may hide in the home? The only way to find out is through a professional asbestos removal company. They are certified to administer specialized testing procedures, which will check your entire home for any fibers. Asbestos testing should be completed before you do any type of remodel projects, as it can easily be disturbed and enter your body. Asbestos Abatement Services has some of the most common places listed below.

  • Tile

Floor tiles can contain asbestos. Asbestos is known for being a durable and cheap material. Asbestos-containing materials could stand up to the everyday traffic that your floor tiles receive. If you plan on removing floor tiles or have some that are damaged, have the tiles checked by a professional.

  • Insulation

Insulation may be the most common place for asbestos-containing materials. This mineral is not only heat resistant, but it was cheap and durable, making it the perfect insulation. If you are going to be removing insulation, it is important to consult with an experienced professional.

  • Roofing

Roofing shingles and even siding are known to contain asbestos. Asbestos is heat resistant and could withstand the everyday wear and tear your roof receives.

  • Popcorn Ceilings/Textured Walls

Popcorn ceilings and textured walls are known for containing asbestos. If your home has popcorn ceilings or any type of texture, have a professional asbestos company test it. Removing it yourself could make you ill.

  • Wallpaper

Wallpaper adhesives are known to contain asbestos. Removing wallpaper could disturb the asbestos and in return, expose everyone in your home.

Before starting a project or remodel, have your home checked by a certified asbestos abatement company. Asbestos is hazardous to you and your family and could end up causing severe illnesses.

What is Asbestosis?

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Asbestosis is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos causes a lot of severe illnesses, such as mesothelioma, but the most common of all is asbestosis. Asbestosis mimics respiratory illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose. This illness can be incapacitating, as it affects your lungs and other parts of the body. Asbestos Abatement Services wants you to live a long and healthy life. We have broken down the major indicators of the disease below.

  • Noisy Breathing

For many, that noisy breathing is from asthma or allergies. This is far from the case when it comes to asbestosis. Severe inflammation and scarring of the lungs from asbestos exposure is what causes the noisy breathing. You will develop a raspy sound and cough.

  • Shortness of Breath

Many illnesses have this as a symptom. Asbestosis causes shortness of breath. This normally happens after prolonged exposure to these hazardous mineral fibers. As those ingested constrict your lung movement, you become lethargic and fatigued.

  • Swelling

One of the main symptoms of exposure is swelling. Fluid can build up in numerous areas of the body after exposure. The main places are around the heart and lungs; however, there is usually some visible swelling around the neck and face.

  • Distended Abdomen

Asbestos fibers confuse your bodies processes. When this happens, fluid is created and begins to build up. Your abdomen will become bloated, but you will also have a decrease in appetite and experience weight loss.

If any of the above symptoms are happening to you, see a doctor. Let them know that you think you have been exposed to asbestos. It is also crucial to have an asbestos test completed on your home. Make sure the company you choose is fully certified and licensed for this specific type of work. If there is asbestos in your home, it is imperative that you have it removed immediately.

Common Areas Where Asbestos Hides!

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Asbestos is a silent killer. This meaning you cannot see it. It could be all around you, and you would never know. Asbestos is a dangerous fiber that was used in construction materials for many years. It is a mineral that is in older buildings is highly dangerous, as it has probably begun to break down. Once the fibers break down, they can travel throughout the air entering your bloodstream and lungs. If you live in an older home, below are some places that it could be hiding!

  • Roofing Shingles 
  • Plaster Board
  • Sprayed Insulation 
  • Caulking and Sealants
  • Ceiling and Wall Texture
  • Bathroom Panels
  • Window Panels
  • Insulation
  • Wall Boards
  • Pipe Insulation
  • Tile
  • Cement Products
  • Wallpaper

These items could be all over your home. If you have not had an asbestos inspection or test completed on your home, now is the time. Before you start any DIY projects or remodels, have your home checked for this hazardous material. Any of the products could contain asbestos fibers and be very dangerous.

Asbestos Testing

Asbestos testing a thorough test completed on your home to see if any items contain asbestos. A certified and licensed asbestos abatement professional should complete the home test for you. If they are not certified, the test is not legit. Asbestos Abatement Services provides complete asbestos testing, inspections, and removal of asbestos. After the inspection, you will know whether your home contains asbestos or not.  If the test determines you have asbestos, you will need to have it removed as soon as possible, as it is a highly dangerous fiber. You will need to leave the home until the asbestos removal process is completed. If your home is free from asbestos, go about your projects and remodels, knowing that you and your family is safe. An asbestos test and inspection can save you a lot of money on illnesses and medical bills from asbestos exposure.