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November 2018

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Asbestos and Your Air Ducts

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Asbestos fibers entering your air ducts may be one of the most dangerous combinations. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and are not able to be seen. This makes it impossible to know if you have asbestos inside our home or business. The only way to really know is through a specialized test. If you have an older home or completed a remodel, there is a chance that you now have asbestos inside your air ducts. Asbestos can easily float from one room to the next and expose you. You can inhale or ingest the fibers without knowing.

How do I find out if I have asbestos fibers in my air ducts?

The only way to know for sure is with an asbestos test. If you have never had an asbestos test administered, it is a wise decision to do so. Certified and licensed asbestos abatement professionals should only administer the asbestos test. They will test the entire home for asbestos, including your air ducts. The test is very thorough and will find even trace amounts of asbestos fibers.

What should I do if they find asbestos in my air ducts?

If asbestos-containing materials were found in your home that was not disturbed, then you are lucky, and your air ducts should be fine. The asbestos will still need to be removed. However, if the air ducts do contain asbestos fibers, they will need to be replaced. A licensed and insured asbestos abatement team will come in and remove all the asbestos fibers from your home, this will include your air ducts. Once all the asbestos fibers have been removed, the company will test for asbestos a second time to ensure all the asbestos has been appropriately removed. Once cleared you will be able to enter your home.  The air ducts will be replaced, and you will know that your home is now free from the dangerous fiber, known as asbestos.

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Asbestos – Related Illnesses and Your Health

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Asbestos-related illnesses are becoming more common since asbestos has become mainstream. More people are being diagnosed and treated for asbestos-related illnesses. We all know about mesothelioma from lawyer commercials, but did you know there are other asbestos-related illnesses? Today, we will talk about a few different types of illnesses that are the result of asbestos exposure.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a long-lasting disease of the lungs that is caused by prolonged asbestos exposure. This is one of the most common illnesses that is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestosis causes lung tissue scarring that results in trouble breathing. The diseases take years before it begins to show symptoms. Asbestosis can cause chest tightening, loss of appetite, dry cough, and shortness of breath. Asbestosis has been known to lead to Mesothelioma.

Pleural Plaques

Pleural plaques are where parts of the parietal pleura thicken and calcify. This is the most common illness from asbestos exposure. This illness takes decades before it is diagnosed, as it does not show symptoms.

Pleural Thickening

With pleural thickening, the visceral pleura thickens and restricts the lung. It causes lung pain and shortness of breath. Diffuse pleural thickening is one of the rarer illnesses that is caused by asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Pleural Effusions

This illness causes fluid buildup between the visceral and parietal pleura. Pleural effusions occur within a decade of exposure and may eventually lead to diffuse pleural thickening. This can cause shortness of breath, coughing, and general fatigue.
While these illnesses are known to cause major respiratory problems, the symptoms can usually be treated. However, all the above can turn into Mesothelioma, which is a cancer caused by asbestos exposure. If you think you may have been exposed to asbestos at some point in your life, it is crucial to get checked out by a certified doctor for a proper diagnosis.

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Asbestos Abatement and Your Safety

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Asbestos is a hazardous fiber that is all over the media. It is known for being bad, but what happens when you need asbestos abatement for your home? How does Asbestos Abatement Services keep you and your family safe from asbestos exposure? Below we will discuss some of the protocols we use to keep ourselves and you safe from asbestos exposure.

What is Asbestos Abatement?

Asbestos abatement is the method of removing asbestos-containing materials from your home or business. The process is thorough and takes time because of the precautions that must be taken to ensure safety. Before asbestos abatement begins, we do an asbestos test to find the areas that contain the asbestos. From there we ask that you vacate the premises for the abatement process.

Safety and Asbestos

Our team of certified asbestos abatement professionals seal off the area we are working on to ensure fibers do not escape through the air, vents, or ducts. Our team will use special suits and respirators to ensure our safety throughout the process.  We then use air filtration to catch any microscopic asbestos fibers that may float in the air. Once we begin the removal process, the asbestos-containing materials are put into leak-proof containers that are sealed before leaving the area. Once we have completed the area, we will remove the sealed containers and legally dispose of the asbestos-containing materials.

To dispose of the asbestos, you need special licenses and certifications. Once we complete the entire home or business, we will sanitize the area and do another lab test to make sure all the asbestos has been removed. Once cleared, you may return to the home or business.

Our number one goal is your safety, and we take it very seriously. Asbestos abatement should only be completed by licensed, insured, and certified professionals. This is for the protection of you, us, and everyone close to the area.

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What is Secondary Asbestos Exposure?

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Before we talk about secondary asbestos exposure, what is asbestos exposure in general? Asbestos fibers are naturally occurring but have been used in construction materials for decades. Once it becomes worn or disturbed, usually through a remodel, the fibers enter the air. Asbestos fibers can attach themselves to your clothing and float through the air to other parts of your home, allowing you to ingest them through your mouth or nose. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and cannot be seen, making it impossible to know if you have been exposed. Asbestos exposure causes a variety of illnesses including severe respiratory problems.

How Does Secondary Asbestos Exposure Happen?

Most secondary asbestos exposure happens from laborers who bring the asbestos fibers home on their clothing. Construction workers, auto technicians, shipyard workers, and other laborers are the most at risk for asbestos exposure. The fibers are so tiny that they can easily attach to shoes, clothing, and even the inside of your vehicle. Once there, it gets taken inside your home and can expose everyone in the household. Unfortunately, asbestos doesn’t make you ill right away; it takes time to affect your body. If you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, either first or second hand, tell a doctor. If you begin to experience respiratory problems, see a doctor immediately as that is a sign of asbestos-related illnesses.

How Can I Stop Secondary Asbestos Exposure?

The best way to prevent asbestos exposure from happening is by being vigilant. If you work in an industry that could expose you to asbestos, take precautions, by wearing masks and special suits. Change clothes and shoes at work. Keep work-related items at the job site. Shower at the job site if possible. Simple precautions could save you and your family’s lives.