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August 2019

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Top Illnesses Caused by Asbestos

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Asbestos has become more popular over the last decade, but it wasn’t until recently that people began to really take notice of the dangers of widely used mineral substance. Scientist has begun to study asbestos-related illnesses, and new regulations and laws are being passed to protect people from asbestos exposure. Unfortunately, many have already been exposed and face severe diseases because of it. Below we will discuss some common illnesses that are caused by different sources of asbestos exposure and some of the symptoms that each cause.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a chronic illness that affects the lungs. It is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers. This can cause severe scarring to the lung’s tissues, as well as shortness of breath. Asbestosis takes at least 10 years from the time of exposure to show symptoms.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma affects the stomach, heart, and lungs. It is only cancer that is caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a hazardous and rare form of cancer that causes fluid to build around the heart, lungs, and abdomen.

Lung Cancer

Lung cancer begins in the lungs and can be caused by asbestos exposure. Lung cancer doesn’t usually show signs until the disease is advanced. Symptoms of lung cancer include shortness of breath, coughing, and chest pains. Lung cancer is often aggressive and will metastasize to other areas of the body.

Pleural Effusions

Pleural Effusions are caused by excessive amounts of fluid in the lung cavity. This can cause respiratory distress and chest pains. Pleural effusions often lead to mesothelioma or lung cancer.

As you can see, many of the illnesses caused by asbestos exposure are severe. It often takes between 10 and 40 years after exposure to asbestos to recognize symptoms, making these illnesses even scarier. If you have any of the symptoms listed above or believe you were exposed to asbestos, see a doctor. Early diagnosis is crucial in treatments.

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Commercial Asbestos Removal – The Process

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Commercial properties are being found to have asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos was used in construction materials into the late 80s. A lot of commercial properties are a bit older, and even though they have been remodeled, it doesn’t mean the materials concerned were removed from the property. Below we will discuss the commercial asbestos testing and removal process so that you can become better educated on asbestos and its dangers!

Commercial Asbestos Testing

Asbestos could be anywhere in your business. It was used in roofing, flooring, and insulation. Commercial asbestos testing is the only way to find out if your property contains asbestos. Asbestos testing is an in-depth test that tests all materials in your office to determine if it contains asbestos. Some areas of concern are:
• Insulation
• Roofing
• Siding Materials
• Flooring
• Wallpaper
• Wire Coatings
• Popcorn Ceilings

The list goes on. Asbestos could be everywhere in your business. Once samples are gathered, they are sent to a lab for proper testing. If your results are positive, you will need to discuss asbestos abatement services with your asbestos specialist.

Commercial Asbestos Removal

Removing asbestos from homes is a bit different than commercial buildings. To safely remove asbestos, we must seal off areas to protect everyone from exposure. This could mean you will need to vacate the premises completely. Our team does not want you to lose business, so we will try to work around your schedule or do certain areas at a time. This can allow your business to stay open while we are removing the asbestos. Asbestos removal requires large areas to be sealed off so that the asbestos remains contained. Once removed, it is safely disposed of so that no asbestos fibers escape. If we are working on a large business, it could take weeks to complete, as we will try our best to allow you to stay open in other areas.