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October 2019

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Asbestos Exposure and Protecting Your Loved Ones

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Seeing asbestos exposure and the illnesses that stem from it has become a hot topic. It has also become a concern for many Americans on how to keep their families safe from asbestos exposure. We get a lot of questions from concerned clients about asbestos. Many do not understand the full scope of the dangers of asbestos and where it could be in their homes. They always want to know what they can do to protect their families. Below, we will discuss a few easy ways you can protect your family from asbestos.

Be Knowledgeable

Being knowledgeable is half the battle. While you don’t need to be an expert on asbestos and asbestos exposure, it is important to understand what it is, where it comes from, and where it could be located. Knowing it could be in your home is half the battle.

Asbestos Inspections and Testing

The main way to protect your family is by ensuring your home is asbestos-free. This can be done by a certified asbestos abatement professional. Asbestos testing consists of a thorough inspection of your property. Samples will be taken and tested in a lab for accuracy. If your home does contain asbestos, it will need to be removed as soon as possible.

Asbestos Removal

Hiring a professional for asbestos removal is the only safe way to have it removed. Removing asbestos yourself is illegal. You must have proper licensing to remove and safely dispose of asbestos. Asbestos professionals have respirators, suits, and equipment to ensure the asbestos never leaves the area they are working in. They also will check that all asbestos has been removed from your property.

The best way to protect your family from learning more about asbestos and teaching your family members. If everyone is aware of the dangers of asbestos and what to look for, they will be able to prevent exposure. Asbestos Abatement Services wants to educate our clients on asbestos and its dangers. Our blog is one of the ways we provide life-saving information.

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5 Facts About Asbestos

By Asbestos in the home, Asbestos Information, Asbestos Related Illness InfoNo Comments

Asbestos has been on the news, on billboards, in magazines, and all over the internet, but do you really know everything you should about asbestos? Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma and lung cancer and other horrible diseases, but what else is there no to know? Asbestos-related illnesses were caused by working conditions, but is that all you need to know? Did you know you and your family could be at risk? Well, you could be at risk, and the dangers could be inside your home. The one place you should feel safe and protected. Below, we will discuss 5 facts about asbestos that you need to know to protect you and your family!

Asbestos Could Be In Newer Homes

Asbestos is not banned in the United States, meaning it could still be showing up in construction materials. Most asbestos-containing materials are found in homes that were built before the late 80s. However, we are seeing newer homes that have asbestos.

Asbestos-Related Illnesses Do Not Show Up Immediately

Unlike cases of flu and viruses, exposure to asbestos can take decades to show up in the form of illnesses. Most people that have mesothelioma were exposed 20 or more years prior. The same holds true for asbestosis and other asbestos-related illnesses. You must protect yourself from being exposed to asbestos.

It is Illegal to Remove and Dispose of Asbestos

Special licenses and certifications are needed to remove and securely dispose of asbestos. It is a hazardous material that can make a lot of people sick. If your home has asbestos, contact a professional. Don’t risk illnesses or repercussions from the law.

Asbestos Has Been Used For Centuries

Egyptians and others used asbestos for pottery and textiles centuries ago. Asbestos was naturally growing and was found to be heat resistant and durable early on. There are also documented cases of illness from asbestos very early on.

Asbestos Fibers Can Travel

Asbestos fibers are very small and can float through the air and attack to clothing. If you come into contact with asbestos, you can easily bring it into your home or other areas on your clothing, shoes, and even lunchbox. Never remove asbestos-containing materials. It is very dangerous.

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Asbestos Dangers During Major Home Remodels

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Home remodels can be very exciting, but at the same time, dangerous. Yes, all home remodels come with dangers, but homes with asbestos-containing materials can cause exposure and death. It is important to know your home’s condition and asbestos status before jumping into any remodels. Most contractors are hired to complete a job and will not even question if you have asbestos. If you are unsure, it is important to contact an asbestos professional to have your home checked. This is for the safety of everyone.

Remodeling your home often disturbs certain areas that are prone to contain asbestos. Surprisingly, almost every area of your home could contain asbestos materials. Some of those areas are as follows:
• Roofing
• Insulation
• Flooring and Tile
• Wallpaper
• Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Walls

As you can see, most areas of your home could contain asbestos. When remodeling, you are usually removing or updating at least a couple of the items listed above. If the home has not been tested for asbestos, you can easily release the fibers into the air, where they can travel through your air ducts to other areas of your home.

It is also illegal to remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials. For your safety and the safety of everyone around you, have the home checked prior to remodeling. Asbestos-containing materials are generally not harmful until they are disturbed or worn down and broken. These items are often times destroyed as they are being removed for remodels, releasing asbestos-containing particles into the air. Asbestos is usually found in older homes, but some newer homes have been found to contain asbestos. This is why we recommend all homes and businesses have an asbestos inspection and test completed before remodeling or demolition. Asbestos is known to cause life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer and respiratory failure.