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June 2020

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Asbestos Remediation – When do I Call the Professionals?

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The thought of asbestos removal and remediation services can seem daunting, but with the right company, asbestos removal can be stress-free. Asbestos Abatement Services knows how stressful finding out your home or business has asbestos can be. Luckily, we are certified asbestos abatement professionals and have all the answers to the many questions you may have.

When Should I Call an Asbestos Abatement Professional?

If you live in an older home that has never been tested for asbestos, it is crucial that you call an asbestos professional. Older homes are likely to contain asbestos, and the risk of you being exposed is exceptionally high. If you have recently purchased a home and an asbestos inspection was not completed, you should contact an asbestos professional. Newer homes and properties are turning up positive for asbestos.

If your home or business has already tested positive for asbestos, you should call an asbestos abatement professional immediately. Attempting to remove asbestos-containing materials without the proper licenses and certifications is illegal. It is also illegal to dump or dispose of any contaminated materials without the right licenses. These mineral fibers are not visible, so removing it can be tricky if you do not know what you are doing. You could possibly leave asbestos fibers inside your home or business, exposing yourself and everyone in the area.

Asbestos abatement professionals all use special equipment to remove asbestos. They have respirators, suits, and other equipment to seal off areas for asbestos removal. Asbestos abatement professionals are trained to keep the asbestos contained during removal and disposal, ensuring no one is exposed to the hazardous substance.

If you believe or know your home or property has asbestos, call an asbestos abatement professional for remediation services as soon as possible. Asbestos exposure causes many severe illnesses like cancer.

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Asbestos Inspections and Purchasing a New Property

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Purchasing a new home or property is very exciting, but with it comes inspections. Inspections should always be completed on any home or property you intend to purchase. Most people know of the basic inspections that check the foundation, roof, and general construction, but what about asbestos inspections? Asbestos inspections are not required and or generally not requested by the seller or purchaser. Below, we will discuss the importance of an asbestos inspection before purchasing any property.

What is an Asbestos Inspection?

Asbestos inspections are comprehensive. A certified asbestos abatement professional will inspect the property for asbestos. They will check over the entire property and collect samples of materials. These samples will be sent to a lab for reliable results. Once the results are returned, your asbestos abatement contractor will discuss the findings. If the property does contain asbestos, they will go over plans to remove the asbestos.

Why is an Asbestos Inspection Necessary?

When purchasing a new property, it is crucial that you know of any problems the home has. This is the main reason that asbestos inspections are so important. They will let know if the home you are purchasing contains the dangerous substance. Asbestos exposure is linked to many illnesses such as mesothelioma, other cancers, respiratory problems that can all lead to death. Knowing if you have asbestos on the property will enable you to make educated decisions about the home before you purchase. If there is asbestos on the property, you can ask the seller to have it removed, or you can ask for a reduction in the cost of the property. There are many options available that should be discussed before you sign any purchasing agreements.

If you are looking to purchase or sell a home, an asbestos test should be on your to-do list. An asbestos inspection could easily save you and your family from deadly illnesses!

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Asbestos-Related Illness or Allergies?

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For allergy sufferers, this time of year is miserable, but are your allergies really seasonal allergies? Asbestos-related illnesses can mimic allergy symptoms. Below, Asbestos Abatement Services will discuss asbestos-related illnesses and the symptoms. If your symptoms last longer than a week, you must see a doctor as soon as possible. It could be an asbestos-related illness or other severe illness.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a thickening and scarring of the lung tissue. This is caused by exposure to asbestos fibers and dust. Asbestosis symptoms are respiratory and can feel the same as seasonal allergies. Coughing, shortness of breath, and even fatigue can occur. All of these are similar to a case of allergies or sinus infections. Asbestosis does not go away and is a progressive illness. If your symptoms last longer or become more severe, see your doctor.

Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma

Cancer is progressive and aggressive. It will continue to get worse and more symptoms will develop. Common symptoms of these cancers include coughing, wheezing, respiratory problems, and fatigue. As the cancer develops, more severe symptoms will occur.

Pleural Thickening and Plaques

Pleural plaques are thickening of the lining of the chest wall and lungs. This can cause respiratory symptoms. While plaques are not cancerous, they are usually a precursor to mesothelioma.

As you can see, most illnesses caused by asbestos exposure have respiratory symptoms. The best way to determine if you have seasonal allergies or asbestos-related illnesses is by seeing your doctor. If your home has never been tested for asbestos, now is the time. You should also see your doctor if you work in a field that may be exposed to asbestos. It is best to know if you are dealing with seasonal allergies or a more severe illness caused by the exposure of asbestos.

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Summer Asbestos Removal

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Warmer weather has arrived, and with the beautiful weather comes home remodels. Home remodels are a common occurrence throughout the United States, but with remodels, comes a risk. Asbestos exposure is a very real risk of remodeling. Homes that were built before the late 80s are more prone to have asbestos-containing materials. When these materials breakdown from age, wear and tear, or remodels, asbestos fibers are released into the air. These fibers can travel throughout your home and become ingested without your knowledge.

Asbestos can be removed at any time, but Summer is the perfect time of year for asbestos removal. If your property has asbestos or has not yet been tested, call a professional asbestos abatement specialist today! Asbestos could be in all areas of your home, including the insulation, paint, and even flooring. If you are looking to remodel your home, an asbestos test can ensure your home is safe from asbestos. This is an easy way to protect your family and ensure your home remains a safe place.

If your home does have asbestos, right now is the best time to schedule an asbestos removal on your property. Asbestos removal services start with you vacating the property. Once you are gone, the asbestos abatement professionals will begin sealing off areas of your home. After the area is secured, they will remove the asbestos-containing materials. They will do this for all areas that are affected. After all, asbestos is removed, your home will undergo a final test to ensure all asbestos fibers are removed from your property. Once cleared, you will be able to enter your home again and go on with your remodels, knowing it is safe to do so. Asbestos exposure can cause severe respiratory illnesses and several types of cancer. Protect your family and have all asbestos removed this Summer.