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July 2021

White paint pealing off a residential building

Asbestos and Lead Can Lead To Extreme Illnesses

By Asbestos Information, Hazardous Materials InformationNo Comments

Asbestos and lead are two hazardous materials that are commonly found in older buildings. Both commercial and residential properties were built using asbestos-containing materials and lead paint. Before the 1990s, both asbestos and lead were not seen as a threat. They were items that bettered the quality of construction materials. Once asbestos and lead were found to cause illnesses, they were better regulated. Asbestos is still not fully banned, but lead paint is no longer used.

Lead Paint

Lead paint is still found in older properties, even those that have been remodeled. While this may not be a hazard to most healthy adults, it can be dangerous for children, pregnant women, and the elderly. If your home has not been tested for lead paint and it is older, now is the time. Lead paint can be removed, which can keep your family safe from the many symptoms of lead poisoning. Lead poisoning symptoms include:
• Seizures
• Irritability
• Cognitive Problems
• Behavioral Issues
• Headaches
• Comas

Asbestos

Asbestos exposure causes many illnesses. From pleural thickening to lung scarring and cancer, asbestos causes severe respiratory illnesses. Some of the many symptoms include:
• Coughing
• Chest Pains
• Difficulty Breathing
• Wheezing
• Lung Pain
• Coughing Up Blood
• Fatigue

Asbestos-related illnesses do not show up as soon as you have been exposed. It is often years or even decades later before any symptoms occur.

As you can see, both lead and asbestos exposure are hazardous. Both can be avoided through the proper testing and safe removal of asbestos and lead from the property. If your home is older, consider having a lead and asbestos testing completed. It will give you peace of mind that your home is safe from the many illnesses of asbestos and lead poisoning.

Asbestos roof shingle on a residential structure

Shingle and Roof Asbestos Removal – The Importance

By Asbestos and Renovations, Asbestos Exposure, Asbestos in the homeNo Comments

Roofing is meant to last a long time. It is strong and withstands the sun, ice, rain, and wind. Some roofs have been on homes since the 70s and 80s. While this shows how strong roofs can be, it also poses a danger to those living in or around the roof. Roof materials were comprised of asbestos for decades. Asbestos was not only fire resistant but also durable, making it a great addition to roofing materials. With these older roofs still intact, the risk of asbestos exposure increases. Many argue that asbestos roofing is not a danger because it is outside the home, but this is the farthest from the truth.

Asbestos Roofing and The Dangers Of Exposure

Asbestos-containing materials on the interior of your home may be of a greater concern, as you are trapped inside with the dangerous fiber, but exterior asbestos is just as dangerous. Asbestos fibers are very tiny and can float through the air, where they can enter your home and car, allowing the fibers to be ingested through your mouth and nose. Asbestos roofing is a hazard, not only to you but to your neighbors as well. Asbestos can easily float in the air to neighboring houses. If your roof was built into the 90s, it needs to be replaced.

Asbestos roofing needs to be removed by professionals that handle hazardous materials. Colorado Hazardous Environmental provides complete asbestos removal from homes and businesses. Our team uses special equipment and suits with respirators to contain the asbestos as we remove it. This ensures the safety of everyone in the area. Once removed, we dispose of the asbestos in a particular area. If your roofing contains asbestos, never hesitate to have it removed, as asbestos can cause severe respiratory illnesses, including cancer.