Asbestos kills about 5000 people a year. This is not a guess; this is a fact. Asbestos is silently killing people, while they work or even sit at home. It has become a serious issue that is finally getting some media attention. Asbestos was used in building supplies as late as the 90s. This means that many homes and businesses still have asbestos in them. It also could mean that construction companies still have materials that contain asbestos. This is very dangerous.
The only way to find out if your home or business has asbestos is through extensive testing by a professional asbestos removal company. Asbestos Abatement is here to give you some information on asbestos and what you should do.
Asbestos isn’t visible, you cannot look at asbestos materials and know that is what they are. It takes a special test to determine if asbestos is present. It could be staring you in the face and you would never know. Asbestos could be in your insulation, your floor tiling, and even your ceiling.
Once asbestos begins to break down or become friable, it starts to cause serious problems. It is easily transferred on clothing and through your ventilation system. It is small enough to be inhaled or swallowed without knowing. The only way you know, is once you become ill from too much exposure.
Asbestos exposure has a special set of symptoms that are the same as a common cold, allergies, or COPD. It is hard to know the difference unless you seek medical attention. Then, you should probably mention that you may have been exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos can lay dormant in your body for years. Then it can turn into lung cancer, mesothelioma, or asbestosis. All of the above are severe health problems that could result in death. For your family and your sake, you should have an asbestos test done on your home. If you work in the construction business, you should see a doctor if you have any symptoms.