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Common Types of Asbestos Fibers

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All types of asbestos are dangerous and hazardous to your health, but three common types of asbestos are used in construction. In total, there are six forms of asbestos fibers. However, we will be discussing the three most used in homes and businesses in the United States. All asbestos fibers are very tiny and cannot be easily seen. That is what makes asbestos so dangerous. You cannot see it and only know if your property has it through testing. Once exposed, it can take decades for a warning sign to arise. Asbestos is often called a silent killer because of this.

Chrysotile

Chrysotile is the most frequently used type of asbestos and was used in most types of construction, textiles, and friction materials. It is known to be in 95% of asbestos-containing materials in the United States. If you look under a microscope, you can see the chrysotile fibers, and they are white in color, curly, and very flexible.

Amosite

Amosite is the second most common asbestos fiber used in construction materials. The fibers resemble needles and are very sharp. These fibers can quickly become trapped in the lungs or stomach once they enter your body. They can enter your body through the mouth of your nose.

Tremolite

Tremolite is the 3rd most commonly used asbestos fiber. These fibers range in color and can be green and even white. Tremolite fibers are sharp like amosite and can quickly become trapped in your lungs or stomach, where they can cause significant illnesses.

The above three types of asbestos have been known to cause devastating illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma. These types of asbestos fibers were used in all types of building materials for decades, and many homes and businesses still contain asbestos fibers. If you believe your home or business contains asbestos, contact an asbestos abatement professional as soon as you can!

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Purchasing a Home? Complete an Asbestos Inspection Before Purchase!

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Purchasing a new home is a significant milestone in your life. It will be the place you raise your children, spend holidays, make memories, and grow old. Your home is a place you should feel protected. If you are looking into purchasing a home, you should consider having an asbestos test completed. During the purchasing process, a lot of inspections are completed on your home, but one that is often overlooked is the asbestos inspection. While your home’s foundation is important, it is also essential to have it tested for asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos fibers are known to cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. These types of cancer can lead to death. Before signing any papers, make sure you have an asbestos inspection completed.

Asbestos Inspections

Asbestos inspections are not at the top of the list when it comes to purchasing a new home, but it should be. Older homes are likely to contain asbestos, but even more modern homes have tested positive for asbestos-containing materials. If the home you are planning to purchase tests positive for asbestos, you will need to discuss options with the seller. Most times the seller will pay to have the asbestos removed from the property. This is the easiest and best option for you, but sometimes they will take the cost of asbestos removal and subtract it from the amount of your loan. This is also an option you may consider. Never sign any purchasing agreements until you have ironed out the details of asbestos removal. If the home tests negative, you should be excited to move in and raise your family in your asbestos-free home. For your peace of mind, make sure you have all inspections completed on the home you want to purchase– this will save you money and stress years down the line!

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Asbestos Removal and Dumping Is Illegal- Call a Professional!

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Asbestos has been in the news frequently over the last decade. Studies have shown that asbestos exposure is linked to cancers and other diseases. With those studies have come laws and regulations to help protect individuals from the damages of asbestos exposure. But, did you know that the removal of asbestos is illegal without the right certifications? Regulations now state that it is illegal to remove and dump asbestos without specific licenses and certifications. It is critical to understand these regulations, as you could end up with significant fines from home remodels or handyman jobs.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos fibers are incredibly hazardous to your health and can cause respiratory problems, cancer, and death. Home remodels are one of the ways many people become exposed to asbestos. Without proper testing, there is no way to know if your home contains asbestos. Remodeling is commonly completed by a do-it-yourself, or DIY, person in your home. Without knowing, they could be spreading asbestos fibers all across your home and neighborhood. This often leads to the accidental disposal of asbestos-containing materials without the proper licenses.

This becomes a problem because it puts a lot of people in jeopardy. Landfills have particular areas for asbestos-containing materials. These areas are monitored very carefully and are secured to ensure no fibers escape. If you dump these materials in another area, a lot of people will likely become exposed to asbestos.

While a home remodel can be a fun activity, it is vital to have an asbestos test completed on your home before your remodel. This will protect you and your family from the risk of asbestos exposure. If you already suspect or know for sure that your home contains asbestos, call a professional. Never try to remove asbestos yourself. Special respirators, suits, and equipment are used to ensure the asbestos fibers are contained, removed, and disposed of in a controlled manner.

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What is Asbestos Abatement and Do I Need It?

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Asbestos abatement covers a wide range of services that helps to prevent asbestos exposure. Asbestos fibers are known to cause hazardous illnesses, cancers, and even death. Our job is to ensure your safety and education when it comes to asbestos. Below, we will discuss what asbestos abatement services are and why you need them.

Asbestos Inspections and Testing

Asbestos inspections and tests are always completed before asbestos removal. Without the proper testing and inspection procedures, you would not know where the asbestos materials were centralized on your property. Asbestos inspections and testing are very thorough tests that are lab certified. If you have asbestos, your asbestos abatement professional will discuss options with you.

Asbestos Removal

Asbestos removal falls under two categories: commercial and residential. Residential asbestos removal is vastly different from commercial asbestos removal. Removing asbestos on a larger scale can be more difficult. It can also be difficult when the removal must take place in a business that needs to be open. In these cases, large areas are secured to ensure no asbestos fibers can escape. Commercial asbestos removal takes a lot of planning and time. Residential asbestos abatement can usually be completed in a day or two, depending on the amount of asbestos-containing materials that are present.

Once the asbestos removal takes place, the area will be inspected once more by a certified asbestos abatement professional to ensure all asbestos is removed and that the area is safe to inhabit.

Asbestos may only be removed by professional asbestos abatement companies that are certified. Special licenses are needed for the removal and disposal of asbestos-containing materials. Removal and disposal of asbestos without the proper permits is illegal and could result in substantial fines or jail time. If your property contains asbestos, play it safe and call the professionals!

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Insulation and Roofing – Two Common Places that Contain Asbestos

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Asbestos is common in older homes, but two areas that are most concerning is the insulation and roofing. Insulation may contain asbestos. The second is roofing materials. These two areas are often overlooked when it comes to remodeling. Roofing and insulation are usually not replaced, meaning the home or business could still contain harmful asbestos fibers. Before completing any type of remodel, you should have your home or property checked to ensure it is free from asbestos-containing materials.

Insulation

Insulation is known to contain one of the most dangerous types of asbestos fibers. Over time, this insulation can either breakdown from wear and tear or become disturbed during renovations. If it is disturbed or broken down, it can cause the asbestos fibers to disperse through the air and into other parts of your property, where it can be ingested through your mouth or nose.

Roofing

Roofing materials are also commonplace to have asbestos-containing materials. While roofing is on the exterior of your property, asbestos fibers can enter your home and affect everyone inside. It is important to have your home roofing tested if it is older or if you are having any roof remodeling completed. Broken shingles or roof damage can occur at any time from storms. This can cause asbestos-containing materials to become disturbed.

Insulation and roofing are the most common places that contain asbestos; however, other areas of your property may contain asbestos. Asbestos is known to be in many different construction materials that could be inside your home. If your home is older or you are planning a remodel, it is crucial to have the property tested for asbestos. This not only protects you, but it also protects your family and neighbors from the risk of asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure can cause life-threatening illnesses such as cancer and respiratory distress.

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3 Places Where You Could be Exposed to Asbestos in Your Everyday Life

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Asbestos exposure is at an all-time high, and people are becoming more aware of the dangers of asbestos. A decade ago, we all knew about the dangers of asbestos exposure, but it wasn’t until the last few years that it has hit the mainstream. There are billboards, commercials, and television shows about the dangers of asbestos. People are now becoming more aware of asbestos and wanting to learn more about the dangerous fiber that causes mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other dangerous respiratory diseases. Below, Asbestos Abatement Services is going to list the top 3 places where you can be exposed to asbestos.

Work

Work is the most common of places to become exposed to asbestos. This is especially the case if you work in building or construction jobs. Shipyard workers, railroads, military, and even miners are also at very high risk for asbestos exposure. While these jobs have always been at the forefront of asbestos exposure, other occupations are becoming exposed to asbestos. We are now seeing medical professionals, teachers, and other white-collar workers exposed to asbestos on the job.

Home

Your home could be the very place that you become exposed to asbestos. If your home is older, it is more likely that you become exposed, but some newer properties are being tested for asbestos and failing. Before you do any renovations, you should have your home tested for asbestos. If you are a homeowner, you should decide to have your property tested for asbestos. Asbestos-containing materials could be anywhere inside your home. If you have asbestos-containing materials, you will be able to have them removed before any exposure happens to you or your family. If your property does not contain asbestos, you will know your family is safe from asbestos exposure.

Schools

Schools are another place that has been found to have asbestos-containing materials. Older schools are testing positive for asbestos at an alarming rate. While there are laws and regulations in place for schools that do contain asbestos, it is wise to know if your child may be exposed to asbestos. While it is least likely for your child to become exposed to asbestos through their school, it is a possible place for exposure.

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Asbestos and Demolition – There are Regulations for Your Safety!

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Construction is something we see every day, as we commute to our jobs or when we head out shopping. Older buildings are being demolished to make way for newer models. Shopping centers are being built where older schools and buildings once stood. This should make us excited to see such growth in our neighborhoods. However, with those demolished older buildings comes a risk. Asbestos exposure is a real problem when demolishing older buildings. It is such a problem that there are regulations to protect us from asbestos exposure through old building demolition.

What is the Clean Air Act?

The Clean Air Act was put into place to protect workers and bystanders from asbestos exposure when dealing with demolitions and renovations. The National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants regulate demolitions and renovations of buildings. The regulations that are in place require these three things:
• The building owners and operators must inform the proper state agency for renovations or demolition of a building that might contain a specified quantity of asbestos-containing material.
• Certain industrial and manufacturing companies must not emit asbestos fibers into the outside air or must use air cleaning methods.
• Companies must follow certain conditions when removing asbestos-containing materials.

Even though these regulations are in place, some companies do not have asbestos testing completed on the properties before demolition. While this is illegal, it has occurred in the past. Today, it is illegal to have any older buildings demolished without first having it tested for asbestos. If the building contains asbestos, it must be demolished by a certified asbestos abatement professional. These professionals have the proper equipment and suits to ensure the asbestos does not leave the area and that no one can become exposed to the asbestos fibers.

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Children and Asbestos Exposure

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When you think of asbestos exposure, you think of people, mainly men, who have worked in construction, shipyards, railroads, are the military. You don’t think of children. However, we are now seeing an influx of children and women that are showing signs of asbestos exposure. How is this possible? Below, we will discuss a few ways children are becoming exposed to asbestos.

Secondary Exposure

Many children that have asbestos-related illnesses were exposed through secondary exposure. Secondary exposure of asbestos can happen in different ways, but it is mainly through family member’s clothes. If they work in a field where asbestos fibers are common, they likely bring those fibers home on their clothing and shoes. This means there are asbestos fibers in their car and inside the home. If the family member hugs their children when they arrive home, it is even more likely they become exposed.

Home

The next place that children often become exposed to asbestos is through their own homes. If the home contains asbestos, the entire family will likely become exposed at some point in their lives. Old homes have more asbestos-containing materials, but some newer homes have also been found to have asbestos fibers. If you have children in the home, you must have the home tested for asbestos through a licensed professional.

Children are becoming exposed to asbestos, and the diseases are showing up at an earlier age than when adults are exposed. It is believed that children are more likely to develop an asbestos-related illness if they are exposed early in life, compared to older adults. If you have children, it is crucial to ensure their safety when it comes to asbestos fibers. Before doing any remodels or renovations, have your home tested for asbestos.

If you have a member of your family that works in a field where asbestos exposure could happen, ensure they are careful. They can shower and change clothes at their job or ensure they do not touch children until after they have taken a shower.

Is it Allergies or an Asbestos-Related Illness?

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Asbestos-related illnesses are on the rise, and so is the concern of asbestos exposure. People want to know if they have been exposed and what the symptoms might be. Unfortunately, once exposed to asbestos, it could take decades to show up in your body. It has been shown that asbestos can stay dormant in your body for 70 years before showing up as mesothelioma or asbestosis. With the rising concern, it is no surprise that everyone wants to know if their symptoms are allergies or asbestos-related illnesses. Below, we will discuss some of the more common symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses compared to the common cold or allergies.

Tightness in Chest

While tightness in your chest could be regular respiratory problems, it is also a common symptom of asbestos-related diseases. Asbestosis and pleural effusions can cause tightening in the chest. If your symptoms tend to last longer than a few weeks, you should see your doctor to rule out asbestos exposure or other severe illnesses.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is the number one symptom of asbestos-related illnesses. Asbestos affects your lungs and can cause significant respiratory distress. If you have severe shortness of breath, see your doctor, it could be mesothelioma or another asbestos-related severe illness.

A different Sounding Cough

Coughing is a typical sign of allergies, but if your cough is sounding different or is prolonged, see your doctor. A crackling or hacking cough is a sign of mesothelioma, lung cancer, and other respiratory illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. If your cough has gotten worse or you are coughing up blood, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Asbestos-related illnesses are very severe, and the symptoms do not go away. If you think you have allergies, see your doctor. Allergies should only last for short amounts of time, if your symptoms last longer, it could be from an asbestos-related illness. This is especially the case if you have worked in areas where you may have been exposed to asbestos fibers.

Asbestos Siding and Roofing Removal

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Most people know about asbestos inside the home. They know it is in insulation, drywall, and textured ceilings, but what a lot of people don’t know is that it can be in your siding and roofing. Asbestos has been used in most types of construction materials throughout the years. Asbestos is strong, cheap, and heat resistant. This made it the perfect bonding material for exterior materials. Asbestos in siding and roofing is not a new thing. It has always been used in these materials, but it is often overlooked as a danger because it is outside. While it does pose less of a risk, you can still be exposed to asbestos outdoors.

While there is always a chance your roofing or siding contains asbestos, it isn’t likely for newer homes. It is possible, but not very common. If your home was built before the late 90s, it likely contains asbestos fibers. Asbestos was used in most construction materials up until the late 90s. If you own an older home, you should have it tested for asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos fibers are microscopic and can quickly become airborne and float through the air for miles, exposing people nowhere near your home. This is the reason asbestos testing and removal must be completed on buildings that are being destroyed. If asbestos fibers escape, a lot of people could end up exposed.

Never try to remove the siding and roofing of an older home without having an asbestos test completed. If the siding and roofing do contain asbestos, then it will need to be removed by a certified asbestos abatement company. Laws and regulations make it illegal for people to remove and dispose of asbestos themselves. You must have the proper licenses. This is done to protect everyone in the area. Asbestos exposure can cause severe illnesses, so it is important to let the professionals remove all asbestos from the exterior of your home!