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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.

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COVID-19 and Asbestos-Related Illnesses – How Should You Cope?

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COVID-19 is at the forefront of the media right now, and it is on the minds of everyone. What is it? How do I keep myself safe? Below we will help answers some questions on what to do if you have an asbestos-related illness.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can range in severity. Some may only have mild infections, while others may need hospitalization. It is more dangerous for those that have compromised immune systems, are older, and have respiratory illnesses. People with asbestos-related illnesses fall into the at-risk category. Asbestos-related illnesses already cause trouble breathing so that COVID-19 can cause you a lot of new problems. If you believe you have COVID-19 or have been around someone who has tested positive, call your doctor as soon as you can. It is essential that you are monitored.

How Do I Keep Safe?

People who have an asbestos-related illness already know how important it is to keep themselves healthy and away from the cold, flu, or pneumonia. This illness is no different. It is crucial that you wear a mask in public and try to stay home. If you need help, ask a friend or family member to help you with shopping and picking up medications. The less you have to go out, the better. You should be in contact with your primary care physician and listen to any information they give you.

Limiting interactions with people in public is one of the best ways to prevent COVID-19. It is also important to wash your hands and keep your home disinfected at all times. If you do become ill, see your doctor immediately. Having a respiratory illness while also having asbestos-related illnesses can be very serious and even life-threatening. If you have a fever or have trouble breathing go to the hospital.

Being in isolation can have its downside, so it is important to keep busy while in your home. Keep a routine. Exercise, call friends and family, open your windows to allow the sun to come in, and stay positive.

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Are More Men Being Diagnosed with Asbestos-Related Illnesses?

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Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses have commonly been diagnosed with men. This has been the trend for decades. People have wondered why men predominantly have been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses. The main reason is that men worked jobs where they came into direct contact with asbestos fibers. Blue-collar jobs like shipbuilding, railway workers, construction, auto mechanics, and miners were regularly exposed to asbestos. No one knew the devastating effects at the time, and decades later, men were being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other illnesses. While this has been the case for a long time, the tides are changing.

Men and women are both being diagnosed at a high rate. While very few women were initially diagnosed, we are now seeing an influx of women having asbestos-related illnesses. Many ask why this is the case? With more women in the workplace, it is no surprise they are being exposed. Shockingly, there are being exposed to other areas such as hospitals and schools. How is this possible? The older buildings that contain asbestos are starting to breakdown and need remodeling. As the breakdown of the asbestos-containing material, people are being exposed to their workplaces.

There are regulations in place that are supposed to protect workers, but unfortunately, it is not foolproof. We are also seeing younger adults having asbestos-related illnesses. This is usually through secondary exposure or from their own homes having asbestos. Asbestos is a dangerous fiber that is affecting men, women, and even children at alarming rates.

The best way to protect yourself is through asbestos testing and removal of asbestos from your home or property. Men are still more likely to have asbestos-related illnesses because asbestos exposure is much more common in blue-collar jobs, but more and more women are being exposed. If there is a chance you have been exposed, contact your doctor and let them know. There is a test that can be run and new advances in technology.

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Burning and Asbestos – Information You Need to Know!

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Spring and Summer are the perfect time for cleaning up debris from the nasty Winter. It is additionally a time for remodels and renovations. Many rural areas allow people to burn debris and rubble. This can be great for some, but also dangerous. Many rules and regulations are put in place to ensure that no one is exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos-containing materials can range from flooring to shingles and walls. During renovations, a lot of the materials you remove could contain asbestos. How do you know? What should you do? If your home has never had an asbestos inspection, that is where you start. A certified asbestos abatement professional will be able to test your home and give you the answers you need. If your home does have asbestos, it will need to be removed by a professional.

Before you begin any renovations or remodels, hire a professional to test your home for asbestos. This way, you know that you and your family are safe. You will also know if it is safe to burn the materials you accumulate during a remodel. Burning asbestos-containing materials is punishable by law and can carry a hefty fine. Asbestos exposure causes cancer and possibly death. Asbestos is very small and cannot be seen, making it even more difficult to know if you have been exposed.

Before you burn any debris from your home, think about the danger it could cause to you and your family. Burning is also illegal in some areas. If you are thinking of burning debris, contact your local fire department first. They will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you can burn, make sure the materials are asbestos-free. You never want to endanger your family, neighbors, or friends to asbestos, as it is deadly.

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Illegal Dumping of Asbestos – It is A Problem

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Asbestos is understood to cause mesothelioma, lung cancer, and respiratory illnesses, yet it is still being mishandled. All the dangers have caused regulations and laws to be put in place to protect people from asbestos exposure, yet those laws are not being followed. Asbestos removal requires special licensing, as does the disposal of asbestos. Without the licenses, you cannot legally remove or dispose of any asbestos-containing materials.

In the United States, we are seeing people illegally dumping asbestos. This is punishable by a fine as it is illegal, but it is also putting people at risk. Asbestos exposure can occur from even trace amounts of asbestos fibers. Some do not know they are removing asbestos-containing materials, but more often than not, it is known. Commercial properties must have their buildings tested for asbestos before any remodels, or demolition is completed.

We see a lot of contractors and businesses bypass this crucial step and continue with the remodel or demolition. While this may be saving them a small amount of money, it could be endangering the lives of many people. Illegally removing asbestos does not just harm the contractors and other workers, but it can harm innocent people who live or work nearby.

Asbestos fibers can soar through the air and enter homes and businesses in the vicinity. On top of that, once removed, workers will dispose of it. This can lead to further exposure. Workers will pick up and remove the trash and debris and may unknowingly be exposed to asbestos.

Until asbestos is banned in the United States, and people follow the regulations and rules, there will be a chance of asbestos exposure. Asbestos is highly dangerous and should be treated as a danger to everyone. If you own a business, make sure to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the United States. It could save many lives. Always hire a professional asbestos removal company!

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3 Common Asbestos-Related Illnesses that are Not Cancer

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Asbestos is most known for causing Mesothelioma. However, asbestos exposure can cause a myriad of health problems that are not cancer. From underlying respiratory issues to asbestosis, there is no shortage of illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. Below, we will discuss three common asbestos-related illnesses and the symptoms each cause.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is not lung cancer, but it can be deadly. Asbestosis is known for causing severe inflammation and scarring of the lungs. This prevents the lungs from relaxing regularly and expanding. Asbestosis caused shortness of breath, tightening of the chest, coughing, and fatigue. It is a very serious medical problem that is a contributing cause of death in many.

Pleural Effusions

Fluid buildup is a common symptom of asbestos exposure. Pleural effusions are caused when fluid builds up between the layers of the pleural membrane, causing fluid to increase in the chest cavity. The fluid can collect between the lungs and ribs, leading to major constriction of the lungs. Pleural effusions are not life-threatening, unless not treated. Pleural effusions can cause severe pain and problems breathing. The fluid will need to be drained to ensure the lungs can function correctly.

Pleural Plaques

Pleural plaques are widespread after asbestos exposure. Pleural plaques are calcified buildups around the pleural membrane. It is not a severe health problem but can lead to pain and trouble breathing. Pleural plaques have been markers in the development of Mesothelioma and lung cancer.

If you have trouble breathing, have a tight chest, and a cough, you should see a professional as soon as possible. This is even more critical if you believe you have been exposed to asbestos at some point in your life. Asbestos exposure causes major illnesses that can become worse over time, without the correct treatment plans. If you think your home has asbestos, contact Asbestos Abatement Services for a complete asbestos test and inspection!

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Improper Handling of Asbestos in Commercial Properties

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Many commercial properties still contain asbestos and are leaving their workers at risk for asbestos exposure. We are finding newer buildings that contain asbestos; we once thought only older buildings were a threat. With this new information, we are lucky to have asbestos demolition regulations that protect us from potential exposures. Unfortunately, we are seeing cases of companies mishandling asbestos-containing materials. This is extremely dangerous. It is illegal to destroy a building without first having it tested for asbestos. If there is asbestos, it must be removed by a professional. These are punishable offenses, as unsuspecting people could be exposed to asbestos. Asbestos causes cancer and other debilitating diseases.

Commercial Properties and Asbestos Removal Before Demolition

Older buildings are being torn down at an alarming rate to build more modern properties. While this is great for the economy, it can be harmful to the workers. Many older buildings contain asbestos. If the building does contain asbestos, an asbestos abatement professional is needed for the safe demolition of the property. Asbestos Abatement professionals seal off the areas that contain asbestos and remove it. This is done with specialized equipment, masks, and suits for the protection of everyone in the area.

Asbestos can float through the air during demolition and enter the homes of people in the area, causing asbestos exposure. Dust from demolitions can travel great distances. This can cause entire neighborhoods to become exposed to asbestos, possibly. Even with the laws and regulations, we are seeing companies bypass the asbestos abatement professionals. This is putting many people at risk. If you own a business, we urge you to have an asbestos test completed and to follow all laws and regulations when it comes to asbestos removal and demolition. It is best to understand all laws and regulations that may be part of your commercial property.