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Are Your Allergies Seasonal or From Asbestos Exposure?

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Seasonal allergies are at an all-time high right now, and it can be difficult to determine if your illness is related to allergies or from asbestos exposure. Many of the symptoms can be the same, but we have ways to help you determine if your symptoms are allergy-related or if it could be from asbestos exposure.

Do Your Symptoms Go Away?

If symptoms go away with the change of seasons, you likely just have seasonal allergies. While seasonal allergies can be severe, seeing your doctor should help them. If your symptoms do not go away and remain constant, then it could be another illness, possibly caused by asbestos exposure.

Do You Work In A Job Where Asbestos Exposure is Possible?

If you work in a job where asbestos exposure is possible, then you should probably see a doctor immediately. If your symptoms continue to worsen or stay year-round, then seeing your doctor should be at the top of your list, as you could have an illness caused by asbestos exposure.

Have You Seen Your Doctor?

If you have seen your doctor recently and were diagnosed with a common cold, seasonal allergies, bronchitis, or other temporary illness, you should be fine. If your symptoms last longer than expected, it is best to see your doctor again for confirmation.

Do You Commonly Have Seasonal Allergies?

If you have had seasonal allergies for most of your life, you likely just have allergies. If your symptoms are different, it may be a good time to check in with your doctor. This is especially the case if you may have been exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos exposure can cause many different symptoms, including:
• Sneezing
• Coughing
• Respiratory Illnesses
• Trouble Breathing
• Itchy Eyes
• Fatigue

As you can see, all of the above symptoms are also linked to seasonal allergies. If you may have been exposed to asbestos, see a doctor immediately, as asbestos exposure is known to cause severe illnesses such as cancer.

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Asbestos Inspections – Why Are They Important?

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Asbestos is still a problem in the United States, as it is not fully banned. Trace amounts of asbestos are allowed in different products, including construction materials. This is a problem because many people do not think that their newer homes could contain asbestos when, in reality, they might. Even trace amounts of asbestos can cause exposure and major respiratory illnesses. Below we will discuss the importance of asbestos inspections and proper testing.

Asbestos Inspections

Asbestos inspections and testing are a crucial part of your home inspections. When purchasing and selling a home, certain inspections are required. However, asbestos inspections are generally not on the list of requirements. Asbestos has been used in construction materials for decades and could be located on your property without your knowledge. The only way to know if your property does have asbestos-containing materials is through an asbestos test and inspection. These inspections are completed by certified asbestos abatement professionals. During the inspection, samples ill be taken from different areas of your property. Once the samples are collected, they will be secured and sent to a lab for accurate testing. Once the results of your asbestos test come back, options will be discussed if you have asbestos.

Asbestos inspections and testing are very important if you are purchasing a home or own a home that has yet to be tested. If you are purchasing a home, it is best to know if the property has asbestos. If so, you can ask that the seller remove the asbestos. Asbestos is very dangerous and can cause major illnesses to adults and children alike. To protect your family, an asbestos inspection and test are necessary, as you cannot see asbestos. Asbestos testing is the only way to know for sure if your property and family are safe from asbestos exposure.

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Burning and Removing Asbestos Is Illegal. Hire a Professional!

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Asbestos is a very hazardous material that requires laws and regulations protecting workers in the United States. Commercial properties must adhere to more regulations than residential properties, but even residential properties have laws surrounding asbestos removal. Below, we will discuss asbestos removal, burning, demolition. 

Asbestos Demolition

Commercial properties must be tested for asbestos prior to demolition. This is to ensure everyone is protected from asbestos exposure. During the demolition of buildings, debris and dust can easily float through the air and travel, exposing people without their knowledge. If a building has asbestos, it will need to be removed by asbestos abatement professionals who can remove and dispose of it safely and legally.

Asbestos Removal

Removal of asbestos is illegal for those without the proper credentials. Asbestos abatement companies have special licenses and certifications to remove and dispose of asbestos. If you do not have the appropriate licenses, you can be fined for removing asbestos. It is important always to hire a professional to remove asbestos from homes and businesses, as asbestos exposure can cause cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Asbestos Burning

Some people who do remodels decide to burn their debris instead of hiring someone to remove it. While this is legal in some areas, there is a risk of asbestos exposure through burning. If any debris contains asbestos fibers, the burning process can allow asbestos fibers to enter the outdoor air and enter your neighbor’s homes, affecting them in the process.

Before doing any home remodels, demolition projects, or burning debris, check local laws, and have your property tested for asbestos. Asbestos testing is a simple but thorough process that could save the lives of many people in the area. Asbestos testing should be completed by a licensed asbestos removal specialist to ensure the accuracy of the results.

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Mesothelioma – 5 Things You Need to Know!

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Mesothelioma is in commercials and on ads all over the media, but what are some things you really need to know? You hear and see things about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, but you never get essential information. Asbestos Abatement Services has the knowledge you need to know about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. Below, we will discuss five important things you need to know!

Mesothelioma Is Only Caused by Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a known carcinogen and causes lung cancer and mesothelioma. However, mesothelioma is the only cancer that is only caused by asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma was once only seen by people who worked in industries where asbestos exposure was common. Today, we see it from asbestos exposure in homes, businesses, and jobs.

Mesothelioma Is an Aggressive Cancer

Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive cancer. Once asbestos exposure occurs, it can take decades before mesothelioma begins to cause symptoms. Once symptoms start, and diagnosis happens, the cancer begins to grow rapidly. There are several options for treatment, and many people react well to treatments.

Mesothelioma Usually Affects the Lungs

Mesothelioma usually attacks the pleural lining of the lungs. Most asbestos exposure occurs from breathing in asbestos fibers, where it enters your lungs and becomes lodged. With the lungs affected, respiratory illnesses are common.

Mesothelioma Has Warning Signs

There are several warning signs of mesothelioma that you should be aware of, primarily if you have worked in jobs around asbestos. Some of the common warning signs are:

  • Chest, Back, or Abdominal Pain
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Swallowing Problems
  • Coughing 
  • Fluid around the Lungs or in the Abdomen
  • Mesothelioma Affects People of All Ages

Mesothelioma was once known as an old person disease, but times have changed. Today, we are seeing younger people affected. Some children have even been diagnosed with mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. Mesothelioma is a real danger and can affect people of all ages.

The best way to avoid asbestos exposure and mesothelioma are to become knowledgeable about asbestos. It is also important to have your home or business inspected and tested for asbestos.

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Asbestos Exposure – Why Is It So Dangerous?

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Asbestos Is a naturally occurring mineral, but it is highly hazardous and can cause significant illnesses. In nature, not many people encounter asbestos, unless they are mining, but asbestos has been used in construction materials for decades. Asbestos exposure has been documented for centuries and only recently became a hot topic with laws and regulations being enacted. Asbestos is not banned entirely in the United States, meaning some items sill contain trace amounts. Unfortunately, trace amounts can cause asbestos exposure and severe illnesses.

How Does Asbestos Exposure Occur?

Asbestos was used in a variety of different construction materials, and many older homes and businesses have asbestos-containing materials on their properties. Asbestos is mostly safe until it becomes worn and is disturbed through a remodel or even damages to the property. Once that occurs, the asbestos fibers become hazardous and can enter your body through your mouth or nose. Asbestos fibers cannot be seen, and they can float in the air, exposing everyone in your home or business. Once the asbestos enters your body, it becomes lodged in lung tissue or your stomach. Exposure does not show any symptoms at the beginning of the exposure. Asbestos will sit in your body, slowly damaging your lungs and causing cancers, such as mesothelioma.

Why Is It Dangerous?

The reason asbestos is so dangerous is that it cannot be easily seen and does not show immediate symptoms. This makes it exceedingly difficult to know if you have been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos is essential, a silent killer. Asbestos causes lung cancer, mesothelioma, and severe respiratory distress.

The safest way to avoid asbestos exposure is through knowledge and asbestos testing. Asbestos testing is completed through an asbestos abatement company. Samples of materials are taken and sent to a lab for results. This is the only way to ensure your home or business is free from asbestos and that you will not experience asbestos exposure on your property!

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Asbestos and The Common Places It May Be on Your Property!

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Asbestos was used frequently in homes and businesses until the late 80s and early 90s. Unfortunately, asbestos is not banned in the United States and is still being found in newer properties. Home and business owners must know where asbestos could be hiding. Asbestos-containing materials can be found throughout homes and businesses, on the interior and the exterior. Below, we will discuss the everyday places we find asbestos.

Insulation

Insulation is the number one material that was made with asbestos. Asbestos is heat resistant and exceptionally durable. This makes asbestos perfect for insulation. Asbestos was used for years in insulation, and we are still finding homes and businesses that have copious amounts of asbestos-containing insulation.

Tiles and Flooring

As we mentioned above, asbestos is a durable fiber. Flooring experiences a lot of traffic, and your flooring and tile needs to be durable, so asbestos was great. Older flooring may contain asbestos, so you should never attempt to remove it yourself.

Roofs

Roofing shingles are exposed to the sun, rain, snow, and other elements each day. Asbestos, being heat resistant and durable, made it perfect for bonding roofing shingles together. If you have an older roof, it could have asbestos, making you at risk for asbestos exposure.

Textured Walls and Ceilings

Popcorn ceilings and textured walls were originally completed using asbestos. While this practice is not used anymore, it would be wise to have any textured areas of your home or business tested.

Drywall

Drywall is used throughout your home or business and may contain asbestos. Asbestos was common as a bonding agent for drywall.

Older homes and businesses are at a greater risk of having asbestos, but we see newer properties containing asbestos. As a property owner, it is wise to have your home tested for asbestos. It not only shows your home or business is safe for future remodels, but it also ensures the safety of anyone entering your property!

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Remodeling and Home Construction Could Disturb Asbestos – Has Your Home Had an Asbestos Inspection?

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Remodeling and home construction are usually exciting and also a little stressful. This is especially the case if you are doing most of it yourself. Did you know that you could disturb asbestos fibers when you start home remodels and addons? Asbestos is not a huge concern when it is not damaged, but once damaged, asbestos fibers can become detached and float through the air and infect you and your family. Asbestos fibers are microscopic, making it easy for the tiny particles to be in dust or the air. Is there a way to prevent disturbing asbestos? Find out more below!

How Can I Prevent Disturbing Asbestos?

The only way to not disturb asbestos-containing materials is by not touching it and damaging it in any way. Once the materials become damaged or worn down, the asbestos becomes friable, meaning it can expose you. If you are wanting to start a home remodel and have not yet had an asbestos inspection, now is the time.

What is an Asbestos Inspection?

An asbestos inspection is a test that is completed by an asbestos abatement professional. They will go around your home and take samples of different materials. Once all samples have been gathered, they will be sent off to a lab for testing. These tests are highly accurate and can determine if there is any asbestos in the materials. Asbestos tests are especially important because they can be the one thing that can stop you from being exposed to asbestos. If your asbestos test comes back negative, you can go about your remodel and not worry about asbestos exposure.

If your asbestos test comes back positive, your asbestos abatement professional will discuss options with you and make a plan to remove the asbestos from your property as soon as possible. You will also be asked not to start any remodels or construction until the asbestos has been removed. Any remodeling or construction could disturb the asbestos and put you at risk for asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos Removal – When is the Perfect Time for Asbestos Removal?

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Find out that you have asbestos in your home or business can be stressful. This is especially the cause if you are very unfamiliar with asbestos and its many dangers. When should you have it removed? Am I at risk of exposure? How dangerous is asbestos? These are all valid questions that we will answer. Asbestos is highly dangerous, as it can cause lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestos exposure also causes severe respiratory illnesses. Asbestos fibers are very hazardous and should be avoided at all costs.

When Is The Best Time For Asbestos Removal?

When it comes to asbestos, there is no time like the present. Asbestos should be removed from the property immediately to ensure no one becomes exposed. If your home or business suffers from asbestos, it is not in our best interest to wait for Summer, Spring, or Fall. While Summer has excellent weather and a lot less rain, any time is a good time for asbestos removal, since it is such a risk to your health and well being. Removing asbestos is a complex job that requires planning. Your asbestos abatement professional will work closely with you to find the perfect time to remove the asbestos from your property.

Asbestos Abatement Services removes asbestos 365 days a year. Our team works around the weather and can remove asbestos during any season from both residential and commercial properties. We have the proper knowledge and equipment to ensure the asbestos-containing materials are safely removed from your property. If you are still unsure or uneasy about the process, it is fine to ask questions. We want you to feel comfortable during the asbestos removal process. From start to finish, our team will be available to answer all questions and keep you informed of the process.

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Asbestos and Childhood Exposure – Yes, It Is A Possibility!

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If we told you children were being diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses, would you believe us? We are now seeing an influx of childhood cases of mesothelioma and cancer from asbestos exposure. You may ask us how is this possible? Aren’t people usually exposed at their jobs? While most cases of asbestos exposure happen at job sites, it is becoming more common for secondary asbestos exposure to occur. We are seeing more women and children with asbestos-related illnesses. The numbers are shocking. Asbestos Abatement Services wants to keep you safe, so we will discuss a few ways better to protect your family and children from asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Testing

It is crucial that you have an asbestos test completed on your property. It does not matter if the property is newly built or from the 1980s. There is still a chance the home contains asbestos. Asbestos has not been entirely banned in the United States and is still being used in some construction materials. Even though the amounts are small, it can still cause exposure.

What Should You Do If A Member Of Your Family Works Near Asbestos?

Laws and regulations have been enacted to safeguard workers from asbestos exposure. However, this is not always the case. Many times, the source of asbestos exposure is unknown and could have happened at the worksite. Work clothes, shoes, and lunch bags can easily contain asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are hook-like and can attach and latch on to clothing. Once on clothing, the asbestos can enter your home. Once inside the home, it can become attached to you and your children’s clothes. The best way to offer protection is to change clothes and shower before you leave the job site. You should also wash your work clothes separately from other clothes.
As you can see, there are a few ways children can become exposed to asbestos. By taking the proper precautions, you should be able to protect your family from asbestos exposure.

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Asbestos Abatement – Why Should I Hire an Asbestos Abatement Professional?

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Asbestos-related illnesses are all over the news and in the media. We are seeing an increase in mesothelioma cases, as well as other illnesses stemming from asbestos exposure. With a huge focus on the severe illnesses, it is no surprise that more people are becoming aware of the dangers of asbestos. At Asbestos Abatement Services, we receive many calls asking if they need an asbestos abatement professional. Below, we will discuss a few reasons why it is vital that you hire an asbestos abatement professional.

It is Unlawful To Remove and Dispose of Asbestos-Containing Materials Without the Proper Licenses

It always comes as a shock to people when we let them know that it is actually illegal for them to remove asbestos themselves. There are laws and regulations for asbestos regarding removal and disposal. Yes, having this dangerous material removed professionally can be a bit pricey, but it can also save your life. Some laws and regulations have been put in place to ensure people are protected from asbestos exposure. One of those ways is through removal and disposing of asbestos from properties. If your home or business has asbestos, always hire a certified abatement professional.

Asbestos Exposure Causes Cancer

Asbestos causes cancer and many other terrible illnesses. If you can protect yourself from those illnesses, you should do everything in your power to do so. Asbestos abatement professionals have suits and tools to help them remove the asbestos safely from your property. Asbestos exposure should be prevented at all costs.

Protect Your Family

Asbestos abatement professionals provide asbestos testing in homes and businesses. Samples will be taken and sent to a laboratory for accurate results. This simple act can protect your family from asbestos exposure. Older and even newer homes may have asbestos-containing materials. It is best to find out more anyone in your family becomes exposed.