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Asbestos Removal During the Winter – Is it Possible?

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We all know the dangers of asbestos. We have heard it causes mesothelioma and even death, but what do you know about asbestos removal? Can asbestos be removed during the Winter? Do I need to wait to have it removed? Do I hire a professional? Below, we have all the answers you need to know about asbestos removal during the winter months.

Can We Remove it During the Winter?

Asbestos can be removed year-round. Asbestos is a very dangerous fiber that has strict laws and regulations. If your property has asbestos-containing materials, they need to be removed at once. Waiting to remove asbestos from your property is never a good idea. During the time you are waiting, it could become damaged. Once damaged it becomes airborne and can float to other areas of your home and expose your entire family.

Should I wait till it is Warmer to Remove the Asbestos?

As we said above, never wait to remove asbestos-containing materials. Asbestos is such a hazard to you and your family. Asbestos exposure can be deadly. You should never wait until the weather seems nice to remove asbestos. Asbestos abatement companies have the proper equipment to remove asbestos year round safely. It is our job, and we know how to do it each season. If you have asbestos, have a certified asbestos abatement company remove it as soon as possible.

While removing asbestos during the Winter has its own set of challenges, it can be done correctly. Never try to remove asbestos unless you have the correct licenses for removal. It is illegal to remove or dispose of asbestos without the proper certifications. If your home contains asbestos, contact your local asbestos removal specialist. They will form a plan and begin the safe removal of asbestos from your property, whether it be Winter or Summer, they have the tools and equipment for removal!

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Asbestos!

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Asbestos may be banned in the United States, but it is still being found in older properties and some products. Asbestos Abatement Services has five facts that you may not know about asbestos. Asbestos education is vital to ensure that asbestos exposure stays at a minimum.

Some Products Still Contain Asbestos

While we do know some construction materials still contain asbestos, some products are not construction related that have asbestos. Toys, makeup, powder, and tape have recently been found to contain asbestos fibers. Most of these products are not made in the United States. However, it is important to know that some items may contain asbestos without you knowing. It is essential to do research and be better educated on asbestos.

Asbestos is Not a Real Threat Until it is Friable

Friable asbestos is asbestos-containing materials that have become damaged through a remodel, or from wear and tear. Once asbestos-containing materials become friable, you and your family can be exposed to asbestos. All asbestos must be removed from your property before it becomes friable. Once friable, it becomes airborne and can be ingested by anyone in the vicinity.

Asbestos Exposure Does Not Have Immediate Symptoms

Asbestos fibers tend to stay dormant in your body for decades. No one is sure why, but it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for asbestos to show up in the form of mesothelioma or asbestosis. This is what makes asbestos so dangerous. You cannot tell if you have been exposed.

Asbestos Does Not Exit Your Body

Once asbestos fiber enters your body, they don’t leave. The fibers stay in your lungs or stomach and wait to attack your body. Never try to remove asbestos from your property, you could become exposed.

Asbestos Grows Naturally

Asbestos is grown naturally and is mined in other countries. Many countries still use asbestos despite the health concerns that are known throughout the world.

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Winter Items that Could Contain Asbestos

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Did you know asbestos is not just used in construction materials? When we hear about asbestos, it always talks about building materials, but asbestos has been used in other items over the years. Early on, it was used in pottery and textiles, then building materials, but it was also used in everyday household items. Below, we will discuss a few winter items that may contain asbestos fibers.

Holiday Decorations

Older holiday decorations are known to contain asbestos fibers. This is especially the case for decorations that contain lighting. Asbestos is heat resistant, making it the best fiber to use around hot lights. It is also cheap and strong, and this is two things you look for in holiday decorations. If you own any older holiday decorations, it may be time to throw them out and purchase new ones.

Electric Blankets

Most people will not turn down an electric blanket, especially during the winter, but maybe you should! Older electric blankets contain asbestos. It was used to insulate the blanket because of its ability to be heat resistant. If you have an electric blanket that was bought in the 80s or 90s, throw it out!

Gloves

Everyone loves sitting by a warm fire, but no one really enjoys building them. Fireproof gloves are often used to ensure your hands are not burned when making a fire. Older gloves contained asbestos fibers because it protected your hands from the fire. Do yourself a favor and look into purchasing a newer set of fireproof gloves.

Tape

Certain types of tape have been known to have asbestos. Asbestos fibers were found as late as 2007 in some tapes. If your tape is older, throw it out. Check any types of adhesives before purchasing. While asbestos fibers are illegal, it is still being found in some items.

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Asbestos Exposure and Protecting Your Loved Ones

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Seeing asbestos exposure and the illnesses that stem from it has become a hot topic. It has also become a concern for many Americans on how to keep their families safe from asbestos exposure. We get a lot of questions from concerned clients about asbestos. Many do not understand the full scope of the dangers of asbestos and where it could be in their homes. They always want to know what they can do to protect their families. Below, we will discuss a few easy ways you can protect your family from asbestos.

Be Knowledgeable

Being knowledgeable is half the battle. While you don’t need to be an expert on asbestos and asbestos exposure, it is important to understand what it is, where it comes from, and where it could be located. Knowing it could be in your home is half the battle.

Asbestos Inspections and Testing

The main way to protect your family is by ensuring your home is asbestos-free. This can be done by a certified asbestos abatement professional. Asbestos testing consists of a thorough inspection of your property. Samples will be taken and tested in a lab for accuracy. If your home does contain asbestos, it will need to be removed as soon as possible.

Asbestos Removal

Hiring a professional for asbestos removal is the only safe way to have it removed. Removing asbestos yourself is illegal. You must have proper licensing to remove and safely dispose of asbestos. Asbestos professionals have respirators, suits, and equipment to ensure the asbestos never leaves the area they are working in. They also will check that all asbestos has been removed from your property.

The best way to protect your family from learning more about asbestos and teaching your family members. If everyone is aware of the dangers of asbestos and what to look for, they will be able to prevent exposure. Asbestos Abatement Services wants to educate our clients on asbestos and its dangers. Our blog is one of the ways we provide life-saving information.

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5 Facts About Asbestos

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Asbestos has been on the news, on billboards, in magazines, and all over the internet, but do you really know everything you should about asbestos? Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma and lung cancer and other horrible diseases, but what else is there no to know? Asbestos-related illnesses were caused by working conditions, but is that all you need to know? Did you know you and your family could be at risk? Well, you could be at risk, and the dangers could be inside your home. The one place you should feel safe and protected. Below, we will discuss 5 facts about asbestos that you need to know to protect you and your family!

Asbestos Could Be In Newer Homes

Asbestos is not banned in the United States, meaning it could still be showing up in construction materials. Most asbestos-containing materials are found in homes that were built before the late 80s. However, we are seeing newer homes that have asbestos.

Asbestos-Related Illnesses Do Not Show Up Immediately

Unlike cases of flu and viruses, exposure to asbestos can take decades to show up in the form of illnesses. Most people that have mesothelioma were exposed 20 or more years prior. The same holds true for asbestosis and other asbestos-related illnesses. You must protect yourself from being exposed to asbestos.

It is Illegal to Remove and Dispose of Asbestos

Special licenses and certifications are needed to remove and securely dispose of asbestos. It is a hazardous material that can make a lot of people sick. If your home has asbestos, contact a professional. Don’t risk illnesses or repercussions from the law.

Asbestos Has Been Used For Centuries

Egyptians and others used asbestos for pottery and textiles centuries ago. Asbestos was naturally growing and was found to be heat resistant and durable early on. There are also documented cases of illness from asbestos very early on.

Asbestos Fibers Can Travel

Asbestos fibers are very small and can float through the air and attack to clothing. If you come into contact with asbestos, you can easily bring it into your home or other areas on your clothing, shoes, and even lunchbox. Never remove asbestos-containing materials. It is very dangerous.

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Asbestos Dangers During Major Home Remodels

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Home remodels can be very exciting, but at the same time, dangerous. Yes, all home remodels come with dangers, but homes with asbestos-containing materials can cause exposure and death. It is important to know your home’s condition and asbestos status before jumping into any remodels. Most contractors are hired to complete a job and will not even question if you have asbestos. If you are unsure, it is important to contact an asbestos professional to have your home checked. This is for the safety of everyone.

Remodeling your home often disturbs certain areas that are prone to contain asbestos. Surprisingly, almost every area of your home could contain asbestos materials. Some of those areas are as follows:
• Roofing
• Insulation
• Flooring and Tile
• Wallpaper
• Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Walls

As you can see, most areas of your home could contain asbestos. When remodeling, you are usually removing or updating at least a couple of the items listed above. If the home has not been tested for asbestos, you can easily release the fibers into the air, where they can travel through your air ducts to other areas of your home.

It is also illegal to remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials. For your safety and the safety of everyone around you, have the home checked prior to remodeling. Asbestos-containing materials are generally not harmful until they are disturbed or worn down and broken. These items are often times destroyed as they are being removed for remodels, releasing asbestos-containing particles into the air. Asbestos is usually found in older homes, but some newer homes have been found to contain asbestos. This is why we recommend all homes and businesses have an asbestos inspection and test completed before remodeling or demolition. Asbestos is known to cause life-threatening illnesses, such as cancer and respiratory failure.

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Asbestos Removal – Why Should I Hire a Professional?

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Hiring as an asbestos removal specialist isn’t only for your safety. It is also the law. It is illegal to remove and dispose of asbestos-containing materials without the proper licenses. Asbestos Abatement Services is a certified and licensed asbestos removal company. Below we will discuss asbestos, exposure, and the removal process.

Why is Asbestos Dangerous?

Asbestos has been used for centuries in all types of products, but it is used mostly in construction materials. Thee construction materials are what make up your home and commercial properties. Asbestos is fine until it begins to wear down or is disturbed through remodels. Once this happens, asbestos can easily float through the air and enter your lungs. Unfortunately, there are no immediate signs of asbestos exposure, and it can take decades before it rears its ugly head. Asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma, lung cancers, and severe respiratory problems that can all lead to death. You must never come into contact with asbestos.

How Do I Prevent Asbestos Exposure?

The easiest way to protect yourself from asbestos exposure is through an asbestos test. This test is completed on homes and businesses to determine if asbestos is present in construction materials. If they are, then you will need to have the asbestos removed. Asbestos removal is a very complicated process that involves special suits, respirators, and equipment to seal off areas and to contain the asbestos for transport and disposal. Certified asbestos removal companies take every precaution possible to ensure no one is exposed to asbestos and that the entire property is clear from its dangers.

If you own an older home or business, it is crucial to have it checked for asbestos. An asbestos test and safe removal can save the lives of you and your family.

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Top 5 Areas Of Your Home That Could Contain Asbestos

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The dangers of asbestos have been all over the news and in the media, but do you know where it could be lurking in your home? Did you know that asbestos fibers are small and cannot be seen, making them easily ingested? Did you know symptoms of asbestos exposure often don’t happen for decades? These are all very alarming facts. Asbestos-containing materials could be inside your home, and you would never know. While asbestos fibers are not widely used anymore, even some newer homes have been found to have asbestos. The only way to know for sure is to have your home tested by an asbestos professional. Below we will discuss the most common areas of your home that could contain asbestos.

Insulation

Insulation has been the number one place that we find asbestos. Insulation needs to be durable and heat resistant. These are two reasons asbestos fibers were used in insulation. It is easily bonded with other materials and is perfect for insulation.

Roofing and Tile

Shingles and tile are often found to have asbestos fibers. Your roof’s shingles are in the sun all day, meaning they need to be able to withstand the heat. Asbestos is known for its heat resistant capabilities. It is also very sturdy and meant to withstand wear and tear. This makes asbestos perfect for tile flooring and roofing.

Popcorn Ceilings and Textured Paint

Popcorn ceilings and textured paint were all the rage and was used in many homes. However, all popcorn ceilings have asbestos. Most textured paints that were used in older homes also contain asbestos.

Wallpaper

Wallpaper is common inside homes, and often times contains asbestos fibers. Asbestos fibers are not only perfect adhesives, it is also durable to ensure the wallpaper holds up over time.

Adhesives

Many types of glues and other adhesive have been known to contain asbestos. This was used on wallpaper, in caulking, and different types of adhesives.

Asbestos is not used in most products today, but if you live in an older home, you should take the time to have it tested for asbestos. This is for your safety and peace of mind.

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Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure

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Asbestos exposure symptoms can be tricky. While exposure to asbestos eventually causes symptoms, it often doesn’t occur for decades after the exposure. Asbestos exposure symptoms oftentimes mimic that of other respiratory illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose. Many times symptoms do not occur for 20 or more years. While it may be challenging to diagnose, there are ways to determine if you have an asbestos-related illness. If your symptoms last all year, you may have an asbestos-related illness. Below we will discuss the main symptoms of asbestos exposure and the illnesses that accompany those symptoms. If you think you have been exposed to asbestos, see your doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis is key to treatment.

The most common asbestos-related symptoms mimic those of allergies, sinuses, and colds. Below are the more common symptoms:
• Respiratory Illnesses
• Tightness of Chest
• Lung Disease
• Prolonged Dry Cough
• Itchy or Watery Eyes
• Shortness of Breath
• Weight Loss
• Chest Pain

As you can see, these symptoms are often related to other illnesses. You will need to have a battery of tests and bloodwork completed to determine if it is asbestos-related.

Severe Symptoms and Illnesses of Asbestos Exposure Include the Following:
• Mesothelioma
• Lung Cancer
• Fluid Buildup in the Abdomen, Neck, and Chest Cavity
• Finger Clubbing
• Nail Deformities
• Loss of Appetite
• Asbestosis
• Pleural Thickening

Asbestos exposure is hazardous and can cause cancer and even death. Asbestos fibers are so small that you do not realize you have been exposed. The fibers can easily be ingested or breathed in. If you live in an older home, have it tested for asbestos. If you have any of the above symptoms, see your doctor. It is crucial to find out if you have an asbestos-related illness. Most illnesses are treatable if detected early.

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Household Items that Could Contain Asbestos

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Asbestos is known for being used in construction materials, but did you know it could also be used in ordinary household items? Surprisingly, asbestos fibers have been used in everything from appliances to children’s toys. Below we will discuss some items that could contain this dangerous minerals.

Household Appliances

Some appliances have been known to use asbestos fibers to prevent them from overheating or catching fire. Asbestos fibers are naturally heat resistant, meaning they can withstand high temperatures.
• Broilers
• Crock Pots
• Deep Fryers
• Ovens
• Dryers
• Popcorn Machines
• Dishwashers
• Toasters

While the above items are no longer made with asbestos fibers, it is best to be safe. If you have any older appliances, you may want to have them replaced and purchase a newer model.

Toys

It is alarming to know that some toys have been known to have small amounts of asbestos fibers and lead. Both can lead to exposure and poisoning. There have been reports of asbestos in toys as late as the early 2000s. If you have children, it is best to keep an eye on the products and toys you purchase for your children.
• Clay
• Crayons
• Finger Print Toys
• Sculpting Materials

Personal Use Items

In the past, some personal use items have been known to have asbestos. While they no longer contain asbestos any older items should be thrown away for your safety. Below are a few items to look out for!
• Heaters
• Electric Blankets
• Baby Powder
• Curling Irons

As you can see, there have been several types of items that once contained asbestos fibers. If you have any older items, it is best to throw them away. If you have been using older items and have severe respiratory symptoms, see a doctor and let them know you may have been exposed to asbestos.